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TPM is reporting that Virgil Goode has qualified for the ballot as a presidential candidate in Virginia.

I can't see how this is anything but good news for President Obama and Democrats as a whole. I don't know a whole lot about Virgil Goode (I try not to needlessly inflict this kind of person on myself), but if memory serves, he is a rabid right-wing-nut, southern flavor.

Even a couple percentage point swing in President Obama's favor in this critical swing state may make all the difference in the world.


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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain. Friedrich Schiller

    by databob on Tue Sep 04, 2012 at 09:36:10 AM PDT

  •  Wait, I'm confused. (2+ / 0-)
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    mikeconwell, Nowhere Man

    Is this also good news for John McCain?

    Buwahaha! Damn, the Republican Clown Car is really getting a work out this election cycle. WTF is that asshat thinking? Oh, wait, it's Virgil Goode, anything beyond "Me! Me! Me!" is out of the question when it comes to "thoughts".

    Romney's religion is only an issue because he's a high priest in the Church of Mammon.

    by ontheleftcoast on Tue Sep 04, 2012 at 09:42:41 AM PDT

  •  several comment (3+ / 0-)
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    Nowhere Man, databob, rfahey22

    1.  Ken Cuccinelli, AG of Virginia (and right-wing nut case), plans to examine all of Goode's signatures for fraud

    2. PPP polled Virginia including Goode (but not Green nor Libertarian candidates, both of which are also on ballot), in July, and showed Obama 49%, Romney 35%, and Goode 9% in Virginia.

    3.  My own analysis is that Goode will take 2-3% from what might otherwise go to Romney.

    4.  Remember that Obama beat McCain in VA in 52.7% to 46.4%, or 6.3%.  

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Tue Sep 04, 2012 at 09:59:02 AM PDT

  •  over in Wingerland there are people discussing (1+ / 0-)
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    if he has time to get on the ballot in other states.  Yep the TP is desperate enough to dump Mitt to actually start discussing this guy as an alternative.

    True believers are not mislead by attempts by the AG to disqualify his petitions as he turned in almost twice as many signatures as he needed and fewer than 5% are being questioned, again according to Wingerville reports.

    At any rate, this is almost as good as Newt announcing a third party run with Trump as his VP (or vice versa)

  •  Third-party numbers dwindle over time (0+ / 0-)

    But still, taking a percentage point or three from Romney would definitely help (I wouldn't expect anything more than that, no matter what the polls say).

    The pleasure of hating...eats into the heart of religion...[and] makes patriotism an excuse for carrying fire, pestilence, and famine into other lands. - W. Hazlitt

    by rfahey22 on Tue Sep 04, 2012 at 10:08:11 AM PDT

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