Monthly Archives: April 2009

Don’t Let Virginia Foxx off the Hook

Today North Carolina GOP Congresswoman Virginia Foxx tried to walk away from her claim yesterday that the circumstances surrounding the death Matthew Shepard were a “hoax”. Her office issued this statement:

It has come to my attention that some people have been led to believe that I think the terrible crimes that led to Matthew Shepard’s death in 1998 were a hoax. The term “hoax” was a poor choice of words used in the discussion of the hate crimes bill. Mr. Shepard’s death was nothing less than a tragedy, and those responsible for his death certainly deserved the punishment they received. I am especially sorry if his grieving family was offended by my statement. Continue reading



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Virginia Foxx Launches Lying Contest with Michelle Bachmann

North Carolina GOP Congresswoman Virginia Foxx has apparently launched a competition with Minnesota GOP Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann to see who can lie more. Here is Rep. Foxx’s latest entry, which I think beats Rep. Bachmann’s entry where she blamed the Great Depression on FDR. Yes, what Rep. Foxx said is a BIGGER lie than that. Continue reading


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What Changes with Arlen Specter

So today Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) announced that he was becoming a Democrat in preparation for his reelection bid next year. I use the phrase “becoming a Democrat” because he said that he’s not leaving the Republican Party as much the GOP left him. In a lengthy news conference Specter candidly explained that he looked at the polls and it looked unlikely he could win the GOP nomination. Sen. Specter was quick to point out that he wouldn’t be changing his positions on any issues. Continue reading

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100 Days of No

Let’s review the Republican “Party of No”approach during President Obama’s first 100 days.

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Eric Cantor: for High Speed Rail and against it, too

Check out this editorial in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star praising GOP Rep. Eric Cantor and his support for bringing high speed rail to Fredericksburg, Va. Do the writers of the editorial and Congressman Cantor believe the people of Fredericksburg are that stupid? Continue reading

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Dear Mr. McAuliffe: You’re Pretty Slick on Oil

Dear Mr. McAuliffe:

Your campaign consultant Mo Elleithee and some of your supporters are unhappy with my questions about your position on whether or not there should be drilling off the shore of Virginia Beach.

They have accused me of “false attacks” and “Rovian” tactics. I’ve been accused of “misrepresenting” your position. I’ve also been fingered as a supporter of your opponent Brian Moran. I am not. (At this point, I’m still trying to decide whether or not I will vote for Mr. Moran or Creigh Deeds.)

For reasons I’ve stated elsewhere on this blog and Twitter, I am strongly opposed to your candidacy. If you are our party’s nominee, I will not vote for you or Bob McDonnell.

That said, you may very will be the nominee of my party and you very well may become my governor.

That’s why I am writing you. Continue reading


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The Macker’s Biggest Backer

Though I joked with you on April Fool’s Day that former President Bill Clinton was endorsing Creigh Deeds over Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran in Virginia’s governor’s race, this week, the McAuliffe campaign made it official. The former president will appear at a series of rallies across the state for the ultimate FOB (Friend of Bill), McAuliffe.

In October, the President appeared at several rallies for then-Sen. Barack Obama after Obama won the presidential nomination. Leading up to those rallies, the Washington Post had a very compelling analysis of the value of a Clinton endorsement in Virginia. I urge you to re-read it as you gauge the value of the latest Clinton rallies.

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