Local control and plain English
The Virginia primary (for this year of course not next!) did not disappoint. Not only was the outcome a surprise but the big money outsider lost and lost badly.
Local control - power wielded by local people; interesting lesson for the UK? A correspondent points out to me as well that as well as term limits (which do indeed have their problems) some states have toyed with forcing legislators to write Bills in plain English -- this apparently reduces the power of lobbyists and decreases the value of experience among the political class. La Reyne le veult, as they say in Westminster.