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Sen. Creigh Deeds has won a huge victory in his campaign for governor. According to Politico, the Associated Press called the race for Deeds when 65% of the vote was reported. At that point, Deeds had 50% of the vote. I've seen some speculation on Twitter tonight from "Not Larry Sabato" that our nominee may end up winning every Congressional district in the Commonwealth.

By any measure, this is an impressive victory. Sen. Deeds enters the general election campaign with the support of the majority of Virginia Democrats and he is well positioned to defeat Republican nominee Bob McDonnell in the fall.

While I didn't support Sen. Deeds's opponents, both of them -- Brian Moran and Terry McAuliffe -- brought thousands of new voters into their campaigns and into Virginia Democratic politics. For that I congratulate them both. That is a contribution to Virginia that will pay dividends for Democrats for many elections to come.

I also note that both McAuliffe and Moran gave gracious concession speeches and posted congratulations on their websites tonight. (Terry McAuliffe even had a link to Creigh Deeds's fundraising page.) Classy moves in my book.

Now I know for some of you who supported Moran and McAuliffe, tonight's news is a tough pill to swallow. It's never a good feeling to lose an election or work for a losing campaign. (Trust me, I've been in your shoes more times than I can remember.) I know that the Democratic Party of Virginia has organized a unity rally -- that's a good idea I suppose -- but I am experienced to know that a few of you will be so disheartened, you won't be able to support Sen. Deeds in the fall.

That's O.K.

In my view, that doesn't mean you're a bad Democrat. Most of you have serious and honest policy disagreements with Mr. Deeds. The rap from his critics within the Democratic party is that Creigh Deeds is too conservative.  I personally view his record differently, but I am more of a centrist Democrat.

I hope that in time, as you get to know him, you will come around. I certainly hope you won't give your vote to Bob McDonnell. The idea of Gov. Bob McDonnell ought to give all Virginians serious pause.

As for tonight, take a break from the news coverage and the blogs. We've got plenty of time to pull together our Democratic coalition for victory in the fall.

Crossposted on Fake Virginia.

Originally posted to Fake Virginia on Tue Jun 09, 2009 at 09:00 PM PDT.

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  •  reasons why liberals should be pleased at this (0+ / 0-)


    Sorry I have to run to the Senate floor to abolish torture.

    by bten on Tue Jun 09, 2009 at 09:05:27 PM PDT

    •  Because Deeds will hand McDonnell his ass. (3+ / 0-)

      And Deeds really isn't conservative.

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

      by Ponder Stibbons on Tue Jun 09, 2009 at 10:08:40 PM PDT

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      •  I live in a WV county bordering Creigh's home (2+ / 0-)
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        so we are talking Appalachia here (although Creigh's Bath County is notably wealthier than mine), and Creigh is a Bolshevik compared to my Democratic state Senator (who is a really great representative in many ways and a loyal party ticket Dem despite being a true blue dog).

        What I'm trying to say is that Creigh's probably about as progressive as one can expect given his district, and from what I can tell, impressively so.

        For example, I look at Highland County VA which borders Bath. Very rural conservative county where I know quite a few people. They respect Creigh Deeds enormously even though, as a pragmatic moderate, he's way to the "left" of them.

        His decency and hard work and fair-mindedness enable him to transcend ideology with "them ol' farmers."

        Beyond that, if we win VA this fall it gives us (Democrats) huge momentum heading into 2010, and, IMO, helps advance our Democratic agenda in Congress now.

  •  Another day, another failed mission for Terry. (0+ / 0-)

    Poor Terry McAuliffe.  Being an asswipe just isn't good for his success rating.

    "I won." - President Barack Obama

    by rainmanjr on Tue Jun 09, 2009 at 09:30:50 PM PDT

  •  I am dissapointed. This is Virginia and I will (4+ / 0-)

    always be dissapointed here.  However, I am with Mr. Deeds all the way from this point on.

    An idea is not responsible for who happens to be carrying it at the moment. It stands or falls on its own merits.

    by don mikulecky on Tue Jun 09, 2009 at 09:51:50 PM PDT

  •  in my house, we always referred to Deeds (4+ / 0-)

    as Elmer Fudd.  That was not meant to be a bad thing; it was a term of endearment that represented a characterization of his cuteness, quirky speech pattern, and support for guns.  

    Now, I am taking pause after consoling my college kid who has put in hundreds of hours for the McAuliffe campaign (for no pay) because she honestly and sincerely believed he had the best platform.  The losing part is hard, especially for an idealistic 20 year old with plans of law school and saving the world.  What is more difficult for me as a parent is that she is forced to endure the pains of cynicism at a very tender age.  Those kids are well aware that this campaign was far less about the issues and more about personalities and past vendettas, and young people, in all their wisdom, have a difficult time when "grown ups" behave like children.  For that, I am going to have to take some time to absorb tonight's outcome.

    Congratulations on the victory.  Of course Creigh will get our votes.  McDonnell is a wingnut.

    "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 Tue Jun 09, 2009 at 11:08:01 PM PDT

    •  I've been in your kid's shoes (0+ / 0-)

      And it's hard. Though I was strongly opposed to McAuliffe's candidacy, I am proud of him and his classy exit.

      His concession speech was pitch perfect -- I wish we had seen more of that Terry over the last 6 months.

      Give you kid my thanks and tell em that other Democrats will come along who will need support. (Creigh for one.)

      I also hope his/her plans to change the world remain on track. We need more people like your kid.

      •  yes we do- thanks (0+ / 0-)

        and as she holds office in the Young Demz on her college campus (no, she does not go to Liberty), I'm certain she will do her part to work for a November victory.  

        "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 Wed Jun 10, 2009 at 06:16:48 AM PDT

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    •  The loss of political innocence (0+ / 0-)

      probably comes earlier than any other.

      Like all such losses, it's always a tender moment of poignance that needs to be "keepsaked" and nurtured for an entire lifetime.

      Yet, at the same time, it must also be recognized that little world-saving except for that of a saint comes from those who resist that inevitable loss of innocence.

      The balance between idealism and practicality is a lifelong test of one's ability to navigate happily through this brilliant and also wretched world.

  •  I voted for Deeds...and not (2+ / 0-)
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    because I am against the other two candidates. How well it speaks of the progress of the Democratic Party in Virginia that we had three candidates, any one of whom would make a good governor.

    There, take that, 'Thugs!

    And sure, McDonnell will try to paint himself as moderate. Uh huh. That's the real task that now lays ahead.

    McDonnell's the real deal in all respects--a true ultra-rightest, flaming fundie wingnut to the core. As long as we don't allow him to hide, we're going to be fine in the general, IMHO.

    Yay Creigh!

    Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all: the conscientious historian will correct these defects. -Herodotus

    by TerribleTom on Tue Jun 09, 2009 at 11:19:34 PM PDT

    •  Yep. It's up to us pajama-clad bloggers to (0+ / 0-)

      start defining McDonnell now, while Creigh takes the high rode and allows the world to see him for what he is: A figure of almost Capra-esque decency who, in coming from a rural district, knows instinctually how to govern practically, wisely and well in a state undergoing a profound transition, demographically and politically, from deep Red to now Purple and on it's way to Blue (maybe).

      I guess it comes down to this for me: I want more than anything to keep the state that once was the capitol of the confederacy Democratic.

      •  in the same way that (0+ / 0-)

        you defined Terry McAuliffe?

        I'm sorry, but since when did an opinion and a keyboard qualify anyone to frame the political system.  In the end, politics is between the candidate and the voter.  Given that this whole internet thing is so very new, I'm going to assume that it's just as easily abused and it is beneficial.  In this case, I believe it's been quite intrusive into the process.

        And frankly, McDonnell can do that project by himself.  

        "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 Wed Jun 10, 2009 at 05:48:03 AM PDT

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        •  In what way did I define Terry? (0+ / 0-)


          •  it was a euphemistic "you"- sorry. (0+ / 0-)

            "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 Wed Jun 10, 2009 at 06:14:42 AM PDT

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            •  No problem In fact I blog endorsed Terry (0+ / 0-)

              a few months ago. In no small part, that blog was a determined effort to overcome my loathing of him, for my own good (a cleansing of a dark heart) and as a matter of practicality: the need to come together and work for him should he win the primary.

              But beyond that, there was a lot of his message that genuinely and deeply appealed to me.

              That and bloggers I respect over in Virginia had set aside their feelings about Terry and had come to like him.


              •  I'm too thin skinned for politics (1+ / 0-)
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                which is why I stick to my teaching and research and trying to change the world through changing minds- politics is too ugly.  

                I know that some bloggers took the opportunity to look at the issues, but there was some maniacal hatred that went beyond rational and into visceral, and as much as I asked and asked for an explanation, I never got one.  

                I think it's too bad, but Terry has lost a few and won a few- he will get through it and keep going to move the party forward.  Unfortunately, we Virginians won't have the benefit of his great ideas.  

                "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 Wed Jun 10, 2009 at 08:07:31 AM PDT

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                •  So you're not a political beast. You're better (0+ / 0-)

                  than that.

                  I found common ground with a candidate I was deeply predisposed to dislike and even revile.

                  Because of those great ideas you assert.

                  Terry's insistence on an optimistic vision of scientific/technological progress--too often discounted by our sometimes Luddite progressive and liberal friends--as a means of solving problems and bridging old ideological divides on the endless blue-collar jobs-versus-the environmentalists debate was compelling to me.

                  It also reminded me that Terry can pragmatically balance those two often-posed points of view--jobs for workers and a cleaner environment--because both matter to him.

                  And that's a characteristic that brings to mind what I've always considered one of American literature's greatest contributions to wisdom: Fitzgerald when he defined a first-rate intellect as the ability to keep two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still function.

                  •  agreed-but it's about more than that. (1+ / 0-)
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                    In my estimation, Terry's greatest strength is his ability to view changes from the outside in.  

                    Virginia suffers from an inability to view itself collectively as part of something bigger.  That may be due to the fact that there are beaches, mountains, urban centers, historic centers, great colleges, etc... in one place.  it's like Virginians believe that we are a self sustaining island unto ourselves, but that's not true and Terry understands that.  It was that kind of vision that I was drawn to.  He promoted ideas that are already working in other places and an opportunity for Virginia to become incorporated into a network of states working towards progressive ideas.  

                    I fear that Deeds is more of the same, bland, mush, that is served up every 4 years and plopped on the plate like a heap of grits with a Democrat label on it.  blah.  

                    Don't mean to be negative.  As a volunteer for the McAuliffe campaign, I was always positive.  I'm going to remain positive.  

                    "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 Wed Jun 10, 2009 at 11:29:53 AM PDT

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