I wonder if Betty Hill were alive today if she would be a "birther"?
My favorite commentator on Twitter, PourMeCoffee, nailed the whole “birther” nonsense. (You know, the “birthers” are these paleoconservatives who deny that President Barack Obama was born in the U.S. and therefore is not eligible to be President under the Constitution.) PourMeCoffee compares these nut jobs with the late Betty Hill, who believed that an outer space alien arrived in a U.F.O. and abducted her and her husband.
As PourMeCoffee wrote, “This is what those wishing to engage the birthers are up against. Love your crazy! Hug it and hold it and love it right! Betty did. Never, ever let it go!”
Cue Virginia’s own, Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte of Roanoke. Continue reading
You know how when you’re walking through the woods in the summer and you lift up a rock, remember what happens? The bugs underneath the rock run from the daylight. I feel like that’s what happened on April 15 with these AstroTurf Tea Party tax protests, except this time, the bugs didn’t run away, when America lifted up the rock. Continue reading
Although the results in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District are not yet final, Tom Perriello increased his lead after a bipartisan canvass of every county and city in the district.
On Friday at news conference in Martinsville, Perriello declared victory, with unofficial State Board of Elections results showing a 749 vote margin for the Democrat. Former 5th District Democratic Congressman L.F. Payne has agreed to head up Perriello’s transition team.
The State Board of Elections is scheduled to certify the results on Nov. 24. At that point, the candidate who is certified to be on the losing end of the election can request a recount, according to the State Board of Elections. Given Perriello’s current lead, it’s highly unlikely that the results would be overturned, but count on Congressman Goode to spend the taxpayer’s money for a personal ego trip of a recount.
On a more positive note, take the time to watch the video from Perriello’s news conference Friday, which is found on his campaign website. While there, be sure to read the note of thanks from Congressman-Elect Tom Perriello. Tom is my kind of politician. I’m proud to have contributed to his race.
On Friday on WRVA News Radio in Richmond, James Madison University political science professor Robert Roberts was quoted as saying Democrats Judy Feder and Tom Perriello could knock off GOP Congressmen Frank Wolf and Virgil Goode on Tuesday, because of a successful Democratic GOTV program led by the Obama campaign. Roberts also predicts a Gerry Connolly win.
Chris Cillizza, a political writer with the Washington Post has named the Top 50 House seats across the country most likely to switch hands on Tuesday. There are three seats held by Virginia Republicans on the list. He’s also made a bold prediction about Gov. Mark Warner’s Senate race against Gov. Jim Gilmore. Continue reading
It’s happening. The Republicans are in full out panic-mode over the surge of Democratic support in Virginia. The latest sign, according to MSNBC, is that the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is focusing more attention on attacking Tom Perriello who’s running against Rep. Virgil Goode (R-Status Quo).
MSNBC reports that the NRCC has issued a press release claiming Perriello is, “someone who feels more at home on the Upper Westside than he does in the heart of Virginia.”
Puh-lease. Perriello was born and raised in the 5th District and the Republicans know it. If being from New York is so horrible, why in the world did Goode take $150,000 from New York financial interests?
Folks, Tom Perriello can win with your help. These ads were just posted on Tom’s YouTube site and are running in rotations on TV across the 5th district.
The Charlottesville Daily Progress reported yesterday that Roanoke’s CBS affiliate WDBJ has pulled GOP ad attacking Tom Perriello because the newspaper story cited in the ad incorrectly stated Perriello’s position on gay marriage. (The paper issued a subsequent correction to its story, but why should that stop the GOP from attacking Tom?)
Here’s the false ad attacking Tom Perriello. To help Tom fight back, make a contribution to his campaign at www.perrielloforcongress.com.
Tom Perriello is gaining traction in the closing days of his campaign to defeat GOP Congressman and Xenophobe Virgil Goode. Today CQ Politics upgraded its rating in the Perriello-Goode race in Tom’s favor. CQ Politics also highlights that today, the Danville Register & Bee endorsed Tom, the first Democrat they’ve endorse for Congress since the endorsed Virgil Goode in 1996, when he was a Democrat.
Here in Virginia, we’ve seen our share of candidates who have used religion to divide and conquer the electorate. Congressman Virgil Goode’s ignorant, demogogic rants against Congressman Keith Ellison immediately jump to mind.
But nothing the bigotted Virgil Goode has done compares to the latest advertisement released by Sen. Elizabeth Dole in North Carolina in her campaign against State Senator Kay Hagan. Continue reading
Good news! The Roanoke Times has endorsed Tom Perriello and his bid to unseat Rep. Virgil Goode. I think this calls for some old-fashioned bluegrass music from the new band sweeping the 5th District, the Perriello Pickers!
I like this ad because Tom Perriello is speaking straight into the camera and calling Virgil Goode out for his lies and distortions that he’s campaigned on.
Go Tom, Go!
p.s. Here’s the editorial from the Roanoke Times which is mentioned in Tom’s ad below.