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Friday, November 11, 2011

Lest We Forget

Not only did the Republican candidates here in Virginia spend a lot of time during the recent campaign talking about Barack Obama, so did a whole mess of Democrats. Especially the further spouth into the Old Dominion one traveled.  "Distancing themselves" being the operative term:

On that point, here's Kimberley A. Strassel, "Obama's Virginia Defeat," in the Wall Street Journal:
Of all the noise of this week's state election results, what mattered most for Election 2012 came out of Virginia.

Virginia Republicans added seven new seats to their majority in the House of Delegates, giving them two-thirds of that chamber's votes—the party's largest margin in history. The GOP also took over the Virginia Senate in results that were especially notable, given that Virginia Democrats this spring crafted an aggressive redistricting plan that had only one aim: providing a firewall against a Republican takeover of that chamber. Even that extreme gerrymander didn't work.

Every Republican incumbent—52 in the House, 15 in the Senate—won. The state GOP is looking at unified control over government for only the second time since the Civil War. This is after winning all three top statewide offices—including the election of Gov. Bob McDonnell—in 2009, and picking off three U.S. House Democrats in last year's midterms.

Topline figures aside, what ought to really concern the White House was the nature of the campaign, and the breakout of Tuesday's election data. Mr. Obama may have big plans for Virginia, but the question is increasingly: him and what army?

Elected state Democrats—who form the backbone of grass-roots movements—couldn't distance themselves far enough from Mr. Obama in this race. Most refused to mention the president, to defend his policies, or to appear with him. The more Republicans sought to nationalize the Virginia campaign, the more Democrats stressed local issues.

State House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong felt compelled to run an ad protesting that it was a "stretch" for his GOP opponent to "compare me to Barack Obama." After all, he was "pro-life, pro-gun and I always put Virginia first." (Mr. Armstrong lost on Tuesday.)

Tuesday's results showed the extent to which that support has reversed. Loudoun in particular proved an unmitigated rout for Democrats. Republicans won or held three of four of the county's Senate seats. It swept all seven of the county's House seats. It won all nine slots on the county's Board of Supervisors, and pretty much every other county office. In Prince William, the story was much the same. This is what happens when a recent Quinnipiac poll shows Mr. Obama's approval rating among Virginia independents at 29%. [link]
In fairness, the "Obama is no friend of mine" strategy actually worked in one instance. Senator Phil "[Obama] wasn't my choice for the Democratic nomination" Puckett did everything he could do to distance himself from the head of his party.  It worked.  He won handily on Tuesday.


I don't think we'll be seeing that black hearse Obama tools around in down this way ever again.