Virginia has been electing some of the highest-quality Democrats in the nation. Democratic Sens. Jim Webb and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerLawmakers worry about rise of fake video technology Mueller indictment reveals sophisticated Russian manipulation effort GOP cautious, Dems strident in reaction to new indictments MORE are outstanding by any measure. Virginia has been electing some outstanding Democratic governors. Democratic Govs. Mark Warner and Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineSave lives, restore congressional respect by strengthening opioids’ seizure Overnight Finance: Lawmakers, Treasury look to close tax law loopholes | Trump says he backs gas tax hike | Markets rise despite higher inflation | Fannie Mae asks for .7B Bipartisan Senate group says they have immigration deal MORE are outstanding by any measure.

In fact, Webb, Warner and Kaine have all earned serious consideration on any list of potential presidents and vice presidents.

In 2008, President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Ex-US ambassador: Mueller is the one who is tough on Russia MORE won a huge victory in the Old Dominion, and the commonwealth’s electoral votes will play an important role in 2012.

Let’s be clear. If Deeds come back on Tuesday and the race turns out to be closer than the polls suggest, it would not have major national implications. If Deeds loses by, say, 3-4 percent, that would be consistent with Virginia's history of often electing candidates of the opposite party of a new president.

However, if Deeds loses by a considerable margin, it would indeed be a dark day for Democrats in Virginia and Democrats nationally should begin a serious debate about why this happened and what lessons can be drawn.

My purpose in this post is not to engage this debate, at this time. It is to call for clarity and integrity in the post-election discussion. The spin from the Democratic strategists may fill an empty chair on the cable talkies, but it will be believed by nobody, laughed at by most and disregarded by all.

Delusion and deception are not the stuff that future victories are made of. Let’s tell it like it is, let the chips fall where they may and listen to the lessons the voters are teaching to both political parties.