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Morning Fix: Schweitzer, Rendell and the Endorsement Hierarchy

Govs Brian Schweitzer (Mont.) and Ed Rendell (Pa.) are endorsing Terry McAuliffe's candidacy for governor of Virginia. Photos by the Associated Press and Richard Lipski

Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe will receive two prominent endorsements of his Virginia gubernatorial candidacy today from Democratic Governors Association Chairman Brian Schweitzer (Mont.) and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell.

Schweitzer will travel the state with McAuliffe while Rendell, a past chairman of the Democratic National Committee, will cut a video in support of the former DNC Chair.

The decision by two out-of-state elected officials to wade into a contested three-way primary -- state Sen. Creigh Deeds and former state Del. Brian Moran are also running -- just days before the June 9 votes begs one basic question: Will either endorsement have any impact on the outcome on Tuesday?

For the answer, we turn to our handy-dandy endorsement hierarchy -- the Fix's attempt to categorize all endorsements and rank order those that matter and those that don't.

A quick primer on the endorsement hierarchy -- from most to least important:

* The Symbolic Endorsement: Ted Kennedy backing Barack Obama during the 2008 primaries.
* The State-Specific Statewide Endorsement: Florida Gov. Charlie Crist throwing his support to John McCain just before the Sunshine State presidential primary.
* The Celebrity Endorsement: Chuck Norris for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee
* The Newspaper Endorsement: Des Moines Register for John Edwards in 2004.
* The State-Specific Non-Statewide Endorsement: Rep. Zack Space supporting Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher's Senate bid in Ohio.
* The Obligatory Endorsement: Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran endorsing McCain's presidential bid in 2008.
* The Pariah Endorsement: Rod Blagojevich and Roland Burris.

Obviously, neither Schweitzer nor Rendell fit into any of the categories listed above; Schweitzer, as chairman of the DGA, could be cast as a symbolic endorsement, but sources familiar with the decision insisted he was backing McAuliffe solely in his position as governor of Montana. Rendell, while a major player in national Democratic politics, has no ties to the state of Virginia.

Both men then fall into a new category -- for the sake of consistency we'll call it the out of state endorsement. The out of state endorsement ranks above the pariah endorsement -- after all, NO ONE wants the pariah endorsement -- and the obligatory endorsement but below all of the other forms of support in our hierarchy.

After all, does anyone doubt that McAuliffe, who badly needs a strong showing among African Americans to win on Tuesday, would rather have the support of prominent African American elected officials like Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) or former Richmond Mayor Doug Wilder -- both state-specific, non-statewide endorsers -- than Schweitzer and Rendell? (Wilder, for one, doesn't seem too keen on McAuliffe -- telling Politico's Jonathan Martin that if the former DNC Chair wins the nomination "there will be a formation of Virginians For [GOP gubernatorial nominee Bob] McDonnell."

While both Schweitzer and Rendell are likely to be known commodities to some within the party's base -- particularly in the hyper-educated, affluent northern Virginia suburbs -- it's hard to imagine that either man is particularly well known to broad swaths of Democratic primary voters.

That sentiment was summed up perfectly in the statement released by the Republican Governors Association when word of Schweitzer's endorsement broke yesterday: "Who is Brian Schweitzer?"

Put simply: Neither Schweitzer nor Rendell are game changers in this primary. Several polls released in the last 24 hours show Deeds ahead but with large number of voters still undecided. It's hard to imagine McAuliffe's twin endorsements today will sway significant numbers of those still sitting on the fence.

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You rank Newspaper endorsements as 4th most important while discussing the VA Dem Primary. Hasn't Deeds gained loads of momentum from your newspaper's endorsement? He went from 3rd place to up by 3-4 points and has raised more money since. Will Rendell or Schweitzer bring "Mac" back?

Posted by: Kman23 | June 7, 2009 2:25 AM | Report abuse

Stanaki Land deal in Volusia County Florida could hurt Charlie Crists Senate Bid. Florida Department of Environemtal Protection was negotiating to buy land from a Iranian Born major Republican donor and developer Mori Hosseini. FDEP appraised the land at 12 k per acre in April 2006. In derrogation of a court ruling (Case 05-001852) Crist and then Governor Jeb Bush granted development entitlements in the form of a CDD in May 2006. The donor immediately got new appraisal at twice the previous value. Crist then had FDEP end negotiations and asked another State agency to fund the purchase through a Florida Communities Trust Grant reimbursement program. This administrative move by Crist allowed new appraisals to be secured and used by the State. On May 8 2009, the FCT Governing Board , comprised of Crist appointees, approved funding the purchase at the higher per acre price (08-004-FF8). The net increase in tax dollars given to the donor/developer for the land went from 3.2 million to 5.6 million. This was during the same time property values fell40% over the same time in the area. Crist received donations before and since the Pioneer CDD was granted. Miami Hareal & Tampa Tribune have also run articles citing Crists several unreimbursed travels on Hosseinis jets in the past 3 years. He is losing ground fact in the republican primary battle.

Posted by: jpoole11 | June 5, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

The moat (or is it swamp) around the "I'm Virginia and to heck with anyone who hasn't lived here for the past 300 years" is fast draining. We are seeing very accomplished people endorsing Terry McAuliffe both inside and outside Virginia.

The three other candidates have been in the Virginia legislature for years. What did they do, except possibly block many fine initiatives? Yes, the legislature found the means to reduce State support for all levels of education. The State legislature found means to make Virginia's transportation mess worse. The legislature's record of accomplishment is abysmal unless you are a special interest like Dominion Power.

Well wake up Virginia. Terry McAuliffe is in town. He's going to shake up Richmond. He's not going to let the part time legislature say no to bringing good job with good wages and good benefits to Virginia. We're going to grow our way out of this recession with Terry McAuliffe as governor.

Posted by: Willis3 | June 5, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: editor13 | June 5, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

What about "the Self-Interested Endorsement?" I mean, no offense meant to Terry, you gotta love the guy, but, let's be real here, he is a total fundraising powerhouse. I bet Deeds wishes he could endorse him himself -- and have him bankroll every campaign he runs in from here to the grave.

Posted by: REClayton | June 5, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

"I believe Sestak has already declared he will be challenging Specter in the Democratic primary."

Posted by: DDAWD | June 5, 2009 1:10 PM


There's a very real possibility that Representative Sestak would win, too.

When it came to former Senator Santorum, the responses from Pennsylvanians I spoke with were of intense disgust. With Senator Specter, the reactions took on more of a "he's been in long enough, it's time for a change" tone.

Posted by: NativeNorthernVirginian | June 5, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Rendell's a good guy, but let's keep in mind that Virginia went heavily for Obama last year while Rendell was singing Hillary Clinton's praises. Outside of getting some media coverage for McAuliffe, I can't see that this matters at all.

Many Dems I know are saying the same thing that Wilder is hinting -- if McAuliffe wins the primary, we will not only likely lose in November, but (perhaps more importantly) will lose the momentum we have been building in turning VA blue, as moderates and independents turn rightward again.

Electing Creigh Deeds on Tuesday keeps the momentum going. We have a fighting chance to win the Governor's mansion for a third term, and continue to build positive association and coalitions with the Democratic party.

Posted by: gretchenlaskas | June 5, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

@drindl: if it'll make you feel any better nobody is buying Bush's claim that he stands alongside Churchill and Truman anymore. If he appears in public at all it's only before AEI and HF type audiences where nobody will challenge him. He knows he completely screwed up, and that swagger was always a mask for the deep and pathetic insecurity that he spent his whole presidency (and so very much else) compensating for.

Never forget, this is a guy who needed counseling on walking to the podium without looking like Himmler.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 5, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

bush's swagger and smirk didn't drive me insane-- they just disgusted me. The punk had everything in the world handed to him and he was and is a blind, uncaring, dumb and selfish man. That he would send thousands of young people to their deaths for war profiteers while never wiping that f*cking smirk off his face made me sick.

Posted by: drindl | June 5, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

The 'knats' came out of the shoe.

See 'shoe-in' earliler.

I read him for laffs.

Posted by: drindl | June 5, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

"swarm of knats"

sounds like something out of a Dr Seuss book.

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 5, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

In case anyone wonders, Zouk's source today is National Review.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 5, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

"something tells me that Senator Specter will be facing an opponent, as well."

I believe Sestak has already declared he will be challenging Specter in the Democratic primary.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 5, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

nodebris: no. That's what the PgUp key is for. Seen one "Obimbo" post and you've seen them all. Life is short.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 5, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Do people actually read zouk? That's sort of like drinking spit, isn't it?

Posted by: nodebris | June 5, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I know a lot of Long-Time VA Democrats Who Vote in Primaries. The first word out of everyone's mouth when McAuliffe is mentioned is: "carpetbagger." And this is in Arlington.

Maybe some recent immigrants who are totally into national politics might vote for him, but I doubt he'll get many votes from long-term residents or natives.

Posted by: nodebris | June 5, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

"I have no personal aminus against Obama but I do note that Bush's swagger drove liberals insane"

True, I do personally dislike the man. Bush came up to me and was like "I *bleeped* vbhoomes mama." I said, "WHAT, vbhoomes?? He's suh a cool guy!" And he was like, "screw vbhoomes. He's ugly." I just couldn't put up with that.

And that is why I hate Bush personally.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 5, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Pairing the endorsement of two respected Governors (leaders of National Governor Organizations) with Ron Blagojevich is cheap and shoddy journalism of the poorest quality. The more apt comparison would be between Blagojevich and the Washington Post; because both are out of touch franchises whose time has come and gone.

Posted by: sbaker1 | June 5, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

The loony libs on this site always remind me of a swarm of knats. they go after bright colors, they like to stay in packs for security and they have the intelligence of an insect. Plus they are annoying to sentient beings. they think they are flying somewhere, but they remain in a cloud making no progress whatsoever. When a predator approaches, they have no inkling. they are typically consumed by a stronger and wiser creature who appreciates their ignorance.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 5, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Grousing about imaginary "arrogance" doesn't advance the discussion either, vbhoomes. It's an infantile distraction and serves only to rile up the rubes. And it's baseless charge that will always be leveled at any Democrat who doesn't call himself "born again" and drop his g's.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 5, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Speaking as someone who worked on the Rendell 2002 gubenatorial campaign, I love "The Guv", but he's just flat-out wrong in his endorsement of Mr. McAuliffe for Chief Executive of my state - as well as his approval of another term for Senator Arlen Specter. Endorsing Terry McAuliffe for Virginia Governor would be like me supporting someone carpetbagging in PA running for Ed's job.

P.S. Guv, you might want to rethink the Specter backing. The impression I got while living in The Keystone State was that Pennsylvanians were ready for a change to BOTH Senate seats. The much-despised Rick Santorum was replaced with Bob Casey; something tells me that Senator Specter will be facing an opponent, as well.

Posted by: NativeNorthernVirginian | June 5, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Come on Chrisfox, surely you have the intellect to be sarcastic without sounding like a 5th grader. I will expect better postings from you in the future.

Posted by: vbhoomes | June 5, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Ooooh, narcissism, now there's a vital issue. Bogged down in two wars, nuclear Pakistan with a Taliban insurgency, economic collapse, our national morals in the sewer, but nooooOOOoooo the real issue here is Obama's "arrogance," a characteristic only found in the feverish imaginings of a bunch of low-IQ low-information GOP dead-enders.

Stop the presses!

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 5, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I have no personal aminus against Obama but I do note that Bush's swagger drove liberals insane but now that Obama also has a swagger" the response is he's so cool. To think that somehow out of over 300 million americans, you think you are best qualified to lead it, requires a certain level of narcissim. Its why I love Cheney, he had none and could care less about being President, an usual quality for a politician.

Posted by: vbhoomes | June 5, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

hahahaha a president unpopular among a bunch of white-haired out-of-power losers because of the cant of his head.

I bet there are emergency sessions in progress at this moment to deal with this calamitous turn of events.


Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 5, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

"On a personal level, the reason most Republicans dislike Obama is because they find him arrogant. The way he is constantly tilting his head, as if posing for a statue, reminds many of us of Mussolini in his heyday. He too, was forever jutting his jaw skyward."

I guess that's a problem when a political party is composed of people who can remember Mussolini in his heyday.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 5, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

zookie, you'd have a crick in your neck too if you had to keep apologizing to everyone for bush and cheney being idiots.

Posted by: jasperanselm | June 5, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Hey scrivener, you're crazy. Not "I disagree with you," but nuts. Bonkers. Insane. It might be fun to read if you were a little more intelligent but you're not, so it's just tiresome. Microwave mind control, GPS BS, why don't you just go to the ER and explain your theories to them. You'll get three hots and a cot and all you'll have to put up with is some needles and electrodes. A sweet deal. Go grab it.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 5, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse


You seem to be well-informed on the brain cancer angle of being targeted with directed energy (microwave radiation) weapons.

Is that what happened to Teddy Kennedy?

If so, who are the do-ers?

Please enlighten us.

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 5, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

His administration resembles one of those little clown cars at the circus – it’s amazing that there are so many clowns in there! They just keep coming out, one after the other. It’s funny at the circus. It’s not so funny when the clowns are confiscating companies, taking over entire industries, subverting established law, spending more money faster than any previous administration, and dreaming up mandate upon mandate. It’s not so funny when you consider their obvious intent to dictate to us in every single aspect of our lives. Not so funny.

On a personal level, the reason most Republicans dislike Obama is because they find him arrogant. The way he is constantly tilting his head, as if posing for a statue, reminds many of us of Mussolini in his heyday. He too, was forever jutting his jaw skyward.

Arrogance aside, the guy is just plain scary. If you believe that, all in all, America is the best country the world has ever seen; the place where immigrants from all corners of the earth yearn to come; where the individual has the greatest opportunity to fulfill his aspirations and live out his dreams; it is terrifying to see the leader of the free world go to Turkey and Europe, and apologize, ironically, for America’s arrogance, while simultaneously embracing the likes of Ahmadinejad, Chavez and the Castro brothers.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 5, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Drindl are you implying Senator Graham may be gay?

Posted by: vbhoomes | June 5, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

In addition to CEO of GM, Thwarter of Rising Ocean Tides and countless other duties not found in the Constitution or tradition, Obama has decided to add Defender of the Muslim Faith to his job description.

Obama was reliably Obamaesque again when he disparaged the Iraq war as a "war of choice." But wait, he also thinks Iraq is better without Saddam, so maybe it was a good choice? Apparently not: "So let me be clear: no system of government can or should be imposed upon one nation by any other."

Now this is a real problem. Putting aside the "should" question for a moment, it is simply a fact of history that a system of government can be imposed upon one nation by another. Sometimes for the worse, sometimes not. The Soviets imposed systems of government across Eastern Europe. America imposed systems of government -- thank goodness -- in Germany, Japan and South Korea. And we imposed a system of government in Iraq and are trying to do likewise in Afghanistan.

Which brings us back to that pesky "should" part. As ever, Obama's positions on Iraq cannot be reconciled. Just as he often celebrates our troops' success but can't say we succeeded, he celebrates Iraq's democratic progress but -- hamstrung by his own ideology and pride -- won't fully acknowledge that such progress is even possible, given that it began at the point of an American gun. In short, President Obama is straddling Iraq just as candidate Obama did.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 5, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

"the unemployment rate jumped to 9.4 percent in May, the highest in more than 25 years"

... the highest since Reagan!

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 5, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

hissy fits and sour grapes.

Posted by: drivl

always with the self references.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 5, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

The Obama effect:

WASHINGTON – With companies in no mood to hire, the unemployment rate jumped to 9.4 percent in May, the highest in more than 25 years

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 5, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

the truth will set you free:

"The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 34% of the nation's voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-four percent (34%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of 0. That’s the highest level of strong disapproval and the lowest overall rating yet recorded. "

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 5, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

My sense, Deeds benefits from Schweitzer and Rendell. Why bring these guys in if McAuliffe thinks he can beat Deeds without out of state help? Out of state help will be even less effective against the Rs. If this works, VA goes to McDonnell. If not, VA goes to Deeds.

Posted by: PMinDC | June 5, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if scrivner has found any more people with brain cancer he can make fun of. What a wonderful human being he is.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 5, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Achtung, vbhoomes:

Report for duty to Stalag guard station.

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 5, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

The unpatriotic maggot inhofe should be trussed up and tossed in a garbage pit where he belongs.

"Reacting to President Obama’s outreach to the Muslim world yesterday, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) decried the president’s speech as “un-American” and even suggested Obama might be on the side of terrorists:

Sen. Jim Inhofe said today that President Barack Obama’s speech in Cairo was “un-American” because he referred to the war in Iraq as “a war of choice” and didn’t criticize Iran for developing a nuclear program.

Inhofe, R-Tulsa, also criticized the president for suggesting that torture was conducted at the military prison in Guantanamo, saying, “There has never been a documented case of torture at Guantanamo.”

“I just don’t know whose side he’s on,” Inhofe said of the president."

Posted by: drindl | June 5, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Live in Pennsylvania, lived in Occupied Northern Virginia for 13 years. LOVE Ed Rendell. Don't know why anyone in Virginia should pay any attention to Big Daddy's endorsement.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 5, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

chrisfox, scrivener50 is just another victim of progressivesn, their was a time when he would had recieve good care at a mental institition before the progressives changed the laws and forced all of the mentally ill out of the hospitals and into the streets. But glad to see they at least provide them with laptops.

Posted by: vbhoomes | June 5, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

"People are not clapping here." -- South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) reacts to President Barack Obama's speech in Cairo "

Frankly, no one gives a flying f*ck about Prissy Graham's hissy fits and sour grapes.

Posted by: drindl | June 5, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

"the republican is a shoe in. "

a shoe in -- where? where is that shoe?

i see clown of zouk is here to amuse us again today. The laffs never stop with the prince of illiteracy.

Posted by: drindl | June 5, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse


I attended a Rendell rally north of Philly where I was victimized by "extrajudicial targeting". No one else in the audience felt it. They were merely MISINFORMED AND MISLED by Rendell. I was also microwaved at my grassroots, which I call "Ground Zero" and felt something like salad dressing oozing over my skin. It was TERRIFYING, like CHENEY and YOO, crawling on me.


Posted by: scribbler50 | June 5, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Anyone want to take bets that "chrisfox8" is part of the "matrix"?

Those who are "aware" know who's zooming whom.

That is likely to include the good people on the inside who've had enough of the purposeful subversion of democracy under false pretenses.

Have a nice day, "Chris."

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 5, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

"I thought he'd have gotten tired of being wrong by now."

Reality does not often intrude within the secret underground bunker from which President Giuliani is running the country.

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 5, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Addendum to post below, re: Bush-Cheney- spawned "Extrajudicial Targeting/Punishment

That main link is:

How do what look like typos get posted despite careful proofreading and a WaPo blog system that provides spell-check in its web form?

Could covert, near- real-time monitoring/mirroring, prior restraint, censorship and tampering with telecommunications be the answer?

Please consider this:

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 5, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Scrivener's ongoing psychiatric meltdown might be fun to watch if he was a little smarter. As it is, it's an ordinary, boring "tin foil hat" kind of psychosis.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 5, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse


Given that the "extrajudicial targeting, punishment and control matrix" spawned or expanded under Bush-Chneey uses covertly implanted GPS devices and microwave radiation "directed energy weapons" to stalk, harass -- and yes, torture -- unjustly "targeted" Americans and their families...

...making a mockery of the rule of law at the grassroots.

And Ed Rendell's Pennsylvania is a Ground Zero for this vigilante-based, federally-funded police state apparatus.


Same question for Team Obama.

State governors and staff, please read this and get your heads out of the sand:

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled):


Posted by: scrivener50 | June 5, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

the republican is a shoe in. We have seen the socialist future and it is not us. Sorry U. S. For that election error last year.

Posted by: king_of_zouk
Sheesh, is Zouk *still* posting? I thought he'd have gotten tired of being wrong by now.
And... US? Most of Virginia is pretty darn happy we helped elect Obama, so you can ignore Zouk like the rest of us do.

Posted by: dbitt | June 5, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

FairlingtonBlade - Thanks for telling Zuck that he not only doesn't know the GOP name but apparently doesn't even realize that the General Election is NOT on Tuesday, 9 June when we are only having an election for the DEMOCRATIC candidates. Thanks again.

Posted by: MadasHelinVA | June 5, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Who cares if Lindsey Graham was clapping?

Posted by: dbitt | June 5, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Creigh Deeds is the very best candidate we have and I hope he will be elected our new governor since he certainly has all the right qualifications. He really has very little campaign money when compared to McAuliffe, but I think he can still win if Virginians are savvy and interested enough to find out about him and his background.

We won't be sorry with Deeds!

Posted by: MadasHelinVA | June 5, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

One mild point on the endorsements. Although the newspaper endorsement generally wouldn't rank that high, that isn't true of the Post's endorsement of Deeds. NoVa is well educated and well read (dead tree and on line). The Deeds endorsement is causing a lot of people to take a second look. Many are uncomfortable with McAuliffe as a natl. candidate and have doubts about Moran's ability to play downstate. Also, Deeds nearly knocked of McDonnell in a statewide race and VA has moved blue since then.

(Word to Zouk. Couldn't you even bother to look up the name of the candidate before posting drivel? Guess not.)


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 5, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Wilder at least gets it. Outside of Arlington and Fairfax, a McAuliffe v. McDonnell race sends a lot of independent and moderate Democrat to the GOP. Unless McDonnell starts a fire and brimstone campaign based on religious belief and social issues instead of the economy, he isn't the worst GOP candidate ever. I'd vote for him over McAuliffe and I really don't want to vote GOP. Get out and vote for Deeds on the 9th. Hes the only Dem with appeal outside of places that border the Beltway. Plus he is the only one that actually seems to support legislations for being "good legislation" rather than basing it on which party proposes it. McAuliffe has made his career being a partisan. Why would he suddenly stop now?

Posted by: BurtReynolds | June 5, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Chris, you got one thing wrong: Chuck Norris not a celebrity.

Posted by: robbinsjoh | June 5, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Doug Wilder said that if the former DNC Chair wins the nomination "there will be a formation of Virginians For [GOP gubernatorial nominee Bob] McDonnell." Boy oh boy is Wilder ever right - there will be a very long line despite many being lifetime Democrats just to keep McAuliffe out of the governor's office!

McAuliffe is a SNAKE who will say or do ANYTHING to win as a 'stepping stone' to his larger goal of eventually winning POTUS. Not if my family and I can help it! We would NEVER vote for McAuliffe since he is just another very wealthy 'blowhard' like Rendell. They have NO PRINCIPLES.

McAuliffe showed his complete lack of principles in his handling of HRCs campaign particularly when he had the audacity to announce to her audience [on the very night Obama was elected as Democratic nominee], "and here is your next POTUS"! Talk about UNPRINCIPLED!!! He takes the cake!

Posted by: MadasHelinVA | June 5, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

With Pawlenty opting out of a 3rd term, the 2010 MN Gov race is wide open. MPR tracks the long list of candidates who've entered the race, expressed interest, or been mentioned by others:

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 5, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

It was good that VA gave the land up to give D.C. it's own boundaries.

Posted by: newbeeboy | June 5, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

vbhoomes writes
"These endorsements are absolutely worthless in a State like Va."

Yesterday I lobbied for a "who is this effin guy" category. The "outstate" category will suffice.

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 5, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Smarmy is exactly the right word.

I have no respect for Ed Rendell anymore. He's thrown his weight behind Arlen Specter of all people! None of these people have any principles.

Posted by: fedssocr | June 5, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

When one of people's biggest issues with a candidate is the perception that he's a "carpetbagger," I don't know how helpful endorsements from the governors of PA and MT are going to be.

Kiki McLean advised the presidential campaigns of Gore and Sen. Clinton? Ummm...Kiki? Not exactly a selling point.

Posted by: VTDuffman | June 5, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Johnson as a Hall of Famer seems like a no-brainer to me. Even if he never reached 300.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 5, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

McAlliffe just doesn't quite get it; one of the big reasons he is falling behind is that most Virginians already see him as too "national" and "non-local" to begin with. Though the two outside governors he chose are good Dems, their endorsements will not bring in the Independents needed to win in the General Election in November.

Savvy Democrats in Northern Virginia will likely pick up on this and the rest of Virginia simply won't like it. McAulliffe already has too much "outside" money in the race.

Creigh Deeds is moving up in the polls as more and more Democratic Virginians realize that he will be needed to beat McDonnell. The current AG -- who won by one of the smallest margins in history (running against Deeds), is an extremist Republican like the ones most Virginians have been rejecting the last several years -- has been going out of his way to pretend to be moderate to be elected governor. Virginians are coming to the realization that we need a different kind of Democrat to beat a knuckle-dragging Republican, who will take our state backward -- even though McDonnell pretends to be all "unicorns, moderation,puppies and bi-partisan sunshine." This GOP candidate and members of his slate, however, voted to deny unemployed Virginians TEMPORARY extended unemployment benefit money from the federal government and would criminalize abortions if they could. They don't care about roads in Northern Virginia and they kept many good laws from being enacted the last couple of years in Richmond -- just to help them win the election this year.

So, we shall see who wins the primary. As a good Dem and a Virginian who cares about her state, I will support the candidate of my party -- but I believe it will be the one who is best able to beat the Republican challenger.

Posted by: rebeccajm | June 5, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Good, get them all together, civil process can save time serving their warrants, at one time...

Posted by: newbeeboy | June 5, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

These endorsements are absolutely worthless in a State like Va. At best, they make no difference in the outcome. McAuliff should do well in Northern Va. where I grew up. Prince William County used to be solidly conservative but now with the influx of Hispanics and government workers, good goverance is a thing of the past. Unless you like big goverment and high taxes.

Posted by: vbhoomes | June 5, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

the republican is a shoe in. We have seen the socialist future and it is not us. Sorry U. S. For that election error last year.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 5, 2009 7:27 AM | Report abuse

Chris - I think these are "defensive endorsements".

When a candidate is slipping in the polls, especially if he is slipping in his strongest region, he will call in favors anywhere he can to stop the slippage. McAuliffe has no surprises left in his NoVA bag and is turning to his fundraising compadres around the nation in what appears from this distance to be desperation.

These endorsements are unlikely to sway a single vote, but for some McAuliffe voters it may soften the perception of fatal slippage and encourage them not to sit on their hands. The candidate, in this situation, is now down to working turnout, and in that sense a string of glowing endorsements from anyone but Blago may help at the margins.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | June 5, 2009 7:03 AM | Report abuse

Graham can sit on his hands if he wants. Not sure what difference his opinion makes to the Mideast debate...

Not too surprised in McAuliffe's predicament. He comes across as a bit too smarmy and is still tied to the Clinton past (which hasn't worn well...)

Posted by: RickJ | June 5, 2009 6:33 AM | Report abuse

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