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According to an exclusive interview with the Washington Times, one of the things soon-to-be-former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said she wants to do after she leaves office later this month is campaign for candidates who agree with her, regardless of their party affiliation. Despite The Times' report that Palin will campaign for the occasional Democrat, I think it's safe to assume her candidate in Virginia's governor's race would be right wing Republican nominee Bob McDonnell.

After all, McDonnell said he believes Palin, "was a successful governor in Alaska. She was a popular governor in Alaska, got a lot of things done on taxes, and government regulation and ethics, and you know, those are some of the things that I'm interested in getting done here in Virginia."

Define success. Does that mean ethics inquiries from both Republicans and Democrats? A legislature of your own party who regularly disregards you? A U.S. Senator of your own party who said you "abandoned" the state?

If that's McDonnell's view of success, count me out. But for sake of discussion, if Palin is so "successful" it's fair to ask when she will campaign for McDonnell.

As to when,  well, McDonnell won't say. Kimball Payne at The Shad Plank blog of the Newport News Daily Press speculates that McDonnell, "doesn't want to lose middle-of-the-road voters in vote-rich Northern Virginia, who usually end up deciding elections in Virginia."

That sound about right. But by refusing to rule out a Palin rally or fundraiser, and by calling her "successful" McDonnell gives us a great deal of insight into what kind of governor he would be.

We better cue Cindy Lauper's classic hit. After all, Lauper has some advice when it comes to true colors: "Don't be afraid to let them show".

Cross posted at Fake Virginia.

Originally posted to Fake Virginia on Mon Jul 13, 2009 at 05:07 AM PDT.

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If Bob McDonnell, the GOP nominee to be Virginia's next Governor, gets Sarah Palin to campaign for him, will it help or hurt his campaign?

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  •  Read the original interview (3+ / 0-)
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    totallynext, DWG, Dixie Liberal

    at The Note.

    Please, someone turn this into an ad--this could sink McDonnell in Northern Virginia, and probably in much of Hampton Roads as well (he's from Virginia Beach).

    Oh, and digg it up.

    GOP=Grand Obstructionist Party

    by Christian Dem in NC on Mon Jul 13, 2009 at 05:34:01 AM PDT

  •  Deeds Needs YOUR Help! (2+ / 0-)
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    totallynext, Fake Virginia

    The GOP is determined to get a win in VA and NJ to convince MSM that they are resurgent, and they are pulling out all the stops in raising money.  Millions from Big Business and the National GOP are flowing into McDonnell's Campaign coffers Right Now!

    Help us Virginia Democrats Defeat "Taliban Bob"!

    Donate whatever you can to Elect a Fine Democrat Governor of Virginia!

    "We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart." - Blaise Pascal

    by Dixie Liberal on Mon Jul 13, 2009 at 05:59:27 AM PDT

  •  he took a pass (0+ / 0-)

    McDonnel has already said he doesn`t want  Palin to  campaign for him. This would kill him in Northern Va.
    This guy is a right wing radical who has toned it down since Va. has turned purple. He was against abortion even for rape and incest, no sure if he still holds that position but he is really to right wing  for the current Va but I think he will get elected.
    Va always voted for the party who is not in the white house for some weird reason and most likely AA turnout will be low. Deeds better play up his  radical abortion positions if he wants a chance.

    •  I was about to say much the same thing. (0+ / 0-)

      Jindal might be helpful, or one of the other folks popular among the Freepers but not yet known among the general population.

      But not Palin. She's a joke by now among everyone outside the 40% or so that make up the GOP base in Virginia these days.

      Deeds won't get slaughtered in the middle part of the I-81 corridor the way McAuliffe or especially Moran would. If he works well with the folks who helped Obama turnout in the cities and Northern Virginia, he should be ok.

  •  A successful governor (1+ / 0-)
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    totallynext

    is one who quits. That would make Sanford, Bush, Huckabee, and Macaca Allen failures for finishing their terms. I thought they were failures for being complete fuck-ups in running their respective states, cutting taxes for the wealthy, cutting services for the disadvantaged, and running their budgets in the red. But I guess I missed another criteria - they did not quit. The Republicans get more desperate every day to spin the crazy bullshit done by Republicans.

    The uninsured keep dying

    by DWG on Mon Jul 13, 2009 at 06:06:13 AM PDT

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