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Posted at 1:15 PM ET, 12/ 9/2010

Virginia Democrats go left?

By Jennifer Rubin

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 9, 2010; 1:15 PM ET
Categories:  Virginia politics  
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I've got a set of questions - Mitch McConnell sent out the letter signed by all 42 Republican Senators saying that they won't go along with cloture on anything until the tax issues were dealt with.

NOW Nancy Pelosi and the House democrats have thrown opposition into the agreements on the tax issues, saying they won't call a vote on the Compromise.

Logically, the House democratic action PUTS A HOLD ON Don't Ask in the Senate - because the hold on the tax issues in the House would hold up everything else in the Senate.

With time ticking, I don't know if that is the best move.

McConnell knows all this. I don't understand the House democrats either. They have just a few weeks left in their terms. Obama could just agree with McConnell, Reid and Boehner to hold ALL the votes the first week in January. The House democrats - all they are doing is holding up the rest of the liberal agenda in the Senate for the next few weeks.

Posted by: RainForestRising | December 9, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse


I do not have a problem with the Virginia democrats swinging to the left, do you ?


Posted by: RainForestRising | December 9, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

What we are seeing not only in Virginia, but DC and across the nation as well, is that the Democrat party is today firmly controlled by the far left of the left. The city council of Berkeley, CA is voting on hero status for the Wiki Leaker. Code Pink praises his actions and dismisses any possible increase in military casualties as having no real importance.

Posted by: ablesugar | December 9, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

is that the Democrat party is today firmly controlled by the far left of the left.
Posted by: ablesugar

The far left of the American Left ain't Left of anything. The entire far "LeftWing"of the Democrats is 100% in support of our current Economic system(International Floating Fiat Currency) Ironically,only two members of Congress,Ron Paul,a Libertarian Tea Partier,and his son "Ayn" Rand Paul oppose our current fiscal system.

Posted by: rcaruth | December 9, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse


I think Bernie Sanders might oppose it, because we have any currency at all.

Posted by: 54465446 | December 9, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I think Bernie Sanders might oppose it, because we have any currency at all.
Posted by: 54465446

We're awash in currency. In fact the money supply as measured by the Fed M3,got so embarrassungly huge,that the Fed eliminated that measure about 5 years ago. They presented all kinds of reasons why,(Blah Blah),but everybidy knew it gave the Fed a huge black eye. This is the site to watch if you ever want "Real"Economic Data.

Posted by: rcaruth | December 9, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

OMoran is a 2 time winner of the "friend of Business" award from FFX County Chamber of Commerce and gun rights proponent. But now failing to be gung-ho about offshore drilling and not hating unions suffices to make a person an "ultra liberal".

Posted by: mjpool | December 11, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

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