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  • Republicans back in the fold?

    01/05/2010 6:41:48 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 14 replies · 598+ views
    PPP ^ | January 5, 2010 | TOM JENSEN
    One underplayed aspect of this year's elections that I think could make an impact is the return of disaffected Republicans who didn't even bother coming out to vote in 2008 because they were unhappy about the nomination of John McCain. They may have felt it didn't make any difference who they voted for then, but feel differently about things now that they've seen the impact of Democratic control in Washington. On the Virginia exit poll 94% of respondents said who they voted for President last year and their responses average out to a 13.2% advantage for Bob McDonnell. Since McDonnell...
  • Joblessness triggers tax increase for businesses

    12/18/2009 5:34:53 PM PST · by george76 · 4 replies · 368+ views
    Free Lance-Star ^ | 12/12/2009 | Chelyen Davis
    Despite talk about easing burdens on businesses to encourage them to create jobs, companies in Virginia will be paying more in taxes come Jan. 1. The state unemployment tax that businesses pay on each employee will be going up, from an average of $95 per employee per year to an average of $171 a year in 2010, $234 in 2011 and $263 in 2012. The tax goes into the fund the state uses to pay unemployment benefits... When the unemployment fund gets low, it triggers an automatic increase in the tax. The increase is determined by a formula. Virginia Employment...
  • [Virginia Gov Tim] Kaine proposes replacing car tax with $1.9B income tax hike

    12/18/2009 11:13:15 AM PST · by freespirited · 23 replies · 697+ views
    Wapo ^ | 12/18/09 | Anita Kumar, Rosalind S. Helderman
    Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine (D) proposed Friday replacing the local car tax by increasing income tax $1.9 billion a year. But Republicans in the General Assembly and Gov.-elect Robert F. McDonnell (R) have said they are opposed to any tax hikes. The outgoing governor also proposed about $2.3 billion in budget cuts to help make up for a nearly $4.2 billion shortfall by 2012. ... Kaine recommended eliminating 1,879 jobs as well as 664 layoffs, many of them in the departments of transportation, corrections, juvenile justice and at the University of Virginia. In public education, he would cap the number...
  • Villanueva winner of 21st District seat in Va. Beach

    12/14/2009 9:03:48 PM PST · by csvset · 29 replies · 1,175+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | December 15, 2009 | Deirdre Fernandes
    It’s final. Republican Ron Villanueva is the winner of the 21st House District seat after a recount Monday. Villanueva, a city councilman, increased his margin of victory over incumbent Democrat Bobby Mathieson by two votes after all the ballots were rechecked. In the end, Villanueva received 7,674 votes, and Mathieson got 7,658. “I feel elated,” Villanueva said Monday night. “It was exciting to see the process in action.” Mathieson, who asked for the recount, said his camp was aware going in that a different outcome was unlikely with so many ballots cast electronically and the chances of finding mistakes minimal....
  • Why Bob McDonnell’s campaign is a model to learn from

    12/13/2009 1:33:29 AM PST · by Yomin Postelnik · 19 replies · 1,095+ views
    Examiner ^ | 12/13/09 | Yomin Postelnik
    Last month, Americans watched as Virginia and New Jersey elected two new governors. While the lessons of both campaigns are still being dissected, virtually everyone agrees that Chris Christie profited most of all from having a terrible incumbent as an opponent. The real lessons for political candidates in competitive races stem from Virginia’s Bob McDonnell. McDonnell didn’t just win big. He helped his party win every statewide seat with on coattails. The talking heads chalk up his astounding victory to his singular focus on jobs and the economy. And as usual, the talking heads are 100% wrong. To be sure,...
  • Cuccinelli Vows as Virginia's Next Attorney General to Defend Conservatism

    12/07/2009 5:31:04 PM PST · by HokieMom · 21 replies · 721+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 6, 2009 | Sarah Abruzzese
    Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II is known for speaking his mind. As he prepares next month to be sworn in as the top attorney for the state, nothing has changed. For those concerned that the attorney general-elect is going to embrace his conservative principles and take on anyone who opposes those beliefs — even the federal government — Mr. Cuccinelli said they are right to be concerned. "If they're worried that I'm going to sue the federal government, their worry is well-placed," Mr. Cuccinelli said. In the Republican state senator's acceptance speech after winning the election in November, he promised to...
  • Virginia Gov 2009: Analysis: After losing streak, Virginia GOP hails wins at annual advance

    12/05/2009 6:19:02 PM PST · by HokieMom · 12 replies · 488+ views
    WTOP ^ | December 5, 2009 | AP
    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - What a difference a year has made for Virginia's Republican Party. Hailing a turnaround that seemed impossible after a historic 2008 trouncing in a Democratic sweep led by Barack Obama, jubilant Republicans cheered the party's newest star, Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell, at their annual winter meeting Saturday. "The Republican resurgence has begun in Virginia," McDonnell told a crowd attending the party's 26th Annual Donald W. Huffman Republican Advance in Williamsburg. In Staunton, nearly 160 miles west down Interstate 64, the Democratic Party's central committee hunkered down under a heavy snowstorm. McDonnell's victory by 19 percentage points over...
  • Economic Misery Is Driving Voters Right

    12/01/2009 7:32:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 49 replies · 1,396+ views ^ | December 1, 2009 | J.T. YOUNG
    It seems simple to write off the four elections that got much of the attention last month in New Jersey, Virginia, New York and California. Democrats and Republicans each won two, so what really changed? They weren't indicative nationally and represented no more than local issues playing out locally, right? Wrong. They represented a conservative groundswell — ideologically and personally.The table below shows the four races. The first two columns indicate the percentages of the vote total gained by each party in the 2008 presidential election and the 2009 state and congressional elections. The third column shows the difference...
  • GOP Firehouse Primary for 37th Senate Dist. TONIGHT!

    12/01/2009 2:12:09 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 13 replies · 692+ views
    GOP Firehouse Primary for 37th Senate Dist. Posted on November 30, 2009 by Riley The firehouse primary to determine the Republican nominee in the special election to fill the 37th State Senate Dist. being vacated by AG-elect Ken Cuccinelli will be held TONIGHT! Here’s the details – Dec 1, 2009 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Centreville High School 6001 Union Mill Rd Clifton, VA 20124-1131 Identification will be required in order to vote All voters will be required to sign a pledge stating that they intend to support the nominees of the Republican Party in the future. Electronic voting machines...
  • Only 37% job approval for Obama in VA (Bloom's off Boy Zero's rose in VA)

    11/28/2009 2:26:30 PM PST · by ScottinVA · 38 replies · 1,974+ views
    Survey USA Polling ^ | 23 November 2009 | SurveyUSA
    Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #16075
  • Virginia House of Delegate Democrats appear weak on gun rights

    11/22/2009 4:14:43 PM PST · by majstoll · 3 replies · 733+ views
    The ^ | November 22, 2009 | Mike Stollenwerk
    A few weeks ago seven of the eight incumbent Democrats in the Virginia House of Delegates who lost their seat to a Republican had one other thing in common - a lower National Rifle Association (NRA) rating that their opponent . . . [and] the disparity in support for gun rights between the parties seems to have sharpened.
  • Politico: GOP Eyes McDonnell Strategy

    11/21/2009 4:49:55 PM PST · by HokieMom · 41 replies · 1,239+ views
    Politico ^ | November 21, 2009 | Jonathan Martin
    CEDAR CREEK, Tex. –After four years of grappling with how to appeal to voters, a group of top Republicans believe they’ve found a winning formula for 2010. Call it the McDonnell Strategy. The shorthand: run on economic policy, downplay divisive cultural issues, present an upbeat tone, target independent voters and focus on Democratic-controlled Washington—all without attacking President Barack Obama personally. It’s an approach that elected Bob McDonnell to the Virginia governorship earlier this month. While Republicans posted two hard-fought gubernatorial victories on Nov. 3, McDonnell’s path to victory is the one that most encourages the GOP, a remarkable case of...
  • Optimistic GOP Governors Want a Kinder, Gentler Approach to 2010

    11/20/2009 7:11:51 PM PST · by Dajjal · 81 replies · 2,398+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | Nov. 20, 2009 | Melinda Henneberger
    AUSTIN – Here's what I did not hear at the annual confab of Republican governors held here this week: The words socialist, extremist, or government takeover. With the focus on jobs, jobs and jobs, the only red meat was the Texas barbecue. And by design, there was no Obama-bashing. [snip] Barbour cautioned Republican candidates to refrain from attacking the president, period: "People want the president to succeed; good Lord, they want the country to succeed, and particularly the first African-American president has a lot of goodwill. . . . We need to be careful, we need to treat the president...
  • GOP Governors Push for 2010 Party Rebirth

    11/20/2009 7:27:03 AM PST · by markomalley · 20 replies · 773+ views
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 11/20/2009 | Liz Sidoti
    Thrilled with twin victories this month, Republican governors are looking to lead a party-wide resurgence in 2010 and shape the GOP for years to come. Republicans boast of a strong crop of gubernatorial candidates who could be future party leaders, $25 million in the bank a year before the elections and a difficult environment for Democrats, particularly in financially ailing swing-voting states like Ohio and Iowa. "Next year's going to be a good year for Republican governors," predicted Haley Barbour, Mississippi's governor and chairman of the Republican Governors Association. "In states where there are Republican governors, people can see if...
  • Suburban districts see red

    11/19/2009 6:55:27 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 9 replies · 615+ views
    Politico ^ | Nov. 19, 2009 | ALEXANDER BURNS
    Suburban Democrats are bracing to defend their recent gains amid unmistakable signs of volatility among an electorate that is impatient with the pace of economic recovery. Their concerns are coming into sharp focus amid ongoing developments in Nassau County, N.Y., where County Executive Tom Suozzi, a rising star in New York politics and a prominent suburban Democratic politician, might lose his seat in a recount. Suozzi’s predicament comes on the heels of other troubling developments in some of the nation’s largest suburban counties, including nearby Democratic Westchester County, where voters tossed out County Executive Andrew Spano in a startling...
  • Are Asian voters swinging Republican? (analysis from NJ/VA results)

    11/18/2009 7:40:06 AM PST · by heiss · 23 replies · 1,020+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | Nov 17, 2009 | Michael barone
    Asian voters switching to Republicans? ... All this evidence strongly suggests that Republicans made gains and Democrats suffered significant losses among Asian, and specifically among Indian-American voters, in Middlesex County. This upscale group, ready enough to vote for John Kerry in 2004 and Barack Obama in 2008, seems to have been repelled by New Jersey’s high taxes and big government under Jon Corzine. There should be some lessons here for Republicans generally—and for Democrats as well.
  • Dems alarmed as Independents bolt party [voters see dems as a party of high spending]

    11/18/2009 2:12:52 AM PST · by Former Military Chick · 25 replies · 1,521+ views
    Politico ^ | 11/18/09 12:11 AM EST | ALEX ISENSTADT
    Mounting evidence that independent voters have soured on the Democrats is prompting a debate among party officials about what rhetorical and substantive changes are needed to halt the damage. Following serious setbacks with independents in off-year elections earlier this month, White House officials attributed the defeats to local factors and said President Barack Obama sees no need to reposition his own image or the Democratic message. Since then, however, a flurry of new polls makes clear that Democrats are facing deeper problems with independents—the swing voters who swung dramatically toward the party in 2006 and 2008 but who now are...
  • Are Asian voters swinging Republican? (Indian Americans tired of Democrats?)

    11/18/2009 2:14:25 AM PST · by cold start · 10 replies · 1,074+ views
    Washington ^ | 17th November 2009 | Michael Barone
    Asian voters switching to Republicans? Prowling through the election returns in the governor races two weeks ago, I was surprised to find that Middlesex County, New Jersey, voted for Republican Chris Christie over Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine by a 48%-44% margin, almost exactly the same as Christie’s 49%-45% statewide margin. Middlesex County has been a Democratic county for as long as I have been studying election returns (going back to the 1960 election). In close elections it voted 58%-42% for John Kennedy in 1960, 46%-43% for Hubert Humphrey in 1968 (when he failed to carry New Jersey), 51%-47% for Jimmy...
  • Barone: Are Asian voters swinging Republican?

    11/17/2009 6:43:01 PM PST · by HokieMom · 38 replies · 1,354+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 17, 2009 | Barone
    Prowling through the election returns in the governor races two weeks ago, I was surprised to find that Middlesex County, New Jersey, voted for Republican Christie over Democratic incumbent Corzine by a 48%-44% margin, almost exactly the same as Christie’s 49%-45% statewide margin. Middlesex County has been a Democratic county for as long as I have been studying election returns (going back to the 1960 election). In close elections it voted 58%-42% for John Kennedy in 1960, 46%-43% for Humphrey in 1968 (when he failed to carry New Jersey), 51%-47% for Carter in 1976, 46%-38% and 56%-32% for Bill Clinton...
  • Michael Barone: Tuesday's Biggest Loser: The Union Agenda

    11/05/2009 5:06:31 AM PST · by Wpin · 44 replies · 2,297+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 5, 2009 | Michael Barone
    If you were watching television on Tuesday night as the election returns came in showing Republicans capturing the governorships of Virginia and New Jersey, you probably missed seeing the biggest losers of the evening. You may have caught the concession speech of Creigh Deeds, who ran 12% behind Barack Obama's winning percentage of the vote in Virginia, and that of Jon Corzine who, after spending over $100 million of his own money on three campaigns, ran 13% behind Obama's winning percentage in New Jersey and got evicted from Drumthwacket, the governor's mansion in Princeton. But you missed seeing the guy...
  • Robertson's remarks put McDonnell in a bind

    11/16/2009 8:20:45 AM PST · by Captain Jack Aubrey · 60 replies · 1,768+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Sunday, November 15, 2009 | Rosalind S. Helderman
    Virginia Muslims are calling on McDonnell (R) to disavow comments made by the Virginia Beach religious broadcaster last week in response to the shootings at Fort Hood, Tex., in which Robertson asserted that Islam is "not a religion" but a "violent political system" and that those who practice it should be treated like members of a communist or fascist party.
  • What White Women Want, Surprisingly the GOP

    11/13/2009 9:55:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies · 2,527+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 13, 2009 | David Paul Kuhn
    This week, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat, told reporters the GOP offers a "back-of-the-hand treatment to women." Later she said two conservative female representatives only serve to further "repulse women." You see, Schultz said on MSNBC, Republicans "don't really get very many women when it comes to elections." The week before, in Virginia, the Republican gubernatorial candidate won women. And in blue New Jersey, the Republican lost women but won white women by 18 percentage points. Last year, John McCain won a majority of the white female vote. They sum to more than 25 million women. Democrats, so...
  • Unwritten story: New VA & NJ governors are strong Catholics

    11/13/2009 10:50:33 AM PST · by ikeonic · 15 replies · 713+ views
    American Papist ^ | 11/13/09 | Thomas Peters
    ...two Catholic candidates won elections this year to state-wide office without compromising their pro-life, pro-family principles. The world didn't end, and once they are in office, they won't conduct witch hunts against those who disagree with them on these issues - but they will use their office to promote these central values, which transcend any one religion or political party. Catholics aren't pro-life and pro-family, after all, only because the Church tells them to be so, but rather, they are encouraged to hold true to these commonsense principles because of the witness and encouragement of their Catholic faith. You read...
  • The President Whose Words Once Soared

    11/10/2009 3:39:21 PM PST · by Ben Mugged · 86 replies · 2,991+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 7, 2009 | PETER BAKER
    As the most gifted orator of his generation, President Obama finds speechmaking perhaps his most potent political tool. It propelled him to national prominence in 2004 and to the White House in 2008. And whenever he needs to calm economic fears or revive stalled health care legislation, he takes to the lectern. It may be too soon to reach such conclusions. The Democrats who lost last week, after all, had fatal flaws all their own. But the results do suggest that Mr. Obama’s addresses these days may not resonate quite the way they did. Speeches that once set pulses racing...
  • Virginia’s Governor-Elect Says No to Gov’t-Run Health Care Option

    11/10/2009 2:21:24 PM PST · by IbJensen · 9 replies · 639+ views
    CNS News ^ | November 10, 2009 | Matt Cover – Virginia’s Governor-elect Bob McDonnell (R) said that his administration would not participate in a government-run health insurance plan, if one is passed by Congress and signed into law. He also urged other governors to “stand up” against federal proposals if they are not good for their states. McDonnell, who won election on Nov. 3 with 59 percent of the vote, said on the Nov. 8 edition of CNN’s “State of the Union” that a government-run public option would be bad for his recently red state. McDonnell also said that during the campaign he heard concerns from Virginia voters...
  • Fred Barnes: It's like Jimmy Carter never left town

    11/09/2009 11:42:40 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 19 replies · 1,704+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11-9-09 | Fred Barnes
    Fred Barnes: It's like Jimmy Carter never left town By: Fred Barnes OpEd ContributorNovember 9, 2009 Republican conservatives and moderates are at each other's throats. Tea party populists are furious at President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and aren't crazy about Republicans either. Democrats haven't got a clue. There's talk of a third party. The economy is stagnant as unemployment, now 10.2 percent, climbs. It's beginning to look like the late 1970s.This is good news for Republicans -- extremely good news. Today's struggles between conservatives and moderates are mere skirmishes compared with the titanic intraparty battle touched off by...
  • Interview with the President: NY-23 Special Election is “Important Signal” for Democrats

    11/09/2009 3:08:32 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 13 replies · 878+ views Punch ^ | 11/09/09 | Jake Tapper & Sunlen Miller
    Obama said the main message he took from last week’s election results – with Republicans winning gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia – was that Americans are “nervous, and they’re worried and they’re anxious.” “I don't think there's any denying the fact that people are worried out there,” he said in an interview with ABC’s Jake Tapper today. Obama said Democrat Bill Owens victory in the special election in New York’s 23rd congressional district, the one bright spot for the president’s party last Tuesday, “sent an important signal.”
  • Learning the Right Lessons From Tuesday’s Results (Finally, Scozzafava is called a liberal.)

    11/09/2009 11:43:06 AM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies · 737+ views
    Roll Call ^ | Nov. 9, 2009 | Stuart Rothenberg
    Everyone and his brother has opinions about what happened on Tuesday, but not all assessments are equally correct, just as not all of the descriptions of the contests, while they were in progress, were equally on the mark. What were some of the mistakes and mischaracterizations during the campaigns and after the voting? One of the worst, I thought, was the widespread characterization of Dede Scozzafava, the Republican nominee in New York’s 23rd district, as a moderate. I realize that those of us in the media use that term to distinguish certain Republicans and Democrats from their more ideologically consistent...
  • Virginia incumbents’ losses explained by weakness on gun rights

    11/08/2009 8:39:29 PM PST · by majstoll · 12 replies · 969+ views
    the ^ | November 8, 2009 | Mike Stollenwerk
    Last Tuesday’s election in Virginia has been reported by some as a vote of no confidence in the Obama administration. Maybe it was – but a closer look indicates that seven of the nine incumbents who lost were caught flat footed on gun rights. . . . Philip Van Cleave, President of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. feels that "the results show that this election was open season on anti-gun incumbents. The antis have lost at least five reliable anti-gun votes in the already pro-gun House of Delegates, and their perennial bill to restrict private firearm sales at gun...
  • How Obama Saved The Massachusetts GOP (and the rest of NE, too!)

    11/05/2009 3:50:17 AM PST · by suspects · 20 replies · 1,120+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | November 5, 2009 | Michael Graham
    How’s that “hope and change” working out for you? I can’t speak for the Democrats, but Republicans - particularly New England ones - are loving it. After a year of defeat and dire predictions, Massachusetts conservatives have renewed hope for 2010. There’s definitely change on the way, and in a state whose legislators are about 90 percent Democrat, change can only be good for Republicans. And who can we thank for this new conservative spirit of hopeful-changeyness? The Republican Party’s new hero: Barack Obama. One year ago today, pundits were writing off the American right for the next election cycle,...
  • McDonnell's Winning Strategy [Telegenic Conservative GOP Nominee For 2012?]

    11/08/2009 2:00:18 PM PST · by Steelfish · 4 replies · 427+ views
    FoxNews ^ | November 08th, 2009
    November 8 Megan Whittemore McDonnell's Winning Strategy Virginia Governor-elect Bob McDonnell seems to have found a winning formula for unifying his party and delivering a clear message. During the campaign McDonnell focused on jobs, the economy, transportation and education while staying positive. "We kept it overwhelmingly positive, giving people an uplifting alternative for the future," McDonnell told Chris Wallace on FOX News Sunday. "We, I think, tapped into some of the sentiment at the national level on the issues of card check, cap and trade, and some under-funded mandates and things like that that were not resonating well with Virginia...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 8 November 2009

    11/08/2009 4:55:11 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 444 replies · 11,233+ views
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 8 November 2009 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, November 8th, 2009 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Virginia Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell; Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut independent; Reps. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Mike Pence, R-Ind.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Govs. Haley Barbour, R-Miss., and Ed Rendell, D-Pa.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.; former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas; Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.THIS WEEK (ABC): Democratic National Chairman Tim Kaine and Republican National Chairman Michael Steele; Army chief of staff Gen. George Casey.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Army chief of staff Casey; Virginia...
  • Freewheeling young voters scare both parties

    11/08/2009 5:09:30 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 27 replies · 967+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 8, 2009 | Michael Barone
    In November 2008, 658,000 Americans under 30 voted in New Jersey and 782,000 did so in Virginia. In November 2009, 212,000 Americans under 30 voted in New Jersey and 198,000 did so in Virginia. In other words, young voter turnout this year was down two-thirds in New Jersey and three-quarters in Virginia
  • Glenn Nye says he'll vote no on health care reform bill

    11/07/2009 4:11:23 PM PST · by csvset · 5 replies · 654+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | November 7, 2009 | Olivia Hubert-Allen
    U.S. Rep. Glenn Nye announced Saturday that he will vote no on the House health care reform bill. He cited costs to small businesses and cuts to hospitals as primary reasons the bill will not get his support. Though he says the latest version of the bill does achieve many health care reform goals, he believes it will not reduce the cost of health care for families, taxpayers and small businesses. A provision in the bill that Nye believes could lead to nearly $20 million in cuts for the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD) was also grounds for...
  • email from Leftist PFAW, with their "take" on the election (MEGA BARF ALERT)

    11/06/2009 12:25:57 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 3 replies · 474+ views
    Dear xxxx, The results of Tuesday's elections in Maine, New Jersey, New York, Virginia and Washington were a mixed bag but there are some clear lessons we can learn. Voters rejected right-wing radicalism. Democrats who fail to stand up for Democratic and progressive principles fail in elections. The Right's lies still work. Despite the stinging loss for marriage equality in Maine, evidence elsewhere shows voters moving towards support of equality for all Americans. The Far Right strengthened its grip on the Republican Party. We have a lot of work to do to educate people, expose right-wing lies and counter the...
  • A New Grassroots Political Organization Makes Its Mark

    11/06/2009 7:03:12 AM PST · by GonzoII · 9 replies · 535+ views ^ | 11/06/09 | Deal Hudson
    A New Grassroots Political Organization Makes Its Mark by Deal W. Hudson    11/06/09 The election results of November 2 were not merely the spontaneous reaction of Republicans to the bad economy and liberal excesses of the Obama administration. The four pro-life, conservative GOP candidates in Virginia and New Jersey were elected in a groundswell of religious and social conservatives, many of them independent voters who had voted for Obama only a year ago. A new grassroots organization played a major role in getting these voters to the polls -- the Faith & Freedom Coalition was founded by Ralph...
  • Five Election Day Lessons for the GOP

    11/06/2009 6:38:30 AM PST · by rebes22 · 11 replies · 877+ views
    Human Events ^ | 11/6/09 | Gary Bauer
    Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Despite the best efforts of the White House and much of the media to portray this week’s elections as a meaningless barometer of the public’s mood toward the Obama administration, the results were clear. The voters were communicating buyers’ remorse. One year after reaching its zenith, the Democratic Party is now grappling with what could be the beginning of the end of the Obama era. In Virginia, former Attorney General Bob McDonnell, a solid pro-family, pro-life conservative, won a landslide victory, as did down-ticket conservative candidates. Repeated Obama visits to his own backyard did...
  • Superb pro-family election victories across the country on Nov.3

    11/06/2009 6:59:47 PM PST · by massmike · 4 replies · 405+ views ^ | 11/06/2009 | n/a
    It's now 31-0 in state marriage elections in favor of normalcy. (Are we starting to see a pattern here?) This was the big one! A win here was crucial and for a while it looked very shaky. But the pro-family forces pulled it off by 53%-47% -- a major loss for the homosexual lobbies that put an enormous amount of money and energy into this. A short time after the polls closed it became clear that our side would probably win by about six percentage points. After the liberal coastal cities quickly posted their numbers, one could calculate that they...
  • The Lesson of Bob McDonnell

    11/06/2009 11:34:21 AM PST · by GonzoII · 11 replies · 685+ views
    HeadlineBistro.Com ^ | Nov 5 2009 | Charlie Spiering
    The Lesson of Bob McDonnellby Charlie SpieringA week before the election, Virginia candidate for governor Bob McDonnell was asked in a radio interview if he would veto state funding for Planned Parenthood.“We shouldn't be doing that (funding Planned Parenthood) in Virginia,” answered O’Donnell. “That's common sense I think, and that will be part of what we get done.”Pro-choice activists were furious and quick to condemn his remarks. To them it was one more reason why McDonnell was “out of step and out of touch with voters.” But McDonnell, with his common sense approach to politics, proved that you can still...
  • What Independents Want

    11/06/2009 2:44:34 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies · 594+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 5, 2009 | DAVID BROOKS
    Liberals and conservatives each have their own intellectual food chains. They have their own think tanks to provide arguments, politicians and pundits to amplify them, and news media outlets to deliver streams of prejudice-affirming stories. Independents, who are the largest group in the electorate, don’t have any of this... --snip-- The most telling races this year were the suburban rebellions across the country. For example, in Westchester and Nassau counties in New York, Republican candidates came from nowhere to defeat entrenched Democratic county officials. In blue Pennsylvania, the G.O.P. won six out of seven statewide offices... --snip-- The percentage of...
  • Taxpayers Win in Virginia - McDonnell wins on low-tax platform

    11/06/2009 9:22:59 AM PST · by U of IL Conservative · 240+ views
    Americans for Tax Reform ^ | Tuesday, November 3, 2009 | Nathan Pick
    Tuesday, Bob McDonnell was elected to serve as the 71st Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, defeating state Sen. Creigh Deeds by a margin of 59 – 41 percent. By comparison, President Barack Obama received 53 percent of the vote for in 2008. Sen. Deeds had made clear during the campaign his willingness to raise taxes. On September 23, in a Washington Post Op-Ed entitled “My Transportation Plan”, Deeds said, “As a legislator, I have voted for a number of mechanisms to fund transportation, including a gas tax. And I’ll sign a bipartisan bill with a dedicated funding mechanism for...
  • Bob McDonnell's New House

    11/06/2009 8:08:51 AM PST · by moose2004 · 6 replies · 374+ views ^ | 11/6/09 | moose2004
    A Video Tour Of The Virginia Governor's Mansion
  • Krauthammer: The myth of '08, demolished

    11/06/2009 2:21:21 AM PST · by Puzzleman · 32 replies · 2,602+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | November 6, 2009 | Charles Krauthammer
    Sure, Election Day 2009 will scare moderate Democrats and make passage of Obamacare more difficult. Sure, it makes it easier for resurgent Republicans to raise money and recruit candidates for 2010. But the most important effect of Tuesday's elections is historical. It demolishes the great realignment myth of 2008...
  • Election '09: Obama's "Misguided" Agenda Doomed Dems, Former Advisor Says

    11/05/2009 10:54:15 PM PST · by Lorianne · 8 replies · 817+ views
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Nov 04, 2009 | Aaron Task
    Contrary to some reports, the Republican sweep of Tuesday's governor's races in New Jersey and Virginia is not a direct rebuke of President Obama, according to Leo Hindery, managing partner of InterMedia Partners. Indeed, a Democrat won New York's 23rd Congresional District for the first time since 1872. (Yes, 1872.) But even Hindery, a former advisor to President Obama and John Edwards' senior economic policy advisor, can't deny the Democrats have stumbled. "The lesson is simple: It's the economy, stupid," Hindery says. "Healthcare reform is an important issue...but the priority was misguided. I'm a strong advocate of universal healthcare but...
  • History Shows Republicans Poised to Take 2010

    11/05/2009 7:17:35 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies · 884+ views ^ | Nov. 5, 2009 | Dick Morris & Eileen McGann
    As Santayana said, "Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it." Congressional Democrats take note! Are the elections of 2009 precursors of the same kind of massive partisan upheaval in Congress that we experienced in 1994? The historical data says yes, they are. In Virginia, the outcomes in 1993 and 2009 were almost identical. In 1993, after the Democratic incumbent, Doug Wilder, could not seek re-election, the governor's race pitted Republican George Allen against Democrat Mary Sue Terry. Allen won handily, 58 to 41 — virtually the same margin by which McDonnell defeated Deeds this week. And...
  • Hark! The Voters Speak! (NY Times Hack Tries to Spin NJ, Virginia result as hard as she can)

    11/05/2009 5:46:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies · 593+ views
    New York Slimes ^ | 11/5/2009 | Gail Collins
    In Ohio, citizens marched to the polls on Tuesday and voted to allow gambling casinos in the state. This was obviously a message to President Obama that independent voters are not happy with the way the health care bill is going. Really, I don’t see how else you can interpret it. Ohioans were looking forward to the lower insurance costs that would come with a robust public option, and if the president can’t deliver, they’re planning to pay their future medical bills with their winnings at the roulette wheel. Also, people here in Cincinnati rejected a proposal that would have...
  • GOP Will Cede Crucial Center In Purity Quest (Barf Alert!!!)

    11/05/2009 5:19:21 PM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 806+ views ^ | November 5, 2009 | Left wing lunatic EUGENE ROBINSON
    Democrats have some thinking to do after Tuesday's elections, but Republicans don't have time to think. They're too busy trying to survive the party's internal purge and avoid being shipped off to political Siberia. Will loyal members inform on others for harboring suspiciously moderate views? Will anyone judged guilty have to wear a sign saying "Republican In Name Only" as penance? Will there be re-education camps? Will deviationists face the Enhanced Interrogation Technique of being forced to listen to the wit and wisdom of Glenn Beck, at ear-splitting volume, for days on end? Or worse: When Sarah Palin's memoir, "Going...
  • Election results rattle some Democrats

    11/05/2009 5:09:27 PM PST · by neverdem · 27 replies · 1,680+ views
    LA Times ^ | November 5, 2009 | James Oliphant, Peter Nicholas and Christi Parsons
    With independent voters favoring GOP candidates in New Jersey and Virginia, many in Congress wonder whether they'll lose electoral support themselves if they stick with Obama on controversial issues. Reporting from Washington and Madison, Wis. Even before voters went to the polls this week, moderate congressional Democrats were anxious. Would the swing voters who coalesced around Barack Obama almost exactly one year ago stay with the Democrats or defect to the Republicans? The answer came Tuesday night as Republican gubernatorial candidates swept to power in New Jersey and Virginia, with the help of large packs of self-described independents. Exit polls...
  • Just Reverting To Norm After Anomaly Of '08

    11/05/2009 4:50:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies · 905+ views ^ | November 5, 2009 | CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
    Sure, Election Day 2009 will scare moderate Democrats and make passage of ObamaCare more difficult. Sure, it makes it easier for resurgent Republicans to raise money and recruit candidates for 2010. But the most important effect of Tuesday's elections is historical. It demolishes the great realignment myth of 2008. In the aftermath of last year's Obama sweep, we heard endlessly about its fundamental, revolutionary, transformational nature. How it was ushering in an FDR-like realignment for the 21st century in which new demographics — most prominently, rising minorities and the young — would bury the GOP far into the future. One...
  • The Off-Year Elections and the Politics of the Obvious

    11/05/2009 4:43:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 417+ views ^ | November 5, 2009 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- What strikes me about politics over the past couple of years is how obvious it all has been. In 2008, as the junior senator from Illinois campaigned across the country, demonstrating his gifts as a motivational speaker and community organizer, all one had to do was review his recent life to know that he was about to bring down on the country -- ever so incompetently -- the most left-wing government in American history. And so he has -- with the utmost incompetence. Think of the paucity of swine flu vaccine, in large part the consequence of his...