If you believe that convicted felons should be denied the right to vote for the rest of their lives, then there is no point for you to read any further. Most Virginians who have done voter registration are aware that our state (along with Kentucky) permanently bars convicted felons from voting, unless their rights are restored by the Governor. There is an application process, set up by the Secretary of the Commonwealth, which I went through. I never thought it would be so difficult.
It is not a strong endorsement for Deeds, but it is highly critical of McDonnell. As the editorial notes, after describing the campaign as "a season of equivocation and insipidity,"
An effusive endorsement would ring false in the final hours of what has been a profoundly frustrating contest of banalities. Neither candidate has made a convincing case on the merits of his ideas or the strength of his leadership. The choice instead rests on which one will do the least violence to the cause each claims to embrace.
By this measure, Creigh Deeds ekes out a modest advantage over his opponent. He offers a political strategy rather than a substantive plan for solving the state's most overwhelming challenge. While that strategy does not provide transportation advocates the leadership they crave, the Democrat at least allows them a fighting chance to press forward.
In contrast, Bob McDonnell's plan is a chain-link fence of stall tactics designed to distract voters into believing that progress is being made while not providing the money to actually make it. Under a Gov. McDonnell, transportation advocates would waste four years clawing their way over, under and around barriers erected by the state's top elected official.
The longtime senator is the candidate for governor who is serious about the most pressing issue facing Virginia: transportation.
They begin by calling McDonnell "more articulate and slick" but say if the question is who would better govern, the clear answer is Creigh Deeds. And, like the Washington Post, they are quite dismissive of Bob's "plan" for transportation:
His plan, as detailed as it may be, is a farce. It is a compendium of rejected ideas, supplemented by revenue from sources unlikely to pan out, topped off with money stolen from an already inadequate general fund.
His plan would not work and would guarantee that Virginia will do nothing to make up for a widening gulf between transportation needs and available resources.
in a piece entitled "Deeds Demonstrates The Quality Of True Leadership For Va.". I cannot provide a permanent link, but for now you can read the entire piece here
One needs to remember that this is the heart of the territory of massive resistance, Prince Edward County. After calling both candidates qualified, the editorial concludes its first paragraph like this:
One seems better qualified, however, by his willingness to risk losing the race by saying a very unpopular thing-that he would consider implementing a gasoline tax dedicated to solving Virginia's transportation crisis if doing so is recommended by a bipartisan commission.
the subtitle of the endorsement reads His transportation realism and Mr. McDonnell's bogus roads plan present Virginians with a stark choice on Nov. 3.
This is one week earlier than the Post endorsement the past two gubernatorial cycles. It will be interesting to see its impact.
In the meantime, join me below for highlights of the piece, which concludes
Mr. Deeds, lagging in the polls, lacks Mr. McDonnell's knack for crisp articulation. But if he has not always been the most adroit advocate for astute policies, that is preferable to Mr. McDonnell's silver-tongued embrace of ideas that would mire Virginia in a traffic-clogged, backward-looking past. Virginians should not confuse Mr. McDonnell's adept oratory for wisdom, nor Mr. Deeds's plain speech for indirection. In fact, it is Mr. Deeds whose ideas hold the promise of a prosperous future.
...Deeds down only 5, per Politico. That makes me feel a little better after the most recent Rasmussen and SUSA polls. And it's consistent with WaPo's last poll, which I always say commissions the most accurate election polls for Virginia, D.C., and Maryland.
Deeds still is in trouble. He needs a positive message, which he simply hasn't had. The thesis stuff is done, it's had its impact and run its course. And more troublesome, the most recent McDonnell and RGA attack ads, airing Deeds' embarrassing post-debate video from a few weeks ago, are very good and I fear they'll work. It's better to just say up front you'll agree to tax hikes as the only honest way to pay for transportation improvements, rather than look two-faced and/or confused as Deeds looks in that video.
But if Deeds is really down 5 right now, he still has a real chance. If he pivots and closes strong. Trouble is, pivoting means doing something he should've done months ago and still hasn't done all this time. So I'm not optimistic.
The editorial is titled Drinking Games, because of McDonnell's proposal to sell Virginia's 334 state-operated liquor stores for what he claims will be a one-time windfall of half a billion dollars. The editorial's subtitle reads Robert F. McDonnell's transportation plan rests heavily on privatizing hard-liquor sales in Virginia. Is it sober?.
I was among those arguing that Deeds needed to address honestly how his plan would be paid for. He did in this op ed on Wednesday, about which I wrote here Tuesday Night. On Thursday the Post editorially praised the oped. It now seems evident the paper will strongly support Deeds.
After an intro paragraph that ends with the observation that the plan yields only disappointment, the Post absolutely eviscerates McDonnell and his plan:
Yesterday Creigh Deeds had an op ed in the Washington Post about which I wrote here the evening before in a diary titled Creigh Deeds steps up in Virginia. Today the Washington Post uses that as an occasion for a hard-hitting editorial with the title Honesty on Transportation, and the subtitle "Mr. Deeds has leveled with Virginia voters. Will they listen?"
I will very briefly explore the editorial below the fold. I encourage you to read it, and to pass it on to anyone you know in Virginia, and anyone who might be interested in the outcome of this race. I will also urge you to contribute to the Deeds campaign, which you can at his website
In Wednesday's Washington Post, there is an op ed by Virginia Democratic candidate for governor Creigh Deeds on what is the key issue for both Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads, transportation. In offering this op ed, Deeds will, in the eyes of some, be taking a risk, because he forthrightly acknowledges that the only way to address Virginia's transportation crisis (and as a Virginia, trust me, it is a crisis) will be with a dedicated source of funding - in other words, Deeds is now on record as supporting taxes dedicated to transportation.
is the title of this Washington Post editorial this morning. It is well worth the read, especially after McDonnell spent more than an hour yesterday in a press conference call trying to distance himself from the thesis that is now appropriately causing him grief.
Consider the first paragraph:
ON MORE THAN one occasion, Robert F. McDonnell, the Republican candidate for governor in Virginia, has offered a soporific description of his graduate school dissertation as a "thesis on welfare policy." This is false.
In 14 years in the Virginia House of Delegates, Republican gubernatorial candidate proposed only two bills dealing with education (as compared with 35 limiting a woman's right to choose). One of the two drew some recent attention. In 2002 McDonnell proposed all Virginia students grades K-12 be required to read from The American Citizens Handbook (HJ 158). Sincem none of the other members of the legislature had apparently ever encountered it, that particular effort did not get very far.
As a teacher of government for more than a decade, I was curious as to why McDonnell specified this particular work, and became even more curious when I discovered several other things. It was first published in 1941, and last published in 1968. The first person to push its use was former Rep. Lt. Gov. nominee Mike Farris, whose main focus in life in advocating for home schooling. It was also commended by Bill Bennett on his radio show. In 2005 the 1951 edition was praised by the Eagle Forum, founded by right-winger Phyllis Schlafley.
So I decided to explore the handbooks to see what we can learn about Bob McDonnell as a result. I invite you to keep reading.
to the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals. He was committed to attending this event before the President scheduled his town hall in Annandale the same day. And as Ben T notes, even absent a conflict for Deeds, there was little point in his attending that event, given that it was a presidential event, not a political event, and since Deeds was not an elected representing that area he would not be introduced.
Members of Deeds campaign staff were kind enough to provide the text of his speech to me, and I am taking this opportunity to share them without comment below the fold.
(It is always helpful to know what the opposition is up to, so please keep these reports and insights coming - promoted by Teddy Goodson)
...it's fascinating stuff.
This is actually the SECOND time I've been polled in a short time, the first back in early June right before the primary. That first poll was a robopoll, and very short, just a few questions that took a minute or two.
Tonight was a more comprehensive poll with a live caller, with a mix of neutral, "message-testing," and demographic questions. It took about 15 minutes.
The trial heat test question, McDonnell vs. Deeds, came in the middle of the poll.
What I found the most interesting as a respondent were a few of the message-testing questions.
Here is an article by The Hill on how this year's gubernatorial race could help set up next year's congressional races. As such, Republicans are hoping this year's election will be seen as a referendum of Obama (sigh), thus electing Bob McDonnell and laying the groundwork to unseat the Democratic freshmen congressmen (Nye, Perriello, Connolly).
Republicans, in particular, would like revenge against Perriello, who upset six-term Rep. Virgil Goode in one of the closest elections of 2008.
The GOP also think they have a good shot at unseating Nye, and some say he could overtake Perriello as the party's No. 1 target in the state. Nye knocked off two-term Rep. Thelma Drake last year by five points in a district that barely went to Obama.
If Republicans sense a trend breaking their way, they'll add Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly to their target list. But they admit it could be a long shot.
It is a snapshot. It has all the limitations of a one-day poll, and of a telephone poll (although PPP was right on target on everything except final percent to Deeds, since undecideds broke heavily towards him).
Take it for what it is worth. And a very few comments below the fold
(An excellent diary. We should all take it to heart. - promoted by Dave)
I don't think it will come as any surprise to anyone that I am, for obvious reasons, disappointed that Brian Moran didn't secure the Democratic nomination for Governor yesterday. I supported Brian for a lot of reasons and chose not to focus on internecine arguments to which I was not personally a party. I truly believed (and believe) that Brian's record and agenda aligned most closely with my own personal ideals, convictions, and political ideology.
But now, it's time for me - and others who shared the journey in support of Brian Moran - to pivot and focus on the difficult race ahead. I endorsed Brian Moran and will support whatever endeavors the future holds for him. But now, I wholeheartedly throw my support and whatever talents I can bring to the table behind Creigh Deeds.
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