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    Let's face it--if McAuliffe is the kind of stand up guy that you and his supporters believe him to be, then he will do what all truly good members of a political party do--immediately back the primary winner and make a financial appeal to his supporters to ante up to the winner.

    I've worked on a congressional race twice and when our candidate stepped down, she sentout letters asking for financial support for her opponent, held fundraisers for her, did a robocall for her and asked folks to give both their time and dime for her opponent. This is what good Democrats do with their clout--they share it with the winner in order to win seats and expand the party. I expect no less of Terry and find that a pretty lame reason to vote for the man.

    If you're going to vote for him, tell me why. What about his stances are so different from Moran and Deeds that he is the preferable choice for you. But don't tell me you're voting for him because he has clout because at the end of the day, if he loses, I think he will be the first to step up and help the winner in the general. He'll do it build the party. He'll do it to help keep the VA Governor's seat in Dem hands. He'll do it for good publicity to help him down the road when he runs for office again.

    Count on it.

    They're like the Inspector Clouseaus' of the blogging world.

    by Pager on Mon Jun 08, 2009 at 12:21:54 PM PDT

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    •  good points. (1+ / 0-)
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      to begin with, he stumped for Obama big time after Hillary's campaign cried uncle, so that provides some evidence there.

      On issues- I like that he's an outsider and wants to bring ideas in from other states- there are several but two examples are renewable wind power off the coasts and repayment of college loans through civic service.  Both of those are win-wins.

      Moran and Deeds have done some good things, but Virginia is stagnant, and they have a proven record of standing in the inertia and fighting for the good causes.  However, they have a proven record of being less than moderately effective at creating change.

      McAuliffe has baggage. Apparently more than I, as a fairly disengaged politico, was aware of before volunteering for the campaign.  But I feel good about this.  

      I like his position on guns.  I like his position on health care.  he's the only candidate that has really talked about women.  And it doesn't hurt that he ran the campaign of the first woman to have a viable chance at the WH.  

      I could go on, but I think that's scratching the surface of it.

      "The people of the world can live together in peace. We know that is God's vision. Now that must be our work here on Earth." B Obama

      by patgdc on Mon Jun 08, 2009 at 02:30:11 PM PDT

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