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McDonnell heads to Austin as a GOP star

Anita Kumar

A year ago, as a candidate for Virginia governor, Bob McDonnell flew to Miami to solicit support from the country's Republican governors at their annual meeting.

Next week, he will fly to Austin for their annual meeting again -- this time, as the governor-elect and one of his party's newest stars.

Since his landslide victory last week, McDonnell has fielded congratulatory calls from a number of high-profile Republicans, many of whom have run or want to run for president. They include: former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Louisana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani. Former House speaker Newt Gingrich and House Minority Leader John A. Boehner also phoned.

And don't forget that Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, and Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele spent election night at McDonnell's victory party in downtown Richmond.

McDonnell will see many of those same Republican faces at the RGA meeting taking place Wednesday through Friday in Austin.

By Anita Kumar  |  November 12, 2009; 3:21 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Good for him. Maybe he'll join the planning for the Grand Division, the secession of Texas from the Union.
That would be a GOOD THING.
"Grandpa, what was a rebupilcan?

Posted by: TOMHERE | November 13, 2009 6:43 AM | Report abuse

All the Right Wingers have to do is be cool, follow McDonnell's lead and they will make big gains in 2010. The Demos are imploding especially the so-called Blue Dogs in the Senate led by Jo-Mentum Lieberman, and with Pres OBamas Numbers slipping in the Polls, the rest of them will run away from him just like Creig Deeds did, which means they will still lose because they are not credible. However, The Far Right Wing Nuts (Tea Baggers) are threatening Civil War (Ny23) which could limit or destroy the Rethuglican's chances of gaining Power again. The Politcal Drama will interesting to watch the next three Years in this Country. Jeez!!!

Posted by: aunkmaa1 | November 13, 2009 6:46 AM | Report abuse

Well the intolerant left-wingers at the Washinton POST did everything they could to smear, mock , and slander this conservative Republican.

The flaming liberal Democrats that make up the Staff at the confirmed corrupt POST need to get back to "reporting the news" instead of inventing the news on behalf of their failed liberal ideology.......

What a truely sad paper.

Congrats to the fine folks in Norhern Virgina who disregarded the attacks from the left-ist at the POST and voted for the best candidate, Bob McDonnell

POST, you owe that family an apology.....

Posted by: allenridge | November 13, 2009 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Yawn, a Repube visits Texas, you say...

WHAT will they think of next?



Posted by: free-donny | November 13, 2009 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Good. The Republicans live in the 19th century, now they'll fall back to the 17th with McDonnell. Keep digging.

Posted by: jckdoors | November 13, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Wow, The party of Palin and McDonnell. What lying lunatic is next on the GOP platter, not that the aforementioned fit that description of course. Keep it up with this kind of star power and the Dems have little to worry about unless they offer up lame dishes like Deeds.

Posted by: pjohn2 | November 13, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

aunkmaa1 wrote: "All the Right Wingers have to do is be cool, follow McDonnell's lead and they will make big gains in 2010."

You mean hide your past, don't say what you really mean, lean to the middle when you are actually on the far right, etc? Yes, that is traditionally what republicans have done to win.

You can fool some of the people some of the time, and even all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all the people all the time. Maybe fooling some is all they need.

But McDonnell is power hungry and will not be able to start using his new powers for his right wing agendas very soon. VA will wake up one day and find Pat Robertson dictating policy. Hope they enjoy reaping what they have sown because its a long way until the next election. Ya'll can come over to MD where right wingers are easily spotted and have a much harder time fooling the people even some of the time.

Posted by: Fate1 | November 13, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

The list of gop presidential hopefuls is laughable.

Posted by: clairevb | November 13, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

"The list of gop presidential hopefuls is laughable."
Posted by: clairevb

Except Romney. But Palin, Huckabee, and others will tear him to pieces just as they did that republican in NY-23. The GOP has been taken over by the right wing christians who plan to bring christianity "back" to America. The republicans need to decide whether they are a religious-political party or a political party.

Democrats have an open house. Republicans, as demonstrated by their last convention, are a party of 99.9% white christians. The Democrats have a historic opportunity to grow its ranks thanks to the right wing GOP pushing moderate republicans out as they did in NY-23. Palin, Huckabee and the other clowns are the best thing that could happen to the Democratic Party. As Palin says, when you see a door of opportunity cracked open you should rush through it and grab that opportunity. The democrats should take her advice and seek out those republicans disenfranchised by the new and exclusive GOP.

Posted by: Fate1 | November 13, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I have often wondered what Lincoln would say about today's republican party. Maybe: "You can fool all of the people all of the time." With today's dumbed down, celebrity oriented, electorate, I am sad to say that statement is probably true. And I am not talking about the Hollywood celebrity circuit.

Today's vapid, fatuous, empty headed celebrites are Michelle Bachmann, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and a seemingly endless parade of right wing cowns and circus performers who are elevated to celbrity status by an equally stupid and ridiculous assortment of creeps with their tinfoil hat conspiracy theories about government being pandered to at the highest echelons of the GOP.

Lincoln would bail on this bunch.

Posted by: jaxas | November 13, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

"Lincoln would bail on this bunch."
Posted by: jaxas

Lincoln fought a war against this bunch. He would take a look at these clowns and ask whether the South was trying to rise again, and, more importantly, why America is letting it.

Posted by: Fate1 | November 13, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

McDonnell is a stealth candidate and unfortunately people will wake up and find what a mistake they made. It was the same thing with Bush when he ran in 2000. Right from the start I knew that he was a bad choice and yet I was proven right.
When you have the GOP being dictated by Beck, Hannity and Limbaugh along with Huckbee and many others, it says alot about the party. As a matter of fact Hannity told Hoffman that he hopes to crown him "the winner" in the NY-23 election and guess what, he won't be doing that.

Posted by: beeker25 | November 13, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

we have enough right wing whackos here in Texas, don't need another coming here. Stay home McDonnell, and reak your havoc on the poor folks in Virginia.Hard to believe that Virginia and Texas are now thought of in the same political breath. How sad.

Posted by: leichtman | November 13, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully they will regale themselves with how they changed the image of Virginia from Jefferson and UVA to Pat Robertson and PTL Club.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | November 13, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully McDonnell will do enough damage in VA so that he roadblocks Ken Cuccinelli, who makes Pat Robertson look like an Atheist. Cuccinnelli's the type of guy who would bring back public executions and jail married couples for practicing birth control.

I can't wait until McDonnell inevitably shrugs and says "I can't improve the jobs or roads situation, so I'll just focus on advancing my personal beliefs as law."

Either that or he'll raise the gas tax or put tollbooths on Rt. 7 and the Fairfax county parkway.

Either way, his "Independent" voters will hopefully suck on it for 4 years.

Posted by: Please_Fix_VAs_Roads | November 13, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

McDonnell is also very popular in Taliban circles. His anti-choice policies resulted in his getting an award that awaits him in a very special cave. As he revives Bushie destruction in Virginia, he will be celebrated by teabag buffoons at every militia camp. Rev. Bookburn - Radio Volta

Posted by: revbookburn | November 13, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

I hope Virginia enjoys Bob McDonnell, aka, Jim Gilmore II, for the next 4 years. McDonnell will complete the trashing of Virginia's state budget begun so ably by Gilmore. Bob McDonnell is such a d*****bag that his face appears on boxes of Summers Eve.

Posted by: angelos_peter | November 13, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

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