Monday Must-Reads: A Look at Virginia

Yesterday's New York Times magazine included a long profile of former DNC chair Terry McAuliffe, who is running in the Democratic gubernatorial primary in Virgina.


Yesterday's New York Times magazine included a long profile of former DNC chair Terry McAuliffe, who is running in the Democratic gubernatorial primary in Virgina. But he's not the only Democrat getting attention; competitor Creigh Deeds, gets a lower-profile profile in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Only Brian Moran (and Republican candidate Bob McDonnell) is left out of the action—and once McDonnell goes on air today, Moran will be the only one with no TV ads, as well.George Stephanopoulos reports on a "Doomsday" scenario within John Edwards' presidential campaign, where staffers more loyal to the party than the man planned to blow up the campaign had he won the nomination (knowing, of course, that the affair would come out and Edwards would lose).Perhaps in honor of Mother's Day, Politico takes a look at women in politics. While both parties are short of female legislators, that's especially true for Republicans. Female staffers face long odds, too.Arlen Specter is still stirring controversy, and had to rework a website that appeared to fundraise for cancer research while actually pulling in money for his campaign. Meanwhile, MoveOn is pressuring the new Democrat to fall in line with a more liberal agenda.The future of the Republican Party may be bleak if, as Nate Silver proposes, generational party-ID tracks with perceptions of "my first president"—the one in power when you turn 18. Mike Huckabee worries about abandoning social conservatives; without them, he says, the party will be as "irrelevant as the Whigs," which prompts Silver to respond with some Venn diagrams.The final few:

Sen. Jim Bunning is, in fact, still running in Kentucky after rumors have tilted back and forth. Idaho Rep. Walt Minnick, a top GOP target, can breathe easy for now as a Republican recruit drops out. ACORN, a hot GOP issue in '08, is still under fire.

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