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Friday, October 27, 2006

Y'all Be Nice To The Strangers

A whole host of vaguely familiar faces came blowing through the area yesterday:
Warner, Boucher join Webb on campaign trail
By Clifford Jeffery, Kingsport Times-News

BRISTOL, Va. - With 12 days until the election, U.S. Senate hopeful Jim Webb made a stop Thursday morning at the Bristol train station.

Webb is running against incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. George Allen.

About 130 people - many of them members of the United Mine Workers of America holding signs of support for Webb - braved cold, wet weather to see Webb and former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner and U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va. (
No need to worry yourself. Warner won't ever be able to raise your taxes again, Webb won't ever be granted the opportunity, and Boucher can't inflict much damage as long as the Republicans hold a majority in Congress.

And they left as quickly as they arrived. Boucher went back to his permanent residence in Washington, Warner went back to Hollywood, and Webb, it is rumored, will soon be going back to writing abberant sexual porn ...

Photo courtesy of the Kingsport Times-News

Two More Years!

Someone once said that money is the mother's milk of politics. That might go a long way toward explaining the lack of fight in this election season here in the "Fightin' 9th" Congressional district. Rick Boucher's got lots of it and Bill Carrico doesn't.

Money that is. Or fight, for that matter.

It's so bad that I can honestly - and sadly - report (and Paula even mentioned the same thing yesterday) a sighting of a Bill Carrico for Congress yard sign for the first time this year - at the Subway as you enter Bland from I-77. The only one I've ever seen. In all my travels.

I did hear a Carrico radio spot the other day. The first one. The script was solid but the narrator sounded like she was in a high school civics class reading her lines and Carrico sounded like he had just awakened from a long nap. Telling, I think.

Anyway, in related news, the Roanoke Times ... drumroll ... endorses Rick Boucher for Congress again:

Boucher in the 9th
Rick Boucher has been a tireless advocate for a district that has been buffeted by changes in the global economy.

If re-elected, Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Abingdon, will celebrate his 25th anniversary in Congress during his next term. The 9th Congressional District he has represented so ably should celebrate, too.

Boucher is a sensible pragmatist, a valuable remnant of a less partisan age in Congress.

Boucher has earned the opportunity to celebrate that silver anniversary, and we heartily recommend him to the voters of the 9th Congressional District. (link)

They got it half right. Boucher is indeed a remnant. In fact he's a remnant of an age when Democrats ran all of Southwest Virginia with an iron fist, worked diligently to elect one another and get re-elected, but did nothing to improve the circumstances of the citizenry here. Drive into Bland and you'll see the remnants of a textile factory and the remnants of an abandoned Ford dealership and the remnants of a car repair shop and the remnants of ...

And Boucher always gets a pass. As he did in this morning's Times endorsement:

Rick Boucher has been a tireless advocate for a district that has been buffeted by changes in the global economy.

Boucher recognizes the economic challenges that face his district, and he has worked hard to make sure the district has the tools to meet those challenges.

A buffeted district. Economic challenges. Let's call it what it is: Decline.

And then there's this bit of shuck-and-weave:

He has helped find funding for industrial parks in 26 of the 27 counties in his district. Boucher has been one of the driving forces behind the effort to expand broadband and other technological infrastructure throughout Southwest Virginia.
Those industrial parks sit virtually abandoned, broadband serves businesses only when there are businesses to utilize it, and as to "other technological infrastructure," I can only assume that Boucher is taking credit for the erection of cellular towers across the region because there ain't no other technological infrastructure going up around here. You go, Rick.

And the horseback riding trail in Scott County he paid for with federal transportation fund dollars doesn't count.

And then there's this:

Boucher says the net creation of 40,000 jobs in the district since 1983 is ample evidence of success.
Actually, in the TV commercial I saw him in last night, Boucher is claiming he created 41,000 net new jobs in the decades he's been in office. The number must have grown in just the last fews days. Astounding bit of luck on our part.

Former employees of Mack Truck, Ethan Allen, Celanese Acetate, Johnson & Johnson, Lear Corp., Tultex, Spring Ford Industries, National Textiles, Buster Brown, Natalie Knitting Mills, American of Martinsville, Virginia Glove, Virginia House Furniture, Lea Industries, ArvinMeritor, Alcoa Wheels, Rowe Furniture, VF Knitwear, Vaughan Furniture, Webb Furniture, Burlington Industries, Renfro, Hooker Furniture, Bristol Compressors, Stanley Furniture, Dana Corporation, Thomasville Furniture, Sara Lee Branded Apparel, Bassett Furniture Industries, and Pulaski Furniture were unavailable for comment.

Not explained is how Boucher can boast of having created 40,000 or 41,000 or 6 trillion new jobs and yet, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, since Boucher originally took office in 1983, Lee, Dickenson, Tazewell, and Buchanan counties have lost population and Scott, Pulaski, Patrick, Wise, Russell, and Smyth counties are, as I write this, losing population. I know Damascus is booming, what with the Virginia Creeper Trail now running alongside it, but an outfitters store, a bicycle shop, and two new fast food restaurants do not account for that 40,000 number. 16 maybe. But not 40,000.

In any case, the Times endorses Rick Boucher for re-election, Bill Carrico has gone back to that rudely interrupted nap, and Southwest Virginia will ... endure.

Finally, A Confession. Or Not.

I saw this blaring headline in the Washington Post this morning and immediately knew that the publisher had had enough of the paper's underhanded tactics as they relate to unseating Senator George Allen. Macaca. Confederate flag. Cowboy hat. Specious allegations of comments about black people from 40 years ago. Enough was enough:
Campaign Tactics Veer Toward Smear
Well, no. I turned to the article and it turned out to be about a number of Republicans around the country who have run ads that the staff at the Post didn't like.

I should have known.

Webb's Getting His Money's Worth

I saw this Raising Kaine post as I was perusing Virginia Political Blogs and had to shake my head. This puppy has to be 15,000 words. Jim Webb's perverse child porn novels aren't that long.

Do they think anyone is actually going to devote the rest of the day to reading their War And Peace-rivaling tome?

They must get paid by the word. That's the only thing I can figure ...

Our Governor. What a Guy.

Tim Kaine has found himself to be incapable of doing anything to fix the roads up in northern Virginia. Or to bring prosperity to Southwest Virginia - other than to create a website that implores our young graduates to return here from up yonder where there are actual jobs and a future.

So he does what's easy. He banishes smokers, just as winter is setting in, to sub-zero temperatures and frostbite-inducing winds:
Kaine bans smoking in most state offices
By Dionne Walker, Associated Press

RICHMOND -- Gov. Timothy M. Kaine yesterday ordered smoking banished from the majority of state offices and from all state-owned vehicles on Jan. 1, a move he hoped would set a health-conscious example in a state known for its tobacco industry. (
link) [my emphasis]
Let me rework that last clause so as to provide some honesty and clarity:

... a transparently superficial move he hopes will make gullible Virginians think he's not just sitting on his ass and getting nothing done.

Accuracy in journalism. A bold concept.

Tim Kaine. A bold politician.

Oh. What?

More clerics should emulate this guy. All us red-blooded males like women and meat:
Cleric likens women, meat
By Rohan Sullivan, Associated Press (
Oh. "Likens." I get it.

Actually I don't. And don't want to.

A Good Line

Los Angeles, Oct. 26 — This is a city where it is possible to not lay eyes on a police officer for three months and yet be assaulted by a dozen parking tickets in a week.

Jennifer Steinhauer, "The $164 Million Question: What’s Overdue in Los Angeles?," The New York Times

Today's Word

Dizzy. That's the word the New York Times is using to describe the Democrats' position(s) on the war on terror (as it relates to the battle currently raging in Iraq):
Democrats Are Divided on a Solution for Iraq
By John M. Broder, The New York Times

Washington, Oct. 26 — If the Nov. 7 election in the United States is a referendum on the Iraq war, what are the choices?

Democratic leaders and candidates are virtually unanimous in opposing the president’s conduct of the war, and most advocate American disengagement — either quickly or slowly. But most are not calling for an immediate withdrawal of American forces or offering a vision of what postwar Iraq should look like. They say they stand for change, but the variety of formulations is dizzying. (
link) [my emphasis]
Well, maybe the Times doesn't view Democrats as being dizzy. Just dizzying. But their positions on all matters foreign and domestic have been dizzying for a long, long time. We all know that.

This is news?

It Was Four Renegade Judges!

According to the New York Times, the issue of gay marriage has resurfaced because Republicans have schemed it so:

G.O.P. Moves Fast to Reignite Issue of Gay Marriage
By Sheryl Gay Stolberg, The New York Times

Washington, Oct. 26 — The divisive debate over gay marriage, which played a prominent role in 2004 campaigns but this year largely faded from view, erupted anew on Thursday as President Bush and Republicans across the country tried to use a court ruling in New Jersey to rally dispirited conservatives to the polls.

Wednesday’s ruling, in which the New Jersey Supreme Court decided that gay couples are entitled to the same legal rights and financial benefits as heterosexual couples, had immediate ripple effects, especially in Senate races in some of the eight states where voters are considering constitutional amendments to ban gay marriage. (link)
In Manhattan, where amorality reigns supreme, it's probably true that this issue wasn't on the radar screen. In the real world, however, the decay of our moral values has been uppermost on our list of concerns for many years. As is our concern that four renegade liberal judges can take it upon themselves to, willy-nilly, rewrite a constitution.

This is why we are going to say YES to Amendment 1 on the Virginia ballot next month, making it clear to liberals who think they can tamper with our most cherished documents that they'll never do it here.

Not here. Not now. Not ever.

A handful - four! - of damned Democrats will not override our God-given right to control our own destiny.

The Paranoia Begins To Set In ... III

Democrats are afraid black people will not vote on the 7th because of concerns about voting booths (manned by Democrats) and voting machines (supervised by Democrats) and voting officials (who will mostly be Democrats):

Democrats Fear Disillusionment in Black Voters
By Ian Urbina, The New York Times

For Democrats ..., black voter turnout will be crucial on Election Day. But despite a generally buoyant Democratic Party nationally, there are worries among Democratic strategists in some states that blacks may not turn up at the polls in big enough numbers because of disillusionment over past shenanigans.

“This notion that elections are stolen and that elections are rigged is so common in the public sphere that we’re having to go out of our way to counter them this year,” said Donna Brazile, a Democratic strategist.

This will be the first midterm election in which the Democratic Party is mobilizing teams of lawyers and poll watchers, to check for irregularities including suppression of the black vote, in at least a dozen of the closest districts, Ms. Brazile said. (
That's right. It's hopeless, you black people. When you go into the voting booth, the machine will detect your skin color and will not allow you to vote. So stay at home.

Let me say something to all of you, white and black alike: If you're so stupid as to believe this nonsense, do us all a favor and stay in the house and watch Oprah on election day. We don't need beanbrains deciding the future of our great nation.

Good grief.

Now That's Resolve

In a time of war, you want someone ordering our troops into battle who's resolute. Who's unhesitating. Who doesn't bend to the fury of the storm. Who stands strong while others cower.

Instead, you may get Hillary:
Absorbing Gay Pain & Praise, Clinton Says She's Evolved
By Paul Schindler, Gay City News

In an appearance early Wednesday evening in front of roughly three-dozen LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual] leaders, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton indicated that she would not oppose efforts by Eliot Spitzer, the odds-on favorite to become the new governor, to enact a same-sex marriage law in New York.

She also suggested that language she used when she first ran for the Senate in 2000 explaining her opposition to marriage equality based on the institution's moral, religious, and traditional foundations had not reflected the "many long conversations" she's had since with "friends" and others, and that her advocacy on LGBT issues "has certainly evolved." (
Hillary's position on gay matters has "evolved." And, as with her here-one-day-there-the-next stance on the war on terror, her interpretations will continue to "evolve." Do you want someone running the country who doesn't have a clear understanding of the issues of the day?

Ain't no training wheels or diapers allowed at the White House, babe.

Hat tip to Matt Drudge.