We all have had chuckles - plus a large dose of disgust - watching all the Republicans who railed against the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and voted en masse against it, proceed to tout the benefits in their own districts. Now, Bob McDonnell's hand-picked "jobs czar," Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, is joining their ranks.
Bolling spent last year attacking the federal "stimulus bill," saying that all the efforts to combat the Wall-Street-greed-driven Great Recession, were "massive federal spending bills that would result in the largest expansion of government in 40 years" and "will balloon the size of the federal government and increase the federal debt dramatically, and...do little to stimulate economic growth."
Now, Bolling has gotten stimulus religion, Last week, according to the Washington Post, the lieutenant governor, speaking on behalf of his boss Bob McDonnell, praised almost 40 energy conservation projects proposed by local governments in Virginia. The cost - funds from the Recovery Act - totals $13.2 million.
"Jobs will be the first dividend from these innovative programs and projects, but they also have the potential to save tax dollars and reduce energy costs for Virginians for years to come," Bolling said.
I have just one comment: Welcome to the "GOP Hypocrisy Hall of Shame," Mr. Bolling.
Update: Bob McDonnel is apparently so emboldened in his deceptions that he tells Virginians one thing, for example, that he is moderate, as recently as last night in Salem, VA, and then goes to Liberty University this very day and says this.
We are sick of mopping up Republican messes. Both on the national and statewide stages, we have undergone massive de-funding of important programs so that the well-heeled might be further enriched. We've seen our national and statewide treasure parceled off to the (not always) highest bidder. And now we've seen our Treasuries having to plug the leaks of the profligate. Though we in Virginia have thus far fared better than much of the country, the mess that George W. Bush made continues to bedevil the statewide budget. And yet instead of helping to constructively mop up the Bush mess, GOPhers posture, claim credit for things they had no real hand in, and downright lie about Creigh Deeds.
In all my nearly thirty years in Virginia, I have never heard so much bull spun by the GOP, and to best Allen, Gilmore and Kilgore, there's a lot of bull-slinging. They do it with apparent near-impunity. This year, there are better fact-checks in the so-called MSM than usual. Yet, the fibbing is so bad that even those newspapers endorsing McDonnell do so tepidly, as if holding their collective noses. So the voter really has no excuse. And yet the prevaricators of the other side continue to fool them, according to polls. It's become a veritable Liar's Poker game. But it's too important a situation for Virginians to be gamed.
And so the liars' poker charade of a platform and the cascading lies about Bob McDonnell's opponent stack deception upon deception. BS Bob's false claims attempt to rewrite history and shift blame from the Party of tax cuts and "No." His party gives away the revenue stream to those already doing the best in the lingering poor economy. And they propose doing more of it.
With the following words, the Washington Post endorsed our candidate for Lt. Governor, Jody Wagner.
JODY WAGNER, Virginia's former secretary of finance, is the sort of Democrat that helped cement the Old Dominion's status as among the cleanest, best managed and most business-friendly states in the country. She is easily the better choice as Virginia's next lieutenant governor and would represent a sharp improvement over the incumbent Republican seeking reelection, Bill Bolling.
We are all familiar with Bill Bolling's absenteeism on the various boards he should have served on. Yet, for all that, the Post argues that there is a more compelling reason to elect Jody Wagner. She is, according to the Post, more pragmatist and problem-solver than partisan warrior as Bill Bolling is and would be.
Smart, tough-minded and capable, Ms. Wagner would be among the best-prepared public officials to assume the job.
(Update: I meant to suggest that Anne Crockett-Stark would not agree to a debate specifically on the economy. That was clear in the quotes, but not in my text.)
It seems debate avoidance (debate-aphobia) is spreading. Numerous outlets, including we here at BC have reported that Bill Bolling weaseled out of a debate with Jody Wagner. What's he afraid of? His long record of absenteeism at meetings he was supposed to attend?
It seems debate-aphobia has spread. It's now been 29 days since Dr. Carole Pratt, candidate for the House of Delegates (6th District), called for a "debate" (actually a series of somewhat more benign discussions) on the economy with her opponent, incumbent do-nothing, Anne Crockett Stark.
As many of you know, No Show (Lt. Governor) Bill Bolling has been derelict in performing his responsibilities on a number of Boards and Committees he is assigned to as Lt. Governor of the Commonwealth. As just one example, he hasn't even attended a single meeting of the Governor's Advisory Committee on Revenue Estimates.
The fiscal position of the Commonwealth is of no interest to Bill. And yet he thinks we should re-elect him. He's taken the time to fault Jody Wagner and Governor Tim Kaine for revenue shortfalls, which are largely a function of the Bush economy. And this is despite the fact that Bolling himself was predicting increased revenues in 2008 himself. But Wagner and progressives pointing out Bolling's lapses have apparently struck a nerve and caused Ole No Show Bill to cower.
It seems Bill Bolling isn't going to follow through on his commitment to debate Jody Wagner this Thursday. Word is that he has withdrawn. Just this weekend, Bill tried to weasel out by demanding a new restriction (a no-use policy) that wasn't part of the agreement with the sponsor or the Wagner campaign. If the sponsors and Wagner didn't agree, he would pull out. Not it appears he has. What Is Bill Bolling Afraid Of?
only a few questions. Other than the first "are you registered to vote?" all were almost push poll questions. Like "are you as upset as I am about the bailout money and the debt it will leave our children?" (not quite word for word). Other than the 1st question and the two demographic questions (are you over 50? are you male?) I answered every question exactly the opposite of what he was seeking.
Sorry I could not record it. Questions were recorded by Bolling. Interesting . . .
Republicans expand the tent with a more open-minded market philosophy. A building carrying the name of the Virginia Republican Second District Chairman and housing the campaign headquarters of a Republican candidate also shelters a boutique, classes for pole dancing in heels, and an escort service. That's "Progress for Your Family."
Carrying on the Virginia Beach tradition of Republicans ignoring the local ordinance restricting the display of campaign signs and joining Bob McDonnell and Ken Stolle in this principled protest of the rule of law, City Councilman Ron Villanueva has posted signs where he set up shop conveniently located in a building with what is likely a well outfitted call center (apparently outcall only, but that works). DO NOT SELECT THIS LINK IF YOU ARE AT WORK OR ON ANY CHILD'S COMPUTERApollo Productions, an online entertainment service with this bricks and mortar office, caters to the prurient interests of clients and the proximity allows a potentially symbiotic blending of services for the tenants. It has been a going concern since the 1980's according to one source. Apollo is on the same floor as the campaign office, allowing the association to be discreet if need be. The fact that the service offers both male and female entertainers will undoubtedly curry favor with the growing broad stance Republican following; the righteous right might not be so pleased, but certainly Bob McDonnell's relationship with Pat Robertson can facilitate some kind of absolution or other method of credible deniability.
"I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!" - Captain Renault, Casablanca
I'm not much of a diary person, but I've been struck by how much coverage the Lt. Governor's race has been gotten, and how overwhelmingly favored Mike Signer seems to be on the blogs. I just thought I'd put up a poll to gauge the support of the Blue Commonwealth constituency at-large for Lt. Governor. I've even put in Bill Bolling to be inclusive, although if you vote for him you'd better be ready to explain it.
Obligatory bias disclaimer: I support Deeds/Wagner/Shannon.
Bill Bolling has been kind enough to let us know precisely how he plans to attack the Dems on energy, and since he calls the approach the "McDonnell-Bolling" plan, perhaps we know the complete Republic approach. It appears at Virginia Tomorrow in this letter to Bob Holworth, featured on the front page. I strongly suggest people take the few minutes to read it. At times he gets almost snarky in his remarks, such as the end of this paragraph:
While McDonnell/Bolling does support developing Virginia's off shore energy resources; we are also for green energy projects, such as wind, solar and biofuels. We also support reasonable conservation programs, as long as they are based on sound science and not political science.
I have recently been asked a number of times who I thought would win the contested primaries, what I thought turnout would be, what I think will happen come the Fall. While obviously the last of those questions is premature, not yet knowing the outcome of the two contested primaries on the Democratic side and the contest for the AG spot on the Republican side, it is also somewhat early to be predicting what will happen in June.
But we have a number of things we will be able to observe in the shorter term to give us some kind of indication of what MIGHT be happening. Below the fold I will explore a few of those things.
The Signer campaign send out the following message to a number of prominent Virginia bloggers:
Interesting news from the Barnstorm tour today. Bill Bolling sent a tracker with a video camera to the Capitol today to follow our press conference. It was Adam Erby a student from UVA who has been working for Bolling's office for months. He videoed the entire event and took notes.
A quick check at VPAP shows the following information for Erby for 2007-2008
He was paid:
Committees reported making payments totaling $6,163 to Adam Erby for the following services:
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