A. Barton Hinkle reveals what may be the greatest missed opportunity of the 2005 gubernatorial campaign: With all of the expensive experts Tim Kaine and Jerry Kilgore had talking in their ears during the race, neither man has a pet dog we all know by name. It gets worse. One owns a cat and the other a guinea pig. What were they thinking?
"...Here's a late-breaking datum that might tip the balance. It comes from an unimpeachable source, and is bound to start a lot of arguments around the kitchen table. But it deserves an airing before the voters cast their ballots. Tim Kaine does not own a dog. Neither does Jerry Kilgore. Of the three candidates, only Potts has a dog -- a golden retriever named Maggie. This revelation, courtesy of Family Dog Digest, ought to shake up the race and put a few more percentage points in the Potts column."