If their first joint appearance (debate is too generous a word) is any indication, Virginia's gubernatorial Democratic primary candidates are caught in their own self-righteous echo chamber, assuming no one else will notice or care ("McAuliffe takes jabs from fellow Democrats in debate," Web, April 6). Boasting of cosmetic diversity while enforcing lockstep uniformity on whatever left-wing fad emerges, they attempted to outdo each other. Death-penalty repeal, marijuana legalization, unlimited abortion and ex-felons voting are only the start. One candidate boasted of colluding with teachers' unions to keep schools closed, but it could have been any one of them. The party's pell-mell rush to undo the positive reforms of the past few decades, including a dramatic reduction in violent crime, is disheartening, to say the least.