It seems that like a James Bond Villain, the Virginia GOP chairman told the hero the outcome before it actually happened, allowing him to get away. Via Talking Points Memo:
Yesterday the Virginia GOP came very close to taking control of the state Senate, nearly luring a Democratic Senator to switch parties and put them at a 20-20 tie, which would have been broken by the Republican Lt. Governor. Then Jeff Frederick, a state legislator and the party chairman, ruined it all by Twittering this:
“Big news coming out of Senate: Apparently one dem is either switching or leaving the dem caucus. Negotiations for power sharing underway.”
The Democrats saw the message and prevented the person from switching sides.
This only reminds me of the scene from Austin Powers:
All right guard, begin the unnecessarily slow-moving dipping mechanism.
[guard starts dipping mechanism]
Close the tank!
Wait, aren’t you even going to watch them? They could get away!
No no no, I’m going to leave them alone and not actually witness them dying, I’m just gonna assume it all went to plan. What?
I have a gun, in my room, you give me five seconds, I’ll get it, I’ll come back down here, BOOM, I’ll blow their brains out!
Scott, you just don’t get it, do ya? You don’t.