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Wilder examines Deeds's failures

Anita Kumar

More than a month after the election, former governor Doug Wilder tells us why he thinks fellow Democrat Cregh Deeds lost to Republican Bob McDonnell in the governor's race.

In an op-ed for the Richmond Times Dispatch, Wilder talks about how Deeds not only failed to connect with his party's base but the "overall root base of Virginia voters of all persuasions."

As you will recall, the nation's first elected black governor, refused to back Deeds despite pressure from President Obama and Gov. Tim Kaine.

"I am not saying my refusal to endorse Deeds was the cause of his defeat,'' he wrote. "What I am saying is that I seem to have shared the inclination of the vast majority of Virginia's electorate relative to Deeds -- and that was reflected at the polls."

If you are still looking for election post-mortems read the full op-ed here.

By Anita Kumar  |  December 6, 2009; 8:24 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Governor Wilder’s advice about connecting with the “overall root base of Virginia voters of all persuasion” should resonate loudly with both Party’s on a national level.

It is abundantly clear Bob McDonnell understood what Wilder referenced as “Virginia Politics 101” in being able to attract the independent and crossover voter. This is also true of Chris Christie’s victory in New Jersey.

What is becoming equally clear is the National Leadership of both Party’s still DO NOT understand the mood of the electorate going into the 2010 midterms. Governor Wilder is right to warn that Virginia and New Jersey “might be the start of a trend” and accurately points out voters are aligning to take their government back.

Party politics and special interest agenda’s be damned . . . the Leadership from both Party’s better start listening to the voters and addressing their “personal pocketbook concerns”. Don’t expect us to fall on a sword unless the Party platforms address our concerns about the economy, jobs, taxes and sound government decisions that are designed to unite as opposed to divide . . . the blame game is over . . . YOU’RE ALL AT FAULT.

Posted by: WeThePeopleofVirginia | December 7, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

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