You may value things about a program that are different from the things I value, and this is not to discourage you or anyone else. What I gathered from speaking directly to grad students is that there is a handful of really excellent scholars within each subfield at UVa, but many are leaving/retiring or will retire within the next few years (and are therefore not accepting new students for supervision). The placement at UVa is not good even though it has had two high-profile placements over the years (and they like to emphasize this). But these are the exception. It seems however that the American subfield is the strongest among the offered (it has Sabato after all).
When pressed, the people I spoke to admitted that most recent ABD/graduated theorists are rather desperate; either jobless or have been placed in random/mediocre post-doc positions. A high number of the students I spoke to were at best ambivalent about the program due to one or more of the following reasons; mostly subpar training, a weak faculty, and lack of mentorship from advisors – all making it particularly difficult for UVa grads to compete on the job market. Over the course of the stay it became increasingly difficult to see myself in the program (as a non-Americanist) and I know the same was true for other visitors. Thankfully I have a different offer where the visit was very positive.