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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

It's On

This will hopefully be a knock-down, drag-out fight over a state Senate seat that, because of changing demographics - and a collapsed economy - may put it in the red column:
Voters pick Nutter to take on Edwards as Republican nominee for Virginia Senate in 21st District
By Mason Adams, Roanoke Times

Virginia Del. Dave Nutter took the next step toward becoming a state senator Tuesday, defeating tea party candidate Tripp Godsey by nearly a 2-to-1 margin to win the Republican nomination in the 21st District.

Nutter, a Christiansburg resident who has spent 10 years in the House of Delegates, will now challenge 16-year incumbent Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, in the general election on Nov. 8. The 21st District, which was redrawn earlier this year, includes all of Roanoke, a portion of Roanoke County, part of Montgomery County including Blacksburg, and all of Giles County.

Nutter based his campaign on two major issues: jobs and electability. He touted his experience working with economic development groups through his job at Virginia Tech as an indicator of his experience in job creation.

Now, Nutter moves to challenge Edwards in what has previously been seen as a safe Democratic seat. Edwards hasn't been challenged since William Fralin ran against him in 1999, and the district has changed, growing out of the Roanoke Valley to include Giles and Montgomery counties. [link]
I look at the obstacles that Nutter faces (namely two: Blacksburg and Roanoke) and wonder at times if he's lost his mind.  If anything, the recent redistricting regimen that the Commonwealth went through strengthened Edwards's position in the 21st District.

But times are hard.  And times in Southwest Virginia are the hardest.  And Edwards represents the old crowd that drove us to the point of collapse.

And Mr. Nutter has the right message (and the background that gives his message gravitas).

That message?

JOBS.

Foremost.  Firmly.  Front and center.

While Edwards will continue promoting the failed policies of the past ("The government needs to spend more money ...")

This could be a Republican victory.  If that message is delivered until the mountaintops reverberate with the cheers for his mission statement.

And a giant mountain it is.

The People's Republic of Blacksburg and Save-Us-Big-Brother Roanoke.

My, oh, my.

* If only Obama were on the ticket too ...

The Celestial Point in the Bush Presidency

"I can hear you! The rest of the world hears you! And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!"
-- September 14, 2001 --

It was like walking into Hell

Everything had changed. For better. For worse.

Punchline of the Day

James Taranto:

"Oh, and no one died in the Great Virginia Earthquake of 2011. Obama saved or created everybody."

"Earthquake! Hurricane! Alien Invasion!" Wall Street Journal, August 29, 2011

Send In The Clowns

Remember how, after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf coast, all those experts rushed out to claim that an era of massive - and numerous - hurricanes was upon us?  That was 2005.  And remember how a major hurricane hasn't materialized since?

So much for experts.

Well, a lesser hurricane (in fact, one that barely rose to the level) finally came lo these many years later ...

... and here come those same experts.

The New York Times's resident expert, Justin Gillis:

"The scale of Hurricane Irene, which could cause more extensive damage along the Eastern Seaboard than any storm in decades, is reviving an old question: are hurricanes getting worse because of human-induced climate change?"

The left's favorite environmentalist goofball Bill McKibben (whom we spanked just the other day):

"It's easy to despair. It's easy to despair today watching Irene come up the coast. It's going to come over the warmest water that's ever been recorded off the shores of New Jersey and New York. I mean, Irene's middle name is global warming."

(source)

Like frightened children.

Delusional and frightened children.

Hurricanes are "getting worse"?

Irene is the first hurricane to ever come up the east coast?

What are these "experts" drinking?

- - -

Truth is, it may not have been a hurricane at all by the time Irene made its way to the U.S. coastline.

I Like This Guy

He reminds me of me.

Meet Lance Burri, The Troglopundit:
Admittedly, Al Gore does tend to drive me a little bit crazy.

Okay, that’s not what they mean. Here, read this:

"Rates of mental illnesses including depression and post-traumatic stress will increase as a result of climate change, a report to be released today says."

What they mean is: when the climate changes, people are going to go crazy. Next up: class action lawsuits!

They’re completely ignoring the possibility that the climate will be better, of course. Were we better off, for example, with that glacier draped over half of North America 50,000 years ago (or however long it was)? I think not. We’re better off without it.
Speaking wisdom to the hopelessly boneheaded.

The Troglopundit.  Good stuff.