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The Kitchen Table: Americans for Prosperity

Sandhya Somashekhar

Today, we told you about how Republicans are more energized about the governor's race this year than Democrats, in part because of disillusionment with Democratic leadership in Washington. Well, "disillusioned" is an understatement for the deep concern felt by many of the folks who attended the "Defending the American Dream Summit" in Crystal City last Saturday, sponsored by the conservative Americans for Prosperity.

The controversial group has played a prominent role at the some of the tense "Tea Party" and health care reform protests around the country, and has been among those loudly asserting that current events in Washington are leading the nation on a path to socialism.

AFP receives most of its funding from a foundation run by two brothers who control an oil-and-gas conglomerate in Kansas. A frequent target of liberal critics, AFP leaders insist that their efforts aren't mere industry-funded "astroturfing," saying that their bus tours around the country are getting an overwhelming turnout from local residents.

While gubernatorial candidate Robert F. McDonnell did not attend this year (see his speech from last year's summit here), Democrats have been quick to point out that the Republican nominee's campaign manager, Phil Cox, is on a leave of absence from the organization.

State Sen. Ken Cuccinelli II, the Republican nominee for attorney general, did attend this year. He addressed the Virginia break-out group, as did state Del. Brenda Pogge (R-York) and former George Allen staffer and conservative talk show staple Kate Obenshain. Also present were Republican Party of Virginia chairman Pat Mullins and former lieutenant governor John Hager. But the list of speakers for the national portion was much longer and included the likes of Newt Gingrich and Laura Ingraham.

A few random observations about the conference: Much of appeared to be devoted to casting doubt on the science behind global warming. Lots of folks went home with bumper stickers that said, "Socialism Is Not Cool." And the big news that emerged from the conference was the burst of applause elicited by the news that Chicago had lost its bid to host the 2016 summer Olympics, despite a personal overture by the president.

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  October 10, 2009; 6:34 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , 2009 Governor's Race , Election 2009 , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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Comments

What is going to sweep Mcdonnell into office is the same Red tide that is going to sweep Conservatives into offices all across the Country. So we will have the checks and balances to the Marxist leanings of the democrat party

Posted by: kewadinman | October 10, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Sorry but what they drink in their water in the South...hopefully stays in the South!!

Republicans sure as hell know how too rile the kooks in the South...

BUT DAMMIT DON'T SAY IT'S SPREADING ACROSS THE COUNTRY

Remeber two months ago you state that New Jersey and Virginia both was look GOP (Governors)?

IF SO, WHY IS CORZINE BEATING OUT THAT FATBOY NAME CHRISTIE???

AND ONCE AGAIN -

YOU'RE GETTING RILE UP OVER ONE STATE THAT USUALLY VOTE THEIR GOVERNOR OPPOSITE OF THE SITTING PRESIDENT

Wasn't Warner and Kaine both sitting Democratic Governors while that imcompetent Bush was President? GOVERNORS?...DON'T GO THINKING IT'S BUSINESS AS USUAL

AIN'T NO WAY IN HELL - GOP DON'T EVEN THINK YOU CAN BRING THAT GAR-BAGE UP NORTH

WE DRINK REGULAR WATER UP NORTH

And were smarth enough to think for ourselves and don't get caught up in a "MOB-SCENE" - (Reporters call it what it really is!!!)

I HOPE FOR THE SAKE OF HOPE THE SAME WHO VOTED FOR OBAMA TURN OUT FOR DEED IF NOT...

BE READY TO BE AN "OPT-OUT" STATE AND VIRGINIAN WOMEN

BE READY TO BE BAREFOOTED AND IMPREGNATED!

DON'T BRING THAT NASTY TASTING KOOL-AID UP NORTH WE WILL SPIT YOU OUTTA TOWN SO FAST YOU'RE BE BACK IN YOUR MOMMA'S BELLY AS A FETUS!!!!!!

Posted by: danders5000 | October 11, 2009 6:48 AM | Report abuse

VA Voters are so STUPID. Why would you switch to a Right Wing Nut when you have been under Two Democratic Governors who you say did a Good Job? McDonnell does not have any Economic Bills that he Authored or Co-Sponsored that he can point to. Again, the Majority of VA active Voters whether Dem or Repub except if your'e Filthy Rich are F*** Stupid!

Posted by: aunkmaa1 | October 11, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Do these people really care about others?? Seems they care only about their own social agendas.... They clapped when announced that the U.S. had lost the olympics bid??

Posted by: shrad433 | October 11, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

AFP should get no credit for doing anything to 'support' the tea party movement, same for the GOP.

People are angry and houses and senates will be cleaned.

Obama is the dirty word -- any Democrat associated with him and his wacky socialist koolaid, is going to be toast.

Posted by: username | October 11, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

This 'controversial group' is dangerous because they are thinking patriots who love their country and do not enjoy watching the bloodless coup that is shaping our country into a bancrupt nation of welfare recipents.

Posted by: colnzgprnts | October 11, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

$30 million in advertising turned out less than 70,000 NUTCASES!
If that's the best they can do, let's ALL remind America that this disaster is the BUSH depression, and the OBAMA recovery?

Posted by: mykmlr | October 11, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Patriots?
Patriots DO NOT CHEER when America loses the Olympics!!

Looks like more gays protesting for civil rights than 'teabaggers' protesting for white privilege.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/11/AR2009101100161.html?hpid=topnews

Eat that!!

Posted by: mykmlr | October 11, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Ladies of Virginia,
Certainly this can't be considered journalism. It's looks just like a campaign flyer I'd find on the windshield of my car when I come out from church. Cheap tricks!

Also, Ladies, Remember this as you pull the voting lever: "A Leopard doesn't change it spots." His thesis is who he is and as Oprah said many years ago: "When somebody tells you who they are believe them." He told you when he wrote that thesis. Good luck to you all..

Posted by: JoBobenhouse | October 11, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

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