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Move Over Oprah -- It's the Deeds Book Club

Rosalind Helderman

Next week, Democratic candidate for governor Creigh Deeds is asking supporters to organize "book clubs" around the state. The book under discussion? You've got it. Republican Bob McDonnell's 1989 master's thesis.

In an e-mail being sent to supporters today, lieutenant governor candidate Jody Wagner asks that supporters get together in homes around the state with a full copy of the thesis. (You can read it here.)

"The Deeds campaign is getting the word out on TV, but that's no substitute for real person-to-person interaction within your own communities," Wagner writes. "Bring along a friend or co-worker who has heard the attacks being thrown towards Creigh on TV and has questions about this race. Each party will include full copies of Bob's thesis so that you can read for yourself exactly what he wrote."

House parties are a tried and true method of using word-of-mouth, neighbor-to-neighbor connections to drive up excitement for a campaign. The book club -- a particularly popular activity among women, we'd note -- is a new twist. It's likely driven by experiences with focus groups that show that women who sit around talking about McDonnell's thesis for a while leave saying they are far more likely to vote for Deeds.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 23, 2009; 12:06 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Comments

I wanted to give one of these events but every single Virginia woman I know has already read the sickening details of how Bob McDonnell used his years as a Delegate and Attorney General to take freedoms away from the women of Virginia, using his thesis as a blueprint.

Maybe I can call women in North Carolina and Maryland? Maybe they haven't heard about the way this man is trying to hide his theocratic ideas and agenda?

Posted by: rebeccajm | September 23, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

This book club that is being formed by Ms. Wagner is certainly a novel idea. However, I’m guessing that the millions of Deeds supporters who will attend these book club meetings may eventually become bored while reading the 20 year-old thesis. Therefore, to help to liven up the meetings, I’ve written a new theme song for the Deeds campaign that participants can sing if they do become bored. Because Mr. Deeds, Ms. Wagner, et al, seem to be demonstrating in Virginia the same Chicago-style politics that we are now witnessing at the national level in Washington, I have titled the song as “Chi-ca-go Tra-di-tion.” The song is sung to the tune of the popular song “Fam-i-ly Tra-di-tion” by Hank Williams, Jr. Enjoy!

CHICAGO TRADITION by Creigh Deeds

Dems in Ol’ Virginia
had always been a real fair family,
but lately me and my party
have decided to become nasty.
You may wonder why
we kinda changed our direction.
It’s ‘cause we’re now beholden to the Chicago tradition.

You ask me, Creigh,
why do you fib?
Creigh, why do you blow smoke?
Why must you lie ‘bout the thesis Bob wrote?
Over and over,
I thrive on prevarication.
So, if I tell fibs
I'm just carryin' on
the Chicago tradition.

I am very proud
of Obama’s name,
although his liberalism
and mine ain't exactly the same.
Stop and think it over,
put yourself in my position.
If I get votes from ACORN folks,
it's a Chicago tradition.

You ask me, Creigh,
why do you bow
to liberal Harry Reid?
Why do you support Nancy Pelosi’s creed?
When I call up to Washington
and the thugs start to give me directions,
I’ll sing their song,
I’ll play right along
It’s the Chicago tradition.

Lordy, I have loved some tax hikes
and I have loved to spend.
And when I’m Governor, your liberty will end.
When Virginians ask me:
Creigh, how’d you get in this condition?
I’ll say hey there folks I'm just carryin’ on
the old Chicago tradition.

So don't ask me, Creigh,
why are you rude?
Creigh, why do you sling mud?
Why is your jobs plan a tremendous dud?
Stop and think it over.
Try and put yourself in my unique position.
If I blow smoke just to get your vote,
It's a Chicago tradition!

Posted by: VirginianforFreedom | September 23, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse


Deeds and the Washington Post seem to think women can be emotionally manipulated into paying no attention to jobs, economic growth and energy, the key issues of this campaign.

They also think women's time is of so little value that they should be willing to spend hours doing the Democratic Party's bidding by joining a bogus "book club."

I find this attitude annoying.

Posted by: coastofutopia | September 23, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

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