Jeff Frederick’s decision not to re-run for the chairmanship of the RPV is a damned shame. That guy was Democrats’ ace in the hole. Granted, the party’s record of a new chair every year is encouraging—I’ve got every confidence that they’ll find a way to screw things up with the next chair—but we’ve got such a good thing going that I’d rather not gamble on the next guy knowing what he’s doing and on the party following his leadership. But the good news is that this frees up Frederick to run for reelection to his House of Delegates seat, which means I could still win my $100 bet with Shaun Kenney. Frederick writes in his swan song that he’s “happy to be taking a break from public and partisan office,” which seems like a bad sign for me, but he adds that “rest assured, God willing, it won’t be a long sabbatical,” so things might be looking up.