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  •  Hey Red Sox (5+ / 0-)
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    Caelian, Dems2004, Red Sox, kevj, VA Breeze

    I was leaning Moran too but am getting more firmly behind Deeds.  

    Do you really think he can beat McDonnell?  I really hope so.  This is not 2005 -- the republican base in this state is fired up to take it back and I fear the democratic base is tired and apathetic (still suffering from GE fatigue).

    "Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

    by Blue VA on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 02:58:00 PM PDT

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    •  Both Moran and Deeds (3+ / 0-)
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      can beat McDonnell.  I will be the first to admit Brian's campaign needs major changes and serious re-strategizing.  But he actually has more campaign style & experience than Creigh.  Look, both are better than McAuliffe and McDonnell.  Whoever wins, we need to get elected.

      On the issues, it's clearly Brian Moran.

    •  Hey Blue VA (2+ / 0-)
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      kevj, VA Breeze

      Yes, I do think he can beat McDonnell. You're right that this is not 2005, but that is both a plus and a minus, and on the balance, I think it is a plus. In the minus category, you rightly note the enthusiasm gap between the parties. Many of our folks are still hungover from 2008, and it's somewhat natural for the party out of power to be hungrier than the party in power. But on the plus side, we are now in a firmly purple state, whereas in 2005, this was still a red state, even if it was light red. The commonwealth has moved leftward toward the center, and this is reflected in places like Prince William County and Loudoun County, to say nothing of the downstate localities like Danville and Martinsville who saw what Republican economic and trade policies did to their communities. 2009 Virginia is much more hospitable to Democrats than 2005, and that's one of the reasons why Creigh Deeds can win--he not only carries our base voters, but swing voters who voted for Obama out of anger at the GOP, but wouldn't give a second look to the other Dems in the race.

      Further, we'll have the money to compete, unlike was the case with Creigh four years ago.

      Brian's a good man, and I understand the appeal, but I really don't see a path to victory for him. We'd love to have you on Team Deeds.

      -1.50, -3.95 | VA 2009: Deeds / Wagner / Shannon

      by Red Sox on Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 03:49:17 PM PDT

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    •  Moran to Deeds (0+ / 0-)

      I had been supporting Moran but as the race wore on... my vote will go to Deeds.  I'm surprised to see that that seems to be a relatively common story line here.

      Aside from liking both those guys, I am also firmly in the Anyone but McDouchebag club.
      The guy defines the negative view on Politicians.  a McA vs McD election would be a nightmare for the Old Dominion.

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