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Internal Fimian Poll Claims 13-Point Lead Over Herrity

I'm not sure what to make of this poll, but as the Virginia Politics blog points out, "Herrity did not offer any recent polling data to contradict Fimian's survey." Hmmmm.

Sen. McEachin Responds to Gov. McDonnell’s Acceptance and Tolerance of Illegal, Unethical Behavior

Earlier today, Bob McDonnell was on WTOP's "Ask the Governor" program. The interview in general was pretty rough, but the last few minutes were a true meltdown by McDonnell. Just pathetic. Among other things, McDonnell managed to claim he had no idea about Fred Malek's history as a "Jew counter" in the Nixon White House, or as being forced to pay a huge fine for ripping off Connecticut pension funds. Instead, he actually claimed that Malek is a "reform" and a "change agent" with a "distinguished track record of getting things done." Yeah, like carrying out Richard Nixon's demented orders and ripping off the pension funds of another state!  As WTOP's Marc Plotkin said, "This in enough to disqualify [Malek]." But not, apparently, in Bob McDonnell's ethical world view.

With that, here's what Sen. Donald McEachin thinks of McDonnell's comments this morning on "Ask the Governor." McEachin, by the way, has been doing superb work in holding McDonnell's and Cooch's feet to the fire over the past few months. Thank you, Senator!

Richmond- Senator A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) today responded to Governor McDonnell's remarks this morning on WTOP's "Ask the Governor" show, where the Governor said he did not know the details of Fred Malek's, chair of the Governor's newly appointed commission on governmental reform, $100,000 SEC fine. The governor then further said that these things happen in business, that "people in business 20, 30, 40, 50 years often have regulatory violations," without ever acknowledging that Mr. Malek and his firm actually paid a quarter of a million dollar fine.

Senator McEachin expressed his very serious concerns with the Governor's seeming acceptance and indifference to unethical and illegal behavior that resulted in a substantial fine. Senator McEachin stated, "For Governor McDonnell to imply that this kind of behavior is acceptable and allowable, even normal, is exactly the very reason that Virginians and Americans are frustrated and fed up with government. This did not happen thirty or forty years ago, but happened in 2004, a few short years ago! To ever tolerate corruption and illegal activity is totally unacceptable. Virginians deserve better. We deserve to know that our governor will seek out the very best, most highly qualified and above ethical reproach individuals to serve in our government. This government belongs to Virginians and we need that the individuals participating in it be ethical and above board. For us to have any confidence in the workings of this commission and this administration, we need to know that the Governor will insist on the highest ethical standards and will not tolerate illegal behavior of any kind.

"For Governor McDonnell to first say he was unaware of these details, and ignorant of a six figure fine, is absolutely stunning and, frankly, beyond belief. When any Virginian applies for a job, he is expected to fill out an application that asks about past activities. Is Governor McDonnell not even asking his appointees for the same minimal information? Instead, it seems we have yet another example of insider cronyism where the governor simply appoints his highly placed friends, perhaps in exchange for future endorsements or monetary support.

"This is simply unacceptable. I would ask the governor again to replace Fred Malek. In no way, shape or form should an individual who was fined for his illegal behavior with another state's pension funds be involved, let alone in charge of, "reforming" Virginia state government. The governor needs to find someone to lead this commission who is above ethical reproach, who has not been fined by the SEC and who the governor has ensured is the best qualified person for the job."

P.S. So much for this silliness.

UPDATE: Hahahahahahahahahahahaha. Yeah, right Tucker, that's what this is all about!  Hahahaha.

"A small handful of liberal Democrats don't want the governor to reduce state spending and make government smaller and more efficient. That's what this transparent partisan attack is really about.

UPDATE #2: David Englin, the evil liberal (heh), responds:
Ha - My favorite thing about Tucker Martin's attack is how transparently partisan it is!  That's cute.

Felix Macacawitz: Liar

Desperate to resurrect his political career, George Allen has now resorted to telling an outright lie.
In August 2006, Allen pointed out a videographer paid by Webb's campaign to track Allen at campaign stops. At a rally before a mostly white crowd in far southwestern Virginia, Allen pointed out S.R. Sidarth, the American-born son of Indian immigrants.

"In the process I gave the young cameraman the unfortunate, made-up nickname of Macaca (or Makaka)," Allen writes in the book's final chapter. "I thought of it as a nonsense word. If I had known the nickname could be considered a racial slur, I would not have said it. But that is how it was characterized. The poor judgment was mine. I should never have dragged this young man into the debate when my real target was my opponent. I apologized to him, and take full responsibility for the remark and its aftermath, which should have been handled much better."

That, in a word, is bull****.  As was well documented at the time, the fact is that the word "macaca" is a common racial slur in French North Africa, where George Allen's mother was "born and raised".  For more, see Salon's "Stepping in Macaca".
Though he doesn't like to use it, the senator's full name is George F. Allen. He gets the middle initial from his grandfather, Felix Lumbrosso, a French-Italian who was incarcerated by the Nazis during World War II. Felix raised Allen's mother, Etty, in Tunisia, a French protectorate in North Africa. As a child, Allen's grandparents lived near the family home, and Etty spoke five languages around the house. Allen makes no secret of his heritage on the campaign trail. "I have my grandfather's bloodlines," he said at a recent swing through a suburb of Richmond. "My grandfather is French-Italian. I have about one-sixteenth Spanish in me."

In North Africa, the word "macaca," often spelled "macaco" or "macaque," is far more than a string of random syllables. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word dates back to the mid-1600s, as a Flemish approximation of the Bantu word for monkey in the Congo and southern Gabon. The word migrated north, taking on all the racist connotations that followed African colonization. By the early 1800s, Jacko Maccacco, a famous fighting monkey, could be found on display in Westminster Pit, a notorious London arena for dog fights. The word had entered the common vernacular, and it eventually became a racist shorthand for blacks.

Today, the word is used mainly by two groups of people: scientists studying African and Asian primates, and bullies looking to insult others for the color of their skin. An online dictionary of ethnic slurs lists "macaque" as a French and Belgian word for black North Africans.

Maybe George "Felix Macacawitz" Allen thinks we've all forgotten this over the past 4 years, or maybe he just thinks we're idiots.  Fortunately, through the wonders of "Google," we can quickly debunk revisionist history and outright lies, such as the one Allen just spewed forth in the Washington Post. The question is, will the corporate media let him get away with this attempt at resurrecting his image, via an outright lie, or what?

Cooch Shares Vision for 21st Century With “highly secretive…theocratic organization”

What were you doing this past Saturday night?  Hanging out with friends? Watching a movie? Just chilling? In contrast, our hard-working Attorney General was...well, working hard on Saturday night. At 7:59 pm, the following is what Ken Cuccinelli tweeted he was up to:

"About to speak at cnp on 1st principles in the 21st century!"

Wow, "1st principles in the 21st century," sounds impressive. Personally, I would have paid good money to hear Cooch reconcile his medieval, 12th century, theocratic views with the 21st century. I mean, didn't we discover that the earth wasn't flat a few centuries ago? Hasn't the concept of "science" been around for a while now? What about separation of church and state? Perhaps Cooch just transposed the numbers "2" and "1" when he was writing his tweet?

Anyway, I'm sure Cooch had all kinds of fascinating things to say on Saturday night, as he always does. But what's this "cnp" Cooch was speaking to?  As far as I can determine, that would have been the "Council for National Policy."  What's that, you ask? According to Source Watch:

The Council for National Policy is a secretive forum that was formed in 1981 by Tim LaHaye as a networking tool for leading US conservative political leaders, financiers and religious right activist leaders...


... Mark Crispin Miller states that the CNP is a "highly secretive... theocratic organization -- what they want is basically religious rule" (A Patriot Act). Barry W. Lynn, the executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, told the New York Times about the CNP meeting ahead of the 2004 Republican National Convention, "The real crux of this is that these are the genuine leaders of the Republican Party, but they certainly aren't going to be visible on television next week."

Secretive. Theocratic. Far right wing. Sounds perfect for Cooch, huh?

But wait, there's more.

"The Center for Religion, Ethics and Social Policy at Cornell University considers the Council for National Policy a leading force in the Dominionist movement."

Dominionism, of course, is the movement seeking "either a nation governed by Christians, or a nation governed by a conservative Christian understanding of biblical law."

Anyway, that's what Cooch was up to Saturday night -- speaking to a "highly secretive" group that advocates theocracy and Dominionism, among other things.  Now, it would be great if we could all hear what Cooch's idea of "1st principles in the 21st century" happens to be. Unfortunately, since it's top secret, we can only imagine.

P.S. Jon Stewart's take on the Council for National Policy is here. Enjoy!

P.P.S. You know what's funny? That Cooch was tweeting about his speech to a "highly secretive" organization. So much for THAT secret!  Heh.

Video: Dick Durbin Talks About Barack Obama at Fairfax JJ Dinner

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) was the keynote speaker at last night's Fairfax County Democratic Committee Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.  In this part of his speech, he tells some fun Barack Obama stories and recounts the accomplishments of year #1 of Obama's presidency.

Video: Jim Webb’s Commencement Address at GMU

The graduation ceremony was held on May 15 at the Patriot Center.

Webb for Senate 2006 HQ Finally To Meet the Wrecking Ball

This certainly isn't the most beautiful building in the world. Its wiring is sketchy, it leaks when it rains, and it probably was ready to be torn down several years ago. But, for those of us who worked on the 2006 Webb for Senate campaign, we'll always have fond memories of 1916 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington.

I remember the early days of Webb's candidacy in early March 2006, when Steve Jarding and Lee Diamond (photo after the "flip") were driving around Northern Virginia, looking for affordable (aka, "cheap", since the campaign had very little money) office space suitable for Webb's budding campaign. They finally found what they were looking for, right near Courthouse Metro and - perhaps just as importantly - close to several bars and restaurants like Ireland's Four Courts, Brooklyn Bagel Bakery, California Tortilla, and Rhodeside Grill. Webb staffers held many lunches and many "meetings" at those establishments, no doubt providing a significant boost to the local economy. :)  Inside that building, the Webb for Senate team on the 3rd floor, and the volunteers on the 2nd floor, somehow managed to pull off a victory that pretty much nobody thought was possible when 2006 began. That victory came, of course, with a big assist from an anti-Bush tsunami and a huge cowboy-booted foot in George Allen's mouth, but we'll take it nonetheless!

Anyway, it now appears that there are plans to demolish Webb's old headquarters and replace it with "stores and restaurants on the sidewalk level...200 residential units, two open courtyards and an underground parking garage." Sounds like a major, much needed, upgrade. Still, I'll miss driving by 1916 Wilson Boulevard and remembering the excitement of the 2006 Webb-Miller and Webb-Allen races.  Good times.

Among many other fond memories of the Webb for Senate HQ at 1916 Wilson Boulevard, I'd definitely have to list the rally with Jim Webb and John Kerry held in the parking lot (see photos above and after the "flip") the day before the June 13 Democratic primary. Kerry's endorsement was a big one for Webb in the Democratic primary, and 300 supporters turned out to celebrate.

Of course, I also remember the hordes of volunteers - ably guided by people like the extraordinary Mary Detweiler, and of course Josh Chernila - descending on 1916 Wilson Boulevard during the fall of 2006. People like filmmakers Annabel Park and Eric Byler from LA, a group of law students from Yale (intent on protecting the vote), senior citizens, high school kids, and "Real Virginians" of all types, all fired up to elect Jim Webb, defeat George Allen, and help take our country back from the disastrous, Republican misrule of Bush, Cheney, Hastert, DeLay, etc. The energy was incredible, and in the end it helped us take back the Congress in 2006 and the White House in 2008.  Now, we need to make sure we don't lose that energy, or even worse, cede it to fired-up folks on the far right.  If we let that happen, then a "wrecking ball" will come down not just on 1916 Wilson Boulevard, but also (metaphorically) on all the progress we've made in the last few years.  With that, enjoy the photos...and the memories!

Fairfax County JJ Dinner: Dick Durbin Jokes About Bob McDonnell, Cooch

I just got back from the Fairfax County Democratic Party Jefferson Jackson Dinner.  The keynote speaker was Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, and he was very funny. Durbin's biggest laugh lines poked fun at Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (about Confederate History Month) and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (about being a "birther"). Great stuff!

UPDATE: Here are a few photos from the dinner, starting with Susan Mariner, who is running for Democratic Party of Virginia 1st Vice Chair. Tonight, Susan demonstrated her tremendous energy and enthusiasm, driving all the way from Virginia Beach, then working the crowd at the JJ Dinner for several hours, meeting (and making) a lot of friends.  Go Susan!

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