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splitting between the Candidates.  As expected, Republican editorial boards at the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star endorsed McDonnell.  Creigh Deeds received the endorsements of the Roanoke Times - probably expected, considering that McDonnell refused multiple invitations to meet with the editorial board - and of the other of McDonnell's "hometown" newspapers, the Virginian Pilot, which was far more critical of McDonnell than praising of Deeds.

Below the fold I will offer some extracts from all four editorials.  I have no idea what value such endorsements may be, although I do note that the Washington Post's endorsement of Deeds in the primary propelled him to victory.  

update at end

First, the McDonnell endorsements.  From the Times-Dispatch, which notes

The commonwealth is fortunate that two thoroughly decent, knowledgeable men are seeking its highest office this year. Creigh Deeds and Bob McDonnell have long records of admirable public service. We believe that each possesses the integrity and experience required to be governor of Virginia, one of the most powerful executive offices in the country.

.   This balanced praise of both candidates will effectively be unique among the four endorsements.  But do not let that deceive you:  the Times-Dispatch editorial board is right-wing, anti-tax, pro-business, and anti-union.  Let me illustrate with two more selections, this:  

McDonnell's insistence that taxes not be raised on Virginia's citizens and businesses represents not only a sound and pragmatic policy decision -- it also demonstrates one of his fundamental beliefs about the relationship between the government and the governed. In an era when government at many levels seems out of control -- prone to bouts of fiscal immaturity -- McDonnell understands that an effective, compassionate public sector is always defined by limited government. And he knows that those who earn paychecks and profits have first claim on those earnings. The tax collector must play a secondary role.

and this:

In a time when jobs are scarce, we are especially troubled by Deeds' reliance on massive funding from national unions, many of which represent public employees.

The unions expect a return on their investment in the Deeds campaign. Yet stronger unions will certainly mean fewer jobs in the private sector and public-employee unions will only add to the state's budget troubles. Just take a look at California for an example of the disastrous effects of beefed-up public-sector unions -- on the state budget, the political process, and the quality of life of everyday citizens and taxpayers. That's one road Virginia must not follow.

The endorsement from the Free Lance-Star is something of a joke.  Perhaps this is best illustrated by the strongest reason they give for endorsing McDonnell:

   Hearing nothing inspiring from either hopeful, the citizen must assay personal attributes. So:

   Mr. McDonnell is articulate, certainly a virtue in leadership (recall George W. Bush’s chronic incoherence and its incurred cost in popular support). Mr. Deeds is not a confident speaker, giving the impression that he is confused by complexity or fears candor.

 As Virginia blogger Chris Guy notes at Fred2Blue,

Says the paper that twice endorsed George W. Bush and declined to endorse Barack Obama, a man who’s constantly mocked for being an articulate speaker. Apparently, when you’re Bob McDonnell, those magically become leadership qualities!

I also like the fact that they don’t think Creigh Deeds would be able to work in a bi-partisan manner as Governor. EIGHT GOP members of the General Assembly who served with both men in Richmond have endorsed Deeds over their fellow Republican, Bob McDonnell (who the Free Lance-Star calls "a socially moderate lawmaker"). That includes former Finance Committee Chairman and State Senate President John Chichester of Fredericksburg.

  Of course, the Free Lance-Star did endorse Democrat Steve Shannon over his Republican opponent Ken Cuccinelli for Attorney General, but then it could be said that Cuccinelli is one of the few men in public life in Virginia who could truly make McDonnell SEEM like a moderate in comparison.

Now for the Deeds endorsements, both of which have been explored on the front page at Blue Commonweath.   First, the Roanoke paper, which notes as a subtitle to the endorsement

The longtime senator is the candidate for governor who is serious about the most pressing issue facing Virginia: transportation.

 Transportation will also be key in the Pilot's endorsement.  The Times says of McDonnell's proposals

His plan, as detailed as it may be, is a farce. It is a compendium of rejected ideas, supplemented by revenue from sources unlikely to pan out, topped off with money stolen from an already inadequate general fund.

His plan would not work and would guarantee that Virginia will do nothing to make up for a widening gulf between transportation needs and available resources.

 The paper says that Deeds

made clear why a statewide solution is so important even though the severest congestion is in the more populous regions. This part of the state cannot expect assistance developing the infrastructure needed here if our residents turn their backs on Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads in the time of their greatest need.

In many other important policy areas, from energy development to education, Deeds demonstrates a clearer understanding of the issues and specific plans to work to better Virginia's response.

After noting that they view>McDonnell as "an extreme social conservative" focusing in particular on his opposition to abortion even in cases of rape or incest" they conclude

A clear look at both candidates, their records, the strengths and weaknesses of their positions, and their commitment to Virginia as a commonwealth makes it clear that Creigh Deeds is the best candidate for the job.

Virginia voters shouldn't let style win over substance.

The Pilot has perhaps the most interesting of the endorsements.  It begins by describing the campaign as "a season of equivocation and insipidity."  Then the editorial makes clear that they are not totally excited by Deeds, in fact are willing to criticize him, but that McDonnell is simply not accept5able:

An effusive endorsement would ring false in the final hours of what has been a profoundly frustrating contest of banalities. Neither candidate has made a convincing case on the merits of his ideas or the strength of his leadership. The choice instead rests on which one will do the least violence to the cause each claims to embrace.

By this measure, Creigh Deeds ekes out a modest advantage over his opponent. He offers a political strategy rather than a substantive plan for solving the state's most overwhelming challenge. While that strategy does not provide transportation advocates the leadership they crave, the Democrat at least allows them a fighting chance to press forward.

In contrast, Bob McDonnell's plan is a chain-link fence of stall tactics designed to distract voters into believing that progress is being made while not providing the money to actually make it. Under a Gov. McDonnell, transportation advocates would waste four years clawing their way over, under and around barriers erected by the state's top elected official.

Let me take a slight diversion -  several Virginia bloggers have commented about how the image of the chain-link fence and of clawing their way over, under and around barriers erected by the state's top elected official would make a powerful visual to an ad using the endorsement.  Except I have been told the Deeds campaign will run only positive ads in the final 9 days.  I wonder if some of the content of the endorsements might change their minds.  Certainly I can imagine radio ads in Tidewater run at drive time when people are trapped in traffic, hammering on these images.

Returning to the Pilot's endorsement, they are very blunt about some things that have driven many Virginia Democrats batty:

There is no denying Deeds' sincerity and his will to move Virginia forward. But if his chaotic campaign is a measure of his executive skills, a Deeds administration is likely to yield trying moments.

 But even while describing McDonnell as having "superior management and negotiating skills" the editorial undercuts that by immediately saying

but the Republican has too often flinched in the face of push-back from absolutists within his party.

They call McDonnell's willingness to let local voters raise taxes for transportation - a position the Virginia Supreme Court unanimously found unconstitutional - his "boldest hour" then slam him by writing

this year, he has retreated even from that feeble stand.

  that feeble stand   The paper concludes its examination of McDonnell's proposals on transportation (which in Tidewater is, as it is in NoVa, the biggest single issue) with this:

The most redeeming quality of his transportation plan is its utter inability to win passage in the legislature.


There are more hits on McDonnell, and rather than reinvent the wheel, let me simply reproduce what I posted at Blue Commonwealth.

His plan to privatize state liquor stores has merit, but he admits his estimate of $500 million in revenues "in the near term" may be optimistic. Even if correct, that amount alone won't build even one of Hampton Roads' priority projects, much less address statewide needs.

McDonnell's inability to resist divisive social issues could result in real harm to law-abiding Virginians with whom he should have no quarrel.

His actions as attorney general suggest a troubling eagerness to water down gun control measures and interfere in private church matters.

interfere in private church matters: for those who do not get that reference, McDonnell filed on behalf of breakaway Episcopal parishes in NoVa.  So much for separation of Church and State, even in the limited form argued by some conservatives of protecting the Church from the State.

McDonnell may be a more persuasive leader, but he is asking Virginia to follow him down a dead-end road.

--  taking a supposed strength and undercutting with a wicked assessment, that Bob is asking Virginia to follow him down a dead-end road - that applies both to his "ideas" on transportation and his insistence on an agenda formed by his personal social conservatism.

If Deeds is elected and breaks his promise to pass an adequately funded transportation plan, that failure will fall directly on his shoulders. He's not asking that accountability be passed to future governors or postponed for more prosperous times. He's willing to take on that responsibility here and now.

In return for that commitment, we give him our support.

Not a ringing endorsement of Deeds.  A clear unendorsement, or if you will, "disendorsement", of the agenda McDonnell has proposed.

There are specific things in this editorial that the Deeds campaign can use.  One would hope that at a minimum the key points are given to Obama to use some in his remarks on Tuesday -  that will amplify the power of the editorial.

It is not clear the Deeds campaign has the money to fully capitalize on the positive endorsements, and as noted above, the campaign's current intention to close all positive would seem to preclude using the editorial slams on McDonnell, although I could imagine, finances allowing, some direct mail pieces emphasizing those points even as the broadcast ads stay positive.

Will any of this make a difference?  Who knows?  Still, it is worth noting that the conditions necessary for Deeds to pull things out are coming in to play.  International paper is closing a plant in Franklin, in Isle of Wight County, in the Tidewater area.  Deeds went to the plant to talk with the workers, McDonnell did not.  Deeds proposes expanding unemployment compensation in areas especially hard-hit, as Franklin will be, while McDonnell supported the Republicans in the House of Delegates who opposed any expansion of unemployment benefits.  Mark Warner has been out campaigning with Deeds.  Tim Kaine will join Deeds and Obama in Norfolk on Tuesday.

It is not over YET.  It is an uphill battle.  But if identified Democratic voters can be persuaded to turn out - and the material from the editorials and the plant closing in Franklin can help - this race is still winnable.  

Just an observation from one Virginian.


UPDATE worth noting that in the Attorney General contest 4 years ago the Pilot endorsed McDonnell over Deeds.  Thus their endorsement of Deeds this time carries an especial weight, remembering that McDonnell represented their circulation area in the House of Delegates.

Originally posted to teacherken on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 06:53 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (19+ / 0-)

    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 Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 06:53:28 AM PDT

    •  a quick observation (9+ / 0-)

      before I leave this for other things.

      I presented this as fairly straight reporting of newspaper endorsements, providing links to all 4, and offering a bit of analysis.  For some that means this should become an occasion to bash Deeds.  So be it. When a race is not yet lost - and to someone as noxious as McDonnell - if that is the primary response people have, then yes - Deeds will lose, because people are more concerned with litmus tests and scoring debating points.

      I have been critical of his campaign -  to him, on the phone.  He listens.  I have seen changes.

      But do not forget one reality - the money differential.

      Bob has more money.  And he has surrogates dumping millions into bashing Deeds in the expensive NoVa market.  That makes it much harder to motivate voters who supported Obama.  And regardless of the leaks to the Washington Post by unnamed white house staffers, Obama is still coming into the state on Tuesday.

      I took the time for the diary so people would know about the editorials, both positive and negative.

      Now I have more important things to do than some of what is being posted on this thread.  Go ahead and bash Deeds - and me and those who still support him - if it make you feel good.  It does Democrats, and the residents of Virginia, harm, but what the hell, it makes you feel good, so go ahead.

      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 Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 07:35:12 AM PDT

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    •  see update at end of diary (0+ / 0-)

      for a note of interest

      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 Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 09:49:32 AM PDT

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  •  Creigh Deeds (5+ / 0-)

    The guy who doesn't support a public option and is running against "that cap and trade bill" and doesn't understand that he's a Democrat in a state won by the President by 6 points last year--in other words he's running in a state that already voted for a public option and a cap and trade bill a year ago. It's little wonder that Deeds' Republican-Lite act isn't working, and he's nearly 20 points behind in the polls. Frankly, he deserves to lose--big time. If I were living in Virginia, I'd cast a blank ballot and vote for the Democrats for other offices--Democrats who actually believe in the core beliefs of the party.

      •  bad, not terrible (7+ / 0-)

        he lost a great opportunity to define himself immediately after the primary because he was broke.  If the DGA had not dumped all its money BEFORE the primary they could have helped define Deeds positively before the Repubs and their associated groups began bashing him.

        For what it is worth, the race is actually still winnable, and has huge impact on down ballot races.

        There will be plenty of time for post-mortems beginning November 4, regardless of the outcome.  In the meantime, not giving full effort is to surrender the state for the next ten years, since the Governor and new House of Delegates will have a huge impact upon redistricting.

        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 Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 07:16:09 AM PDT

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        •  with one week to go what is the winning strategy? (0+ / 0-)

          any thoughts?

          •  work like hell on GOTV (9+ / 0-)

            using every possible surrogate.  Labor unions are doing massive phone banking.  Get your black supporters to work like hell in the 3rd CD to maximize black turnout.

            And perhaps use surrogates to remind independents of Bob's extreme social positions, particularly on things like choice, where he oppose abortion even in cases of rape or incest.

            Target advertising. Even if they want to finish positive, I would use drive time radio in Hampton Roads with the works of the Pilot editorial on Bob's transportation "ideas."

            One problem is the disparity in funds.  On top of which NRA and Chamber of Commerce are hammering with no equivalent "independent" groups on our side.  The difference in the race is to a large degree the disparity in advertising.  Deeds needs to hit close to 60% in NoVa to win, and right now he is running only 5-7 points ahead in most polls.

            One criticism that others have offered is his lack of visibility.  But merely visiting the area does not get coverage, and it is an incredibly expensive media market.  Here at least there is a need to pound using the Post editorial, and his advertising is starting to do that.

            At this point is is uphill, but it is not YET lost, although people badmouthing makes things more difficult.

            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 Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 07:25:27 AM PDT

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      •  I don't know why WH sources had to (2+ / 0-)

        dump on him publicly. In private sure you slam him upside the head, but not in the press, not at this point in a campaign! That was foul play, designed to make the WH safe from recriminations if he loses, but it throws Deeds right under the train.

        To give him any chance of winning, Obama needs to be seen as his best and closest friend.

    •  I think you badly misread polling data (3+ / 0-)

      were Tim Kaine - who is CLOSELY associated with Obama - were running against McDonnell, he would be trailing according to the local polls.

      And he is not 20 points behind.  That is one very badly flawed poll.  

      And if you think the reason Obama won Virginia is cap and trade and public option, you are very mistaken.  You had a massive black turnout, a rejection of McCain in NoVa for lots of reasons, and a real concern about economics.

      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 Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 07:13:31 AM PDT

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    •  I do live in VA (14+ / 0-)

      and I'm sick and tired of those who don't have to live here say that we shouldn't vote for Deeds.  At the very least we are voting AGAINST McDonnell, a certified asshat with future political aspirations - a male Sarah Palin.

      I'm sorry that Deeds doesn't live up to true blue progressive standards, but what of the alternative?

      Not voting for the Democrat is a vote for the Republican - and I will never, ever, ever vote for a Republican.

      "I'd HR you for misspelling Bundt cake... but I'm not sure you'd see the humor in it." -wiscmass

      by mydailydrunk on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 07:22:24 AM PDT

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      •  Hear, hear (2+ / 0-)
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        Deeds may or may not be the best candidate we've got, but he's vastly preferable to Bob "Back to the 17th Century" McDonnell.

      •  Give me a break!! ... (0+ / 0-)

        no one is saying he has to be a true blue progressive ..  but to act like a Republican on the biggest issue this year?  That's downright stupid .. and a way to dampen base support

        •  actually, many are saying he should be (1+ / 0-)
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          forgetting what SW VA looks like.

          I'd actually hope that the base would be politically aware enough to see a bigger picture than what a gubernatorial candidate says about HRC.

          Barring getting a progressive elected, I would assume preventing some ahole like McDonnell attaining office should be the priority.  But seeing all the complaining that Deeds isn't blue enough from people who (once again) don't live here in VA, I'm starting to see an ugly trend of litmus testing.  And you know what they call those who litmus test candidates?  Republicans.

          Folks, there are only 2 to choose from here, nobody's super duper excited about Deeds, but they should be absolutely determined to keep McDonnell out.

          "I'd HR you for misspelling Bundt cake... but I'm not sure you'd see the humor in it." -wiscmass

          by mydailydrunk on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 08:42:35 AM PDT

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        •  O.K. (3+ / 0-)
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          teacherken, VA Breeze, mydailydrunk

          Take a break. And put your brain in gear.

          Deeds didn't say he opposed the public option.

          He said he'd consider the opt-out for states. Not that he'd opt-out, but that he would consider it.

          How many times have Obama, and people in his administration, said (and I quote), "All options are on the table" answering questions covering everything from healthcare reform to military action against Iran? At this very moment, it is to say the least unclear what the administration favors re: healthcare reform; the "opt-out" bill or the "trigger".

          Right now, we don't know what the final healthcare reform bill which will be brought to the floors of Congress for the final vote will look like; it could suck all kinds of shit!

          I am personally glad and proud that a politician from my state doesn't automatically and blindly toe the party line even when that line hasn't even been drawn; as someone else said in this diary, that's what republicans do!

        •  I take issue with that: (3+ / 0-)
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          teacherken, VA Breeze, mydailydrunk

          Even without supporting the public option for Virginia, a quick comparison on Deeds and McDonnell on health care would show that Deeds is far better on the issue (I'd link to McDonnell's page on health care if he had one, if that tells you anything).  

          If the P.O. weren't under debate right now, Deeds would be seen as having a pretty strong proposal and McDonnell would be seen as promoting the same GOP tripe.

          "When those windmills start to chop people up, tilting at them may not only be rational, but may become a necessity." -arodb

          by JR on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 09:43:02 AM PDT

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      •  It's, at most, a half-vote for the Republican. (0+ / 0-)

        I'm a loyal a Dem as anyone here--I'm wearing my Alexandria Democratic Committee shirt as I type this--but that sentiment you just expressed is troubling.

        Down in Texas, for example, the guy who prosecuted Cameron Todd Willingham and sent him to the death chamber--who based much of his case on convincing the jury that the guy with the Led Zepplin poster and skull tattoo was actually a Satanist killing his Christian babies in a pentagram-shaped fire--is now an elected judge.  An elected Democratic judge.  The guy has no business holding the office, and party be damned, he doesn't deserve a vote.  If the GOP fields a candidate against him next election, I may even send the guy a few dollars.

        In Georgia, we had a half-century of Democratic politicians who represented everything our party stands against.  Hell, Zell Miller was one of the most popular Democrats in the state for ages, and he used to be this guy's Chief of Staff:
        maddox with a gun

        The point is, votes have got to be earned on the basis of more than party affiliation, so long as we believe in not having just more Democrats in office, but more and better Democrats.  If a Democrat who isn't really promoting the party's interests or positions or isn't different enough from the Republican is on the ballot line, I'm fine with leaving it blank or casting a protest or write-in vote.  Withholding votes sends a message that half-Dems aren't worth our full support, and seeing a lot of Democratic voters leaving a ballot line blank sends a pretty strong message to the state and national parties about what we want from our nominees.

        That said, I would be voting for Deeds were I still in Virginia (even with his arm's-length position on the public option, his health care program is light years better than McDonnell's, and he's better on most every other issue as well).  It's the rationale that gets you to that vote, and not necessarily the outcome, that I disagree with.

        "When those windmills start to chop people up, tilting at them may not only be rational, but may become a necessity." -arodb

        by JR on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 09:39:07 AM PDT

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    •  wrong on public option (4+ / 0-)
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      he neither supports nor opposes until he sees what it is.  His focus is on getting coverage, and if the only way to get there is a public option he will accept it, but if there are better ways without a public option, he will consider that as well.  He is less concerned with the mechanism than with the outcome.

      On cap and trade - I don't agree with him, but I still think he is superior to McDonnell on environmental issues.  

      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 Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 07:29:53 AM PDT

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    •  Well then, I sure as spit (0+ / 0-)

      am glad you don't live in VA! Irrespective of the campaign he ran, he would be a good governor. Just saying.

      'No red states,no blue states' applies to the PEOPLE, Mr. President, not to the US Senate!

      by CoyoteMarti on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 09:23:19 AM PDT

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    •  personally... (0+ / 0-)

      I think he's a ringer. Didn't expect to win his parties nomination and doesn't want to win the Governership, or is throwing the race. More the reason to include the choice "None of the Above" on all ballots.

      •  bullshit - (3+ / 0-)
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        JR, VA Breeze, Virginia mom

        Creigh lost the AG race by less than 400 votes 4 years ago.  You think HE is a ringer?  He has served in public office for years, as a prosecutor, a Delegate (where his fellow Dems selected him as caucus chair) and as a State Senator.

        One well connected blogger points out that had we had a convention instead of a primary Deeds probably would have won that just as easily.

        In places around the Commonwealth where they know him, he did astoundingly well:  in a 3 way primary he took over 95% in Highland and Bath Counties, over 70% in C=Ville and over 60% in Albemarle.

        He won Arlington, next door to Brian Moran[s home base of Alexandria.

        He won 10 of 11 Congressional districts.

        He wants to win.  And to even imagine he is throwing the race seems to indicate you are under the influence of something, and it is not reality.

        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 Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 09:39:19 AM PDT

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  •  If Women Vote For McDonnell In VA (7+ / 0-)

    they will get what they deserve.  If they thnk that McDonnell is a moderate than I have a bridge to sell all Virginians.

  •  I'm not really invested in this race. Deeds (0+ / 0-)

    hasn't run a great campaign and is quite Conservative. He's probably better then McDonnell on a host of social issues. For that reason alone I hope by some miracle Deeds does win the race. Especially after hearing of that thesis McDonnell wrote for College. Talk about regressive....yeesh.

    •  he is not so conservative (6+ / 0-)

      he is totally pro choice.  he is pro public education.  By Virginia standards he is fairly pro labor.

      He is a Virginia moderate.  He is no more conservative than is Mark Warner, who incidentally is still the most popular active politician in the state.  He is somewhat more liberal than John Warner, who was the most popular politician in the state until he retired.

      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 Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 07:27:22 AM PDT

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    •  McDonnell is a clean cut front man (3+ / 0-)

      for the radical religious right. He's not regressive, he's reactionary.

      Anyone not one of Falwell's army, even centrist, ought to be scared to death he might get elected.

      Deeds had a winning theme that McDonnell would take VA backward, and he needs to go back and hit that theme hard again now.

      Please, Lib, get invested. We will be sorry in VA if we lose this one.

      •  I'm not hoping for McDonnell to win. (0+ / 0-)

        Based on what I read about him your description sounds exactly correct. I hope Deeds gets back on message as to why he is superior to McDonnell. You have to give the electorate a reason to vote for you and not just against the other candidate because he is a social authoritarian.

  •  Nice to find something about (2+ / 0-)

    something I know nothing about.


    Oh no, the dead have risen and they're voting Republican. - Lisa Simpson

    by LaFeminista on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 07:39:05 AM PDT

  •  Right now Deeds need to closely link (4+ / 0-)

    himself with Obama, like a Siamese twin.

    Whatever glitch or disagreement or disapproval was holding distance between them earlier, it needs to be slammed shut tight now. Obama's hand needs to be on Creigh's shoulder.

    Obama needs to be on Virginia like butter on toast.

    And Deeds maybe ought to slyly play up the reason why Sheila Johnson went for McDonnell: Deeds refused to trash the unions the way she wanted him to.  He's a populist and a progressive. She and her money aren't.

  •  Sorry about the "unrecommend" (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    ....three times this weekend, I've clicked to recommend and unrecommend pops up and can't be reversed.  Is it only me?

    This diary is informative and I wanted to express appreciation by recommending. I live across country from VA but politics there are particularly interesting.

    •  Seems to be working the way it should. (0+ / 0-)

      First, the button says "Recommend."  If you hit it, you're recorded as "recommending" (if you want to check it, hit "View Recommendations" -- your userid should appear in the list) and the button switches to "Unrecommend"  in case you change your mind.  (Kossacks always have the right to change their minds.)  The presence of an "unrecommend" button thus  indicates you have recommended, not unrecommended.


      •  Thanks for the advice. There ... (0+ / 0-)

        really is a tech problem; I emailed tech help this morning.  I've been on KOS for three years, so I understand the recommend function but lately every time I click Recommend, it comes up Unrecommend.

        •  that's what it is supposed to do (1+ / 0-)
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          that means you HAVE recommended it, so they only option left would be to UNRecommend it

          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 Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 06:10:42 PM PDT

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  •  I hope the republicans don't sweep in VA... (1+ / 0-)
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    And you weren't kidding about Cuccinelli, Teacherken.

    Of course, the Free Lance-Star did endorse Democrat Steve Shannon over his Republican opponent Ken Cuccinelli for Attorney General, but then it could be said that Cuccinelli is one of the few men in public life in Virginia who could truly make McDonnell SEEM like a moderate in comparison.

    I don't know him but he's a friend of a friend; he is a true, unfliching, unwavering and uncompromising wingnut. He's a real movement conservative and I shudder at the thought he could win and, even worse, continue to rise in politics.

  •  Deeds fucked up, sorry it aint gonna happen (0+ / 0-)

    He started too late, said the wrong things, didn't understand NoVA.

    "the government is full of vampires!" - Glenn Beck

    by superHappyInDC on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 08:57:25 AM PDT

  •  We'll probably lose this one (0+ / 0-)

    on minority and student turnout. My activist friends in Richmond and Henrico County report many of their older black friends were suspicious of Deeds' SW VA roots from the get go. They would never ever vote Republican, but it's going to be a struggle to get them to the polls. They've got car pools going to try to drag as many along as they can, but... Sigh.

    Glad to see the Roanoke Times is still in there swinging. When I lived there, it was always interesting to see them pushing against the pink tide.

    'No red states,no blue states' applies to the PEOPLE, Mr. President, not to the US Senate!

    by CoyoteMarti on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 09:14:22 AM PDT

    •  Why the student turnout? (0+ / 0-)

      The Young Dems have worked very hard, including this weekend on GOTV.
      They have knocked 1000's of doors.

      Deeds' kids are working on the college vote-too.

      Tuesday, Obama will appear with Deeds at the "Ted" at Old Dominion University.

      I think the college kids, under-represented in polls, are Deeds' secret weapon.

      There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it. ~Author Unknown

      by VA Breeze on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 10:43:38 AM PDT

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  •  Va is in for a rough 4 years (0+ / 0-)

    The whole republican slate is more interested in getting their social agenda done than anything else.
    Deeds is going to lose big and the state will regret it.

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