Time and time again, partisanship has blocked progress, and even common sense, in Virginia. It is time for that to end, and we believe Sen. Creigh Deeds is the person who can make that happen. Continue reading
Monthly Archives: May 2009
Creigh Deeds was endorsed by the Bristol Herald Courier this morning. The editorial board of the paper had good things to say about both Brian Moran and Terry McAuliffe, but threw their support to Deeds. They write in part:
…we believe Deeds is best suited, with his 18 years of experience building relationships across Virginia and a deep understanding of rural challenges. Continue reading
At the Virginia Republican Convention today in Richmond, Republican Nominee for Governor Bob McDonnell was introduced with a Creedence Clearwater Revival song — “Up Around the Bend“.
Didn’t someone check the lyrics of this catchy tune?
There’s a place up ahead and I’m goin’ just as fast as my feet can fly
Come away, come away if you’re goin’, leave the sinkin’ ship behind. Continue reading
This week Creigh Deeds started a major media buy in Hampton Roads, Richmond, Roanoke, and Bristol with this ad promoting his candidacy for Governor of Virginia. The Washington Post has the details on the size of the buy and what the other candidates are doing. What do you think?
Today the Washington Post ran a blog post where Ralph Nader accused Terry McAuliffe of offering him an undisclosed amount of money to pull out of 19 battleground states in the 2004 Presidential election. (“Nader Accuses McAuliffe of Suppressing Votes”.) There is also a story out tonight which will be in tomorrow’s paper. (“Nader: McAuliffe Offered Money To Avoid Key States in ’04 Race”)
So what did Terry McAuliffe have to say about this? Did he deny it? Um, no. He had his campaign spokeswoman respond to the Post on his behalf. She didn’t deny Nader’s accusation at all. Instead, she sought to dismiss it. Continue reading
If you have any doubt how tone deaf the Republican Party is, watch this video. Rep. Tom Price, Republican of Georgia, chairman of the Republican Study Group, complains that President Obama is dividing America because he stood up to the investment bankers looking for a government bailout. (So the GOP is on the side of the investment bankers?)
I’ve been amused today to watch the anti-Obama Republicans grapple with how they can oppose the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. To understand just how boxed in they are politically, it’s helpful to review their history. Continue reading
This Saturday in Richmond, Pat Mullins is seeking a full term as chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. When he was named chairman at a recent meeting of the State Central Committee, Mullins was hailed as “the adult in the room,” following the disastrous chairmanship of Del. Jeff Frederick.
His honeymoon didn’t last long. Continue reading
This Memorial Day, I wanted to take a moment to remember the 149 Virginians who have given their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. My prayers are especially with their loved ones. The gratitude of the nation is not enough.
I am particularly praying for the family of Cpl. Ryan C. McGhee, 21, of Fredericksburg. He is the latest Virginian to die in service to our country — he passed awayjust 12 days ago. Cpl. McGhee was on his fourth tour; he died from wounds he received in Iraq and is buried in Arlington Cemetery not too far from where I am as I write.
Words can not express how sorry I am for the loss of his family, particularly his fiancee whom he was to marry next year. My hope and prayer for Cpl. McGhee’s loved ones is that they receive God’s comfort as they grieve this terrible loss.
By now I’ve had the chance to read about the decision of Liberty University to ban the school’s chapter of College Democrats from its Lynchburg, Virginia campus. No one should be surprised by this move, which was communicated to students by this email. The private school has long held religious and political beliefs which are far from the mainstream of Virginia and the rest of the country. (In fact, the bigger surprise was that the College Democrats were welcomed in the first place.) Continue reading
As readers of this blog know, among the three candidates seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for Governor of Virginia, from the beginning, I’ve only considered giving my vote to either former Virginia Delegate Brian Moran or State Senator Creigh Deeds of Bath County.
For reasons not worth repeating, I never considered the third candidate seeking the nomination, whom I see as a destructive force in Democratic politics. Brian Moran put it best in a recent ad when he said that candidate represents the kind of big money politics Barack Obama ran against. I couldn’t agree more. Continue reading
If you haven’t read GQ’s Sunday story about Bush Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his team’s use of Holy Scripture to justify the war in Iraq, take the time and do it right now. And don’t miss those cover sheets the Rumsfeld team used on the classified briefing files about the war.
There are several people who have done a better job than me explaining why this is bad theology. But tonight on MSNBC, Rev. Welton Gaddy captured my thoughts exactly why this kind of theology is so dangerous.