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Username: Catzmaw
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Created: Mon Apr 06, 2009 at 09:59:16 AM EDT
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WTF, or, If Moran Had It So Wrong, Why Is Deeds Following the Same Playbook?

by: Catzmaw

Sat Oct 03, 2009 at 14:51:20 PM EDT

A few months ago after my candidate Brian Moran lost the primary I agreed to wholeheartedly support Creigh's candidacy.  Well, things happened and I have been distracted from that intention with pressing family obligations, but I retain a reputation among my friends and relatives as an opinionated busybody who thinks reading position papers and watching C-Span is jolly good fun.

Today, one of those confused friends turned to me for guidance in the Governor's race.  Here is what he wrote:  

Sorry to have to ask, but I bet you have an answer.

Does either of these pathetic losers even HAVE a platform? Judging from the ads, the only reason to vote for either of them is that the other one is so awful. Not one single word from either about what they'd do in office.

I'm considering voting for "none of the above," or for Pigasus. Or writing in "[my son's name]" ... at least he has some positive ideas...

Now, this was an interesting question, because the fact is that I HAVEN'T been paying that much attention.  No time.  But I've noticed what my friend noticed, which is that I'm really not hearing that much from the Deeds campaign that would make me - a likely voter with strongly Democratic leanings - want to vote for Creigh Deeds.  My answer is on the flip.

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"Are There No Workhouses?" - Eric (Scrooge) Cantor's Advice to A Desperate, Uninsured Woman

by: Catzmaw

Tue Sep 22, 2009 at 17:52:04 PM EDT

( - promoted by KathyinBlacksburg)

Think Progress is reporting that at the Richmond Times-Dispatch "public square" forum yesterday Eric Cantor responded to a woman's question about how to obtain urgent surgery for her uninsured relative's stomach tumors by suggesting the relative look to charity or use "existing government programs".

Does this mean that Mr. Cantor understands that the government should provide a viable public option for people like this innocent, suffering woman?  Does the fact that she held insurance for years and probably paid premiums all that time without ever using it count for anything?  Pshaww!  No, of course not.  Today he restated his party's position that Obama should "scrap" the public option.  Let some charitable person come forward with the necessary funds!  It's the Dickensian way.

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Terry McAuliffe's Electability Issue Rears Its Head

by: Catzmaw

Mon May 11, 2009 at 12:21:36 PM EDT

Cross-posted to Daily Kos with modifications.  Egregiously erroneous phrase "edging out" has been removed for phrase more in keeping with Teacherken's reading of the poll.  Please accept my heartfelt apology for using the wrong word to discuss the poll results.

In the midst of the wild celebration by Terry McAuliffe's supporters over his edging out crushing defeat (okay, Teacherken?) of Brian Moran and Creigh Deeds in the poll released last week, some might have missed this little followup from Public Policy Polling:

Friday, May 8, 2009
One last observation on Virginia
On our Virginia poll earlier this week we asked folks whether they were committed to supporting the eventual Democratic nominee for Governor, regardless of who it is.

79% said yes, but we're more interested in the 21% who said no.

Among that group 42% said they had a favorable opinion of Brian Moran and 30% said they had a positive one of Creigh Deeds. But only 18% looked on Terry McAuliffe favorably.

On the other side only 14% had an unfavorable opinion of Deeds and just 16% hold a negative one of Moran. But 51% view McAuliffe unfavorably.

It's pretty clear which potential nominee most of those folks aren't committed to supporting.

It largely goes back to McAuliffe's problems with independent voters. While only 18% of overall likely primary voters are independents, 45% of the ones who say they aren't totally sure they'll support the Democratic nominee this fall are. And while McAuliffe has taken a double digit lead overall in this race he's still in last place among independents, polling at just 13% with them to 26% for Moran and 23% for Deeds.

Indeed, this unfavorable view of Terry comes BEFORE Bob McDonnell and the Republican Party have put out any ads against Terry.  No one's running negative ads about Terry, yet he still engenders decidedly negative views from independent voters.  The little rule we have in this primary that no one is allowed to point out the serious flaws in Terry McAuliffe's candidacy or face the wrath of his supporters ignores the big picture problem of what happens when the gloves are off and no holds are barred in the General Election.  

UPDATED, Diary Differs Slightly From One at DKos

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