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Problem is that Creigh's been in public service for many years
at least 15, right?  Jim Webb was a novice who demonstrated an ability to absorb lessons quickly and turn things around by the end of the election.  His development as a debater was very impressive.  Creigh, on the other hand, does not appear to be able to improve beyond where he currently is.  For whatever the reason he does not appear to be able to step up his game to a consistently good performance.

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On thing Creigh has...
Is "passion" as Ken noted for Virginia.  And yes, while being a good public speaker and being able to think quickly on your feet is important it isn't the main thing.  Even my wife who is not a political fan or follower noted that while Terry sounded more "articulate" she noted that Brian and Creigh just seemed more "genuine" and "connected" when talking about certain issues.  (These are her words, not mine)

And on a little side note, I think we can all attest that being a good public speaker is not a strong necessity for public office.  Can we all remember President Bush? He had a hard enough time forming a complete sentence a good portion of the time when answering non-scripted questions.  

Deeds, Signer and Shannon


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Creigh's had plenty of practice
I have the utmost respect for him as a Virginia legislator and for the passion he brings to the job, and as a person, you couldn't find someone nicer.  However, I've had concerns about his speaking and ability to get a message out while stammering and hestitating.  I've seen him speak in very small groups at local committee meetings and in large, and he's just not consistent or polished.  Seems to get wound up and flustered easily, then trips over his words.  When people don't speak in a smooth manner, one tends to focus on when the next stumble or stammer will happen, and not what they are saying.  I don't think this is going to improve as he spends more time doing it.  Remember, he had an entire campaign against McDonnel to practice in 2005.  I don't expect his style to change.

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