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Saturday, October 24, 2009

This Is How Obama Treats His Friends?

Looks like poor Creigh Deeds has now been tossed into the same category with Fox News:
Are Democrats bailing on Deeds?
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]
This is painful.

And unseemly.

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?


I wanted to bring to your attention a kinda cool interactive map that the Roanoke Times has put together that shows all the mountains that surround the Roanoke valley.  Go to "Interactive graphic: Mountains of the Roanoke area."

Here's the cool part:

"Mouse over each mountain in the area to find out more -- and listen to the music of the mountains as you do. Then explore a little further -- learn more about exploring the ridges in our area, and catch a glimpse from some of the favorites."

You're left wondering: How did they do that?

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** Yes, I wrote that sentence about the pesky dog and the annoying neighbor as you read it just to have a little fun.

Prognosis Improves For Conservative Takeover in 2010

Quote of the Day

On that mysterious overflight of Northwest 188 bound for Minneapolis the other day, the New York Times:
A police report released Friday said the pilots passed breathalyzer tests and were apologetic after the flight. The report also said that the crew indicated they had been having a heated discussion about airline policy.

But aviation safety experts and other pilots were deeply skeptical they could have become so distracted by shop talk that they forgot to land an airplane carrying 144 passengers. [link]
A multiple choice quiz.  Which is the preferable excuse for the flight crew of a passenger airliner with 144 souls on board to have flown 150 miles beyond their destination:

a) "We were drunk."

b) "We fell asleep."

c) "We forgot what we were doing."

Let's hope to God there's a (d).

For The 'Family Values' Voter

"The Family Foundation Action" has released a neat little YouTube checklist of issues (hey, it's 2009, you think they're going to use snail mail?) that are important to the social values voters here in the commonwealth.  Issues centering around abortion, hate crimes, gay marriage, abstinence education, etc.  Want to know where Creigh Deeds and Bob McDonnell stand on the issues that are most important to you?

The video:

Information is a good thing.  The more the better.  If you believe in democracy, as I do, you know that an informed electorate is critical to America's future.  Use this information to make Virginia a better place to live and prosper.

For more information on The Family Foundation Action go here.

What's Going On Here?

Before we get into that upstate New York race and talk a bit about the Whig Party (say what?), it might be instructive to read this:
73% of GOP Voters Say Congressional Republicans Have Lost Touch With Their Base
Rasmussen Reports

President Obama told an audience at a Democratic Party fundraiser Wednesday night that Republicans often “do what they’re told,” but GOP voters don’t think their legislators listen enough to them.

Just 15% of Republicans who plan to vote in 2012 state primaries say the party’s representatives in Congress have done a good job of representing Republican values.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 73% think Republicans in Congress have lost touch with GOP voters from throughout the nation. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided. [link]
73% of Republicans think Washington Republicans don't represent them.  Add to that the mountain of voters - like me - who'd like to someday consider themselves to be Republicans if they were ever given a good reason why they should, and you have a whole lot of disaffected people out here with which to make a pretty darn powerful party.

With that understood, what's going on in New York's 23rd Congressional District?
Top Republicans jump ship in NY-23
By Andy Barr,

Some of the most prominent names in national Republican Party politics are lining up against the GOP nominee in a key upstate New York House special election, the latest being former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who weighed in Friday.

In endorsing Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman in the Nov. 3 contest, Santorum joined former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachmann, former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes, all of whom announced their backing for the conservative third-party candidate this week.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty suggested Friday that he might be the next well-known Republican to break with the party establishment and support Hoffman. When asked about the race Friday during an interview with ABC, he expressed frustration with GOP nominee Dede Scozzafava and said he will “probably” endorse in the race.

Scozzafava, a state assemblywoman who supports gay marriage, abortion rights and has a close relationship with leading labor officials in her region, has been the target of sustained criticism from conservatives who claim that she is so liberal that they cannot in good conscience support her candidacy. As evidence, they point to her unofficial endorsement from the leading liberal blog Daily Kos. [link]
Reminds one of Obama's late-innings abandonment of Creigh Deeds here in Virginia, no?

Well, no.

In the case of poor Creigh, he agrees philosophically with everything the Democratic Party - state and national - stands for.  Obama and friends are simply scrambling to not be associated with his upcoming loss.  But in the New York race, there is a growing effort within the Republican Party to better define itself.  To get away from the idiotic "electability" thought process that brought the GOP big wins for both President Dole and President McCain.  I'm sure that's what prompted the state party to endorse the candidacy of the liberal Dede Scozzafava.  She was "electable."

New York?  Liberal?  Makes perfect sense, right?

Well, not to upstate New Yorkers, who are, by and large, far from liberal, but who find themselves in the throes of a liberal mindset in Albany that has brought about economic ruin to the area they call home. So conservatives there - and they are legion - are turning away from the GOP candidate and are moving toward ... the conservative.


Which brings us to the Whig Party. (The party of Lincoln, by the way.  Look it up).

The Whig Party was powerful enough in 1848 to elect Zachary Taylor for president.  And a mere decade later it was in ruins.  In 15 years it had effectively disappeared.


Because a large percentage of its membership had decided that the party no longer represented its base.  Those members (most of them anyway) switched to a new party that called itself the Republican Party.

Think about it (Newt).  Do something about it.

You want the GOP to be the party of inclusion?  I'd be concerned right now, if I were you, about it being a party.

We'll Keep Hammering The Message Home

Before too long, the blockheads in Washington will get the message.

From that Pew survey of ongoing American opinion about global warming:

I should clarify that header for the Pew people.  In fact NOBODY IS EXPERIENCING  SOLID EVIDENCE OF GLOBAL WARMING.  Because the planet, since last century (1998) has been cooling.  It's the perception that's changing.  And changing for the better.

Now if we can get the message to the nitwits in Washington ...

Why We Love Annie B

Delegate Anne B. Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville) has a new TV ad running.  It hits on all the key points that a good conservative would want to see in a 30-second spot:

"Annie B is working for tax incentives to bring new businesses and jobs."

"She's fighting higher taxes that hurt struggling families."

"She's working to grow our economy and not our government."

And, of course, what she's known for most:

"Working throughout the district to solve people's problems."

Good stuff.

You go, girl.

It's Gotta Be Annie B.

* It's refreshing to see a political ad that doesn't have the candidate saying something goofy like, "I'm for education." Or "I'm for good schools and clean air."  Which falls in the same category as "I'm for all life on earth continuing to exist." Duh.