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McCartney Scorecard: This Week Endorsed by Deeds

Post columnist Robert McCartney is tracking the governor's race for readers, tallying up the blows week-by-week. Here's his take on the past week:

Deeds takes the round on points. He receives a ringing endorsement from The Washington Post's editorial page, and early enough to use it in television ads. Deeds also gets Obama to commit to campaign with him again, despite White House grumbling that he's run a poor campaign. All this help might well come too late for the Democrat, who's been well behind in the polls and didn't land any big blows in the fourth and final debate.

Read the full McCartney Scorecard.

McCartney also was on News Channel 8 earlier today to discuss his column about GOP attorney general candidate Ken Cuccinelli. You can watch the clip below.

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  October 22, 2009; 2:40 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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The Compost gets more ridiculous by the day..

Posted by: SMWE357 | October 22, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

"Deeds takes the round on points. He receives a ringing endorsement from The Washington Post's editorial page, and early enough to use it in television ads."

That was WaPo's intent. Get the endorsement out early enough so that Deeds can use it in his moribund campaign.

Sounds like he got the round out of pity. He did nothing himself to deserve it. WaPo and Obama had to step in. Even with those two factors, Deeds himself waffled again, which should have cost him the round.

Posted by: conservativemaverick | October 22, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Strangely, the video clip is completely silent. I can hear plenty of other videos just fine. Maybe it's my computer, but just FYI...

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | October 22, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Amazing. The Washington Post endorses Deeds, then the Washington Post declares Deeds the winner of the week because of the Washington Post endorsement.

Meanwhile, since the endorsement, McDonnell has climbed sky-high in the polls, the Democratic base is even more depressed (especially after his public option comments), and his ticket mates and Delegate candidates are distancing themselves from him. But sure, he "won the week".

Posted by: VABlogger | October 22, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

fairfaxvoter -- Thanks for the heads-up, but I'm getting the audio just fine ... let me know if you come across this problem again, though.

Christopher Dean Hopkins
Deputy Editor, Local Politics and Government

Posted by: Christopher Dean Hopkins | October 22, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

This weekly scoring stuff is overrated because unlike an objective scoring system, this scoring is heavily subjective and is in the eye of the beholder with very little interaction with the voters who ultimately decides who's ahead, who's not, and who wins.

It's true that Deeds got some probable good news with the Post endorsement, Obama's upcoming visit, Clinton's visit, etc. But one could just as easily say that McDonnell 'won' the week because in spite of all this supposed good news for Deeds, the poll results keep coming showing his lead holding steady or growing. It's all very subjective.

In the end, what might matter most from this week could be Deeds's scattered answer on the public option. It's gotten enough traction that it could prove to be very serious if his campaign strategy now is to galvanize the enthusiastic Obama people. Being anything other than totally behind the public option could really undermine this strategy and clinch the deal in terms of tepid liberal support which probably guarantees a loss for him. I don't know if this is true, but it might be.

Posted by: mbcnewspaper | October 22, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

The real issue is who gave a better reasoned endorsement. For that, head over to the Daily Press, who endorsed Kaine in 2005.

The Post's endorsement hardly covers all the important issues. Does the editorial board recall the charter schools it used to write about?

Posted by: OlMcCreedy | October 22, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

The following says volumes to me about how little McCartney’s Scorecard and The Washington Post endorsement means:

After learning Creigh Deeds missed a primetime opportunity to appear with Bob McDonnell this evening on Fox News “Your World with Neil Cavuto”, you really have to start questioning his ability. This was apparently the third primetime appearance Deeds missed or worst yet . . . failed to respond too.

I always thought one of the main duties of a Governor was to promote the State and attract businesses that are looking for a friendly environment.

Missing 3 primetime appearances . . . you really have to ask yourself if Creigh Deeds truly wants this job.

Posted by: WeThePeopleofVirginia | October 22, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

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