First Click -- Virginia
Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009
Good morning Virginia! Here's what's happening in politics across the Commonwealth today.
Five days until the election, and the candidates continue their mad dash last campaign sweeps around the state. A day after President Obama came to town for Democrat Creigh Deeds, Republican Bob McDonnell gets help from some of his party's biggest stars. Likely 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney traveled with McDonnell Wednesday. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani campaigned on McDonnell's behalf in Fredericksburg and Fairfax, telling crowds that he hopes McDonnell sparks a national Republican resurgence akin to the one that began in 1993 with his own election as mayor and George Allen's election as Virginia governor.
McDonnell today visits Glen Allen, Danville, Martinsville, Rocky Mount and then concludes the day tailgating at the Virginia Tech football game in Blacksburg. Deeds yesterday was in Charlottesville, Reston and Sterling and today has several events in Richmond, then goes to Roanoke and also finishes the day out in the parking lots of Virginia Tech's football stadium.
Take from this what you will: Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is in Virginia today to campaign for McDonnell. He will also be spending election night in Richmond. Democratic National Committee chairman Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, on the other hand, heads today to New Jersey to campaign for Democratic governor Jon Corzine. (He'll be back Friday to pick up work on Deeds's behalf.)
What kind of governor would each of these men make if elected? One way to tell for McDonnell might be to take a closer look at his record as attorney general. It might also help to examine what they've each said about righting the economy.
Each new poll out shows mounting McDonnell leads. The polls vary in methods and modeling, but taken together, what they show is McDonnell is way out ahead. Wednesday came a survey by Virginia Commonwealth University that showed McDonnell ahead by 18 and another by Rasmussen Reports indicating McDonnell leads by 13.
Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. gets out early with the first of what will be an avalanche of similar pieces in the next week, explaining what the New Jersey and Virginia races say about politics circa 2009. (His conclusion: Democrats are better off embracing Obama, Republicans who want to win won't talk like tea partyers.)
Our friend Marc Ambinder with the Atlantic gets into the game as well, with this analysis of where Deeds went wrong--and McDonnell went right.
Downticket, Republican attorney general candidate Ken Cuccinelli is taking some heat from Log Cabin Republicans and opponent Steve Shannon over a claim that homosexual behavior violates natural law and state policy should reflect it.
Who knows who is behind the "You Know" campaign? It is still not entirely clear. But, according to the Virginian Pilot, which first reported about the stunning nonprofit's plan, it appears that the group will NOT be sending letters to 350,000 Virginians revealing to them their neighbor's voting history in an attempt to shame people into going to the polls. That's because it now appears the group might have obtained the voting information illegally.
The Post's Fredrick Kunkle also takes a look at the issue.
October 29, 2009; 7:06 AM ET
Categories: 2009 Attorney General's Race , 2009 Governor's Race , Barack Obama , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , First Click , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Steve Shannon
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