Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Creigh Deeds Thumps Terry McAuliffe in VA Primary

It’s official - Terry McAuliffe and his mountains of cash will not be competing for Virginia’s governorship this November. Instead, the Democratic nominee will be moderate State Senator Creigh Deeds, who crushed both McAuliffe and former Delegate Brian Moran in tonight’s primary. Local TV here in DC just reported that, with 87% of the vote in, Deeds has 49% of the vote compared to just 27 for McAuliffe and 24% for Moran. This is even more impressive when one considers that Deeds had only about half of the money and staff than McAuliffe threw at the race, and lagged behind Moran on those fronts as well.

In fact, Deeds was lagging in third place in the polls until las month - but for some reason he’s been riding a rocket for to the last few weeks. As he surged to the front, he managed to pick up the endorsement of the Washington Post - which is amazing for a rural moderate who was running against two liberals from the DC suburbs. Now, the erstwhile also-ran has seized the nomination and will face of with the GOP’s Bob McDonnell in November. And while I am 100% behind McDonnell, I have to take my hat off to Creigh Deeds tonight. What he pulled off is flat-out amazing.

On the more practical side, Deeds is probably the toughest opponent for McDonnell. He’s pro-gun, and hails from rural Bath County - deep in the heart of red-state Virginia. This is a guy who can eat into the GOP voting base and knows how to win in GOP territory. He has experience against Bob McDonnell, having run against him for Attorney General and lost by just 323 votes. However, he is also the worst-funded of the three Democratic candidates, and he does trail McDonnell in the polls - so there is some good news.

Still, Creigh Deeds proved tonight that he can come from behind and beat better-funded opponents. So, we are definitely going to have to throw the kitchen sink at this guy - or else we will find ourselves thinking what Terry McAuliffe must be thinking right now: “What the hell just happened?”


  1. David Letterman's joke + Sara Palin's response = mostly politically dead.

    Letterman let Palin response define her...another point comedians like rolling in mud. oy vey

  2. what a poorly thoughtout comment, mr. lewis.

    Why is it that trolls never have the courage to put anything on their blooger information?

  3. I'm not sure what exactly our friend is trying to say here. Although he probably would like it better if Sarah learned to be more like McCain (and his team of losers) and pander at the first sign of hostility.

    As for Letterman, well I knew the outlaw died years ago, but this is just the final proof of the media kiss-ass he's become. Lost in all the media hyping of how Sarah is
    "inadvertently bringing him up" is the fact that he's SUPPOSED to finally take the top spot now with Leno gone, him beating Conan is about as much of an accomplishment as the New York Rangers the year they won the Cup when they eked out a win over the heavy-underdog Canucks in seven.

    Although I would get a kick out of Sarah going on and asking Letterman how long the surgery to get Leno's bootmarks out of his ass took, but that wouldn't end well. Besides if I could barely stomach another lame edition of SNL to see two Sarah segments, I wouldn't have much of a shot with this one.

  4. Well, let me rejoice that Palin and Letterman finally worked out their differences. I thought for a while that this could be a bit pivotal for Palin's political career but she handled it well.

    Anyway 12th man, I would hope Palin doesn't become like McCain and his 'team of losers'. I hope she isn't a politican but a leader...however I'm not holding my breath. I'm a pragmatic and cyncical man. I see the evil in 'them politicans'.

    Alright, new topic. Palin if she is elected for any federal offices and wants to stick with Republician ideals such reduce spending, taxes and regulations. Do you think she would have a hard time switching from a state that has no problem taxing the oil companies for revenue, to a nation that taxes both citzen and companies? My point being people are more resistent to taxes than companies because people vote. Of course I should mention 12th man that this begs the question if a national debt is a good policy. I'm incline to say it is not a good policy because of recent events.

    Sincerly yours as look down upon you condscendingly with impunity.jk.