I Agree With This Ad. The Only Problem Is…

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    I completely agree with this ad; 2nd CD Republican nominee Scott Rigell is simply another member of the “I’ve got mine so @#$@ you” party, fighting for the rich and powerful over the other 98% of us.  I also agree that extending tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans is not worth the nearly $1 trillion price tag, all of which will be added to the national debt.

    So, I like this ad, right?  Well, yeah, except the only problem is, Rep. Glenn Nye doesn’t really advocate different tax policies than Rigell does. Just recently, for instance, Nye said he favored extending all the Bush tax cuts, including on the wealthiest Americans, commenting that “now is not the right time to raise taxes on anybody.” How is that different from Rigell’s position, exactly?  Uhhhhh.  Also, Bearing Drift appears to be correct when it says, “Nye co-sponsored H.R. 498 last year, which makes permanent the very capital gains tax cuts attacked in the ad.” Whoops!

    The fundamental problem here? When you vote and talk like a Republican, it’s very hard for the Democratic Party to attack your opponent without causing collateral damage on you as well.

    • jrRoberts

      I completely agree with you in that this ad isn’t the most effective way to attack the Republican Scott Rigell. That, in my opinion, is a mistake by the DCCC. While we’re on the topic of this race, there are some things I need to get off my chest about how liberals are treating this campaign.

      Lets get real:

      1. Not everyone falls under the category of far left or far right. This IS Virginia, after all. If you want a more progressive representative, move to San Francisco.

      2. With that said, lets be realistic. The 2nd district will never have a progressive Democrat as their representative. It’s the breeding ground of Pat Robertson’s insanity, and hosts a large population of moderately conservative military families and veterans.

      3. Glenn Nye is the only kind of Democrat who stands a chance of winning and successfully staying in office in this district.

      4. Nye has done a good job pleasing the majority of his constituents, who (and this may come as a shock) INCLUDE Republicans, moderates, independents, democrats, tea partiers, and progressives. And wait, isn’t that his JOB?

      5. If you want to stay home on Election Day, fine. But I hope you’ll be happy with Scott Rigell: The Pat Robertson praising, Ken Cuccinelli clone who will vote with the Republican Party 100% of the time. Not to mention become the new beck and call boy of Eric Cantor.

      Personally, i’m pleased with Nye. He has proven to be a fiscally responsible representative during these hard times, and an advocate for equality and social issues. My wife and I saw him at the debates, and he was obviously the most intelligent and level headed candidate on stage. I believe he still needs some time in office to develop into a great Virginia leader, but he’s on the right path. Lets not run the train off the tracks here in the 2nd and elect Scott Rigell.  

    • The Question

      You know it isn’t Northern Virginia, right? lowkell, have you ever been there?  If you really think a progressive Democrat can win in that area, why don’t you go down there and run?  Moreover, why hasn’t any progressive Democrat ever won?  Care to tell me that mystery?

      Dan Sullivan, were those really Phil Kellam’s only mistakes?  Besides, does Glenn Nye really need to prove he’s progressive enough?  Why else would Scott Rigell keep telling people he’s voted with Pelosi 8 of 10 times?

      And martin… how’s that Perriello effort going?