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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.

Looks Like I'm Not Alone

I'm fearful that a war between Newt Gingrich and the mainstream press in the upcoming general election campaign - should he be victorious in the primary - will bring him down much as that same war made him the bad guy in the 1995-96 government shutdown that haunts him to this day.

You may remember that struggle.  It pitted Gingrich's Republican-controlled Congress against a weak and tepidly popular President Bill Clinton.  Though it was a matter of two sides failing to come to a budget agreement, the press was able to fashion the story as one involving an obstinate Speaker of the House refusing to compromise with a reasonable president looking for reasonable solutions to troubling government spending/revenue issues.  Gingrich ended up losing big, not at the hands of a floundering president but at the hands of the news media.

In truth, there were two sides in that battle.  Two sides that refused to yield.  (In fact it was Clinton - as chief executive - who shut the government down.)  But you'd never know it by reading the headlines of the day.  The shutdown was Gingrich's fault.

And so it went from the front page of the New York Times to the history books.

The media won.

And gloated.

I think, though, the mood of the country is different today.  The rise of the Tea Party signals that.  And, with the advent of alternative media outlets - like this one - the liberal media - house organ to the Democratic Party - won't be able to lie and distort as they did in 1996.

So.  Let's throw down the gauntlet and have at it:

Gingrich Moves Past Cain and Romney to Become Tea Party's Top Choice, Says CBS Poll

A famous man once foretold of the upcoming battle:

"I believe we are now in a struggle over whether or not we are going to save America."
-- Newt Gingrich --

Lock and load. This may be the most titanic political conflict this country has seen in 150 years.  And losing America is not an option.

Occupiers Living Like Animals

I've witnessed this "Occupy Wall Street" phenomenon for weeks now - like everyone else has - and I've been struck by the fact that these malcontents, loons, and simpletons who make up the OWS brigades - if they have a common goal - seem to all want to take this country back 200 years to a time that was - in their twisted minds - more egalitarian, less harsh, simpler.

In one respect they have succeeded. They have succeeded in bringing upon themselves a scourge so prevalent 200 years ago. This is not funny:
Tuberculosis Breaks Out At Occupy Atlanta’s Base
CBS Atlanta

Atlanta (CBS Atlanta) – The home base for Occupy Atlanta has tested positive for tuberculosis.

The Fulton County Health Department confirmed Wednesday that residents at the homeless shelter where protesters have been occupying have contracted the drug-resistant disease. WGCL reports that a health department spokeswoman said there is a possibility that both Occupy Atlanta protesters and the homeless people in the shelter may still be at risk since tuberculosis is contracted through air contact. [link]
For the love of God. Shouldn't these morons be incarcerated in order to protect themselves from themselves?

Newt! Newt! Newt!

Here's why he's high on my list at this point in the presidential race:

Nobody does it better than Newt.

OOPS. Sorry. Fixed.

The Election By The Numbers

The Republican Party of Virginia has provided a tabulation of Tuesday's results and how each party fared.  It wasn't even close.

Can you say bloodbath?
Election 2011: What it Means

-- GOP Supermajority in House, Majority in Senate, Solid Start for 2012 --

The votes are counted. The canvass is done, and the dust has settled. What does it all mean?

First, let's look at the lay of the land.

House of Delegates
* Republicans picked up 7 seats in the House of Delegates.
* Republicans now have a 68 seat caucus in the House, the most in history.
* Republicans won 13 of 14 open seats in the House.
* Republicans defeated 2 Democrat incumbents in the House.
* All 52 incumbent Republicans seeking re-election won.

Senate of Virginia
* Republicans have won a working majority in the Senate.
* Republicans gained two seats to make it 20-20 with Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling holding the decisive tie-breaking vote.
* Republicans won 3 of 5 open seats in the Senate.
* Republicans defeated 2 Democrat incumbents in the Senate.
* All 15 incumbent Republicans seeking re-election won.

So what does it all mean?

First and foremost, Virginians overwhelmingly voted for a Republican controlled General Assembly.

Just look at the numbers:

House GOP Votes: 757,000, about 61% of all votes cast
House Dem Votes: 419,000, about 33% of all votes cast

Senate GOP Votes: 771,000, about 57% of all votes cast
Senate DEM Votes: 554,000, about 41% of all votes cast

2011 caps a remarkable three-year run for Virginia Republicans:

* In 2009, Virginia Republicans won all three statewide offices by massive margins and picked up 6 seats in the House of Delegates.
* In 2010, Virginia Republicans defeated 3 incumbent Congressional Democrats and came within a few hundred votes of defeating a fourth, moving the Congressional delegation to 8-3 and clearing the way for our own Rep. Eric Cantor to become U.S. House Majority Leader.
* In 2011, Virginia Republicans picked up 7 more seats in the House of Delegates and picked up 2 seats in the state Senate.

For three years running, the message from Virginia voters has been clear. We expect them to send the same resounding message again in 2012.
As I suspected, and as I made note of yesterday, it appears that the Democratic turnout was woeful.

Expect it to be no better - by comparison with the GOP - next year.

Here's to the GOP. Long may you reign.