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The White House's election-year fratricide

By Lee Hockstader

Democrats are not known for being overburdened with the gift of partisan solidarity, but in throwing Creigh Deeds under the bus, the White House is setting a high bar for election-year fratricide.

Deeds, the Democratic candidate for governor in Virginia -- one of just two states with gubernatorial races this fall -- has not run the most strategically adept campaign. Nor is he a particularly adroit candidate; he often struggles to find sound-biteable ways to frame issues to his advantage, and his slightly stammering delivery can be awkward. Still, he has been an effective state senator, and he has the only realistic plan to dealing with the state’s most critical problem, transportation.

He also happens to be the Democratic nominee.

That’s not good enough for the White House, apparently. Peeved that Deeds declined to define himself as “an Obama Democrat” -- when pressed, he said, “I’m a Creigh Deeds Democrat” -- the White House and its shills in the national Democratic Party (including, prominently, the DNC chair and sitting Virginia governor, Tim Kaine) are blaming Deeds for ignoring their advice. Had he only taken it, he wouldn’t lag so badly in the polls, they insist.

But then there’s the small matter of the Obama administration’s ham-fisted handling of the health-care debate, and its wishy-washy dithering on everything from Afghanistan to the Dalai Lama. That made the campaign trail toxic this summer not only for Deeds but also for dozens of down-ballot Democrats in Virginia, many of whom have expressed dismay at the disenchantment with the administration itself they are encountering.

In a story by my colleagues Roz Helderman and Anne Kornblut this morning, Democrats are critical of Deeds’s failure to lock up support from a pair of African American luminaries in Virginia, former governor Doug Wilder and Sheila Johnson, the wealthy co-founder of Black Entertainment Television. But had Obama himself campaigned more vigorously for Deeds -- so far the president has appeared only once with him, despite numerous fall forays to the Washington suburbs -- who would be talking about Wilder and Johnson?

The White House is clearly dreading the prospect of news stories that portray a Republican victory in Virginia as an early referendum on the Obama presidency. But in their hurry to blame Deeds himself, administration officials are overlooking their own role in the Democrats’ travails. And in the process, they will be largely responsible for the down-ballot collateral damage that Democrats look likely to suffer on Election Day, Nov. 3.

By Lee Hockstader  | October 23, 2009; 12:27 PM ET
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In what way does this classify as an objective "post-partisan" analysis and not a Fox-News worthy conservative screed?

"But then there’s the small matter of the Obama administration’s ham-fisted handling of the health-care debate, and its wishy-washy dithering on everything from Afghanistan to the Dalai Lama. That made the campaign trail toxic this summer not only for Deeds but for dozens of down-ballot Democrats in Virginia, many of whom have expressed dismay at the disenchantment with the administration itself they are encountering."

That's something Kraut will (and I'm sure has written), but it's also a conclusory assertion written by someone who clearly has their own political agenda that offers literally nothing of substance to a political analysis

Posted by: jbanks979 | October 23, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

This administration seems either unwilling or completely unable to acknowledge the damage they leave in their wake. It's much easier to try to toss a lower-tiered member overboard.

This is great entertainment to watch the liberals feast on each other. It's indicative of their total incompetence.

Worst President Ever...

Posted by: RobParker | October 23, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

"This is great entertainment to watch the liberals feast on each other. It's indicative of their total incompetence."

While conservatives in NJ and NY-23 are all holding hands and singing kum-by-yah.

LOL nice try.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 23, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

"While conservatives in NJ and NY-23 are all holding hands and singing kum-by-yah.

As I understand it, there are two liberals and a conservative running in NY-23.

It is seldom you see the Republican candidate positioned to the left of the Democrat, but strange things sometimes happen.

Posted by: vinyl1 | October 23, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

The biggest concern about this article isn't that Democrats are turning on each other, its that the Post continues to publish unsourced quotes with unjustified anonymity in violation of its own editorial standards. The people they're quoting for this worthless gossip could be anyone ranging from Rahm Emmanuel down to the janitor for the White House cafeteria. If these alleged administration figures aren't willing to speak openly and on the record, then they don't represent the administration and this story means nothing.

When is the Post going to start demanding standards and accountability again? More and more you become just another gossip rag.

Posted by: peterwerle | October 23, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Obama is beginning to look like Napolean trying rally and cajole his troops to march on Moscow.

Posted by: pgr88 | October 23, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

What???
"But then there’s the small matter of the Obama administration’s ham-fisted handling of the health-care debate" They said the same thing about campaign. The game isn't over.


"and its wishy-washy dithering on everything from Afghanistan to the Dalai Lama."

Bush/Cheney dithered for nine months and then allowed Al Qi'da to attack America. Then they dithered for seven years and failed to get the guys who did attacked us.

"That made the campaign trail toxic this summer not only for Deeds but for dozens of down-ballot Democrats in Virginia, many of whom have expressed dismay at the disenchantment with the administration itself they are encountering."

Possibly in The South where Obama hatred is strong. Everywhere else Obama's approval rating is near 70%. But then The South always was peculiar.

Who writes this drivel? This isn't reporting or even commentary, it's a diatribe by a depressed ideological partisan suffering from low testosterone.

Only when Republicans admit their mistakes and accept responsibility for bankrupting America and making a mess of its foreign policy will they ever be accepted back into the political realm. Until then, they sound like theJapanese who insist that Japan was the victim in WWII.

Posted by: thebobbob | October 23, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Deeds is awful. He lies about not raising taxes to one reporter and then tells another reporter 5 minutes later that he will raise taxes.

Further, he is so socialist he wants the government in the liquor business. There is no reason I should have to buy my whiskey from the government. That's beyond foolish.

Posted by: tarded2much | October 23, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

"As I understand it, there are two liberals and a conservative running in NY-23."

Newt Gingrich is backing a "liberal"? Interesting.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 23, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I see the Repugnican paid staffers are still at work with their anonymous poison pens!

Agreed, the Post might improve once their "National Inquirer" tactics to increase circulation/income are achieved.

Posted by: Rich393 | October 23, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

can obama keep his house or senate...
or will he be a lame duck with 2 years to go next election...

Posted by: DwightCollins | October 23, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

"Newt Gingrich is backing a "liberal"? Interesting."

Newt is the biggest phony of all. He'd endorse Joe Stalin if he thought it would result in a Republican majority.

Posted by: vinyl1 | October 23, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Virginia is as close to a lock for McDonnell as it can be right now. Deeds really didn't stand a chance with the Obama anchor around his neck. As for NJ, is it weren't for the conservative Independent candidate Christie would be stomping Corzine into the toxic ridden NJ dirt. The same goes for the NY-23 race. The conservative and Republican's combined numbers would stomp the Democrat. The Republican party is going to be force back to its fiscal conservative roots and it will be Sara Palin that makes it happen. None of these races really bode well for the Democrats because the only way they can win is to split the conservative vote. The conservative vote won't be split forever and come 2010 I see a Democrat massacre happening.

Obama is becoming political poison and Deeds is its first victim. If any more of Obama's socialist/Marxist/fascist agenda gets, then the reckoning for them in the 2010 midterm elections will be even more severe.

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | October 23, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

It has been with growing concern that I have watched the WP become a rather rabid anti-Obama medium since the election. It is true that Washington is not now, and never has been, a hotbed of liberal thinking--or thinking at all--but I had thought the Washington Times had staked out the lunatic right position in the city. As the WP, I am pro-Deeds, despite his being a Virginia country boy; I think he is honest, which can hardly be said with a straight face for his opponent; but I do think he has taken unnecessary--and politically very inept--risks in this election--the stupidest, perhaps, being to avoid courting the very critical minority vote in an off-year election. Obviously he needs every vote that Obama earned, and received, in Virginia.

It should probably be noted, however, that his "pro-Deeds" comment is an exact duplicate of LBJ's comment after the Democratic Convention when JFK was nominated for President--and LBJ was not: "I was always a part of a pro-Johnson Movement [and, implicitly, not of a 'Stop-Kennedy Movement']." So it has a long Democratic--and fairly innocent--history.

Posted by: DouglasReynolds | October 23, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

"has been an effective state senator"

That means he is one up on Barry Obama.

Little Barry is probably scared that Deeds will immediately start running for President as that is the now required Democrat path to the White House.

No accomplishments, less experience and presto, you are the next "messiah". Barry doesn't want the competition.

Posted by: LogicalSC | October 23, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama is headed for being a one-term president. His Administration is just becoming too much for most voters to bear.

Posted by: paris1969 | October 23, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

My God, has anyone seen the polls for our incredible shrinking president and his corrupt, buffoonish party? It's gonna be a bloodbath for Democrats soon. Deeds is smart not trying to drag Hopie into his spotlight, but he still has that D after his name. Maybe he should pull a Lieberman and change it to an I.

Posted by: greg3 | October 23, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

"Worst President Ever..."
Posted by: RobParker

No, Mr. Parker: That was his predecessor. But of course, you think Bush was great, right?

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | October 23, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

And thank you to thebobbob for your thoughtful post. The kneejerk right-wing apologists posting here should read it. I would suggest they actually take time to think about what you wrote, but that would be too difficult for them.

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | October 23, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

"My God, has anyone seen the polls for our incredible shrinking president and his corrupt, buffoonish party? It's gonna be a bloodbath for Democrats soon."

Er, well, you guys found and nominated this character.

I know, I know, you'll be more careful next time....

Posted by: vinyl1 | October 23, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama is such a snake in the grass. He will turn on even fellow Democrats the second it seems politically expedient. Post-partisan my magnificent tuckus -- he's partisan even with his own side! I wouldn't have voted for Deeds anyway, but he has my sympathy as the latest person under Obama's bus. (Rumor has it the 1,000,000th victim receives an autographed teleprompter.)

Posted by: zippyspeed | October 23, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

All this rhetoric will boil down to one simple statement: Virginian's don't want McDonnell's promise of a liquor store on every corner and a gun in every hand. Now, Deeds is closing in on McDonnell because of these unpopular perspectives.

Where McDonnell's campaign money comes from:

McDonnell supports privatization of Virginia's liquor industry. As a result, he has received over a half million dollars from the alcohol beverage, hotel, and recreation industries with $215K alone from alcohol beverage distributors including $55K from Premium Distributors of Va LLC, $50 from the Va Beer Wholesalers Assn, $26K from Silver Eagle Distributors LP, and $25K from Associated Distributors/The Charmer Sunbelt Group.

See http://www.vpap.org/committees/profile/money_in_industry2/1581?sector=3

McDonnell also supports a loophole in gun registration that has allowed terrible tragedies in Virginia, most notably at Virginia Tech. The NRA has spent well over a half million dollars on advertising in support of McDonnell's support for the gun regulation loophole.

Virginian's don't want McDonnell's promise of a liquor store on every corner and a gun in every hand.

Posted by: rokay | October 23, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

"locking up" support from Doug Wilder wouldn't have done anything for Deeds. Wilder is no longer well-liked in Richmond (where he recently ended a stint as an unpredictable mayor) and he was governor too long ago for anyone to remember what he did in office. the BET lady doesn't matter either- it's not like McDonnell is going to get much of the black vote in Virginia regardless of how few black celebrities give Deeds their endorsement.


Posted by: squier13 | October 23, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

RobParker, share whatever you're smoking with us. Did you forget 2000-2008? Bush & Co. couldn't have done much worse if they had tried.

Posted by: monongahela79 | October 23, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

@tarded2much - either you have never been to VA or you are so drunk all the time that you don't even realize that the state has controlled liquor stores pretty much forever. The point is not that Deeds wants the state to take them over but that McDonnell wants to privatize them.

Posted by: ds_kelly | October 23, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Name one person who DIDN'T vote for Obama last November, who WOULD vote for him now. Obama peaked the next-to-last night of the DEM convention.

Doug Wilder has become a joke, involved in several schemes similar to (some of) Charlie Rangel's problems.

After the DEMs get hosed in 2010, I expect to see Joe Biden and a posse of US Marshals fly to Honolulu, and rattle the doors of the State Archives, to see Obama's REAL Birth Certificate.

Posted by: sampjack | October 23, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

When you've taken the kinds of beatings the Repukes have taken in the past two elections, any scrap of good news is treated like a piece of meat to a starving dog.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 23, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

You can't have it both ways! If Deeds claims to be a Deeds democrat rather than an Obama democrat then if he loses, it's a Deeds loss not an Obama loss. The same would be true if he won. It would be a Deeds victory not an Obama victory...

Posted by: Citi__Street | October 23, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm just hoping that McDonnell will support off-shore oil drilling, so that we can get royalties to fix our crappy transportation system in Virginia. We need the transportation money NOW and this is the only source given that we have a Republican legislature that won't raise taxes for Deeds or anyone else.

Posted by: ripvanwinkleincollege | October 23, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

If Deeds has a problem, and I think he does, it is not Obama's fault. Also, you make the point about Obama's failures on health care and Afghanistan. By any objective measure his efforts on health care to date have been quite effective when you factor in that there is rock solid Republican obstruction and lots of money being spent by the health care industry trying to maintain the status quo. Also, it is clearly to early to judge the direction in Afghanistan. If Obama had jumped in before we found out about the fraudulent presidential election there he would look like a fool. Fortunately, Obama is taking his time to make a decision about strategy in Afghanistan. I am trying to understand why the Post has suddenly adopted the Fox News (NOT) approach to journalism?

Posted by: cdierd1944 | October 23, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Is it approriate commentary to blatantly mistate facts like you have here?

Yes, transportation is an important issue. But the Washington Post poll of Virginians (as opposed to the Marylanders that dominate the Post) say the top issues are jobs and education. Transportation was lower on the list. It's the Post's "most important issue," not necessarily ours. We don't want to exchange schools for roads.

Education funding is leaking like a sieve and the state has promised even deeper cuts. When Republican delegates cut money to higher education to balance the budget, our public colleges have no choice but to raise tuition. This is a cowardly back door way to raise taxes on students while promising their big-buck campaign contributers that their taxes won't go up.

Why does the Post always miss these stories?

Posted by: thuff7 | October 23, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Truth be known . . . The Deeds story may be the defining story of the Obama administration in times of a political crisis today; however, it will be tomorrow's story that will define the Obama administration forever in US history . . . Obama and the people who surround the president following the Saul Alinsky play book.

Posted by: rbblum | October 23, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

The democrats have reason to worry. Regardless of an 'OBAMA VISIT', the population fully understands that our form of government works best when there are clear checks and balances -- WHICH WE CURRENTLY DO NOT HAVE!


With one party rule over the past nine months, US treasure has been squandered. Little, if any, good has been gained. We are becoming more mediocre each day as a society. And, very sadly, there is ever increasing evidence that there is a leadership void -- NOT WITHSTANDING three dozen czars, Rahm Emanuel, David Alexrod, Valerie Jarrett, and Robert Gibbs spinning at turbine speed.


Obama came to office with the VAST MAJORITY of America rooting for him to succeed. He has squandered that hope and desire for change. Look what he did to Deeds!!! Obama is NO LEADER!!

Posted by: wheeljc | October 23, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

The incredible shrinking Republic Party? What’s left of it probably will fit in a thimble with enough room left over for Tom Thumb…

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WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Republican Party's favorable rating among Americans is at lowest level in at least a decade, according to a new national poll.

Thirty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say they have a favorable opinion of the Republican Party, with 54 percent viewing the GOP negatively.

Posted by: Citi__Street | October 23, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

In what way does this classify as an objective "post-partisan" analysis and not a Fox-News worthy conservative screed?
********

not everybody who critcizes the president is a racist or watches fox news (although, what would be wrong with that?)

every polls for months has over 50% of the public opposed to the way obama has handled health care. or do you think things are going swingingly? considering they have filibuster proof majorities in congress and the white house and they cannot seem to agree on a bill.

Posted by: dummypants | October 23, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

What a hoot! Democrats conveniently forget that their party controlled Congress the last 2 years of the Bush Administration. Where were the investigations, the change, the taking back control? Nowhere, because they went along with just about everything their little lobbyist buddies paid them to do. (even now Howard Dean admits there will be no Tort Reform with Health Care Reform because no one wants to go against the lawyers. Sheesh) How I remember dear Barney Frank testifying that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were sound. Ah... so now, when ever President Obama and his thugs try to STILL call it Bush's mess... I just laugh. Obama was in that Senate! I know, he couldn't be bothered to actually hold a hearing with the subcommittee he chaired,(that was on Europe) I mean, he might have learned something about Europe. But why let facts get in the way. Just dump on our allies, pull the missle program and feed Eastern Europe to Russia. You know Obama hasn't a spine when he snubs the Dalai Lama and starts whining about Fox News. All those speeches on the campaign in 2008 about transparency and his Senate buddies hold closed door sessions on health care. Poor Obama supporters, this administration is so inept and they have to try every day to find someone else to blame. I'm unemployed so thanks for giving me something to laugh at. After all, when the White House's Economist, Christina Romer, states that the boost from the stimulus has already happened (where, WHERE?) we are in big, big trouble.

Posted by: lostein | October 23, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

from wheeljc
"Little, if any, good has been gained."

Well, my retirement fund has regained a huge chunk of what it lost during the previous 8 years of a Republican in the treasury. I think that's a pretty strong start.

Obama is stuck cleaning up an enormous mess that will take more than a measly nine months to fix.

But you seem so anxious to declare the end of the world just to advance your own party's image.

Listen up: The Republicans' tired, old policies simple enough to fit on a bumper stick have failed. But if the current government fails, it doesn't mean Republicans succeed. It means we all lose.

Posted by: thuff7 | October 23, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Why does every discussion about state politics get hijacked by a bunch of whiny Republicans who can't find enough ways to hate the president?

They can't come up with ideas, but they think they're clever because they can hurl insults. Shouting "neener, neener, neener" in all caps is not a policy discussion, it's just plain old, and it's a worn out path to nowhere.

Posted by: thuff7 | October 23, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Geez I thought Bush was to blame for everything. Seems as if the dems are forming their firing squad as usual - in a circle. This WH seems to be intent on blaming everybody else for their problems. Soon MSNBC and CNN?

Posted by: fcrucian | October 23, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

The only good Republican is a Republican for whom life saving medical care has been denied by an Insurance Company lackey. That goes double for you, Cockstapler. Haven't been by this site for a week, not surprised to see that the same pseudo-Winchell idiocy prevails. I don't see much need to check back again. Adios, WaPo, I hope for your sake that becoming a rally site for hate-filled losers and conspiracy freaks still makes sense when they have died off (of anger, most likely) in the next few years. I've had my fill.

Posted by: benjaminanderson | October 23, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope more Democrats follow Deed's example of defining themselves as independent thinking individuals, rather than just an Obama automaton.

Posted by: EddietheInfidel | October 23, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Now for a little reality check for Republicans and Washington Post columnist hoping for a miracle that will restore them to relevance. Republicans might be looking at their third straight landslide DEFEAT.

CNN Poll: GOP favorable rating lowest in a decade

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Republican Party's favorable rating among Americans is at lowest level in at least a decade, according to a new national poll.

Thirty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say they have a favorable opinion of the Republican Party, with 54 percent viewing the GOP negatively.

Posted by: rodneythecat | October 23, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

The unity needed to produce an impressive black turnout has to be there far in advance of election day. The social dynamics and contruction of the community is such that occasional progress in unity is more beneficial than any benefit small or large that is derived in disunion.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 23, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Obama and cohorts will dump anyone without a hint of condemnation by 90% of the media. The "Teflon Messiah".

Posted by: albee703 | October 23, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Hey kool-aid fans and anonymous White House commentators: So when are Michelle and the kids are getting tossed under the bus?

Posted by: EcoAZ | October 23, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

"But then there’s the small matter of the Obama administration’s ham-fisted handling of the health-care debate, and its wishy-washy dithering on everything from Afghanistan to the Dalai Lama. That made the campaign trail toxic this summer not only for Deeds but also for dozens of down-ballot Democrats in Virginia, many of whom have expressed dismay at the disenchantment with the administration itself they are encountering"

you need to do a better job hiding the true motivations behind your article. Tell me, did you just transcribe what Kraut told you to write, or did he simply type in the words for you?

/dismiss

Posted by: ssergio | October 23, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Mabye if we can get the school children to sing songs about Deeds like they do our GLORIOUS LEADER..he could win.

Indoctrination is very compelling.

Barack Hussein Obama..ummmm ummmm um!

Posted by: UGADawg | October 23, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Deeds could have answered that he was a "Virginia Democrat" too, and he's have been telling people something.

Frankly at times I think President Obama could use the support of guys like Mr. Deeds more than the converse.

Posted by: timscanlon | October 23, 2009 11:29 PM | Report abuse

How dare Deeds not bowing to the Obamassiah. Shame on him and he deserves to lose. That'll show everybody who's boss. Right?

Posted by: GordonShumway | October 23, 2009 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Geesh, Obama couldn't secure BET backing for Deeds - no wonder Obama is in such heavy spin mode.

Posted by: SpanishInquisition | October 23, 2009 11:46 PM | Report abuse

He is already identified with Obama and thas why hes doing so badly...Americans can see that "Hopey-Changey" is a joke...things are worse than ever.... the stimulus isnt stimulating anything and Obama would rather fight with Fox than come up with a plan for our soldiers in Afghanistan. Pelopsi, Reid and Obama just do whatever THEY want and call us names when we question them or disagree with them..... So why would Americans want to back another Obama Democrat ?? The White House just cannot accept this logic because then they would have to admit that Obama's polcies are dismal failures and the public doesnt trust him anymore... or another way of putting it is any Democrat could have won this years election because we were sick of Bush....now we are sick of Obama so the Republicans have an excellent chance to win too.. Time for a Third Party - the Peoples Party !!!

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | October 24, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Wouldn't the Virginia debacle for Obama - or the resounding defeats to come - be understandable if the Post and the rest of the media had been honest in their reporting about the true nature of the Obama "surge" and his victories in Battleground States like Virginia?

Obama had more money than God, both from his own campaign funds, from the DNC, the unions, and other groups.
There were an unprecendented number of field offices in VA with paid staff, and volunteers sent from DC, Maryland and other "safe" States, because Virginia was seen as a major "prize." Kaine juiced registration by expediting paperwork for ex-felons to restore their voting rights after they were sought out by a volunteer corps. ACORN beat the streets to register new Democrats. Volunteers flocked there, and some of them registered to vote.
This resulted in at least 200,000 newly registered voters, many of whom had never voted before, and may never vote again, particularly black voters who turned out in unprecedented numbers for Obama because... Oh, never mind.
There were similar anomolies in North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, and many other States. Yes, anomolies. Driven by money, an adoring media, and the marketing of a celebrity candidate.

Despite the skewed coverage of the Washington Post aimed at heavily Democratic NOVA, populated by large numbers of liberal residents who've moved there recently from somewhere else, how many people honestly think that Virginia is a "Blue" State?
Why does anyone think that this would transfer to Deeds?
Or any other candidates in 2010?
These elections will be referendums on the Obama Administration to which all these Democrats happily attached themselves on the Joy Ride. Polling on Obama's policies indicate that the results won't be pretty.
Obama can't walk away from his own record and other Democrats are stuck with it.

Posted by: parkbench | October 24, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

I do hope you write an article on a much more newsworthy item regarding political fratricide: the chasm that is rapidly developing between the extremists and the rational Republicans. Deeds never really had a chance as I think the author of this piece knows and alluded to. Its interesting that the larger story of the splintering of the entire Republican party is ignored.

Posted by: Richard18 | October 24, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Someone wrote that Obama is beginning to sound like Napoleon rallying his troops on the march to Moscow. Actually, according to General de Caulaincourt, who was there, the march to Moscow wasn't so bad; it was on the march back that the Russians best general, Marshal Winter, destroyed the army.

Posted by: sailhardy | October 26, 2009 8:23 AM | Report abuse

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