The race pits a veteran congressman on the wrong side of major policy issues against a newcomer with little understanding of the job he seeks.
When Rep. Bob Goodlatte sat down with The Roanoke Times editorial board for the 11th endorsement interview of his long congressional career, the first question went something like this:
You read our editorials. Your policy positions are often at odds with ours. Why do you think this newspaper should endorse you?
His answer went something like this: I don’t know that you should, if we disagree on essentials.