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A Double-Digit Loss for the Post?Using the words "the Post" and "total loss" in the same sentence gives me goosebumps.
By Jennifer Rubin, Commentary
The Washington Post went all in for Creigh Deeds this year, endorsing him in the primary and running nonstop attacks on Bob McDonnell’s alleged views on women and social issues. If, as it now appears, McDonnell runs away with the race, voters whose awareness of the gubernatorial race have been limited to what appeared in the Post might be left scratching their heads. They’ll be even more shocked if the other statewide races and a batch of House of Delegate races go to Republicans. The Post, which endorsed nearly every Democrat on the ballot, didn’t give much of a hint as to why there might be a Republican onslaught.
The most the Post has been able to muster is this sort of Democratic-laden spin provided by David Broder on the final Sunday. He bemoans that Deeds just couldn’t connect with the Obama voters who came out in 2008:
"But Deeds, a soft-spoken campaigner from a rural county, has struggled to connect with those voters. And McDonnell, whose political roots are in the religious right mobilized three decades ago by televangelist Pat Robertson, has run a smart campaign, appealing to suburban voters by opposing taxes and playing down social issues. Virginia has a long-standing habit of voting in its off-year gubernatorial elections opposite to the way the nation went in the previous year’s presidential race, and it appears poised to do so once again."
Did he mention that McDonnell is a socially conservative Christian? You’d think that had some bearing on the outcome of the race. But, funny, no mention of the Post’s own gambit to knock McDonnell out of the race. No explanation of why Deeds didn’t “connect.” Hmm, could be his promise to raise taxes in a recession. And aside from the sense that Virginians are an ornery lot, there’s nary a hint as to why Virginians might be sending a “Stop!” message to D.C. He doesn’t say that McDonnell ran on an expressly anti-big-government stance with particular focus on cap-and-trade, card check, and ObamaCare.
In short, if you relied on the Post, you’d be at a total loss to understand what was going on in Virginia, because the Post and its dutiful columnists have been invested in covering a phony campaign (24/7 thesis coverage) while ignoring the real one. [link]
Poll: McDonnell extending leadI attribute McDonnell's surge to Obama's campaigning for Deeds.
By Bill Bartel, The (Norfolk) Virginia-Pilot
With Virginia's Election Day less than 48 hours away, large numbers of previously undecided voters now say they're supporting Republican candidate for governor Bob McDonnell, giving him 12 percentage point lead over Democrat Creigh Deeds, according to a new poll.
McDonnell, who has been consistently been ahead of Deeds in several voter surveys, was supported by 53 percent of likely voters polled on Wednesday and Thursday compared with 41 percent who favor Deeds, according Mason-Dixon Polling and Research Inc. Six percent were undecided.
President Obama's rousing speech at a rally for Deeds in Norfolk on Tuesday, which the campaign hoped would energize voters, didn't seem to have an effect, said Brad Coker, managing director of Mason-Dixon. [link]
For some time now Frank Rich, Sam Tanenhaus and countless others (including David Frum) have been arguing that the GOP is a rump party and the only way for it to survive is for it to embrace me-too Republicanism of one flavor or another. The story of all three major races (VA, NJ, and NY-23) is that this conventional wisdom was incandescently wrong and ill-advised. Hoffman and McDonnell owe their success to the support of independents (the independents all of these people said wanted moderate, Democrat-lite policies) and to Republicans determined to stay true to conservative principles. Not only was the conventional wisdom wrong, the idea that there's a "civil war" within the GOP revolving around this argument is nonsense. The GOP is an unapologetically conservative party, providing a choice not an echo, and — horror of horrors — it's working."Republicans determined to stay true to conservative principles." A winning strategy. When adopted.
The Golden State isn't worth itTaxpayers are willing to put up with a lot. But there comes a point where they pick up their marbles and play elsewhere. Ask the New Yorkers now living in West Boca. Ask the people of California residing in Idaho. And Nevada. And Texas.
By William Voegeli, L.A. Times
In America's federal system, some states, such as California, offer residents a "package deal" that bundles numerous and ambitious public benefits with the high taxes needed to pay for them. Other states, such as Texas, offer packages combining modest benefits and low taxes. These alternatives, of course, define the basic argument between liberals and conservatives over what it means to get the size and scope of government right.
It's not surprising, then, that there's an intense debate over which model is more admirable and sustainable. What is surprising is the growing evidence that the low-benefit/low-tax package not only succeeds on its own terms but also according to the criteria used to defend its opposite. In other words, the superior public goods that supposedly justify the high taxes just aren't being delivered.
Today's public benefits fail that test, as urban scholar Joel Kotkin of NewGeography.com and Chapman University told the Los Angeles Times in March: "Twenty years ago, you could go to Texas, where they had very low taxes, and you would see the difference between there and California. Today, you go to Texas, the roads are no worse, the public schools are not great but are better than or equal to ours, and their universities are good. The bargain between California's government and the middle class is constantly being renegotiated to the disadvantage of the middle class." [link]
The Vilification of RushThey can't defeat the message. So they go after the messenger.
By Kenneth L. Hutcherson, the American Thinker
Liberals would prefer no opposition. Behind the force field of political correctness, there should never be any disagreement once the liberal mind has decided that something is good for society. There can be no opposition to the "correct" way of thinking, and if you don't think "correctly," you are attacked.
Those who dare to disagree with liberal orthodoxy are punished sooner or later. Not even someone as powerful as Rush Limbaugh, whose dream of part ownership of the St. Louis Rams was shattered by a particularly insidious species of liberal intolerance, is immune.
Freedom is under attack, and we as Americans need to wake up and stop this madness in the greatest nation ever formed. [link]
What if you took everything Yale Law School Hillary has said abroad the last week and put it into the mouth of Idaho BA Sarah Palin?Well, we all know that Hillary is brilliant and Palin's a bimbo. Right?
The press would have gone ballistic about her ignorance of the Middle East, her sermonizing, her scapegoating, her factual errors, etc. (What is it about Palin that drives the elite, especially elite women, crazy? Great looks? That Middle-America accent? The 5 kids and he-man husband? The lack of a powerful father or spouse who could jump-start her “feminist” career with money, contacts, and influence? That Idaho BA? The wink? The charisma and, indeed, sensuality so lacking in her angry critics?).
The Worst Bill EverRight-wing nuts, for decades, sounded the alarm that liberals like Pelosi were subversives hell-bent on doing that which the Soviets failed to accomplish - destroy the United States of America.They're sounding less nutty these days.
Wall Street Journal editorial
Speaker Nancy Pelosi has reportedly told fellow Democrats that she's prepared to lose seats in 2010 if that's what it takes to pass ObamaCare, and little wonder. The health bill she unwrapped last Thursday, which President Obama hailed as a "critical milestone," may well be the worst piece of post-New Deal legislation ever introduced.
In a rational political world, this 1,990-page runaway train would have been derailed months ago. With spending and debt already at record peacetime levels, the bill creates a new and probably unrepealable middle-class entitlement that is designed to expand over time. Taxes will need to rise precipitously, even as ObamaCare so dramatically expands government control of health care that eventually all medicine will be rationed via politics.
Yet at this point, Democrats have dumped any pretense of genuine bipartisan "reform" and moved into the realm of pure power politics as they race against the unpopularity of their own agenda. The goal is to ram through whatever income-redistribution scheme they can claim to be "universal coverage." The result will be destructive on every level—for the health-care system, for the country's fiscal condition, and ultimately for American freedom and prosperity. [link]
Scozzafava Endorses Democrat Bill OwensPredictable.
By Noel Sheppard, NewsBusters
Dede Scozzafava, the Republican and Independence Parties' candidate for the 23rd Congressional District of New York state who suspended her campaign Saturday, announced moments ago she was throwing her support behind Democrat candidate Bill Owens rather than the Conservative Party's Doug Hoffman.
This should make liberal media members ecstatic for the next 48 hours. [link]