Dave: The Washington Post's account suggests the McDonnell-Deeds attorney-general recount in Virginia lacked any of the Florida 2000 recount's acrimony. Sure, the stakes were smaller. What's more, what would it look like it two men vying to uphold the law in their states resorted to cheap politicking in order to prevail? The story even ends on an upbeat, if somber, note:
The recount attracted the attention of at least one soldier serving in Baghdad. McDonnell's daughter, Jeanine, 24, a second lieutenant in the Army, called him on his cell phone about 2 p.m. in Richmond, 10 p.m. in Baghdad, to ask whether he had the results yet. The day before the recount, McDonnell said, she had gone out with her unit in a convoy and been shot at.