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Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Southwest Virginia Is a Vibrant Shade of RED

It never made sense that the most conservative region in the Commonwealth had as its standard-bearer a radical liberal.  Now that incongruity is no more.

Hold our banner high, Mr. Griffith:

Don't defile it.  Don't let us down.  You're our last best hope in these troubled times.

This Is a Day Long Overdue

The news:
GOP ends 3 decades in Congress for Dems' Boucher
By Bob Lewis, AP Political Writer

Richmond, Va. (AP) -- For 28 years, the soft-spoken, bespectacled and bookish Democratic Rep. Rick Boucher rarely even mentioned a Republican challenger's name. Didn't need to.

On Tuesday, the 64-year-old Boucher fell to Republican H. Morgan Griffith, thanks to the congressman's vote for a clean-energy bill that was deemed hostile to coal mining in his mountainous district.

Griffith, the 52-year-old majority leader of the Virginia House who doesn't live in the congressional district he will represent, entered the race last spring because of Boucher's vote for the cap and trade bill. When he did, he was another long shot seemingly destined for disappointment.

But Griffith, who raised only about one-third of the $2.3 million Boucher's campaign amassed, benefited from independent organizations that don't disclose their donors.*

Except for a challenge in 1984, Boucher had won re-election easily in his southwestern Virginia district. He usually carried the district with 60 percent of the vote or more. But on Tuesday night, Griffith took 51 percent of the vote to Boucher's 46 percent.

After conceding the race to Griffith, Boucher told somber supporters, "I'll see you on the trail one of these days."** [link]
It's a good day.

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* "Griffith ... benefited from independent organizations that don't disclose their donors."  So what?  Boucher amassed three times the dollars that Griffith received, and lost.  Boucher's dollars weren't any different from Griffith's.  What was different was the messages sent with those dollars.  Get over it.

** Speaking of those useless hiking trails and bike paths that Rick Boucher funded with our money over the years, what are we going to do with the damn things now?

Final Tallies

In the 5th District, where Obama made it his personal mission to get Tom Perriello reelected, both lost big:

The attempted seizure of our country by the government will produce that result.

And here in the 9th District:

It turned out to not even be close.

As for the details:

Griffith won in Alleghany, Bland, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Grayson, Henry, Lee, Patrick, Pulaski, Roanoke, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Wise, Wythe, and Washington Counties.

Boucher took Buchanan, Dickenson, Giles, Montgomery, and Russell Counties.

Separately, Boucher won in Covington, Galax, Norton, and Radford, while losing in Bristol.

1) No big surprises in any of that, except one: Giles County.  What's up with that?

2) Here's my take on Boucher's stronger-than-expected showing in Russell, Buchanan, and Dickenson Counties - all in the coalfields of Virginia: If you paid close attention to the commentary that was coming out of that region, you heard one recurring theme - "Griffith is not one of us."  That he's an outsider.  That he doesn't know us.  That he doesn't have a grasp on our issues.  While that was repeated around the 9th district, in most areas it was laughed at (like Salem is just the other side of Katmandu).  But in the insular world of the coalfields, the charge resonated.  Some will say it had more to do with UMW backing of Boucher.  I don't see it.

3) Which gets to my worries all along about Griffith's candidacy.  Here are my concerns as I voiced them to Party officials before he was even nominated:

a) Griffith is an outsider.  That'll cost him ten points.
b) Griffith is overweight.
c) What's with the goatee?
d) (b) and (c) will cost him precious female votes. (Poo Poo it all you want.  I've been in sales all my life and how one "presents" is critical to selling oneself. Last I saw before yesterday, Griffith was losing the female vote by a substantial margin.  Ahem.)

4) Morgan Griffith pulled off the upset of the century.  So ignore (3).

Stats courtesy of the Virginia Board of Elections.

Sometimes Silence Can Be Deafening

On the editorial page of the Roanoke Times, on a morning with excitement sweeping the land and the balance of power in Washington having taken a dramatic shift, we find ...

... not a word about the election results.

Music to my ears.


And speaking of people who haven't a clue, here's this morning's offering from the Roanoke Times's resident cartoon(ist):


Obama's America

Let's give credit where credit is due.  We owe all this to him:

Thanks, dude. We couldn't have done it without you.

Hat tip to Jim Hoft.

So Much For That Coveted NRA Endorsement

In years past it was something to be shouted from the rooftops here in Sportsman Central: I got the endorsement of the NRA!.

This year seemed different: I'm an incumbent!  The NRA was wise in recognizing that.

So what did its strategy that gives the nod to incumbents over those who actually have a proven track record on gun rights - like Robert Hurt - get it?

A boatload of embarrassment.

And a whole lot of distrust.

Janet Levy:
Meanwhile, recent actions by the National Rifle Association fuel accusations that it has become less of an advocate for Second Amendment rights and more like another corrupt Washington establishment lobbying group primarily concerned with political access and clout. In addition to endorsing fourteen of anti-gun Nancy Pelosi's twenty "endangered Democrats," the NRA considered supporting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who received an "F" rating from Gun Owners of America. Pressure from NRA members squelched a Reid endorsement but failed to bring about endorsement of Reid's opposition, 100%-pro-gun-rated Sharron Angle. Although Reid has voted pro-gun on occasion, he poses a serious threat to gun owners with his key role in the confirmation of radical anti-gun justices and political officeholders such as U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, a gun ban supporter; Legal Advisor of the Department of State Harold Koh, a global gun-control advocate; and Cass Sunstein, the Obama administration's head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, who has endorsed banning hunting.

Other Second Amendment groups and advocates claim that the NRA does not honestly and accurately grade politicians for their real positions on the Second Amendment and favors incumbents over stauncher gun-rights supporters. They contend that the NRA had to be pressured to oppose the nomination of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and refused to oppose the appointment of anti-gun Holder.
So now the NRA leadership will come knocking on Robert Hurt's door: Hey, buddy, we never REALLY supported that liberal opponent of yours. We were always REALLY hoping you would win.

I wouldn't blame Robert Hurt if he kicked them out that same door.

You Can't Win 'Em All

McCain gets another six years.

Now The Real Work Begins

The effort to get the GOP establishment to understand what the election victory yesterday was all about.

That effort began last night:
Jim DeMint to new senators: Fight GOP establishment
By Meredith Shiner, Politico

Jim DeMint — the tea party movement's champion in the Senate — issued a call to arms Tuesday night to newly elected conservative senators: don't get "co-opted" or "coerced" by Republican leaders, "fight" them instead.

"Tea party Republicans were elected to go to Washington and save the country — not be co-opted by the club. So put on your boxing gloves. The fight begins today," DeMint wrote. "Many of the people who will be welcoming the new class of Senate conservatives to Washington never wanted you here in the first place. The establishment is much more likely to try to buy off your votes than to buy into your limited-government philosophy."

"But someone can't be bribed if they aren't for sale," DeMint added. [link]
You may remember Bill Clinton's decision, once he got elected, after having promised to save the country billions of dollars by eliminating wasteful government programs, to eliminate only the federal honey bee subsidy.

That won't get it this time around.

All farm subsidies (to the wealthiest among us) must go.  And when Charles Grassley balks, he goes too.

And that's just for starters.

This ain't your granny's Republican Party.  The establishment had better get its arms around that fact before it's too late.

Some Wins Are Gratifying ...

... and some are downright enjoyable.

Baron "This is my town hall meeting, and I set the rules, and .. let me repeat that one more time, this is my town hall meeting for you, and you're not going to tell me how to run my congressional office" Hill of southern Indiana - a Democrat ...

... has been told how he'll run his congressional office.  Or, more accurately, how he won't.

It don't get better than that.

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And then there is the seat held by a staunchly pro-life Democrat who was staunchly pro-life until it counted:


She Speaks For The Tea Party

And for millions of us who want Washington scaled back and out of our daily lives.

Michelle Malkin:

The election was about change. Fundamental change.

So get to it.

And let the Democrats howl.

Flushing Money Down The Toilet

Our hard-earned tax money no less:
Solar-Panel Maker to Close a Factory and Delay Expansion
By Todd Woody, New York Times

San Francisco — Solyndra, a Silicon Valley solar-panel maker that won half a billion dollars in federal aid to build a state-of-the-art robotic factory, plans to announce on Wednesday that it will shut down an older plant and lay off workers.

The cost-cutting move, which will reduce the company’s previously announced production capacity, is a sign of the notable shift in the prospects for cutting-edge American solar companies, which now face intense price competition from Chinese manufacturers that use more established photovoltaic technologies.

Just seven weeks ago, Solyndra opened Fab 2, a $733 million factory in Fremont, Calif., to make its high-tech solar panels. The new plant was supposed to be the first phase of a rapid expansion of the company.

Instead, Solyndra has decided to shutter the old plant and postpone plans to expand Fab 2, which was built with a $535 million federal loan guarantee. [link]
Half a billion in federal dollars and the company is still struggling.

This is where the new Republican majority must draw the line and stop the madness.

Socializing Our Country Will Have That Effect

The Wall Street Journal:
Americans erased a Democratic House majority and a huge swath of the "moderates" who [Rahm] Emanuel had personally recruited to build their majorities in 2006 and 2008 before he became White House chief of staff. They were ousted from power after a mere two terms for having pursued an agenda they didn't advertise and that voters didn't want.

Yes, the economy was the dominant issue and the root of much voter worry and frustration with Washington. But make no mistake, this was also an ideological repudiation of the Democratic agenda of the last two years. Independents turned with a vengeance on the same Democrats they had vaulted into the majority in the waning George W. Bush years, rejecting the economy-killing trio of $812 billion in stimulus spending, cap and tax and ObamaCare.
"The Four-Year Majority," November 3, 2010

It Was All About Obama

Charles Krauthammer:

I think that the message is unmistakable that the Obama agenda is dead. The question is how much of it is going to be repealed and how much will Obama be willing to concede."

He sent some good people into retirement. I wonder if Obama accepts blame for what he's done.

Quote of the Day

From Ben Stein:

"Fathom the odd hypocrisy that Obama wants every citizen to prove he is insured, but people don't have to prove they are citizens."

Odd indeed.