One of the reasons why Virginians are going to elect State Senator Creigh Deeds their Governor this fall is that they trust their centrist U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner. Both men have committed to help make Sen. Deeds Virginia’s next governor. Sen Warner is organizing the business community for Deeds, while Sen. Webb is organizing veterans for Deeds.
I expect that both Senators, along with Governor Tim Kaine, will cut endorsement ads for Deeds that should run in September and October when voters really begin to focus on the election.
Meanwhile, if you want an idea of what Sen. Deeds needs to do this summer and this fall in order to win, check out Sen. Warner’s political analysis of the Virginia electorate from last summer when he was running for his Senate seat. Warner’s advice for then-candidate Barack Obama was spot on then and makes perfect sense for Sen. Deeds, too.
Last summer, the Washington Post identified the counties and cities which then-Sen. Barack Obama would need to carry over Sen. John McCain if he was going to win the state in the fall. These counties and cities were mostly carried by Gov. Tim Kaine, Sen. Jim Webb and Sen. Mark Warner in 2005, 2006 and 2008, respectively. (The Post called them, “purple question marks”.) It was a thoughtful article and worth a re-read as we look to the fall with Sen. Creigh Deeds, Jody Wagner and Del. Steve Shannon on the ballot as our Democratic nominees. Continue reading
Editorial cartoon from the Washington Examiner following the death of Rev. Jerry Falwell, Sr.
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
Last year former Virginia Congressman Tom Davis compared the GOP brand to dog food.
Virginia GOP Congressman Eric Cantor has brought the GOP “rebranding campaign” to Virginia. Today Cantor is hosting the first event of what he’s calling the National Council for a New America. Cantor even has a nifty URL for his rebranding campaign: www.wethepeopleplan.org. On the website and on Twitter, Cantor has invited you to nominate your town for an event.
That’s almost as exciting as the last Britney Spears concert I went to! Continue reading
Dear Virginia Republicans:
I’m trying to understand your alternative reality or as Frank Rich calls it in today’s New York Times, a parallel universe / echo chamber. Maybe you can help me out. Continue reading
In these video addresses to supporters, President Obama and Gov. Kaine explain the President’s Economic Stimulus Plan and what you can do to ensure its passage.