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Make no mistake, that's how they see it.
And I don't just mean the Republican Party of Virginia.
I mean also for the national Republican Party.
This race is probably the most critical of all they face this November, and I, for one, believe wholeheartedly they will stop at nothing to win it.
I've been a little disheartened of late that this race isn't getting the attention it merits on Daily Kos. We have an emergency situation down there, and people don't seem to be getting it.

 I hit the ground in Virginia in 2005, just in time to se Tim Kaine defeat Jerry Kilgore in the Governor's race by 52% to 46%.  

 In 2005, there was actually buzz in Republican circles about running George Allen for President in 2008. We all recall how that worked out. Hard work and sunlight won the day in that election, "macaca" gave it the boot it needed, and we all saw the face of George Felix Allen: racist as hell, and, to quote a 70+ year old, Republican former coworker, "dumb as a post."
George Allen crashed and burned, spectacularly.

The '08 cycle came along.

At the Marriott Hotel in Glen Allen, Virginia, a despondent crowd watched Fox News call Pennsylvania and then Ohio for Senator Barack Obama. But it wasn't until Fox called Virginia for Obama at around 10:45 p.m.-- with 91 percent of precincts reporting and just 50,000 votes separating the candidates -- that the remaining two dozen or so people at the state Republican Party's "victory" celebration expressed the full extent of their disappointment. "I'm devastated," said Carl Woo, a 54-year-old CPA from Richmond. Woo's friend, a furniture store owner named Ed Barden, tried to reassure him. "It's not over yet," Barden said. "But the patient's on life support," a dejected Woo replied.

And that was not the extent of the bloodletting. In VA-05, progressive Tom Perriello defeated racist xenophobe Virgil Goode in a squeaker. In VA-02, anti-woman, anti-choice, anti-military families/anti-verteran wingnut windbag Thelma Drake fell to Democrat Glenn Nye.
Senior US Senator John Warner retired, and was replaced by former Governor Mark Warner, who crushed another former Governor, Republican Jim Gilmore.

Another self-parodying lunatic, Jeff Frederick, so embarrassed the Virginia Republican Party that they removed this tweeting twit as their chair.

It isn't rocket science to see that the Republican Party of Virginia is in severe and significant disarray.

Dying from a thousand cuts.

This is not so much a result of a sea change in the collective mindset of the Commonwealth as much as it is the result of self-inflicted wounds on the part of the Republicans.

And they need healin'.

Redistricting is on the spike for 2012. If they can maintain their lead in the Hose of Delegates, pick up even two seats in the senate, and lock down the Governor's mansion, most if not all of the gains Democrats have made there since 2005 will be negated.

Now comes the 2009 primary season, and with it, the perfect medicine for a wounded and crippled GOP, in the form of one primary candidate:

Terence Richard "Terry" McAuliffe.

Think about it.

We dodged a bullet in the last Presidential election with the ascension of Barack Obama to the Democratic nomination. We deprived the Republicans of that which they had been gearing up for for YEARS.

If they get to run against Terry McAuliffe, they get to run against Hillary - and Bill - Clinton, by proxy.

In by-God Virginia.

As I write this, I get this eerie feeling that Mike Henry, TMac's campaign manager, is reading my mind.

A press release from the McAuliffe campaign just hit my inbox. It's title is, "Just what the doctor ordered."

Yeah, if the doctor you mean is Dr. Kevorkian......

But Republicans are desperate to stop (Obama), and they're pinning their hopes to Virginia.  RNC Chair Michael Steele even posted a video on Bob McDonnell's website this week arguing, "A national Republican resurgence can start in Richmond this November."

Yeah, no shit. That's exactly what I'm afraid of.

Word of honor: I conceived of this piece in a fit of anger Thursday morning at Republican enablers in the VA blue blogosphere.


I decided to wait a couple days and cool off before I wrote this.
I didn't cool off much.

I began this about 45 minutes before I saw that press release.

Mike Henry continues:

Terry's the only candidate in the race who has created thousands of jobs...Terry's executive experience, turning struggling institutions into successful ones, is exactly what the doctor ordered.

Oh. My. GOD.

What the fuck kind of bullshit is THAT?

And every time this subject comes up, TMac weasels around it.

But I digress.

I tend to do that. It happens when I get pissed off.

And I do get pissed off. Oh, yes, I do.

kestrel9000 said...

   There are no words.
   You lost any standing to back any candidate on the basis of "progressivism" when you decided to back Terry McAuliffe.
   You are supporting every Republican's dream: a chance to reunite a fractured RPV and change the national narrative of a dying GOP by running against Bill Clinton by proxy.There is nothing "progressive" about a candidate who is basically a carpetbagger who chose Virginia as his residence solely as a convenient bedroom community for the hop to DC.
   He could as easily have chosen to live in Maryland.
   If Terry McAuliffe cares so much about the Commonwealth, why, then, did he never involve himself in any sense in state politics...until now?
   Progressive, my ass.
   How "progressive" were his and Mark Penn's tactics as HRCs campaign manager?
   Your hypocrisy is showing, Lowell.

Lowell said...

   Kestrel: Please be aware that personal attacks are not allowed on this blog. Any further incidences will be deleted immediately. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.


That's what I thought.

Delete THIS, Lowell.

I said it, I meant it, and I stand by it.

If you support Terry McAuliffe in this race, you are aiding and abetting the Republicans.

I have no use for that.

A candidate with such indelible ties to the Clinton taint cannot - CANNOT - defeat a Republican who makes even the slightest pretense of "running from the center" or tacking toward it, such as Bob McDonnell is doing.

Here are some of the things that trouble me. I have questions, and I have the right to ask them.

Like, why did you REALLY shut down RK, the backbone of the blue VA netroots?
If you didn't want to run it anymore, there were any number of people you could have handed it off teacherken, who you take to task in the post I linked?

Why didn't he?

Is it because he didn't want the power of that brand outside his control going into this primary?

Why abandon the netroots in support of Terry McAuliffe?

I find it baffling at best, and repulsive at worst.

The core of the VA netroots, a double barreled shotgun that helped immeasurably in many if not most or all of the gains enumerated in the foregoing, tossed into the dumper.

Well, fine. This, too, will pass.

But Lowell, where do you think you will find yourself if TMac wins this primary, and then McDonnell drinks his milkshake, costing us not only the governor's mansion, but God knows how many downticket races as well?

I'll leave that as a rhetorical question.

As mike Henry correctly implies in his press release, this race has national implications. It provides Republicans the opportunity to turn the narrative of a failing and increasingly irrelevant GOP on its head.

It saddens me to consider that certain people are willing to abet this in furtherance of ambition.

Then, there's this:

Sure, Kathy...   (0.00 / 0)
...just read a few of the recent negative exchanges here on this blog and over at Lowell's Blue Virginia to see some current examples of such behavior.  However, to identify any specific candidates, individuals, etc. could place me into the same category, and I refuse to do that.

In 2006, I pleaded in vain with many of the bloggers on Raising Kaine not to do this to our candidates and/or to one another during the final days leading up to the Miller/Webb primary, and many of us can readily recall those destructive, trying times.

But, fear not; this year, we still have 31 days to go before June 9, and things may (probably will) just get much worse by then...

Our invitation should read:  "Here ya go, Republicans; please use these items against us between June 9 and November 3!"

Thanks for asking...

by: cycle12 @ Thu May 07, 2009 at 16:03:02 PM CDT
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Yep/   (0.00 / 0)
It's a damn shame that that tactic...the Republicans using all the shit thrown by Terry McAuliffe and Mark Penn Hillary Clinton slung at Obama kept him from becoming President, isn't it?
Ask President McCain how sound that argument is.
by: kestrel9000 @ Sun May 10, 2009 at 05:00:46 AM CDT
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This race, in my view, will either be won without Terry McAuliffe, or lost with him. isn't rocket science.


Originally posted to Nest of kestrel9000 on Sun May 10, 2009 at 07:52 AM PDT.

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  •  Some people are gonna get really mad at me....... (23+ / 0-)

    ...others already are.

    Terry McAuliffe: a Rod Blagojevich waiting to happen. VIRGINIA CAN DO BETTER. - Eddie Garcia aka kestrel9000

    by kestrel9000 on Sun May 10, 2009 at 07:54:01 AM PDT

  •  You need alternatives (1+ / 0-)
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    While I agree with your basic point, the question is who should we as the blogsphere support for VA-Gov.

    Otherwise, you're just saying "no".

    •  There are two other candidates (5+ / 0-)

      and thus my quandary. I could argue in favor of either, for different reasons.
      Brian Moran is the better progressive IMO but in that there are so many undecideds, and all of VA is not the bloue North, my gut says Deeds is the better sell. McDonnell had a hard time beating him for AG. It was the closest statewide election in VA history.
      The purpose of this diary is to try and deprive the Republicans of that which they hope for in this race above all else.

      Terry McAuliffe: a Rod Blagojevich waiting to happen. VIRGINIA CAN DO BETTER. - Eddie Garcia aka kestrel9000

      by kestrel9000 on Sun May 10, 2009 at 08:07:56 AM PDT

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  •  I'm leaning towards Deeds myself. (4+ / 0-)

    And Deeds and Moran are both much better than McAuliffe. Richmond would turn into all Clinton, all the time.

    They tortured people to get false confessions to fraudulently justify our invading Iraq.

    by Ponder Stibbons on Sun May 10, 2009 at 08:26:19 AM PDT

  •  A post like this is not helpful (5+ / 0-)

    Please don't end up going the route of "Howling Latina."  McAuliffe is not my first (or second) choice, but if he wins, then he's the candidate.  About a month from now we are going to have to put the Democratic Party of Virginia back together so we can challenge the GOP.  Please don't drive yourself nuts and become bitter and crazy.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." --H.L. Mencken

    by JCWilmore on Sun May 10, 2009 at 08:30:23 AM PDT

    •  I'll become bitter and crazy (1+ / 0-)
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      if the whoremongers succeed in putting TMac over the top and he gets asshanded by McDonnell.
      Like I said, to me, this is not rocket science.
      I also have asserted in the past that if he wins the primary, I'll shut the fuck up.
      And I meant it.
      But come on, man..we don't NEED this!

      Terry McAuliffe: a Rod Blagojevich waiting to happen. VIRGINIA CAN DO BETTER. - Eddie Garcia aka kestrel9000

      by kestrel9000 on Sun May 10, 2009 at 08:33:27 AM PDT

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      •  Who are these "whoremongers" of which you speak? (3+ / 0-)

        Anbody who doesn't agree with you?  

        "Not the truth in whose possession any man is, or thinks he is, but the honest effort he has made to find out the truth, is what consitutes the worth of man."

        by Lying eyes on Sun May 10, 2009 at 09:05:03 AM PDT

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        •  It goes well beyond simple disagreement. (0+ / 0-)

          It's principle.
          All is revealed in the diary text.
          Not the least of which is that this was written in a slow burn anger that's been at a highly accelerated combustion since Thursday moring.
          It's all there.
          As far as that word goes?
          That's what I get for blogging pissed off.
          That's exactly the opposite of what I meant.
          I shoulda said, "pimps." :)

          Terry McAuliffe: a Rod Blagojevich waiting to happen. VIRGINIA CAN DO BETTER. - Eddie Garcia aka kestrel9000

          by kestrel9000 on Sun May 10, 2009 at 09:27:01 AM PDT

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        •  Apparently anyone who liked the Clintons, ... (3+ / 0-)

          or worked for Hillary in 2008. sadly.

          and I have a lot of respect for kestrel.  I was a 'Richmonder' for 22 years, left in 2004, and nothing made me as happy as seeing Allen getting his 'soft teeth knocked down his whiney throat' by Webb (politically savvy folks from the Robb era will know where that phrase came from).  I still follow VA politics, but I reside in FL and have no pony in this show.  They are all three good candidates.  Why can't they (and their supporters) present their positives to the electorate and let the electorate decide based on that, instead of all this mudslinging?

          The person who has lost the ability to trust based on the actions of the party no longer trusted is not the one who has to do the work for restoration.

          by emsprater on Sun May 10, 2009 at 12:26:17 PM PDT

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      •  I'm with JC here (1+ / 0-)
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        Red Sox

        I think Moran would be a bigger disaster for the Democrats in Virginia that Mcauliffe would. But, come June 10, if he's the winner, I'll be working hard for him against McDonnell.

        As you know, Kestrel, I just don;t have the same visceral hatred of McAuliffe that you do. Not only that, I don't get it. I'm sure he's made some deals here and there, but it doesn't seem any worse than those made by lots of politicians. I read all the stuff you and Stark have thrown out there, and, honestly, I don't think it amounts to much. It's not even a lot of smoke, much less fire.

        As you know, I am a strong supporter of Creigh, so I'm not defending McAuliffe. And while I think Creigh will take this primary, people should get comfortable with the idea that it might be McAuliffe.

  •  Keep us posted (1+ / 0-)
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    DailyKos has had some information about that race, and I expect that more will be published as the race becomes closer.

    I'm no longer in a position to contribute money to politic campaigns, and I'm not in Virginia, so I think I can't really volunteer now, but DailyKos has readers of whom neither of those are true. Please keep us updated about fund-raising and volunteering opportunities.

  •  Prolonged burnout (1+ / 0-)
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    Damned near a full year of campaign last year.  I do read some of the diaries on this race...

    In a different vein, but similar complaint:  Not a single environmental-topic diary made the Rec List here on Earth Day either.  An awful lot of content of interest stays in the lower-profile mid-tier.  (Back in the day, most of my Pombo diaries didn't get anywhere near the Rec List, either.)

    The river always wins. -- Mark Twain

    by Land of Enchantment on Sun May 10, 2009 at 08:39:55 AM PDT

  •  McAuliffe? Really? (4+ / 0-)

    As a former Arlingtonian, I understand that Northern Virginia is a critically important part of the state, politically and economically, and that that region, being next to DC and heavy with transplants, is largely indifferent to how long one has been in the state and involved in its politics.

    And in light of recent Democratic success in the state as a whole, it's tempting to sort of assume that the rest of the state will either fall in line or simply be outvoted, possibly with the help of the Hampton Roads area, which though less Democrat-inclined and far less liberal also has a large number of people who relocated from elsewhere who aren't going to make a big deal about an outsider nominee.

    Add to the above that the GOP has decided by acclamation to nominate yet another Attorney General straight from Wingnut Central Casting.

    It nonetheless strikes me as rather curious that many politically savvy people are hitching their wagon to Terry McAuliffe, someone who's not only an outsider, but one pretty easily labeled as the embodiment of a national party that until very recently did not do particuarly well in Virginia - and did very poorly while he was literally running the party.

    Democrats have won in Virginia by thinking outside the box and taking advantage of Republican hubris. It's tempting, I'm sure, for McAuliffe supporters to liken their candidate to Mark Warner, but Warner spent several years cultivating a voter base down in the southwest to augment his existing NoVA support.
    As an ex-Republican veteran, Jim Webb appealed to a lot of Republican-leaning voters.

    And then there's the Hillary Clinton thing. For whatever reason the Clintons and everything associated with them has never polled well there.

    Virginia was the state that dealt HRC an electoral blow from which she never recovered. They had their primary the same day as DC and Maryland. Certainly by the morning of that primary it was pretty obvious that Obama was going to carry black-majority DC by a mile and also win in Maryland, where the African-American vote in a closed Democratic primary is large enough that it's tough to overcome. But Virginia was a little different, in that Northern Virginia has far fewer black voters than Maryland's DC burbs do, and that Virginia also contains a decent-sized swath of Appalachia, a region in which Obama famously struggled. And yet somehow Obama racked up bigger margins in Virginia than he did in Maryland.

    The Virginia Republicans don't want this election to be about which party runs the state better, or about their own intransigence, their narrow tax-cuts-no-matter-what agenda, or their near-complete capture by the Bible-thumping crowd. The Virginia GOP would love nothing more than to have the opportunity to run against the Clintons by proxy. Why on earth Democrats would make that so easy for them is beyond me.

    Stuck Between Stations : Thoughts from a bottomless pool of useless information.

    by Answer Guy on Sun May 10, 2009 at 08:45:24 AM PDT

  •  Moran/Deeds last ditch hope (2+ / 0-)
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    kestrel9000, Egalitare

    is to tie McAuliffe to the worst of the anti-Obama attacks during the primary, and hope to peel off black voters.

    If McAuliffe wins a decent amount of blacks, he is the nominee.

    The Rethug Party are anti-American traitors. The Congressional Rethugs form a fifth column intent on destruction of America.

    by IhateBush on Sun May 10, 2009 at 09:19:28 AM PDT

    •  And he knows it (0+ / 0-)

      which is why he has stumping for him down there.
      There will NEVER be any forgiveness from me for that.

      Terry McAuliffe: a Rod Blagojevich waiting to happen. VIRGINIA CAN DO BETTER. - Eddie Garcia aka kestrel9000

      by kestrel9000 on Sun May 10, 2009 at 09:21:49 AM PDT

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      •  Frankly, McAuliffe is using the tools (1+ / 0-)
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        at his disposal. LaLa land native is cover to make African American activist wonder if McAuliffe has "made real peace" with Obama.

        It's a clever tactic, but it points to the most troubling feature of Candidate McAuliffe: he has no visible organizational/political vision compass. He is adept at using tactics and resources (perhaps) but his strategic sense is unknownable. Having been fairly close to the workings of both Baliles and Wilder's campaigns, I can tell you that both possess a firm political compass. You might disagree with it at times but it was palpable.

        McAuliffe freely admits he's a huckster, and I'm really worried about how that plays with Joe and Jane Virginia Uncommitted in November.

        Single Payer...NOW!!!

        by Egalitare on Sun May 10, 2009 at 12:30:21 PM PDT

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  •  so let these NITWITS run against Hillary (2+ / 0-)
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    Partially Impartial, emsprater

    if the choice is between somebody who worked for Bill Clinton, or somebody from the party of george bush, the WORST THING the repuglitards can do is talk about that comparison

    about half of America approved of Clinto's presidency in 2000

    after 8 years of george w bush, Bill Clinton's numbers GOT BETTER

    talking about Bill Clinton implies COMPETENCE

    talking about repuglitard implies INCOMPETENCE, CORRUPTION AND LIES

    I invite the repuglitards to invoke the name of William Jefferson Clinton at EVERY opportunity

    every time a repuglitard says "Bill Clinton", the independent voters thing "george bush"

    it's a comparison that makes electing Democrats all that much easier

  •  I'll say it again . . . (1+ / 0-)
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    no McAuliffe, no how, no way.  At least McDonnell can only have one term. I'm beginning to think that might be worth it to ensure that T-Mac doesn't get the hankerin' to run for President. I hate having thoughts like that.

    •  it's not that simple (1+ / 0-)
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      having mcdonnell means probably more repubs elected to the state house which has been moving in our direction(in my opinion, the democrats CAN defeat mcdonnell even with terry mac IF they stay unified)

      i don't mind if arlen remains the senior senator from pennsylvania IF the voters in the DEMOCRATIC primary choose him BUT until then...........

      by primaryarlen on Sun May 10, 2009 at 09:53:13 AM PDT

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  •  Interesting (4+ / 0-)

    I actually think his Clinton connections won't be his biggest problem.  The fact that he's associated with Hilary's campaign for the primary or his turn as DNC chair is sort of inside baseball for a lot of people.  His status as an opportunist outsider who never gave a rat's ass about VA politics till he saw an opportunity to run for office is his biggest problem.  His other big problem is his public persona.  He's obnoxious.  His appearances on news media during the primaries last year offer a wealth of material for his opposition to use to demonstrate that he's a jackass with no manners and no idea what Virginians value in an elected official.  He came off as an arrogant, coked-up party boy.  That's just not an image that will appeal to large number of Virginia voters.

    "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -Gandhi

    by Triscula on Sun May 10, 2009 at 09:59:47 AM PDT

    •  i agree (1+ / 0-)
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      with a lot of your points but it does seem like that he is running a more disciplined campaign than moran(actually it looks like deeds might emerge from this as the alternative to terry mac)who has a incredibly high burn rate without much message exposure to show for it(some commentors have noted that moran has basically gone full negative against terry mac)

      i don't mind if arlen remains the senior senator from pennsylvania IF the voters in the DEMOCRATIC primary choose him BUT until then...........

      by primaryarlen on Sun May 10, 2009 at 10:05:08 AM PDT

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    •  It's sad that his arrogance will end up (3+ / 0-)
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      kestrel9000, Triscula, Egalitare

      harming the party that brought him his fortune, not to mention all of the residents in Virginia who will end up suffering because of him.

      But your analysis of his character is exactly correct. "Arrogant, coked up party boy" just about nails it on the head.

      The barest of silver linings is that his loss will end his political career, and hopefully eject him from the Party for good. As far as the GOP is concerned, they'll milk what they can out of the win, but realistically I don't see this leading to a resurgence, because they will be winning against a weak and flawed candidate.

      Who was Bush_Horror2004, anyway?

      by Dartagnan on Sun May 10, 2009 at 10:11:28 AM PDT

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      •  McDonnell (1+ / 0-)
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        If McDonnell is smart enough to tack to the center during the general campaign then he'll be hard to beat, imo.  VA Republicans are sort of weird.  They have this split between the wingnuts and the older version of the VA GOP: The Mountain Valley Republicans.  When Dems have won here in recent years that split within the GOP has had a lot to do with it.   The wingnuts have had control of the party for awhile now, so the candidates have been terrible and the moderates have either defected to the centrist Dem opponent or just not turned out.  I realize that VA demographics are changing and that we've been trending blue for the last couple of cycles but exploiting that rift within the GOP is still an important part of winning.  Moderate candidates tend to do well.  Wingnuts have had less success.

        I still think there's a possibility that Moran and McAuliffe will cancel each other out, allowing Deeds a good shot at the nomination.  However, I don't know how well Deeds can do against an appealing Republican who's sounding like a pragmatic centrist.  Let's hope McDonnell is worried enough about the wingnut turn-out that he ramps up the extreme rhetoric.  If he packages himself as a centrist then we'll have a tough time beating him.  Hopefully Warner will campaign hard for whoever wins the nomination.  That might help a lot in south western VA.

        "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -Gandhi

        by Triscula on Sun May 10, 2009 at 01:21:09 PM PDT

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  •  McAuliffe wasn't necessarily my first choice (2+ / 0-)
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    but all the attacks on him made me like him more. Honestly, though, if I were voting in the VA primary, I'd write in "none of the above". I don't like any of the candidates.

  •  My impression of McAuliffe (1+ / 0-)
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    is pretty mediocre but your Clinton resentment is wrongheaded.

    Like it or not: Hillary is still there, nationally she stands for half the Party.  That part of the Party has behaved substantially better and more patiently than the Obama siding half.  It will get its turn too.  Pretending that it doesn't exist and is somehow degenerate isn't going to serve you well.

    On the merits, I think whether Democrats win majority in the Virginia House of Delegates is more important for quality of life in the state than who wins the governor office.  Most of the problems are economic and squabblings about efficiency and political will in lower office; arguably that needs a smart and determined operator type who knows all the players.  

    OTOH, Moran is the only one even willing to talk about the major legalized injustice instituted in the state, the ex-felon disenfranchisement.  Whether he can follow through on that, i.e. has the political courage and can gather the political strength to push through a broad vote restoring pardon, is harder to assess.

  •  Glowing profile abt Deeds in Richmond paper (1+ / 0-)
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    today. This will help him with primary voters in Central VA.

    Creigh points out that he spent $3 million vs Bob McDonnell's $6 million in 2005 in race for Atty General. McDonnell beat him by less than 400 votes  out of 1.9 million cast, closest in state history.

    I'm putting my money and vote behind Deeds-- he has the everyman aura, the experience, and IMO the best chance to beat Ken Doll McDonnell.

  •  I am no fan of McAuliffe (3+ / 0-)
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    Aexia, Partially Impartial, emsprater

    But there is absolutely no evidence that he'd be a weaker general election candidate than either of the other two. I see a lot of supposition and paranoia in your post, but precious little factual evidence to support your claim.

  •  Dear kestrel9000 (0+ / 0-)

    I'm new here- just started reading your stuff.  I can tell you and I have the same end goals- basically the same principles.  However, I do believe that your bombastic approach to what and who you DON'T like reminds me of Rush Limbaugh.  You know, the say anything and say it a lot and with a lot of white noise thrown in to confuse the listener/reader.  

    Your hatred of McAuliffe smacks of a high school rivalry over the captain of the cheer squad.  I almost want to vote for the guy just to spite you.  Can you come up with anything legit?   Really?  Cuz I'm just not getting it- and I'm trying- I really am!

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