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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Griffith Storming Back?

I wish I had my hands on the details.  But according to Chris Cillizza with the Washington Post, a GOP-sponsored poll that he's been made privy to (but we aren't) has the race here in the 9th District now even.

That's right.

Morgan Griffith has drawn even with Rick Boucher at 44-44.

If it's anywhere close to being true, that means that all the momentum is with the Republican challenger, and the timing couldn't be better.

This may explain the excessively shrill Boucher ad I heard on the radio this afternoon in which he was almost pleading his case to the coal miners of Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, and Wise Counties.  His internal polls show that he's in heap-big trouble and he's in full diaper-wetting mode.

Let's watch and see if these numbers hold up. If they do, we can finally say goodbye to Obama's First Love here in Southwest Virginia.

And not a moment too soon.

Uh oh, Boucher Has Gotten The Wrong Guy Mad

You've all seen and heard those grossly disingenuous ads that 9th District Congressman Rick Boucher has put out there into the political marketplace in which he goes after his challenger, Morgan Griffith, for having raised electricity rates.  Or for having done nothing to stop the raising of rates.  Or for having been there while rates were being raised.  Or for being alive at a time when rates were increasing.  Or ...

Anyway, in making his wild accusations, ol' Rick has pissed off the wrong dude.

In response to Boucher's allegations:
Statement of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli Regarding Recent Discussions of Electricity Rates

Congressmen Tom Perriello and Rick Boucher are both desperately misrepresenting facts to their constituents about electricity rates. As Virginia's Attorney General, I am the lawyer for their constituents in electricity rate cases - like the one concluded this summer with APCo where we actually got the rate for electricity to go down.

When APCo's rates jumped in mid-December, both Senator Robert Hurt and Delegate Morgan Griffith voted for legislation that would immediately cut off APCo's rate jump.

As soon as the Governor signed the bill, that rate jump was cut off, i.e., eliminated. You'd never know that listening to Congressmen Perriello and Boucher twist and contort the history of electricity rates, and you'd think that they have both suddenly begun caring about electricity rates ... despite their voting records to the contrary.

During the biggest single rate hike for APCo in the last several years (2008), this is what the State Corporation Commission had to say about why the rates were increased: 'The record before the Commission reveals that a significant portion of the increase relates to capital expenditures made to generation and distribution facilities needed to provide service to customers. A large portion of this increase is attributable to environmental improvements made to the generation facilities to comply with federal laws and regulations.'

Also, as of December 31st of this year, APCo's rates are scheduled to drop again by 7% after their customers finish paying off the latest round of expenditures made to comply with yet more environmental regulation. At that time, unless something happens between now and then, APCo will have some of the lowest rates in the Commonwealth.

But on the flip side of this discussion, both Perriello and Boucher have taken votes that they knew would raise electricity rates. Boucher even went so far as to personally round up the necessary votes in committee.

I'm talking about their anti-economy vote for cap and trade. Cap and trade is a direct threat to the economy of Central, Southside and Southwest Virginia, not to mention how it would hit every single family right in the wallet to the tune of over $1,000 a year.

For both of these two to vote for cap and trade and then turn around and act as if they are concerned about rising electricity rates is absurd and deceptive. They should be forthright, step up and fully explain on what possible basis they think that cap and trade would be good for either the 5th or the 9th district.

All that Congressman Perriello has said is that he voted for cap and trade to keep us competitive.

Perriello never says how saddling Virginia companies with more regulation and much higher electricity rates will make us more competitive, particularly when our biggest competitors - India and China - stand ready, willing and able to take the jobs those companies have to offer without anywhere near the regulatory burdens or the cost of electricity.

Congressman Boucher's explanation represents disregard of interests of the the people he was elected to represent. He says that he led the way to round up 11 votes in committee to vote for cap and trade to 'keep it from being worse.' The problem with that excuse is that those 11 votes could have (and should have) killed the bill by voting no.

That's all that it would have taken to kill the bill.

Thus, Congressman Boucher has admitted that he had a chance to kill the bill, and he personally saved it, despite the threat the bill poses to Southwest Virginia's economy.

So, what do the people of the 9th district have to look forward to as a result of his efforts?

Steadily increasing electricity rates, a reduction of manufacturing job opportunities, and the absolute gutting of the coal industry... which, in case Congressman Boucher has been spending all his time in Washington, is still very important in Southwest Virginia.

November 2nd can't get here fast enough, so we can get to work to start reviving Virginia's economy in Southside, Central and Southwest Virginia. [received via email] [emphasis in the original]
There you have the facts. Use them accordingly. On November 2.

We can win this thing.

We shall win this thing.

* You will all want to file this magnificent rebuttal in your memory banks.  We'll be needing a new governor before too long.

Griffith Goes For Boucher's Base of Support

What do you as a shrewd politician do when polls show you trailing badly in a particular demographic?

Well, in the case of 9th Congressional District challenger Morgan Griffith and elderly women, you trot out the big guns and hit them where they're most vulnerable.

From Mason Adams over at the "Blue Ridge Caucus":
Pat Boone backs Griffith

Endorsements are a standard part of campaigns in the run-up to Election Day, but 9th District Republican candidate Morgan Griffith announced Monday that he'd secured the nod from an unexpected supporter: easy listening music legend Pat Boone.

Boone announced his endorsement of Griffith over incumbent congressman Rick Boucher and independent Jeremiah Heaton in a taped video.

"We need strong leaders like Morgan Griffith who will fight for lower taxes, a return to the Constitution, and an end to the runaway spending that's bankrupting our country," Boone says.

In a news release, Griffith thanked Boone: "As a long-time admirer of Pat Boone's music and values, I'm proud to receive his endorsement. Protecting Social Security and Medicare for seniors should be Congress' top priority. Instead Congress chose to cut Medicare to pay for Obama's radical health care plan."
All you old ladies out there who have been leaning toward voting for Rick Boucher because of his rugged manliness might now want to reconsider.  Remember "April Love"?  How 'bout givin' ol' Morg some o' that November love? 

Here's what this election comes down to, ladies:  What's it going to be, Pat Boone ...


... or Muscles McGirk?

 Expect a dramatic shift in that demographic beginning yesterday.

Quote of the Day

From Jennifer Rubin:
This is rich: Maureen Dowd is aggrieved because Republican women are insufficiently demure. The grand dame of the Gray Lady, whose columns are distinguished not by their blindingly clever policy insights (her research is confined to taxi cabs in Manhattan) but by her own particular brand of nasty armchair psychology (not to mention plagiarism), is beside herself ...

But don’t you see? Only liberal women are permitted to spew bile at their male political adversaries. Heaven forbid telegenic, principled conservative women should upend their liberal opponents, ascend the political ladder, and grab the spotlight. Bad enough there was Sarah; now there is a whole flock of them. You can understand why Dowd is green with envy.
"Dowd Unhinged - Again," Commentary magazine, October 17, 2010

Why The Democrats Will Lose Big

They repeatedly lied to us.

Not long ago:

"Health care reform plans being considered in Congress will finally reduce the costs of health care."
-- Barack Obama, December 15, 2009 --

Today:
Citing health care law, Boeing pares employee plan
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press Write

Washington – Aerospace giant Boeing is joining the list of companies that say the new health care law could have a potential downside for their workers.

In a letter mailed to employees late last week, the company cited the overhaul as part of the reason it is asking some 90,000 nonunion workers to pay significantly more for their health plan next year. A copy of the letter was obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

"The newly enacted health care reform legislation, while intended to expand access to care for millions of uninsured Americans, is also adding cost pressure as requirements of the new law are phased in over the next several years," wrote Rick Stephens, Boeing's senior vice president for human resources.

Boeing is the latest major employer to signal a shift for its workers as a result of the legislation, which expands coverage to more than 30 million uninsured people and ranks as President Barack Obama's top domestic achievement. Earlier, McDonald's had raised questions about whether a limited benefit plan that serves some 30,000 of its employees would remain viable under the law. That prompted the administration to issue McDonald's a waiver from certain requirements under the law. [link]
Obama, his Democratic henchmen, and every liberal editorialist and columnist in the country kept telling us that his plan would pay for the health care of an additional 30 million people who hadn't been paying their own way before, provide much improved coverage for everyone else, and reduce costs.

We kept telling all of them that they were lying through their teeth. (Or, in the case of the Roanoke Times editorial page, that they just weren't very bright.)

And now that the curtain has been pulled back, with each passing day, we are proven right.

They all deserve to be ridden out on a rail.  And ObamaCare needs to be repealed.  NOW.

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It's not quite on point, but I'll never forget this line from the Times editorial page, in an effort to promote Obama's plan:

"Children younger than 26 will be permitted to stay on their parents' insurance even if they have completed their schooling."

Children younger than 26.  (And they still believed the plan would reduce everyone's costs.)

Laughable.

What The NRA & VFW Didn't Realize

You know by now all about the decisions by the NRA and the VFW-PAC to endorse liberal - even ultra-liberal - candidates in congressional races around the country in the election upcoming.  And you know how much flak each has received over that misguided decision.

You and I know it was misguided, but here's the thing: Both the NRA and the VFW's political action committee thought it would simply be business as usual.  Congressional incumbents are nearly always reelected, right?  And no one wants to anger someone who has the purse strings and the ability to make life miserable in their grasp.  So it made perfect sense to go with the likes of Rick Boucher and Tom Perriello here in Virginia.  As well as every other incumbent around the country.  It's always worked before, right?  Without any problems, right?

Here's the problem:  This year ain't like other years.  The American people are paying attention and taking names.  Both the NRA and the VFW have shamed their memberships.  And their actions won't be forgotten.

I bring this up (again) for a reason.  The VFW (at least) is trying to make amends:
VFW moves to dissolve PAC's board
By Ben Smith, Politico

The National Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Richard Eubank, has moved to amend his organization's bylaws to dissolve its PAC, which is run independently.

The PAC endorsed Democratic incumbents starting with Nancy Pelosi based on their votes on a relatively small number of votes to do with veterans in a year when many VFW members are siding against Democrats on broader policy concerns, and the PAC has already refused the VFW's entreaty that it "rescind" its endorsement.

"[T]he recent endorsement decisions have, in fact, harmed the VFW’s reputation and future ability to fulfill our mission," writes Eubank in a memo to members posted on the milblog BlackFive, citing negative publicity. "I cannot let this erosion of public support for our great organization continue."

A PAC official told me last week that they always endorse based on the narrower criteria, and always take a certain amount of flack over it. The parent organization's move is yet another sign that this year is different. [link]
"[T]hey always endorse based on the narrower criteria, and always take a certain amount of flack over it."  In other words, they have only concerned themselves with being on the right side of those Congressional incumbents, members be damned.  Some will complain.  Oh, well.

Not any longer, hot dog.

The VFW is to be commended for coming to its senses.

The NRA?

God only knows ...

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I can't let it go without noting - the VFW-PAC endorsed Nancy Pelosi for reelection.  If that's not a travesty, nothing is.