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Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 12/10/2010

Virginia Democrats go left?

By Jennifer Rubin

Cross-posted from Jennifer Rubin's Right Turn blog on washingtonpost.com/opinions

Virginia Democrats, in keeping with the national trend, did poorly in the midterm elections. They lost three house seats and narrowly hung on to VA-11 by less than 1,000 votes. (In 2008, Democrat Gerry Connolly beat the same opponent by a margin of 54 percent to 43 percent.) This comes on the heels of the Democrats' disastrous gubernatorial race in 2009, which Creigh Deeds lost by 17 points.

So what did Virginia Democrats do last weekend? They selected as their state party chairman Brian Moran, the ultra-liberal former member of the House of Delegates who placed third (with less than 24 percent of the vote) in the 2009 gubernatorial primary. Moran never caught on beyond liberal strongholds in Arlington and Alexandria. Virginia Republicans, not surprisingly, pounced on the news. The state Republican Party released a statement pointing out Moran's opposition to offshore drilling and support for organized labor. The release taunted:

When Virginia Democrats elected former Delegate and candidate for Governor Brian Moran to be their new Chairman this weekend, the tacit policy statement couldn't have been more clear - Democrats are ignoring Virginia's voters and are now moving further to the left.

Activists on both sides of the aisle lambasted the choice. A Republican advisor to a statewide office holder cracked with obvious sarcasm, "It is a remarkable choice, because really, when you think reaching out to independents and swing voters in a center-right state, you absolutely think Brian Moran." But Democrats were equally glum. The influential liberal blog NotLarrySabato ran the headline: "The Era Of Defeat And Retreat Has Begun." Another post reminded readers of controversies involving Moran's campaign donors who lobbied his influential brother Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) for defense contracts. (The Post covered the story in April 2009.)

Needless to say, this is not an auspicious beginning for Democrats hoping to mount a comeback in 2012.

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 10, 2010; 11:25 AM ET
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Comments

Fantastic News! This helps a return to sensibilities and a refutation of ultra liberal crazies on this state. Way to go! A return to normalcy is coming back in a coupe years now thanks to moves like this! Way to go!!!!

Posted by: stinkyliberals | December 10, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Wow. I've missed something here. Did Dan Snyder buy the Virginia Democratic Party? Now if the Republicans can just focus on a real platform of smaller and less intrusive government, we could be in good shape. Ditch the social issues, balance the budget, pave the roads and stay the heck out of my life.

Posted by: mwcob | December 12, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

The economy is bad, and the Dems passed groundbreaking legislation in the last Congress and suffered for in in this last election. Sometimes winning the war (groundbreaking legislation) is worth losing the battle (this last election.) Losing one election is no reason to start moving right as the lunatic tea partiers move WAY to the right. Republicans will explode the debt, as they always do - they never focus on "smaller and less intrusive" govt since they refuse to cut Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and the military - the only four things that really matter when reaching fiscal sanity....this, along with the ridiculous social positions they continue to take (bigotry against gays, abstinence only education, horrendous animal rights and environmental positions, etc) will lose them the House soon enough unless they are able to modify these positions...

Posted by: chop1 | December 13, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

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