|Tom Perriello on victory night|
The district is "the size of New Jersey," says Perriello, and in 2008, the Republicans were infuriated to lose it, especially to a liberal. They set about--with attack ads--immediately to defeat Perriello in his second try ... and they accomplished that fete with an empty-suit Charlottesville attorney. Perriello was one of the best U.S. Congressmen ever to represent Virginia and he and one of the other excellent ones, Rick Boucher of the 9th District, lost in the same election two years later. Boucher lost to the godawful Morgan Griffith, a Koch brothers toadie.
This story by Sam Stein in the HuffingtonPost (audio and print) tells us how obsessed the Republicans are with holding on to what they have.