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Wednesday, November 09, 2011

We Win Some, We Lose Some

All in all, it was a good day for Republicans in Southwest Virginia yesterday.  And I'm going to guess that, when the polling analysis comes in, we'll find that GOP turnout was much stronger throughout than Democrat.  Hello, and thank you, Barack Obama.

On the Senate side, in the 40th District, Republican Bill Carrico assumes the seat vacated by the retiring William Wampler by trouncing John Lamie (click on the images to enlarge them):

In the 38th, newbie Adam Light made it a race but fell short.  Phil Puckett will remain in office to vote for tax increases for another four years.  I have already beaten up on the Light campaign; today I'll just congratulate him for being there fighting the good fight:

Too bad.  That one should have been had but got away.

One that feels particularly rewarding, though, comes out of the 19th District, where Senator Ralph Smith won rather handily over former Republican - now friend of Mark Warner - Brandon Bell:

Not even close.

And, just as gratifying - though there'll be a recount contesting the results - is Bill Stanley's squeaker of a win over longtime Senator Roscoe Reynolds:

Shucks.  We won't have ol' Roscoe to kick around anymore.

The real disappointment comes in the 21st District.  There liberal Democrat John Edwards beat back a serious challenge from stalwart conservative Dave Nutter.  I expected all along that this was going to be a tough one to win, what with the city of Roanoke and the People's Republic of Blacksburg dominating the District.  And, as I suspected, Edwards won big in both, while Nutter swept the more rural areas, particularly Giles County.

Hopefully Nutter will be back in the future - and the citizens of Roanoke and Blacksburg will come to their senses.  Some day.

Depending on what the final outcome is in the too-close-to-call 17th District, where Republican Bryce Reeves  - as the results now stand - beat liberal Democrat Edd Houck by just 86 votes out of 45,056 cast, the Senate will be evenly split 20-20.  With Republican Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling being the deciding vote in the Senate.

It don't get better than that.

Except in the House of Delegates.  See below.

* Election results can be viewed at: 

In Local Races ...

... for the House of Delegates, the GOP, as expected, ran wild.

From the Virginia Board of Elections:

1st District (Lee, Scott, Wise, Norton): Republican Terry Kilgore ran unopposed.

3rd District (Bland, Buchanan, Russell, Tazewell): Republican Will Morefield beat Democrat Vern Presley 59.7% to 40.27%.

4th District (Dickenson, Russell, Washington, Wise): Democrat Joe Johnson ran unopposed.  (Which is odd considering the fact that the Democratic Party has all but disappeared in Southwest Virginia.)

5th District (Grayson, Smyth, Washington, city of Bristol, city of Galax): the candidate blessed with the handiest name recognition in politics, Republican Israel O'Quinn beat Independent Oz Osbourne handily, 69.3% to 30.4%.

6th District (Carroll, Smyth, Wythe): Republican Annie B. Crockett-Stark ran unopposed.

7th District (Floyd, Montgomery, Pulaski): Republican Nick Rush ran unopposed.

8th District (Craig, Montgomery, Roanoke, city of Salem): Republican Greg Habeeb ran unopposed.

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9th District (Franklin, Henry, Patrick): How sweet is this? Republican Charles Poindexter beat Democrat Ward Armstrong handily, 52.7% to 47.1%.  Considering the fact that Armstrong put up the best TV ads of anyone this election cycle, this is a bit surprising.  But with low Democrat turnout, coupled with tepid support from the state Democratic machine, and with the fact that Armstrong thought he could win by focusing on one issue - utility rates - oops -  Poindexter comes out on top.

A big win for the good guys.

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11th District (city of Roanoke): Democrat Onzlee Ware ran unopposed.

12th District (Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, city of Radford): Republican Joseph Yost beat Democrat Don Lngrehr 51.6% to 48.3%.  What's interesting about this race is the fact that Langrehr, former teacher, darling of the education establishment, and in tight with the liberal wing of the Democratic Party in Blacksburg, took Radford and Montgomery but lost big in Giles and Pulaski.  This one is to savor.

14th District (Henry, Pittsylvania, city of Danville): Republican Danny Marshall ran unopposed.

16th District (Henry, Pittsylvania, city of Martinsville): Republican Don Merricks ran unopposed.

17th District (Botetourt, Roanoke, city of Roanoke): Republican Chris Head beat Democrat Freeda Cathcart 65.6% to 34.3%.

19th District (Alleghany, Botetourt, Bedford, city of Bedford): Independent Lacey Putney (41.6%) beat Republican Jerry Johnson (31.8%) and Democrat Lewis Medlin (26.5%).

In all, the Republican Party - with one exception - won every election in which it put up a candidate in Southwest Virginia.

Not a bad day.  Not a bad showing.

Ah, Politico

This headline tells you all you need to know about which side the Politico is on:

Election results 2011: Democrats do well

Its evidence?

"Democrats claimed victories in a number of races Tuesday, including in Kentucky, Ohio and Mississippi, where voters sided with their candidates or ballot initiatives backed by the party.

"Democrats took the Kentucky governor’s race and won a controversial ballot initiative in Ohio to undo a restriction on collective bargaining, and another in Mississippi that would have redefined 'personhood.'”

Uh, yeah, the GOP did some things right too ...

"Republicans notched their own wins, holding on to the governor’s office in Mississippi and passing a measure in Ohio designed as a public referendum on President Obama’s health care law."

Not to mention controlling - as it stands right now - both houses of the Virginia legislature and the governorship of Virginia, for only the second time in the last 100 years.

But poop on that.

"Democrats Do Well"

They see what they want to see.

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Oh, and "Democrats Do Well" if you ignore things like this:

Ohio Voters Choose to Opt Out of Health Care Mandate

Odd. Politico didn't seem to pick up on that one.

With Eyes on the Prize

When this gal expresses her opinion, I listen.  I respect her judgment that much.
Why Gingrich Could Win
By Dorothy Rabinowitz, Wall Street Journal

Newt Gingrich's rise in the polls—from near zero to the third slot in several polls—should come as no surprise to people who have been watching the Republican debates, now drawing television viewers as never before. The former speaker has stood out at these forums, the debater whose audiences seem to hang on his words and on a flow of thought rich in substance, a world apart from the usual that the political season brings.

"Substance" is too cold a word, perhaps, for the intense feeling that candidate Gingrich delivers so coolly in debates. Too cold too, no doubt, to describe the reactions of his listeners, visible on the faces of the crowds attending these forums—in their expressions, caught on C-SPAN's cameras, in the speed with which their desultory politeness disappears once a Gingrich talk begins. Their disengagement—the tendency to look around the room, chat with their neighbors—vanishes. The room is on high alert.

The former speaker of the House is a dab hand at drawing listeners in, for good reason—he showers them with details, facts and history in a degree no candidate in recent memory has even approached. Audiences have a way of rewarding such trust.

Whoever his competitors are in Iowa and beyond, Mr. Gingrich faces a hard fight for the nomination. His greatest asset lies in his capacity to speak to Americans as he has done, with such potency, during the Republican debates. No candidate in the field comes close to his talent for connection. There's no underestimating the importance of such a power in the presidential election ahead, or any other one.

His rise in the polls suggests that more and more Republicans are absorbing that fact, along with the possibility that Mr. Gingrich's qualifications all 'round could well make him the most formidable contender for the contest with Barack Obama. [link]
Still a long shot.

But with Herman Cain's jumbled response(s) to charges of sexual harassment breeding too much doubt about his ability to deal with crisis, and with Mitt Romney engendering about as much excitement as a Barack Obama speech delivers these days, we conservatives - a lot of us - turn to Newt - again - to lead this country out of the wilderness.

I think there's a possibility that Romney could beat Obama next year.

There's even that possibility that Cain can.

But Gingrich?  He'd mop the floor with Obama's skinny ass.

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See Newt Gingrich in action.

Why I've Always Liked Newt

(Except when he's promoting global warming theory or some other nonsense.)

He doesn't take any crap off of know-it-all TV talking heads and he is the best debater in the business.

To wit:


Now, if only Newt will keep someone at his side who keeps whispering in his ear, "Think it through ... think it through ..."

This Will Break Your Heart

Collin Raye and "She's With Me."

Believe in a kind and loving God.

Why My Faith In Herman Cain Is Shaken

It's not just because the man faltered - disturbingly - when he was confronted with allegations of wrongdoing.

It's because, mostly, of the crowd he keeps around himself.

I first came upon the name Mark Block here.  To say the least, I was unfavorably impressed.

Now he raises his ugly head again.

Distressful.  Too distressful.

And I don't think Herman Cain even notices ...

Cain Puts Everything On The Line

I'm reminded of this: Had it not been for the existence of the stained blue dress, we'd never have believed the charges leveled against Bill Clinton relating to his having sexual relations with an employee of his.

"I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky ..." would have stood.

Well, we'll soon find out if there's a "blue dress" lurking in Herman Cain's world.  He's betting everything that one won't turn up.

Stay tuned.  There are 10,000 journalists on the case, looking under every rock ...

His response to the charges is bold, if nothing else.

We Make Progress

Republican Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin just ended 25 years of stupidity.