First, as John Pohoretz noted on Twitter during last night’s coverage, the polling in Virginia was terrible. The surveys that showed Terry McAuliffe with double-digit leads certainly impacted Ken Cuccinelli’s ability to attract key money, and so the debate of last year returns. Would a truer picture of Cuccinelli’s momentum brought him enough money and energy from the national grassroots? Woudl it have discouraged the dummies who threw away their votes on the libertarian single-digit-but-decisive loser? We won’t ever be able to know, but we do know that among the 5,000 things Reince Priebus needs to do is establish effective polling operations so his party isn’t left juggling MSM-constructed and often-though-not-always-ideology-riven polling stories. Priebus is a busy man doing an extraordinarily good job of building back the RNC’s operations, but this polling issue is one on which he needs a think tank and an in-house numbers factory.
Cuccinelli is a very good man caught in a very bad set of circumstances who still almost pulled it out/ He was almost rescued by Obamacare, and his campaign against the destructive law will hopefully continue from a legal defense fund which needs a high profile, smart and endlessly energetic leader.
As for Governor Christie, of course his smashing win puts him in the poll position for 2016. I hope he decides to lead poll to poll, and attacks the race by attacking every issue and using every forum. Jillary isn’t taking 2014 off, neither should Christie or any of the other wuld-be GOP nominees.