Obama to campaign with McAuliffe in Virginia just before election day

posted at 12:41 pm on October 29, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Last week’s Rasmussen poll with McAuliffe running the Virginia gubernatorial race by seventeen points was rather an eyebrow-raising outlier, but a new poll does corroborate that McAuliffe may be entering double-digit territory in the homestretch, via the Washington Post:

Democrat Terry McAuliffe has opened a double-digit lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli II in the race for Virginia governor, in a new poll capturing increasing dissatisfaction among voters with Cuccinelli’s party and his conservative views.

According to a new Washington Post/Abt SRBI poll, McAuliffe tops Cuccinelli 51 percent to 39 percent among likely voters in the Nov. 5 election. McAuliffe led by eight percentage points in a poll taken last month. Libertarian Robert Sarvis, who has capitalized on voter unrest with the two major-party candidates, is at 8 percent, according to the new poll.

The margin between the two major-party candidates is driven by a huge gender gap. Among men, the two candidates are running even, with Cuccinelli at 45 percent and McAuliffe at 44 percent. But among women, Cuccinelli trails by 24 points — 58 percent to 34 percent.

Ugh, the gender gap. Team McAuliffe has definitely made the most of the opportunity by using his ample fundraising advantage to flood the airwaves with ads all about poisoning Cuccinelli’s image with women voters (by, for instance, harping on made-up claims about how Cuccinelli really, totally has banning contraception as a priority on his legislative agenda, or something). More details from Reuters:

According to new numbers posted Monday by the nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project, McAuliffe raised $8.1 million to Cuccinelli’s $2.9 million, between October 1-23.

Overall totals show that McAuliffe has raised $34 million to just under $20 million for Cuccinelli.

Growing unrest with Cuccinelli, whose strongly conservative views apparently have alienated a large portion of the electorate, is reflected in poll results.

For example, among those supporting McAuliffe, 64 percent said they were voting against Cuccinelli rather than voting for McAuliffe.

About 44 percent of Cuccinelli’s supporters said they were voting against McAuliffe, rather than for the attorney general.

It’s been a long and deeply negative, deeply unfavorable race for both candidates, but it looks like McAuliffe’s cash resources have helped him to finally heap the most doubt upon Cuccinelli, no thanks to the government shutdown — and, to clinch it:

President Barack Obama will campaign for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe this weekend, giving a late boost to McAuliffe as he seeks to energize core Democratic voters in an off-year governor’s race, Democratic sources told POLITICO.

Obama is set to appear at a Sunday afternoon get-out-the-vote rally in Northern Virginia. It will be the president’s first campaign appearance for McAuliffe, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

McAuliffe’s campaign has been working to activate many of the same voters who carried Virginia for Obama in 2008 and 2012: young people, independent women and African American, Latino and Asian American voters. Some of those groups – particularly young and nonwhite voters — tend to participate at lower rates in non-presidential elections.

The only foreseeable thing that could feasibly get in McAuliffe’s way at this point is low turnout and a distinctly Republican lean from the voters who do show up, and I suppose the idea is that the president can help get Democrats jazzed up to vote barely two days before the election. (The funny thing is, I’d guess that the apparent favor here is very much mutual; McAuliffe has been doing fine and dandy, campaigning with the ever-popular Clintons at his side throughout the commonwealth, whereas the trajectory of Obama’s popularity is struggling hard. Swooping in to associate himself with the triumph of a winning campaign could really help give him a boost, ya’ know?)

Update: Oh man, now it’s a party:

Joe Biden will campaign for Terry McAuliffe on the eve of the Virginia governor’s election, a day after President Barack Obama makes an appearance on behalf of the frontrunning Democrat.

The vice president will headline a get-out-the-vote rally in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Annandale on Monday at 9 a.m.


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Hope 0bama is the kiss of death…

OmahaConservative on October 29, 2013 at 12:42 PM

He’s campaigning because McAwful’s win is in the bag and it’s an easy victory for Obama.

p0s3r on October 29, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Huge mistake denying Bill Bolling the nomination.

Punchenko on October 29, 2013 at 12:46 PM

No coattails for Obama.

Hopefully this suggests that the race is closer than it appears to be and that Obama will try to drive up turnout.

22044 on October 29, 2013 at 12:46 PM

No coattails for Obama.

Hopefully this suggests that the race is closer than it appears to be and that Obama will try to drive up turnout.

22044 on October 29, 2013 at 12:46 PM

If AA turnout is low… maybe. I think Macker has it in the bag because so many establishment folks hate Ken.

Punchenko on October 29, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Weep for the good people of the Commonwealth.

Bmore on October 29, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Be easy to say that if O is campaigning for someone, at least he’s not up to other Republic-destroying mischief.

But then, there’s his staff and the rest of the Executive Branch. You can be sure that while the country is paralyzed by the BIGGEST SHINY OBJECT EVER (ZeroCare), many drones are flying under the radar.

Marcola on October 29, 2013 at 12:52 PM

President Barack Obama will campaign for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe this weekend

So your saying there’s a chance.

tommer74 on October 29, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Virigina is populated by morons. I hope the state rots.

Jack_Burton on October 29, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Big lead. It’s safe to have Obama glom on. If it was a 2 point race, no Obama.

forest on October 29, 2013 at 12:57 PM

I can’t believe Virginia is going to elect a thief to be governor. I may never move back.

Cindy Munford on October 29, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Time to start thinking about a Bell Curve for women voters. There is a statistically significant incidence of stupid women. Really, really stupid.

Don’t misinterpret, girls.

Jaibones on October 29, 2013 at 1:00 PM

I hope so. Everything Barky touches turns to sh!t.

katy the mean old lady on October 29, 2013 at 1:01 PM

The only foreseeable thing that could feasibly get in McAuliffe’s way at this point is low turnout and a distinctly Republican lean from the voters who do show up, and I suppose the idea is that the president can help get Democrats jazzed up to vote barely two days before the election.

It’s Northern VA so the commies are probably thrilled to death with Terry and his gun-grabbing, Obamacare-loving, anti Right-to-Work state mentality. But is there really a need for liberal GOTV efforts in the People’s Republic of Arlington?

This is really more about the lazy stupid one riding Terry’s coat tails rather than the other way around.

Happy Nomad on October 29, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Christie’s going to sail to victory in a state much bluer than Virginia, and Cuccinelli’s going down in flames. If this isn’t strong empirical evidence that the middle is fed-up with hardline culture warriors, I don’t know how much clearer it’s going to get.

Memo to all GOP politicians: the base-turnout strategy doesn’t work any more. The liberal base is bigger than the conservative base, like it or not.

KingGold on October 29, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Ugh, the gender gap. Team McAuliffe has definitely made the most of the opportunity by using his ample fundraising advantage to flood the airwaves with ads all about poisoning Cuccinelli’s image with women voters (by, for instance, harping on made-up claims about how Cuccinelli really, totally has banning contraception as a priority on his legislative agenda, or something).

The Vajayjay Vote.

Bitter Clinger on October 29, 2013 at 1:03 PM

It sounds like good news but I seriously doubt he gets kookinelli over the top.

Southernblogger on October 29, 2013 at 1:03 PM

My cousin, a friend of Bob McDonnell and a close follower of VA politics, warned me about Cuccinelli more than two years ago. Said it would play out just like this.

Sharp guy, my cousin…

JohnGalt23 on October 29, 2013 at 1:04 PM

President Barack Obama will campaign for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe this weekend

So your saying there’s a chance.

tommer74 on October 29, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Or he’s helping McAwful run up the score.

Myron Falwell on October 29, 2013 at 1:06 PM

KingGold on October 29, 2013 at 1:02 PM

“Come one, come all. Surrender ye principles and give yourself over to the God of Moderation!!”

Bitter Clinger on October 29, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Thomas Jefferson & Patrick Henry would weep to see what has become of their beloved Virginia.

portlandon on October 29, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Memo to all GOP politicians: the base-turnout strategy doesn’t work any more. The liberal base is bigger than the conservative base, like it or not.

KingGold on October 29, 2013 at 1:02 PM

The minute the GOP fully listens to nonsense like your inane post, there really isn’t a need for two parties. If you want to vote for candidates that fully embrace sodomy as normal, illegal aliens as “migrants,” or repeal of the Second Amendment then vote Democrat and STFU.

Happy Nomad on October 29, 2013 at 1:07 PM

I can’t believe Virginia is going to elect a thief to be governor. I may never move back.

Cindy Munford on October 29, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Same here, I have always wanted to “retire” back there where I was born and raised.

By campaigning for him, now McAwfuliffe will owe Obama.

I visited family in southwest VA coal country this past weekend. HUGE signs on every street “McAuliffe for coal miners” and “Cuccinelli will FIRE coal miners”
Most of the people there are on the govt teat and want to remain that way, jobs or no jobs, doesn’t matter to them.

Brat on October 29, 2013 at 1:09 PM

impressive leadership Obama… quite amazing… /s

gatorboy on October 29, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Christie’s going to sail to victory in a state much bluer than Virginia, and Cuccinelli’s going down in flames. If this isn’t strong empirical evidence that the middle is fed-up with hardline culture warriors, I don’t know how much clearer it’s going to get.

Memo to all GOP politicians: the base-turnout strategy doesn’t work any more. The liberal base is bigger than the conservative base, like it or not.

KingGold on October 29, 2013 at 1:02 PM

So how was President Romney’s Inaugration ceremony?

Myron Falwell on October 29, 2013 at 1:10 PM

I can’t believe Virginia is going to elect a thief to be governor. I may never move back.

Cindy Munford on October 29, 2013 at 12:58 PM

My ancestors never looked back as they headed west after 1812…just sayin’

workingclass artist on October 29, 2013 at 1:10 PM

My cousin, a friend of Bob McDonnell and a close follower of VA politics, warned me about Cuccinelli more than two years ago. Said it would play out just like this.

Sharp guy, my cousin…

JohnGalt23 on October 29, 2013 at 1:04 PM

The problem is that people like your cousin were probably pushing Bolling who is a worthless liberal squish. No better than McAuliffe. And when Bolling didn’t get the nomination he made appearances with McAuliffe.

The problem is there are too many people in the VA GOP who put “electability” ahead of principle.

Happy Nomad on October 29, 2013 at 1:11 PM

KingGold on October 29, 2013 at 1:02 PM

If you hadn’t by now, you definitely JTS with this post.

22044 on October 29, 2013 at 1:12 PM

JohnGalt23 on October 29, 2013 at 1:04 PM

And BTW, Erika doesn’t really factor in the fact it is a three-way race. A Libertarian douchebag with no chance of winning has siphoned off support too.

Happy Nomad on October 29, 2013 at 1:13 PM

“Come one, come all. Surrender ye principles and give yourself over to the God of Moderation!!”

Bitter Clinger on October 29, 2013 at 1:06 PM

I didn’t say that candidates should put aside their principles; don’t put words in my mouth. Christie’s pro-life, same as Cuccinelli. But he’s smart enough to know that the vast majority of voters in his state either 1) don’t share his position or 2) don’t give a rat’s hindquarters about abortion and care about their jobs.

Bob McDonnell, who even scandal-ridden is miles better a politician than Cuccinelli, shared all of Cuccinelli’s social conservative views. But he didn’t campaign on them, and he didn’t focus on them in office as Ken did. “Jobs, jobs, jobs.” That was it. That’s why he won big and Cuccinelli’s going to lose almost as badly.

KingGold on October 29, 2013 at 1:13 PM

i’m guessing 0bamacare hasnt hurt virginians that much. or else they’re just willing to take one for the team :(

chasdal on October 29, 2013 at 1:13 PM

The minute the GOP fully listens to nonsense like your inane post, there really isn’t a need for two parties. If you want to vote for candidates that fully embrace sodomy as normal, illegal aliens as “migrants,” or repeal of the Second Amendment then vote Democrat and STFU.

Happy Nomad on October 29, 2013 at 1:07 PM

The sad thing is, there are plenty in the GOPe who want to follow his advice.

Myron Falwell on October 29, 2013 at 1:15 PM

So how was President Romney’s Inaugration ceremony?

Myron Falwell on October 29, 2013 at 1:10 PM

2012 was a base-turnout election, genius. One that we lost.

KingGold on October 29, 2013 at 1:17 PM

KingGold on October 29, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Ken has not discussed social issues one iota. He discussed a specific plan to create jobs and won key endorsements from business groups.
It’s all Terry’s campaign of lie & smear that social issues are brought up.
But don’t let that interrupt your myopic, settled narrative.

22044 on October 29, 2013 at 1:17 PM

So how was President Romney’s Inaugration ceremony?

Myron Falwell on October 29, 2013 at 1:10 PM

2012 was a base-turnout election, genius. One that we lost.

KingGold on October 29, 2013 at 1:17 PM

**rolls eyes and walks away**

Myron Falwell on October 29, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Obama to campaign with McAuliffe in Virginia just before election day

Albatross meet neck.

rukiddingme on October 29, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Cindy Munford on October 29, 2013 at 12:58 PM

I’ll NEVER return to the Nutmeg state either. left when Carter
was in office for Texas.

McSh-tlips is one lying whacked out punk yes man.

Texyank on October 29, 2013 at 1:21 PM

**rolls eyes and walks away**

Myron Falwell on October 29, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Exactly – a significant part of the base stayed home last Election Day.

22044 on October 29, 2013 at 1:22 PM

This was the plan. Fill Va. with Federal employees. Turn Va. blue. The Federal employees many, many whom are transplants have no commitment to Va. Only the job that brought them and theirs there. When the jobs fade. These folks will as well. The pendulum always swings.

Bmore on October 29, 2013 at 1:23 PM

KingGold on October 29, 2013 at 1:13 PM

So being a good politician is more important than whether the candidate is a conservative or a RINO. Agreed.

forest on October 29, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Ken has not discussed social issues one iota. He discussed a specific plan to create jobs and won key endorsements from business groups.
It’s all Terry’s campaign of lie & smear that social issues are brought up.
But don’t let that interrupt your myopic, settled narrative.

22044 on October 29, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Is that why he rewrote state college anti-discrimination laws to exclude gays and lesbians for no discernible reason other than to piss them off?

Is that why he waited until this year to reverse his position on the ill-advised transvaginal-ultrasound bill that drew scorn from all but the most committed social conservatives?

Is that why he attempted to use archaic and unconstitutional anti-sodomy laws to prosecute a criminal when he ran out of options through existing law?

Either Cuccinelli is a conservative culture warrior or he isn’t. Pick one.

KingGold on October 29, 2013 at 1:24 PM

But don’t let that interrupt your myopic, settled narrative.

22044 on October 29, 2013 at 1:17 PM

He won’t. ; )

Bmore on October 29, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Ugh, the gender gap.

For example, among those supporting McAuliffe, 64 percent said they were voting against Cuccinelli

The socons strike again. They are voter repellant.

Moesart on October 29, 2013 at 1:25 PM

He won’t. ; )

Bmore on October 29, 2013 at 1:24 PM

:)

22044 on October 29, 2013 at 1:26 PM

It’s all Terry’s campaign of lie & smear that social issues are brought up.
But don’t let that interrupt your myopic, settled narrative.

22044 on October 29, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Maybe it is just a Northern VA thing but there has been virtually no ads for Cuccinelli while you can’t turn on the TV without a discussion about McCauliffe’s love of female genitalia.

It doesn’t seem as if anybody is out there calling McAuliffe a liar when he puts out stupid crap like “Cucciinelli wants to ban all birth control”

One ad last night was particularly disgusting. This ugly fat woman was whining that Cuccinelli hated her disabled child because of his voting record or something.

Happy Nomad on October 29, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Christie’s going to sail to victory in a state much bluer than Virginia, and Cuccinelli’s going down in flames. If this isn’t strong empirical evidence that the middle is fed-up with hardline culture warriors, I don’t know how much clearer it’s going to get.

Memo to all GOP politicians: the base-turnout strategy doesn’t work any more. The liberal base is bigger than the conservative base, like it or not.

KingGold on October 29, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Romney lost VA. Spectacularly, I should add. You need your base and a decent candidate. Ken, like Romney, is not that candidate. It also didn’t help being outspent and having the VA political establishment sit on the sidelines (or root for the Macker), either. :-(

With that said, Bill Bolling would have won it easily. Hopefully Bill runs for Senate and beats Mark Warner.

Punchenko on October 29, 2013 at 1:29 PM

The socons strike again. They are voter repellant.

Moesart on October 29, 2013 at 1:25 PM

And getting more so with every election cycle.

cool breeze on October 29, 2013 at 1:31 PM

This was the plan. Fill Va. with Federal employees. Turn Va. blue. The Federal employees many, many whom are transplants have no commitment to Va. Only the job that brought them and theirs there. When the jobs fade. These folks will as well. The pendulum always swings.

Bmore on October 29, 2013 at 1:23 PM

The folks in Richmond kind of like those federal dollars. The folks in Richmond also preferred Bolling over Ken for some of the reasons outlined by KingGold.

Punchenko on October 29, 2013 at 1:33 PM

They are voter repellant.

Moesart on October 29, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Sure. They are why 0 is in office. Why he has been so successful against the loyal opposition, right?

Bmore on October 29, 2013 at 1:33 PM

So being a good politician is more important than whether the candidate is a conservative or a RINO. Agreed.

forest on October 29, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Um, yes, actually, it is. Politicians who don’t get elected are called pundits, and they don’t get to set national policy. Bad politicians don’t get elected to office.

You may like calling Terry McAuliffe a bad leader, but he’s a better politician than Cuccinelli. He’s properly leveraging his endorsements and money, he’s hitting Cuccinelli where he’s weak, and he’s covering up his own dirty laundry by airing his opponent’s. Because of that, McAuliffe will run Virginia for the next four years, and not Cuccinelli.

KingGold on October 29, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Rest assured all. As the tent shrinks so will the R’s chances. Rest easy in that knowledge. Enjoy!

Bmore on October 29, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Maybe it is just a Northern VA thing but there has been virtually no ads for Cuccinelli while you can’t turn on the TV without a discussion about McCauliffe’s love of female genitalia.

It doesn’t seem as if anybody is out there calling McAuliffe a liar when he puts out stupid crap like “Cucciinelli wants to ban all birth control”

One ad last night was particularly disgusting. This ugly fat woman was whining that Cuccinelli hated her disabled child because of his voting record or something.

Happy Nomad on October 29, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Yeah, I’ve been seeing fewer Cuccinelli ads. I mute or change the channel if a McAuliffe ad comes on. More of the latter ads have been the lies about Cuccinelli supporting mass murderers because he supports the 2nd Amendment.
Seen more ads for Obenshain lately.
An admittedly very unscientific observation – seeing yard signs and road signs for Cuccinelli and the Republican slate around here.

22044 on October 29, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Maybe it is just a Northern VA thing but there has been virtually no ads for Cuccinelli while you can’t turn on the TV without a discussion about McCauliffe’s love of female genitalia.

It doesn’t seem as if anybody is out there calling McAuliffe a liar when he puts out stupid crap like “Cucciinelli wants to ban all birth control”

One ad last night was particularly disgusting. This ugly fat woman was whining that Cuccinelli hated her disabled child because of his voting record or something.

Happy Nomad on October 29, 2013 at 1:28 PM

There are no ads because Ken didn’t raise any $$$. And Ken didn’t raise any $$$ because no one particularly likes Ken. And no one with $$$ particularly likes Ken for the reasons KingGold outlined.

Punchenko on October 29, 2013 at 1:37 PM

With that said, Bill Bolling would have won it easily. Hopefully Bill runs for Senate and beats Mark Warner.

Punchenko on October 29, 2013 at 1:29 PM

As much as I would love to see the supposedly invincible Warner get knocked out of office, I suspect that the convention process that’s currently in place will not allow Bolling to be nominated.

Either Cuccinelli will make a run at it, or possibly also-headed-for-massive-defeat E.W. Jackson, or perhaps nutty-as-a-fruitcake Bob Marshall. And all three will lose by about the same amount as Virginia continues to get bluer and bluer.

KingGold on October 29, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Oh, one other thing. The middle as some of you refer to them as. The brought 0. Don’t forget to thank them on your way out.

Bmore on October 29, 2013 at 1:37 PM

This could actually backfire on McAuliffe. I welcome it.

ButterflyDragon on October 29, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Here a good strategy for Cuccinelli:

Take McAuliffe’s own adds that say Cuccinelli will kill coal and run them in northern VA, and the ads that say Cuccinelli supports the 2nd amendment and run them in southern VA.

Game over.

db on October 29, 2013 at 1:45 PM

y

Bmore on October 29, 2013 at 1:45 PM

There are no ads because Ken didn’t raise any $$$. And Ken didn’t raise any $$$ because no one particularly likes Ken. And no one with $$$ particularly likes Ken for the reasons KingGold outlined.

Punchenko on October 29, 2013 at 1:37 PM

The “people with $$$” are not the only ones to blame here. I seem to recall back in early 2010 that a moneybomb for Scott Brown, powered by a motivated conservative base, raised a million dollars a day for a week. Five to seven million dollars would have put Ken Cuccinelli on an even playing field with McAuliffe, but instead – crickets.

Oh, I’m sorry, the RNC and RGA are supposed to pony up all the money because Establishment or something.

KingGold on October 29, 2013 at 1:45 PM

This could actually backfire on McAuliffe. I welcome it.

ButterflyDragon on October 29, 2013 at 1:44 PM

I agree.

22044 on October 29, 2013 at 1:46 PM

You know that if this race was close, Odumbo would be nowhere toi be found. It is now safe for him to show up, lend his feigned support and then credit himself for assisting.

rjoco1 on October 29, 2013 at 1:47 PM

With that said, Bill Bolling would have won it easily. Hopefully Bill runs for Senate and beats Mark Warner.

Punchenko on October 29, 2013 at 1:29 PM

As much as I would love to see the supposedly invincible Warner get knocked out of office, I suspect that the convention process that’s currently in place will not allow Bolling to be nominated.

Either Cuccinelli will make a run at it, or possibly also-headed-for-massive-defeat E.W. Jackson, or perhaps nutty-as-a-fruitcake Bob Marshall. And all three will lose by about the same amount as Virginia continues to get bluer and bluer.

KingGold on October 29, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Mark is pretty beloved by the VA political establishment and seen as a possible President from Virginia which gets them excited. It would probably take a politician of Clintonian charm and gab to knock out Mark Warner.

I’m just disappointed to see Bill Bolling’s political career possibly end all so we could see Jerry Kilgore lose again.

Punchenko on October 29, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Time to start thinking about a Bell Curve for women voters. There is a statistically significant incidence of stupid women. Really, really stupid.

It’s time to count female votes as 2/5 of an actual vote. They can’t drive safely, and now apparently they can’t vote safely.

RandallinHerndon on October 29, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Weep for the good people of the Commonwealth.

Bmore on October 29, 2013 at 12:50 PM

My little bastion of conservatism is holding firm in western Fairfax County.

RandallinHerndon on October 29, 2013 at 2:04 PM

The “people with $$$” are not the only ones to blame here. I seem to recall back in early 2010 that a moneybomb for Scott Brown, powered by a motivated conservative base, raised a million dollars a day for a week. Five to seven million dollars would have put Ken Cuccinelli on an even playing field with McAuliffe, but instead – crickets.

Oh, I’m sorry, the RNC and RGA are supposed to pony up all the money because Establishment or something.

KingGold on October 29, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Yes, $$$ wins elections and no one wants to donate to Ken. The movers and shakers in VA wanted Bill Bolling, not Ken Cuccinelli. And I certainly do not blame RNC/RGA for not wanting to waste money on Ken’s lost cause. I know I haven’t donated a dime.

As I have said over and over again: This race would have been an easy (R) pickup if Bill Bolling was the nominee. He would have had the $$$ and the VA Establishment all behind him.

Punchenko on October 29, 2013 at 2:06 PM

We nominated the one guy in the state that can’t beat McAuliffe. Nice work.

GOPRanknFile on October 29, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Thomas Jefferson & Patrick Henry would weep to see what has become of their beloved Virginia.

portlandon on October 29, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Sadly, the Peoples Republic of Northern Virginia (mostly inside the beltway) and the minority slums of Richmond are largely to blame for the demise of Virginia.

RandallinHerndon on October 29, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Figures. King Barack only backs WINNERS.

GarandFan on October 29, 2013 at 2:09 PM

We nominated the one guy in the state that can’t beat McAuliffe. Nice work.

GOPRanknFile on October 29, 2013 at 2:06 PM

It’s pathetic and shameful.

Punchenko on October 29, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Seen more ads for Obenshain lately.

22044 on October 29, 2013 at 1:37 PM

He’s being set up to run in 2017

RandallinHerndon on October 29, 2013 at 2:14 PM

RandallinHerndon on October 29, 2013 at 2:04 PM

I am familiar with your area. I am happy to hear it is still intact. ; )

Bmore on October 29, 2013 at 2:16 PM

If you want to vote for candidates that fully embrace sodomy as normal…

Happy Nomad on October 29, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Because getting painted as the party that thinks the government should oppose oral sex is working out so well in Virginia.

cool breeze on October 29, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Because getting painted as the party that thinks the government should oppose oral sex is working out so well in Virginia.

cool breeze on October 29, 2013 at 2:20 PM

I may be misunderstanding what you are attempting to say. Are you saying the Party of R should embrace having the government promote oral sex?

Bmore on October 29, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Va you get what you deserve if you vote this guy in. That Obama is stumping for this guy should tell you all you need to know. LIVs!

neyney on October 29, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Va you get what you deserve if you vote this guy in. That Obama is stumping for this guy should tell you all you need to know. LIVs!

neyney on October 29, 2013 at 2:41 PM

All that means is that McAuliffe must really be winning by a large margin, since Obama’s endorsement means jack now.

GOPRanknFile on October 29, 2013 at 2:45 PM

I may be misunderstanding what you are attempting to say. Are you saying the Party of R should embrace having the government promote oral sex?

Bmore on October 29, 2013 at 2:33 PM

No, I don’t think the government should be involved in peoples’ bedrooms at all. I was

1) goofing on Happy Nomad’s “nothing but the missionary position with the lights out” attitude, and

2) on a more practical level, I recall reading that someone had sent younger Virginia voters campaign literature saying that Cuccinelli was opposed to (or wanted to prohibit) oral sex. Stupid, I know, but that’s how the Dems scare low information voters. We shouldn’t make it easier for them by nominating socons known for anti-sodomy positions.

cool breeze on October 29, 2013 at 3:10 PM

cool breeze on October 29, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Your information is wrong.
Cuccinelli’s stance was specifically related to a prosecution for sex with an underage person. The D’s took it out of context to claim that he was anti-sodomy.

22044 on October 29, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Virigina is populated by morons. I hope the state rots.

Jack_Burton on October 29, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Actually, not quite. I’ve been doing my level best to speak truth to my fellow Virginians, but sadly, some who should know better, appear not to. My wife and I are planning to put the house on the market if McAwful wins. I really don’t want to live in a Leftist cess-pit, so leaving the commonwealth DOES appear to be the best option if the Dhimmi party can steal, er, win this election.

oldleprechaun on October 29, 2013 at 3:29 PM

The D’s always take it out of context. They are always aided and abetted by the media.

The only thing that we can do about it is not to get caught anywhere near stupid positions like anti-sodomy, anti-birth control or “legitimate rape”.

cool breeze on October 29, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Voting for Cuccinelli and literally praying at this point that he wins. Bolling may be a moderate and I may be a Tea Partier, but Bolling would have had this in the bag by now and it will apparently take some sort of miracle to snatch a win out of this for Cuccinelli.

Also no matter who wins I WILL be working on getting proper primaries back for the RNC in VA-that’s the main freaking reason Cuccinelli is the nominee-because he managed to convince the RNC to switch back to convention/caucus nomination in the process pissing off most of the R party voters.

P.S. Sarvis (or whatever his name is) is NOT helping us one iota.

SgtSVJones on October 29, 2013 at 4:37 PM

We shouldn’t make it easier for them by nominating socons known for anti-sodomy positions.

cool breeze on October 29, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Maybe its me. I still am misunderstanding apparently. So you are saying. The Party of R’s should run candidates with a pro-sodomy position?

No, I don’t think the government should be involved in peoples’ bedrooms at all.

cool breeze on October 29, 2013 at 3:10 PM

To this point. The government is fully engaged in your bedroom affairs through 0Care and the Party of D’s. Would it make sense to point out and dare I say draw a distinction between R’s and D’s on this easily provable point. I ask because what I am hearing many of the presumed “middle” say is become more like the D’s. I just want to understand, that in fact, you are saying or are not saying this.

Bmore on October 29, 2013 at 4:55 PM

SgtSVJones on October 29, 2013 at 4:37 PM

You are the voice of reason.

GOPRanknFile on October 29, 2013 at 4:57 PM

You are the voice of reason.

GOPRanknFile on October 29, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Thanks, if there HAD been a primary I would have voted for Ken-but preferring him and KNOWING his opposite number (Bolling) would have been a better candidate are two different things.

You sound like a moderate-whilst I am a Constitutionalist/Libertarian/Tea Partier type-doesn’t mean I will cut off my nose to spite my face.

Above all I want a winner and to keep VA red at the state level at least. There is a REASON after all-that I left the People’s Republic of Maryland!

SgtSVJones on October 29, 2013 at 5:06 PM

There is a REASON after all-that I left the People’s Republic of Maryland!

SgtSVJones on October 29, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Lolz! There is always further South if you need to. ; )

Bmore on October 29, 2013 at 5:41 PM

This wouldn’t even be close if the “establishment” would have backed Ken like they always lecture us about backing the “moderate” for the “good of the party.” Bill Bolling is an egotistical, self centered jerk … Always has been – he was promised the nomination 4 years ago if he got out of Bob’s way, problem is no one bothered to consult Ken or the VOTERS on that deal. Bolling WITHDREW from the convention – he did not lose … He could have run and gotten his people there, he chose not to, that is his problem, not Ken’s.

Govgirl on October 29, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Thanks, if there HAD been a primary I would have voted for Ken-but preferring him and KNOWING his opposite number (Bolling) would have been a better candidate are two different things.

You sound like a moderate-whilst I am a Constitutionalist/Libertarian/Tea Partier type-doesn’t mean I will cut off my nose to spite my face.

Above all I want a winner and to keep VA red at the state level at least. There is a REASON after all-that I left the People’s Republic of Maryland!

SgtSVJones on October 29, 2013 at 5:06 PM

I agree with you. In terms of ideology, I agree with Cuccinelli more. But as soon as he was “nominated,” I knew we had just lost. He would have been a great candidate in a red state, but VA? Not so much. If Bolling had been nominated, it would have been a landslide in the opposite direction.

GOPRanknFile on October 29, 2013 at 6:26 PM

This is just plain depressing. I have been wondering how much effect the McDonnell scandal troubles have affected Cuccinelli’s numbers. Still a matter that the McAuliff strongholds are Northern VA bureaucrats, Richmond inner city and bureaucrats, Roanoke inner city and Norfolk inner city. The rest of the state is pretty conservative. McAuliff may be worse than Obama. Not only little or no experience, he is surrounded by shady deals and enterprises. The right splits between Republican and Libertarian while the left holds it’s nose in favor of a win.

ironked on October 29, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Hope his luck as ever remains as effective in getting candidates he supports elected.

Ukiah on October 29, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Too bad the Sarvis folks don’t throw in with Cuccinelli. Va could stay modestly red.

Bmore on October 30, 2013 at 11:18 AM