In a Washington Post article, Kaine told reporters that Deeds ran without his base. He also stated that Deeds lost his campaign for governor because he was unable to energize his base, falling into a Republican trap that led him to shrink from the president and his policies.
Kaine after coming under fire for leaving the state during a State of Emergency, to attend a DNC fundraiser in Arkansas, is now more worried with his political image as DNC Chairmen more than ever. This statement to the Washington Post is seen as distancing himself from his fellow Democrat to further help his future political career. It appears once again Virginia is run by the DNC and not the Governor.
However Kaine was not all negative. He did express optimism of the special election in the 37th Senate District. He believes that Democrats will extend their one-vote majority in the state Senate by winning a special election to replace Sen. Ken Cuccinelli. However the Democrats have yet to announce a single candidate. The only strong candidate that the Democrats could put forward in the area is Delegate Marsden, but many Democrats forget the fact that Marsden does not live in the 37th district. The special election now seems more likely as a pickup for the GOP, with their three formidable candidates running in the firehouse primary; Steve Hunt, Marianne Horinko and Will Nance.
Washington Post Article-http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/16/AR2009111603533.html?hpid=newswell