Are Democrats bailing on Deeds?This is painful.
The Washington Post
Washington -- Sensing that victory in the race for Virginia governor is slipping away, Democrats at the national level are laying the groundwork to blame a loss in a key swing state on a weak candidate who ran a poor campaign that failed to fully embrace President Obama until days before the election.
Senior administration officials have expressed frustration with how Democrat Creigh Deeds has handled his campaign for governor, refusing early offers of strategic advice and failing to reach out to several key constituencies that helped Obama win Virginia in 2008, they say.
A senior administration official said Deeds badly erred on several fronts, including not doing a better job of coordinating with the White House.
A second administration official speaking on condition of anonymity, said: "Obama, Kaine and others had drawn a road map to victory in Virginia. Deeds chose another path." [link]
The fact that Bolling is leaving Wagner in the dust and Cuccinelli is trouncing Shannon should tell you that this goes beyond anything Deeds did or didn't do. In fact, the argument can - and will - be made that this is a referendum on Obama's success - or lack thereof - in getting this once-great country back on its feet.
But to the point: With friends like these,who needs enemies?
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It appears that Democrats here in Virginia are not taking Obama's back-stabbing well. See "Democrat blasts White House for anonymous sniping."
As you might imagine, they have a different excuse for Deeds's impending drubbing. Roanoke's own king-maker, Mudcat Saunders, came up with this gem:
"The Democrats right now are a real bruised brand right now where I am. There was so much energy put into last year's race, everybody's just burned out. You can't get anybody fired up."
Call it The Viagra Effect.
The fact that McDonnell has been able to do just that - get his followers standing tall and all-fired-up - kinda shoots that apology down.
Got a better excuse there, Mudcat?