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How to Win in Virginia as a Liberal Democrat
National Journal ^ | October 17, 2013 | Ronald Brownstein

Posted on 10/18/2013 6:16:11 AM PDT by C19fan

No one would confuse Terry McAuliffe with a policy wonk. The Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Virginia is more likely to be found slapping backs than cracking books. He has ascended in the political world through prodigious fundraising, not breakthrough thinking. All of which makes it even more telling that in his race against Republican Ken Cuccinelli, McAuliffe has almost completely embraced President Obama’s agenda on social issues and the environment.

Virginia Democrats historically have sought a cautious middle ground on such questions, largely in hope of holding culturally conservative blue-collar, evangelical, and rural white voters long considered indispensable to statewide success. But McAuliffe has repeatedly adopted liberal social positions that ensure repeated conflicts with those voters—while providing fuel to energize the Democrats’ new “coalition of the ascendant” centered on minorities, the millennial generation, and white-collar white voters, especially women. All of this has established a cavernous contrast with Cuccinelli, an unflinching conservative culture warrior, who has pushed the envelope of opposition to abortion, gay rights, and illegal immigration, as well as Obama’s health care and environmental policies.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: cuccinelli; mcauliffe; va2013; virginia
It looks like the GOP will lose all three statewide races. No one can blame running RINO candidates as all three were chosen in a convention by hardcore activists. The convention was used instead of a primary to keep out the RINOs. I think one can push Virginia a few more shades towards blue. Norther Virginia (NoVa) represents 30% of the electorate. NoVa has more in common with NY than Lynchburg.
1 posted on 10/18/2013 6:16:11 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

How to win, do like obama, CHEAT.


2 posted on 10/18/2013 6:25:48 AM PDT by esmith
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To: C19fan

Romney’s failed campaign manager and Drudge BFF Matt Rhoades has been in charge of Cuccinelli’s opposition research effort.


3 posted on 10/18/2013 6:26:51 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: esmith

That is the way Democrats win. That is Satan’s way. Lieing is all both know.


4 posted on 10/18/2013 6:28:43 AM PDT by sport
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To: C19fan

I don’t think you can categorize Cuccinelli as a RINO


5 posted on 10/18/2013 6:30:23 AM PDT by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: C19fan
Yep, Unfortunately Virginia is going the way of Pennsylvania and New Jersey as it aligns itself more with the Northeast than the South. The sad thing is that a good 85% of the state IS still solid red, it's just that the huge population centers around DC an Richmond have reached critical mass to overwhelm the rest of the state at least in statewide and national races. These population discrepancies explain why you might very well end up with all the statewide offices held by democrats and at the same time Republican’s still holding the legislature by a 2/3 majority....
6 posted on 10/18/2013 6:30:33 AM PDT by apillar
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To: esmith

Cheating is hard in Va state elections because they are off year. It takes a LOT of money to pay those precinct captains to stuff the boxes and they won’t give you a freebie.


7 posted on 10/18/2013 6:31:59 AM PDT by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: C19fan

It’s the Californiaization of Virginia.

Folks move from NY, MD and other leftist states to northern Virginia because jobs are available, taxes are low and the government more limited and better managed.

Then they start to vote in exactly the same class of politician that made their former residence such a hell hole, somehow expecting “this time it will be different.”

In 35 years of living in Fairfax County, I’ve seen the county board of supervisors go from 80% Republican to 80% Democrat, along with all the other countywide elected officials and also seen the same trend in putting leftists into state and federal elected office.


8 posted on 10/18/2013 6:35:18 AM PDT by JackOfVA
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To: C19fan
Ken is a heck of guy, I have met him personally on several occasions. He will make one heck of a good governor for Virginia, and I see him as a great candidate for a presidential run in the future.

However I am afraid we will never see a Republican get elected to any office in the near future. I hate to be that way and I hope I am wrong, but I see far to many pissed off life long Republicans.

People don't care about primaries, and don't both to vote, so you are stuck with what you get. I had no fewer the ten calls wanting me to be a delegate at the state GOP convention when Ken was nominated, I had to work that night and couldn't attend, but I know all the candidates were looking for delegates. Get involved in the local elections, they are the ones who will be running for state and national elections in the future.

9 posted on 10/18/2013 6:35:37 AM PDT by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!! (this post approved by the NSA))
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To: C19fan

Right on.

Another notch in the Marxist takeover of our nation, only this one is in my home state. Seems these notches are now occurring daily.

Makes me want to throw up.........daily.......


10 posted on 10/18/2013 6:37:19 AM PDT by Arlis (.)
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To: C19fan
People like to f***. Without rules. And with someone else (the taxpayer) picking up the tab.

That's what American politics has come down to.

All the surrogate issues - homosexual "marriages", free birth control, abortion - are basically about the same thing - f*** who you want, when, where, and how you want, no rules, and someone else pays the bills.

And that issue is sweeping the field.

The Clinton defenders were right - it IS all about sex.

11 posted on 10/18/2013 6:40:13 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: C19fan

You have to add as a major factor here the huge mess-ups of our RINO governor, who I spent time with and got to know before his election and initially really liked - thinking he was a true conservative.

His stupid self-interest/greed has not only ruined his political future, he has taken the state down with him.....


12 posted on 10/18/2013 6:40:51 AM PDT by Arlis (.)
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To: C19fan; Perdogg

BTTT


13 posted on 10/18/2013 6:44:37 AM PDT by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: DYngbld

PRIMARIES ARE WHERE WE WIN OVER THE GOP PARTY

In my district THIRTY people voted in the primaries. (not 30 PERCENT- 30 PEOPLE!!!!)

IF Freepers and if Rush and Hannity would make it a movement, we could oust all incumbents in the primaries

Because GOP incumbents spend the day before the primaries getting their full-time staff out to vote


14 posted on 10/18/2013 6:46:33 AM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: Mr. K
Truer statements have not been said my FRiend.

I worked the polls for the GOP in the primaries, it was sad, very sad. less then 10% turn out. Then I heard nothing but bitching about Romneys selection, but by time the primaries got to VA the only choice was Paul, or Romney. So really it didn't matter. The nation wide primaries should be all on the same day. No reason not to be any more.

15 posted on 10/18/2013 7:08:44 AM PDT by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!! (this post approved by the NSA))
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To: C19fan

The message here is: get in step with Obama or the voting machines will make sure you’re out.


16 posted on 10/18/2013 7:25:48 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: C19fan

Northern VA is a suburb of DC. Follow the money.


17 posted on 10/18/2013 7:39:21 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: C19fan

Unfortunately winning in Virginia as a Democrat is not as hard as it used to be.


18 posted on 10/18/2013 7:41:25 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: C19fan

NJ put up a conservative candidat (Lonegan)in a race against a Democrat rock star (Booker). The Tea Party was very active and the race was fairly close. Obama won by 18 points and Booker won by 9-10. I think Cucinelli has a real shot because Obamacare is imploding so bad the low information voters are starting to wake up to what we knew years ago. You may have a chance


19 posted on 10/18/2013 7:43:59 AM PDT by MattinNJ (It's over Johnny. The America you knew is gone. Denial serves no purpose.)
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To: MattinNJ

I certainly have no written off any of these races. The polls went a bit south the past two weeks, but that was largely because of the shutdown (we have a large federal employee population).

With the shutdown ended, that should fade. Also, Terri has never been near 50%, it’s just that Ken has sometimes polled in the 30s, and there is a libertarian who polls at 12% even though I’ll be shocked if he ends up with 2%.

Ken has also been tied in the race. And even the Lt. Governor race has had some polls showing the race tied.

It will be interesting to see some of the endorsements over the next two weeks. Terri really isn’t a good candidate, and some liberal newspapers do not like to endorse idiots, even if they are of the same party.


20 posted on 10/18/2013 9:55:45 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: MattinNJ
McAuliffe's TV ads airing on the DC stations are not accurate but they are numerous. Cuccinelli has some effective ads too but I see them far less often. McAuliffe has the money to spend and he's spending it.

The only hope for Cuccinelli is an ice storm along the I-95 & I-64 East corridor with excellent weather in the rest of the state.

Fortunately, the House of Delegates, the lower house of the oldest continuous law-making body in the Western Hemisphere will remain solidly Republican and will do their best to keep McAuliffe in check.

21 posted on 10/18/2013 3:29:56 PM PDT by relee ('Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away)
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