10/05/2009 10:40 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Virginia Candidates on YouTube: Is This for Real?

As one of only two gubernatorial elections in 2009, the Virginia contest between Democrat Creigh Deeds and Republican Bob McDonnell is attracting national attention. With so much on the line, you'd expect them to take all of their campaign messages seriously, including the videos they make for YouTube.

So really, there's no excuse for what you're about to see.

It is cool to see both campaigns experimenting with web-only video; it would be cooler if they used some common sense.

Fortunately for both candidates, their videos look downright Diggable compared to what's happening in New Jersey. But that's for another blog.

Watch the full version of the videos:

Sweaty Deeds

McDonnell Supporters Got Back

Reporters Flock to Bob

Internet-y Creigh

VA GOP Can Finally Bash Bush