Friday, November 07, 2008
Of course, if the map included population density, it would be a whole lot more enlightening.
Still, I'm going with the argument that Virginia is still a red state because most of Virginia is red. And I'm sticking to it.
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* Note, by the way, how red Southwest and Southside Virginia have become.
* Map courtesy of the Roanoke Times
Turnout points to Obama's coal woesEarth to Vern: That's not a reason for Obama's loss; that's an explanation for polls being skewed. As a party honcho, you should know the difference.
By Lawrence Hammack, The Roanoke Times
On a day when Democrats had every reason to be energized, and in a county where they rarely lose an election, voters stayed away from the polls by the thousands.
In Buchanan County, turnout was just 53 percent Tuesday -- the lowest of any city or county in the state.
And among those who did vote, support for Barack Obama was so lukewarm in this coal-mining corner of Southwest Virginia that the Democratic candidate for president lost to a Republican for the first time since 1972, when Richard Nixon trounced George McGovern.
"I hate to say this, but I believe a lot of Democrats just couldn't vote for him," said Vern Presley, a Grundy lawyer who is chairman of the county Democratic committee.
Presley was shocked by the outcome in his county. And puzzled, he said, after seeing the local Democratic base turn out in force for rallies and other events leading up to the election.
"There is no other reason that I can point to other than to call it the Bradley effect," Presley said, referring to the theory that voters unwilling to vote for a black candidate will insist otherwise to pollsters and others. The phenomenon is named after former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, a black candidate who led in the polls but lost the race for California governor in 1982. (link)
As for the real reason why Buchanan County turned against the Democratic Party, here's a clue, Vern: Everyone in Buchanan is - either directly or indirectly - dependent on those coal companies that Barack Obama is now going to drive into bankruptcy, and they voted defensively. They don't wish to be unemployed. Your guy has declared it to be his policy (his word) to destroy the industry they depend on for food on their table and medicine in the cabinet.
Shocking? Only if your head's been in those hope&change clouds.
From the same Roanoke Times article:
Far more often than not, 'Dickenson goes Democratic,' said Kay Edwards, vice chairwoman of the county's Democratic committee. On Tuesday it went for McCain, albeit by just 46 votes.
Why was it different this time?
'I think a lot of it is prejudice,' Edwards said.
Voters in Dickenson County are racist assholes. This from the (vice) leader of the local Democratic Party.
Right out of the "How to win friends and influence people" playbook.
Unopposed in a year that saw his district vote overwhelmingly for the Republican presidential candidate in an overwhelmingly Democratic year nationwide.
The leaders of the Virginia GOP couldn't find it within themselves to even try to unseat him. It was decided, apparently, that a loss of cash was worse than permanent minority status in the House of Representatives.
It still chaps my butt when I think about it.
And I'm not alone in my sentiment:
Evolving leadership rolesGoodbye. So long. Let someone who's willing to play offense take over.
Washington Times editorial
It is little wonder that House Republicans lost 25 seats Tuesday, if only because there were too many open seats, no grassroots operation and no money. In any case, the House Republican leadership will be changing.
House Minority Whip Roy Blunt has decided not to seek re-election to his post, an indication that he saw it was time to allow others the opportunity to build the party for the future. (link)
A note to Blunt's replacement: You can't win if you don't try.
Lieberman isn't foolish enough to declare himself to be a Republican henceforth (there are no Republicans in Connecticut anymore), but it would serve Reid well to have to deal with such an event anyway.
Retailers Report a Sales CollapseMaybe retailers need to do what American automakers are attempting to do. Shoppers aren't buying their cars, so they're hoping the U.S. government will buy them. Maybe Nieman Marcus can sell its luxury colognes to the feds too.
By Stephanie Rosenbloom, The New York Times
Sales at the nation’s largest retailers fell off a cliff in October, casting fresh doubt on the survival of some chains and signaling that this will probably be the weakest Christmas shopping season in decades.
The remarkable slowdown hit luxury chains that sell $5,000 designer dresses as badly as stores that offer $18 packs of underwear, suggesting that consumers at all income levels are snapping their wallets shut. (link)
My kinda woman.
Obama faces Cold War threat and a warning from Israel as his computer his hacked by 'foreign entity'So how is Obama going to deal with these very real, and growing, threats? Experience tells us to be on the lookout for another autobiography.
By David Gardner, London Daily Mail
With barely time to savour his triumph, Barack Obama has been confronted with various international crises to test his mettle.
The U.S. President-elect faces threats from Russia, Israel and Afghanistan as it emerged his election team's computers were hacked by a 'foreign entity' during the election.
The first of the challenges thrown at the President-elect, who received his first national security intelligence briefing yesterday, came from the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
He threatened to base warheads along the Polish border if Obama goes ahead with a Bush administration plan to create a missile shield in Eastern Europe.
Then Israel warned Obama last night that his claim that he was ready to open talks with Iran could be seen in the Middle East as a sign of weakness.
Furthermore, Afghanistan's president Hamid Karzai demanded that Obama 'put an end to civilian casualties' by changing U.S. military tactics to avoid airstrikes in the war on the Taliban. He spoke out after seven wedding party guests were accidentally killed by an American airstrike. (link)
"Hope." "Change." Sure felt ... orgasmic ... while it lasted.
Americans have also gotten a good look at his actions, and are reacting accordingly. And I'm not talking about the stock market:
Obama's record on firearms triggers run on sales in stateHere's a helpful hint to those who are afraid of Obama's effort to disarm America. He won't go after your guns. At least not right off the bat. He'll look to destroy the firearms industry (in much the same way he intends to bankrupt the coal industry) by making it impossible to market ammunition.
By Jason Blevins and Nancy Lofholm, The Denver Post
By midday Wednesday, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation's "Insta- Check" background check — required for the sale of a firearm and typically about 8 minutes long — was jammed with waits lasting more than two hours.
Gun-shop owners and buyers said the urgency was fueled by Barack Obama's presidential win and Democrats' increasing their majority in Congress.
"I'm here because of Obama," Wickham said. "I think he's misinterpreted the Second Amendment. It's not about the right to hunt. It's about the right to defend yourself."
"I was selling guns before I even opened the door," said George Horne, owner of The Gun Room. "It's gone completely mad. Everyone is buying everything I've got on the shelves. Sales have been crazy." (link)
Stock up, boys. And it wouldn't hurt to get a reloader, and learn how to use it. We're in for a tough - but limited - time of hardship.