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Va. Democratic Party Video on Thesis: Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.

Rosalind Helderman

Is Bob McDonnell's 1989 thesis scary? That's sure what the Democratic Party of Virginia wants people to conclude with the following video, distributed today. Of course, clips of puppies playing in a meadow would be frightening if set to the music used in this video. Is it over the top? Certainly, Republicans will conclude so. What do you think? Tell us in the comments.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  August 31, 2009; 4:40 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Over the top? Not if you consider the polls showing a majority of Virginians have bought into McDonnell's new "moderate" image. If he has truly rejected his "former conservative beliefs," McDonnell needs to explain why he's done so. If he hasn't, this is a good wakeup call to moderate voters about his background.

Posted by: valandsend | August 31, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Pu-lease. While we're at it, let's believe the fox's story about the chickens and the dog's story about the cats.

Truth is, this is more notable for what is DOESN'T talk about than what is DOES. It doesn't talk about Deeds' non-plan for economic growth. Or about his non-ideas for transportation. Or about his total lack of any kind of job-creating background, or understanding of what makes economies grow.

No, it is more talk of abortion, which will not grow one job, or restore the value of anyone's home, or get traffic moving.

McDonnell has clearly thought about how to get the economy moving again, and innovative ways to pay for new transportation improvements. It shows in his plans and (more importantly) in his legislative record.

Deeds has apparently thought about abortion and Mark Warner. It shows in everything he does and says, which is curious because he really hasn't been nearly as extreme on abortion as he's running.

One guy talks incessantly about jobs. The other guy talks a lot about abortion. I'll take the jobs guy, every time. And so will Virginia.

Posted by: SpotsySteve | August 31, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Okay I have to admit this is pretty funny. It's fair to say the Virginia Democratic Party may not have a future in Hollywood.

You may have noticed that the award-winning music for The Exorcist, for example, was spooky and sinister and not all that loud. Look up "Tubular Bells" if you'd like to hear it. Imagine substituting this music instead. Goodbye box office receipts.

I suggest re-releasing with quieter music that does not become virtually the only takeaway from the experience. Maybe some plaintive recorder in a minor key? Or country guitar?

As for SpotsySteve, though, you are entirely wrong to say Creigh Deeds doesn't have a jobs program, and a better one than McDonnell's at that. He has always voted for and supported the opportunity fund used to lure and keep jobs here -- McDonnell has voted over and over to cancel it, until suddenly he's a "campaign convert" and is all for it. Deeds also has a plan that rewards employers as soon as they start creating jobs, even just a few. McDonnell doesn't have any incentives until 50 jobs. And yet we're told that small business (lower than 50 jobs for sure) is the biggest creator of jobs?

Deeds also refuses to rob the state education budget to pay for roads. We have to be able to do more than one good thing at a time. Every other state can. We can have good education and good roads. But not under McDonnell's plan.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | August 31, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

fairfaxvoter, your critique of my comments is absurd to the point of laughter. I don't know where to begin here, but I'll start with the "robbing education" charge.

Deeds seems to believe that any reallocation to transportation from the existing budget "robs education". Never mind that the transportation "trust fund" gets raided for this purpose year in, year out. Call Al Gore- we need a "Lockbox" on that thing!

Never mind that Deeds never said how he'd pay for -one- thing he's proposed. But let's take his idea to dramatically expand rail as an example. Sounds great, right? Building rail is many times more expensive than building roads. No way it's covered in the current budget- Kaine even scaled back subsidies for VRE.

Raising taxes or "raiding education" is all that's left. And, assuming Deeds gets everything he wants and simply keeps education the same- unlikely- he'd have to triple the state income tax or enact a similar package to pay for it.

Assuming he'd never get an increase that big thru the GA, he'd have to raid education (as he puts it)- or, as the rest of the known world puts it, do a simple budget reallocation.

Posted by: SpotsySteve | August 31, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

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