Blue Virginia

Democrats pick up seats in the Virginia House and take control of the Virginia Senate. This, it seems, has some implications for redistricting after the 2010 census which, in light of the heavy GOP tilt of the current House delegation and the blue trend sweeping the state, ought to be a productive opportunity for Democrats. Meanwhile, I'd say this bodes particularly poorly for Republicans because it was hard to use Iraq or Bush's general unpopularity as issues in this election, but it was possible for Republicans to run on immigration, which appears to be their big idea this cycle. But it didn't work for them, and things like Bush and Iraq will be much more in play a year from now when people are running for federal office.