From Virginia

Another e-mail:

Kathryn, I voted for Patrick Murray this morning, and I’m feeling bullish about his prospects based on what I saw at the polls.  The lines were longer than ‘08 (though I went a bit earlier this year, at 10:00 AM).  I heard a couple going over the sample ballot and agreeing to vote “no” on all the bond issues– Arlington hasn’t been denied a bond in 31 years.  I heard an elderly woman say very sharply to the Moran volunteer’s offer of literature, “No THANK you!”, and then I heard a man tell the poll worker that he hasn’t voted in forty years because he thinks they’re all bums.  And last, on my way out, I heard that same Moran volunteer call after another woman, “Well at least we can agree that it’s cold out!” But the sweetest moment of all was when I sat down to write this:  a good friend of mine from Alexandria called to tell me that for the first time in his life, he voted for a Republican.  He hadn’t even told his wife yet…. Happy election day

Kathryn Jean Lopez — Kathryn Jean Lopez is a senior fellow at the National Review Institute and an editor-at-large of National Review. Sign up for her weekly NRI newsletter here. This column is based on one available through Andrews McMeel Universal’s Newspaper Enterprise Association.

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