Washington (CNN) - The Virginia governor's race has often been looked to as an off-year barometer of national political sentiment.
This year's grind-it-out race, an acrimonious spitball contest between two candidates only slightly more likeable than Walter White, is anything but.
Sorry, women of Virginia - no exciting ultrasounds for you in 2013.
This race is a microcosm of the national conversation. Whichever party wins this race will perceive themselves as having an ideological edge in 2014. Only self-aggrandizement would call the victory a mandate.