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Yes, Virginia, There Is a Sanity Clause

posted at 1:04 am on October 24, 2009 by

From the Washington Post — which seems to be edging ever so gingerly away from the One They Have Been Pining For:

Sensing that victory in the race for Virginia governor is slipping away, Democrats at the national level are laying the groundwork to blame a loss in a key swing state on a weak candidate who ran a poor campaign that failed to fully embrace President Obama until days before the election.

Wait, you sure it’s not George Bush’s fault?

Okay… so Virginia voters are upset that R. Creigh Deeds didn’t climb into Barack H. Obama’s lap and let him stick his hand up Deeds’… well, you get the sock-puppetry picture: Voters are angry at Deeds and less willing to support him because he’s not singing the Obamalujah chorus.

So that’s why they’re voting for the Republican, Robert McDonnell. Hey, makes sense to me!

But why is it so important to blame everything on Mr. Deeds? That’s easily explained:

A loss for Deeds in Virginia — which for the first time in decades supported the Democratic presidential candidate in last year’s race — would likely be seen as a sign that Obama’s popularity is weakening in critical areas of the country. But the unusual preelection criticism could be an attempt to shield Obama from that narrative by ensuring that Deeds is blamed personally for the loss, particularly given the state’s three-decade pattern of backing candidates from the party out of power in the White House.

Whoosh! Mr. Deeds goes under the bus. “That’s not the R. Creigh Deeds I knew.”

But national Democrats are contrasting Deeds with New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine and New York congressional candidate Bill Owens, who they say have more actively sought the White House’s help and more vigorously and publicly backed its agenda. Polls show Corzine in a competitive position in New Jersey and Owens ahead, while Deeds has turned aggressively to Obama voters in recent days in an effort to overcome a significant deficit in the polls.

Let’s un-vague-ify those WaPo weasel words:

  • By “polls show Corzine in a competitive position,” the Post means that John Corzine was being walloped by Chris Christie until mid-September, when “independent” Chris Daggett entered the race and began sucking votes away from Christie… in the polls, that is. Now Corzine and Christie are tied.
  • And by “[Bill] Owens ahead” in the special election for New York’s 23rd congressional district, they actually mean that Democrat Owens has a slight plurality over his two opponents, liberal Republican Dierdre Scozzafava — whom Charles Krauthammer says is not even a RINO; she’s a DIABLO, a Democrat in all but label only — and Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman; the two split the un-Democratic vote, allowing Owens to sneak ahead with 33%-35% support.

    But if the Republicans and Conservatives can coalesce on a single candidate, that candidate would crush Owens like a bongo drum, winning by eighteen or nineteen points… even on the Daily Kos poll!

In the real world of the voting booth, I believe all three of these races will go to the Republican — or in New York, to the Conservative Party nominee, who will, I believe, suck a huge chunk of votes away from the soft-hearted, soft-headed Dierdre “Hillary” Scozzafava. (Since the GOP establishment backs Scozzafava, a lot of more conservative Republicans tell the pollsters that they’re doing the same. But once they’re in the privacy of the curtained room of democracy, it will be a different story.)

In any event, regarding the pathetic Mr. Deeds of Virginia… put a sock on him, he’s done. As Queen might have sung, “another one bites the bus!”

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— or in New Jersey,

New York, me thinks.

NaCly dog on October 24, 2009 at 6:26 AM

“Wait, you sure it’s not George Bush’s fault?”

I love it!!

At the same time that they’re sawing away at the plank Deeds is standing on they seem to have forgotten, hmmm, let’s see, solidarity, brotherhood, party unity? Oh, yeah, what am I thinking. This isn’t ACORN or Rainbow Push, not even the New Panthers. I guess socialism doesn’t have any room for error being the perfect model for governing and all. Wonder if they’ll distance themselves from Chavez and Castro now that they’ve said some disparaging things about Teh One?

In closing, let’s all sing the Obama song: ready? Sing.

Robert17 on October 24, 2009 at 7:19 AM

That Corzine/Christie chart at RCP is a warning for folks who are entertaining a third party bid for president in 2012 – keep the ‘R’ vote together, people.

Hey… is it possible that Daggett is on Corzine’s payroll?

Midas on October 25, 2009 at 10:06 PM

… and man, I will lose my mind if we lose those races (Owens and Corzine) because the Republicans split their votes.


It will be *no* consolation to look back and say “well, if they had consolidated their vote, we’d have won!” – while the Dem whistles all the way to the office.

Daggett has to be convinced to withdraw.

Dede has to be convinced to withdraw.


Midas on October 25, 2009 at 10:09 PM

I don’t know how things are going to go next year because it’s clear to me that the GOP has NOT figured out what they got wrong in 2008.

This party has been given gift after gift in blunders by the DNC and Obama. Over and over has this mess of an administration screwed up, yet instead of grabbing hold of these blunders and making the most of them, the party seems to be bound and determined to let them pass us by.

If we can’t make something out of this administration’s disregard for national security and nearly criminal neglect of our troops and their mission, we have no one but ourselves to blame when the country brings Obama back for another term.

It’s almost as if these guys in the GOP are so determined not to admit they’re wrong they’ve put blinders on so they don’t have to watch the crash. They appear willing to sacrifice everything our founding fathers worked for just so they don’t have to say “Ok, we were wrong. America DOES want more conservative leadership not less.”

I never thought I’d see the day that the architect of the “Contract for America” who helped take Congress back for the first time in decades would ignore the blatant liberal agenda of a candidate the way Newt has with Dede.

It’s pathetic, it’s sad and it’s DAMNED scary.

Mad Mad Monica on October 26, 2009 at 10:36 AM

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