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Perriello to Hurt: “Why Are You So Scared of Janitors and Nurses?”


Tom Perriello continues to wipe the floor with Robert Hurt, who may have a brain, but if so is hiding it extremely well in this campaign.

Rigell: Bartholomew Was a Victim of Some Sort of Deep, Dark Conspiracy


Here's 2nd CD Republican nominee, Scott Rigell, who the other day condemned (now former) Virginia Beach Republican Committee chair David Bartholomew for forwarding a racist email. Now, in response to a woman's question about why he let this happen to a "wonderful leader" like Bartholomew, and why this came up now, here's the bizarre, conspiratorial part of Rigell's response (after once again, correctly, stating that with leadership comes responsibility and accountability):
Now, why it came out the way it came out and when it came out? You understand that. And you know what, the full fabric of our community understands that as well, because I've been in touch with our friends in all parts of our community...they're not fooled by this.
You know, Mr. Rigell, one rule I've always heard in politics is that when you're in a hole, the first thing you want to do is stop digging. In the final 10 days of your campaign against Glenn Nye and Kenny Golden, you just might want to heed that advice. Or not. I don't really care, as I'm not a fan of Glenn Nye's and I really, really am not fan of yours!

Liquor Privatization Fiasco Continues; McDonnell Punts on Special Session

The debate over Bob McDonnell's plan to privatize liquor sales in Virginia continues to be a big loser for the governor.  Yesterday, McDonnell's 2009 opponent, Creigh Deeds, weighed in, calling the plan "ludicrous," saying that it "insults the intelligence of Virginians," and that the whole thing was "built on sand." Deeds added that McDonnell's proposal, "which would privatize both the wholesale and retail sale of liquor, triple the number of outlets that sell hard liquor and produce a one-time windfall of $458 million for transportation but a $47 million annual loss to the state's general fund--is going nowhere."

The only question is, when would Bob McDonnell finally admit defeat on this political and policy debacle?  It appears that day has come.

As Governor, I will not call a Special Session to debate; only to act. Several recent Special Sessions ended without any positive action taken. That is a waste of taxpayer dollars. Most legislators and affected stakeholders have expressed philosophical support for privatization, but want more time to carefully and thoroughly consider our proposal, and offer ideas on how to improve it; in fact many legislators have now begun to approach us with specific ideas and policy suggestions. Some legislators want to wait for a JLARC review of the proposal, while others want to see revised revenue models. I understand all of these considerations and interests. My sole goal is to eliminate an outdated government monopoly and to raise money for transportation. All other details are flexible, as long as the plan makes business sense and is a good deal for the taxpayers.
Translation into McDonnell-ese: "I know my proposal has no chance in heck of passing the Democratic-controlled State Senate, or even the Republican-controlled House of Delegates, so it's time to save face or at least move on. Oh well, I tried."  The problem is that this was one of Bob McDonnell's major proposals for somehow, magically, raising revenues for transportation without raising taxes. Another was offshore oil drilling. Now, both are dead, certainly for McDonnell's governorship. Which leaves him...where exactly?  In need of a good, stiff drink, no doubt.

Video, Photos: Terry McAuliffe, Bill Clinton, etc. at “Tomorrow’s Youth” Gala


I had a great time last night at the "Tomorrow's Youth Organization" gala at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, DC. Thanks to Terry McAuliffe and Levar Stoney for the invitation. Highlights included meeting Cherie Blair and finally getting to shake Bill Clinton's hand.  Other Virginians there included Delegate Ken Plum, Chris Ambrose, Sue Langley, Catherine Read, Rex and Nancy Simmons, and several others.  The event was to benefit Tomorrow's Youth Organization, which "works in disadvantaged areas of the Middle East, enabling children, youth and parents to realize their potential as healthy, active and responsible family and community members."  

Whipple Clip Dozen: Friday Morning

Thanks to Tom Whipple for the Friday "Clips."

1. VA. GOV TELLS AGENCIES TO PREPARE BUDGET CUT PLANS
2. MCDONNELL ADVISES AGENCIES TO FIND PLACES TO PARE THE BUDGET
3. DEEDS ON MCDONNELL'S LIQUOR PLAN: "IT'S LUDICROUS"
8. U-VA. ONCE AGAIN ASKS JUDGE TO SET ASIDE CUCCINELLI SUBPOENA
13. ARE INTERNET GAMING CAFES ILLEGAL? MAYBE, MAYBE NOT, CUCCINELLI SAYS
17. INTERNAL POLL SHOWS PERRIELLO DOWN BY ONE
19. HURT, PERRIELLO DUKE IT OUT IN DANVILLE
20. NOVA AIRWAVES THICK WITH ADS FROM 11TH DISTRICT RACE
22. SLATE'S TAKE ON KRYSTAL BALL: THE LEFT'S ANSWER TO SARAH PALIN....
23. BOUCHER, GRIFFITH CLASH OVER CAP-AND-TRADE LEGISLATION AT 9TH DISTRICT DEBATE
26. NO EXPERT REVIEWED DISPUTED VA. TEXT
28. VA. OK'D TEXTBOOK WITH BLACK CONFEDERATES ERROR

UPDATE: Also, here are some photos from the Boucher-Griffith debate, at which Boucher admitted something many of us already knew about his involvement in "cap and trade" legislation: "I did what I did because the coal industry asked me to." Exactly, which is why environmentalists were not particularly happy with Boucher at the time.  All of which makes it ironic, but not surprising, that Griffith's attacking him on this.

UPDATE #2: Also, Vandals target Virginia Congressional Candidate. I presume Eric Cantor will jump right in and condemn this? Ha.

Yes, Krystal Ball Could Be the Next Sarah Palin If…

I was reading the comments section on Slate's article, "Is Krystal Ball the Left's Answer to Sarah Palin?", and strongly agreed with the following.
What a ridiculous premise. A "Liberal Sarah Palin" defies all logic. Additionally, she would have to have an IQ of 80.
I also liked:
She has to be a lot stupider and speak in incomprehensible babble for her to be "the left's answer to Sarah Palin.
And this:
Can she speak English? Yes? Well then don't compare her to Sarah Palin.
And finally, I like this one:

Democrats Attack Hurt from the Right on Taxes


We'll see if this works.  Heck, if Republicans can attack Democrats for adopting their own programs - Cap and Trade (Reagan and Bush 41 administrations), the individual mandate (Republican alternative to "Hillarycare" and its "employer mandate"), and even supposed "death panels" (see here for more on that one) - then I suppose we can attack them for raising taxes!  Ah, politics, ain't it grand? :)

P.S. Tom Perriello has an ad along the same lines, see after the "fold."

Post’s Corporate Hacktitude Continues, Although at Least They Get Fimian Right

The rest of their endorsements for Congress in Northern Virginia are a mish-mash of shoddy/lazy thinking, corporate hacktitude, and general incoherence (although I agree with them on Jim Moran, to write off Patrick Murray with one word, "lackluster," doesn't in the least bit get out how wacko this guy is). However, the Post this morning does manage to display a shining clarity when it came to 11th CD Republican nominee Keith Fimian.
...Keith S. Fimian, the politically extreme, scantily informed Republican challenging Mr. Connolly.

Unlike Mr. Davis and Mr. Connolly, who cut their teeth as nuts-and-bolts problem-solvers in the unglamorous arena of local government, Mr. Fimian is an ideologue with sparse experience of local issues who has embraced much of the Tea Party's dogma. Mr. Fimian would slash or eliminate most of the revenue streams that sustain government and the federal workforce while somehow leaving spending on the military and big-ticket social programs mostly untouched.

His magical budgetary math would explode the nation's already massive deficits and debt, a fact that the affable Mr. Fimian does not acknowledge. Instead, he offers the wan assurance that as a small businessman -- he runs a home inspection company -- he knows how to create jobs and set the economy on its feet. If elected, Mr. Fimian would join the querulous ranks of representatives in Congress who offer plenty of views on the nation's challenges but no workable solutions.

Yes, that about sums it up on Fimian - smoke and mirrors, absurd attacks, over-the-top rhetoric, extremist views, and a complete lack of solutions for challenges confronting the 11th CD or the nation.  Even if you don't like Gerry Connolly, the choice in the 11th CD is a "no brainer", just like the choice in the 5th CD. In both cases, Republicans haven't offered even semi-serious candidates, so even if you don't like the Democratic candidates, you shouldn't vote Republican (maybe write in "Mickey Mouse?").  
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