Whither Virginia?

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When asked if he would run again after his 1989 primary loss, the late New York Mayor Ed “Hizzoner” Koch issued the immortal political indictment: “The people have spoken…And they must be punished.” The aftermath of Terry McAuliffe’s victory in Virginia’s single term governor’s race may well test de Maistre’s proposition that every nation [or Commonwealth] has the government it deserves.

Well, Virginia, I guess you deserve Terry McAuliffe as your Governor.

I thought that in Year 5 of Team Obama we in the Commonwealth would have learned the danger of electing an untried and obviously unqualified person to the office of the Chief Executive. Like Obama, McAuliffe has never held a job for which he was ultimately responsible for the success or failure of the enterprise.

His singular claim to fame is that he was Bill Clinton’s bag man when Bill and Hillary ran the show at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. As chairman of the DNC his job was to raise money for the Democratic party. And raise money he did. He raised money early and often – and from every possible source both legal, not so legal, and downright illegal.  But Terry didn’t care. Money is money.

For a party that publicly decries the abundance of corporate money in the political sphere, Terry McAuliffe’s DNC shoveled money in every single door of the White House. You can say what you want about the influence of money on politicians, but to say that it has none is simply naïve. Let me share with you one story of how the not-so-legal money Terry raised now has real-world impact.

Way back in the late 1990s, Loral Space and Communications hired the Chinese to launch a few of their satellites into orbit. China used their “Long March” boosters to deliver the payloads – and at the time they weren’t very good at it. It’s important to know that the same technology used to launch satellites is also used to guide Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) on their mission to deliver nuclear warheads to far flung targets.

Bear in mind that Terry was the DNC Chief at the time and the DNC was raising money hand over fist. A good chunk of this ill-gotten booty came through now convicted felon Johnny Chung. Chung served as a conduit for a large money “donation” from China’s People’s Liberation Army Lieutenant Colonel Liu Chaoying. Yes, I do know the DNC “returned” the money years afterwards. That said, it was still money raised illegally from a foreign national. It was illegal then. It’s illegal now. This happened under prolific fundraiser Terry McAuliffe’s watch. Again, to Terry, money is  money. The source doesn’t matter.

So, if you’re still reading this I’m sure you’re wondering “What’s your point, Cordeiro? What’s the real world impact of Terry’s prolific Chinese fundraising?”

Why thank you for asking.

Last week, China’s state run media released detailed information on the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s new submarine fleet. Along with this propaganda they also printed a map of the United States showing potential targets and the short and long term effects of radiation released from submarine launched ICBMs.

Remember that before Bill Clinton gave China ballistic missile technology, their rockets had a bad habit of exploding. Now the Chinese are openly threatening most of the United States with nuclear holocaust.

Think on that for a minute. Then remember that without Terry McAuliffe’s illicit campaign war chest building, Bill Clinton would have been a one-term failed President living out his retirement days in Little Rock.

So, Virginia, Bill Clinton’s bag man is now your Governor. It’s the first real job of any consequence he’s ever held. You, the people, have spoken. I sincerely hope your punishment isn’t as severe as America’s has been under Team Obama.

Because, hey, this was all about keeping birth control legal. Uh, huh. Yeah. Let me know how that works out for you.

Here endeth the lesson.

This piece – Promise vs. Reality in Newark on Mayor’s Watch – is worth your time today. And if you’ve ever wondered if the NYT was capable of shredding a liberal, wonder no more.

Scott Brown’s election victory last Tuesday night was that very rarest of occurrences—the triumph of substance over style.
 
Unlike most political contests where the attention-challenged electorate makes their decisions based on amorphous soundbites and half-truths delivered in slickly-produced television spots, Scott Brown took the real issues head-on—National Healthcare, taxes, National Security—and confidently staked out well-articulated, unambiguous, unequivocal stances on all of them. People were free to agree or disagree with his positions, but no one could accuse Brown of trying to play both sides of the fence and be all things to all people.

How refreshing. A political candidate with the courage of his convictions. None of that “I voted for the $87 billion before I voted against it” stuff. And people instinctively responded.

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Politico has a noteworthy take on how the Democrats lose the vote of Interim Senator Paul Kirk tomorrow, regardless of who wins the Massachusetts special election:

Conservative commentator Fred Barnes is arguing that Kirk will lose his vote in the Senate after Tuesday’s special election, no matter who wins, signaling a possible GOP line of attack against health reform if it passes with Kirk’s vote.

“Appointed Senator Paul Kirk will lose his vote in the Senate after Tuesday’s election in Massachusetts of a new senator and cannot be the 60th vote for Democratic health care legislation, according to Republican attorneys,” Barnes, the Weekly Standard’s executive editor, wrote on the conservative magazine’s website Saturday night. “Based on Massachusetts law, Senate precedent, and the U.S. Constitution, Republican attorneys said Kirk will no longer be a senator after election day, period.”

One word: Brilliant.

The Myth of ’08, Demolished
By Charles Krauthammer

WASHINGTON — Sure, Election Day 2009 will scare moderate Democrats and make passage of Obamacare more difficult. Sure, it makes it easier for resurgent Republicans to raise money and recruit candidates for 2010. But the most important effect of Tuesday’s elections is historical. It demolishes the great realignment myth of 2008.

In the aftermath of last year’s Obama sweep, we heard endlessly about its fundamental, revolutionary, transformational nature. How it was ushering in an FDR-like realignment for the 21st century in which new demographics — most prominently, rising minorities and the young — would bury the GOP far into the future. One book proclaimed “The Death of Conservatism,” while the more modest merely predicted the terminal decline of the Republican Party into a regional party of the Deep South or a rump party of marginalized angry white men.

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By now you already know that Christie (GOP) won in NJ, McDonnell (GOP) won in VA, and Owens (DEM) won in NY-23.

What you may not know is that DNC chairman Tim Kaine’s unibrow has grown so thick and wiry that it’s sucking brain cells from where he needs them most.

In his statement last night, the Can’t-Be-Former-Governor-Soon-Enough quickly poo-pooed the stunning losses in NJ and VA and then delivered this hot, smelly mess of a paragraph:

“However, perhaps the most consequential race of the night was the special election in the 23rd Congressional District of New York in which the Republican candidate, a moderate, was purged from the Republican Party by the most extreme elements of the conservative right wing including Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. This race turned out to be the worst of all possible worlds for Republicans as not only did the Democrat, Bill Owens, win a seat that Democrats have not held in more than 100 years, but what occurred in New York has exposed a war within the Republican Party that will not soon end. It played itself out in Pennsylvania earlier this year when longtime Republican Senator Arlen Specter became a Democrat and is playing itself out in House, Senate and Gubernatorial races nationwide. The all out war between Republicans and the far right wing is a disaster for the Republican Party and will dog it well after today.”

Really? The most consequential race of the night was a single house race in NY? Seriously? This exposed a war within the republican party? Please, let’s stop calling Scozzafava a moderate. She’s a liberal in every sense. It’s not even fair to call her a RINO anymore. Even RINO’s don’t drop out of races and endorse democrats.

Of course the GOP would have loved to have won in NY. But it’s their own dang fault. They handpicked a candidate so liberal she dropped out of the race, endorsed the democrat and campaigned for him.

Hoffman was an underdog from the beginning. A nice guy. An accountant. A patriot. But a weak, uninteresting, uninspiring third party candidate. Let’s not forget that Hoffman should never have been competitive in the first place. The GOP spent almost a million dollars shredding him before coming to his corner with 72 hours left on the clock. The GOP deserved to lose this race.

Back in VA, the story is the O-Shift. Obama won in VA a year ago by 6 points. McDonnell won by 18. That’s a 24-point swing. Now Chairman Brow, Carville and Gibbs will argue that this simply followed a historical trend. Super. I’d like to see the state where a president won by 6 points and a year later his party faced an 18 point defeat. I’ll send a free autographed book to whomever can find that ‘historical trend’.

NJ might be even more stunning. Corzine spent somewhere north of ten billion dollars (so it seems) and lost to a conservative in the most corrupt state in the country. NJ is so blue that even the Smurfs look light skinned.

Should republicans be picking their desks for a major takeover in 2010? Absolutely not. These results mean that NJ will have a conservative governor for the next four years. VA will have the same. And, if we’re lucky, Obama/Pelosi/Reid will take an extra breath before ramming their socialist agenda down our throats.

Have you heard about a little bellwether race over in New York’s 23rd district? Vying for the race are two liberals – one Democrat and the other Republican. A third party candidate (formerly a Republican primary runner) has shaken up the race. A new poll shows he has the advantage. According to the Club for Growth:

The poll of 300 likely voters, conducted October 24-25, 2009, shows Conservative Doug Hoffman at 31.3%, Democrat Bill Owens at 27.0%, Republican Dede Scozzafava at 19.7%, and 22% undecided. The poll’s margin of error is +/- 5.66%. No information was provided about any of the candidates prior to the ballot question.

A number of big gun Conservatives have recently come out to support Hoffman including this one:

If nothing else, this ad makes me think it’s time to grow back the gotee. Any thoughts?

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Hat tip Politico.

Here in the Commonwealth (not State) of Virginia, the frost is on the pumpkin, the dew is in the grass, the fall foliage is beautiful, the Washington Redskins are being booed after victories, and oh by the way there’s a race for the Governor’s mansion. Some of you are no doubt aware of this race. Team Obama would rather you just ignore it.

Why? Because the republican candidate Bob McDonnell is leading his democratic rival Creigh Deeds. Don’t ask me how to pronounce his first name. In about three weeks it won’t matter. Deeds is currently trails McDonnell by double digits. This despite the fact that The One resides just across the river and is heavily invested in a Deeds victory that will not happen.

So far gone is the Virginia’s governor race that Team Obama has already started to distance The One from the flailing Deeds. Today’s Washington Post carried a column entitled “Deeds ignored advice, White House says”. Simply put, if the White House could widen the Potomac to put more distance between The One and Virginia, they would happily do so.

So, Mr. Deeds, get ready for the post-election “This is not the Creigh Deeds I knew” speech just before you are shoved out of Team Obama’s campaign bus and run over by it. Be sure to say hello to the legion of staffers, campaign workers, and former Congregationalists clinging to the undercarriage of the bus. There’s always room down there for more.

You might have heard there was a race for Governor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The candidates for that seat met in a debate yesterday where the Democrat candidate, Creigh Deeds set off a small media frenzy by pledging not to raise taxes, but vowing to raise revenue for a transportation plan. I predict great things for Mr. Deeds. If he can raise revenue without raising taxes we can fund everything under the sun. Free healthcare! Free cars! Free houses! Free money! The sky is the limit. I can’t wait to hear the details. Check it out below:

I think Harvard Economist Greg Mankiw nailed it in Sunday’s New York Times. You should read the entire article. However, for your convenience, I’ve provided snippets after the jump.

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