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  •  A great diary. (18+ / 0-)

    teacherken this is a great diary.  You may push the envelop, but in this case it needed to be done.  

    I think the commenter, who says the biggest worry is really GOP control, has it only half right.  Of course that is a real concern/worry.  But the worry becomes exponential with the likes of Ken Cuccinelli.

    Ken Cuccinelli doesn't even try to pretend he would serve as AG to all citizens of Virginia, only the most extreme ones, only the "straight" ones, only those who are of his same rigid inclinations. Essentially, there is one government for Cuccinelli's ideological soul mates and another for the rest of Virginia.  Justice denied.  The law denied.  Equality under the law denied.

    In other words, he's already told us we would abuse his power. Ignoring this advanced warning would not just be foolish but masochistic for Virginians...unless they just don't know any better, in which case shame on them.

    •  How does someone (7+ / 0-)

      How does someone running on a platform like that even get taken seriously enough to be threat?

      I just don't get it.

      "Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day" - Thomas Jefferson

      by sangemon on Sat Oct 31, 2009 at 06:14:15 AM PDT

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      •  nominee selected in Convention (14+ / 0-)

        because there was no contest for either Governor or Lt Gov on the Repub side -  McDonnell had been AG and Bolling is the incumbent LG.

        Republican conventions are VERY right wing -  the one held for the Senate nomination to lose to Mark Warner last year almost picked a very right wing DelegateBob Marshall (sometimes called Taliban Bob because of his willingness to impose his moral views on others - such as the anti gay marriage amendment) over the former Governor and National Party Chair Jim Gilmore.  And Marshall is hated within the Republican caucus in the House.  The grass roots of the Republican Party of Virginia is pure tea-baggers.

        do we still have a Republic and a Constitution if our elected officials will not stand up for them on our behalf?

        by teacherken on Sat Oct 31, 2009 at 06:21:22 AM PDT

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      •  Simple (9+ / 0-)

        Because Virginia has been home to religious conservative politicians like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, along with their respective institutions of "higher" learning (Regent and Liberty). It makes Virginia an epicenter to produce freaks like McDonnell and Cuccinelli.

        The uninsured keep dying. Death to AHIP!

        by DWG on Sat Oct 31, 2009 at 06:23:51 AM PDT

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      •  And how do they get started? Here is how. (11+ / 0-)

        August 6th Special Election of 2002 with nothing else of significance on the ballot. A "Voter Turnout: 16.42 %" in which my poll place workers were practically snoring and almost excited to see our two live bodies walk in to vote.

        So, with 18,252 of a total of 111,236 registered voters the hot eyed, pulpit fired up anti abortion crowd (some reportedly riding church buses) that was then his single minded issue managed to get the 1,848 vote margin (10,041 to 8,193).

        As a result we get an "incumbent" who was down in Richmond pissing off even his Republican colleagues with his single minded "abortion, abortion, beating heart, abortion" crusade. He reportedly hijacked meetings and even committee hearings over in the House of Delegates to the disgust of those calling those.

        So? Comes November 4, 2003 with a fresh incumbent running for the full term and a mighty turnout of 28.27% where the fresh new Republican, still not well known but in a GOP part of Fairfax County, comes out on top 16,762 to 14,658. Well four years later it was a squeaker against a stumbling candidate, a 92 vote win after recount and the writing was on the wall. Get the hell out of the changing 37th and run for state office and look what we have for Halloween now.

        Every election counts. Every vote counts. There is a long term impact of "sitting this one out" because "I'm not excited" by any candidate. This isn't some damn party game! The Cooch got his start because 1,849 Democrats couldn't be bothered to show up one summer day.

        Another scary bit? If this bunch sweeps and controls all levers of the state we can count, absolutely count, on intense gerrymandering to make as many of those changing to blue districts as safe for this brand of Republican as possible for a decade, until 2021, and national Dems will see some NOVA Congressional districts sliced and diced to their maximum disadvantage. Look at last time and how VA-10 is the rural mountains and has those arms into urban areas turning blue to keep Wolf (R) firmly seated. Count on more tentacles diluting urban areas with as much GOP tilting rural as possible.

        The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

        by pelagicray on Sat Oct 31, 2009 at 08:56:19 AM PDT

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