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Cuccinelli loses by 3 points in Virginia after astounding comeback

Cuccinelli loses by 3 points in Virginia after astounding comeback

As the post-election spinning and tea-leaf-reading commences, it should be a matter of simple, non-partisan observation to note that Republican Ken Cuccinelli’s 48-45 loss to Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Virginia on Tuesday night was an astounding comeback for Cuccinelli.  He was behind by double digits in almost every poll going into the homestretch.  The Clinton money man outspent him by an incredible $15 million.  A third-party spoiler funded by Obama money men, fake Libertarian Robert Sarvis, pulled over 6 percent of the vote – perhaps not decisive, given that many of his votes were young people who might otherwise have chosen McAuliffe or stayed home, but in a race this close, it was surely a factor.  Cuccinelli had less than enthusiastic support from key elements of the Republican Party; the heaviest artillery that could have been deployed in his favor, Governor Bob McDonnell, has been wrestling with a donor scandal, plus an unpopular tax hike that played perfectly into Democrat hands.  He was running in a state filled with government employees who were exceptionally grumpy about the shutdown.

There’s no honest way to portray a 3-point win under those circumstances as a triumph.  Cuccinelli is the “Tin Cup” candidate.  Like Ken Costner’s character in that film about golf, his comeback and narrow loss will be studied long after McAuliffe’s corruption scandals catch up with him.

One lesson to be learned from the Virginia race is the power of negative advertising.  McAuliffe’s campaign was nothing but negative ads, blanketing the airwaves with his gigantic spending advantage to relentlessly attack Cuccinelli.  The next time a Democrat complains about negative campaigning or “too much money in politics,” point at them, say “McAuliffe,” and laugh.  Of course, there have been plenty of other lessons in negative campaign power, including Barack Obama’s vicious “Kill Romney” campaign in 2012, but this one is so crystal-clear that Republicans might finally learn it.  There are very good strategic reasons why Democrats would like negative campaigning to be a tool reserved exclusively for themselves.

Ben Domenech makes an interesting point about the timing of negative advertising at The Federalist:

Cuccinelli has been outspent in each race he’s ever run, but the truth is that while the party’s elected moderates backed him up (Romney, Jeb, and others all fundraised for him), the NOVA business community and establishment Republicans didn’t. A smarter campaign would’ve made it harder for McAuliffe to get this support early on, driving up his negatives when he still had low name ID and making it harder for business dollars to justify backing him – but a campaign that gets completely shaken up two months out from Election Day isn’t a smart one, typically.

Pumping up a candidate’s negatives, the way McAuliffe’s slash-and-burn campaign did to Cuccinelli, scares away crucial early support by making a race look hopeless.  In the endgame, disaffected swing voters are powerfully influenced when they can’t turn on the radio without hearing an ad calling one of the candidates a maniac.  Republicans seem to think sweet reason can overcome massive media buys aimed at making them radioactive, but that clearly isn’t the case.  They’re looking down their noses with disdain at the baseball bats Democrats use to bust their kneecaps.

There have been some laughable efforts to spin the McAuliffe win as a “vindication” of ObamaCare.  On the contrary, as Fox News notes, “exit polls showed voters opposed to the federal health care law overwhelmingly backed Cuccinelli, helping him narrow the gap on Tuesday.”  Public revulsion against ObamaCare – in a state with a very hefty population of federal workers! – was arguably the primary reason Cuccinelli was able to stage such a huge comeback.  He campaigned hard against ObmaaCare in the final days, and it almost got him over the top.  If Virginia voters had another few weeks to digest the ObamaCare disaster, it might have become all but impossible for McAuliffe to win.  That’s not good news for Democrats in 2014, so it’s not surprisingly they’re frantically trying to spin it away.

On the other hand, the exit-poll results highlight a persistent demographic problem for Republicans: the single female vote.  Analysts will spend many days picking apart the weak spots in Cuccinelli’s campaign persona – it might fairly be said that both he and McAuliffe were deeply flawed candidates, in almost precisely opposite ways.  But it’s stunning to see Cuccinelli winning married women… while losing single women by over 40 points.  And this to a candidate who once bailed on his pregnant wife in the delivery room to hit a Washington Post party!  But does that sort of thing – does any aspect of personal character – really matter to single female voters, who have been taught that support for abortion and generous social programs are the most important metrics for judging a candidate?

Judging by the last few rounds of exit polling, there seems to be no demographic more vulnerable to the “Santa Clause” campaign approach of throwing out taxpayer-funded goodies and laughing off questions about how to pay for them.  Single women tend to swing for such candidates even when they’re comfortably well-off, and would not personally benefit from social-welfare generosity.  That might be a signal that they equate “compassion” with the eagerness to hand out government money – Democrat campaigns certainly work to reinforce that impression.

The single female vote also seems easily manipulated with negative social-issue attacks, as Republicans learned to their cost after the Todd Akin implosion, which still has electoral echoes to this day.  There is much talk of how various events damage the “brand” of one party or the other.  I wonder if anything has inflicted more lasting damage on the Republican brand with a major demographic than Akin.  At the very least, the political environment in many states makes it much easier for Republicans to shoot themselves in the feet on social issues.  They should be ready for the inevitable “War on Women” assault that will always come, never making the mistake of dismissing it as nonsense they should not dignify with a response.

Another bit of bad news for Republicans is that McAuliffe was a truly horrible candidate, a cartoon character of political corruption, but he won anyway.  “No experience in office?  Check.  Sketchy business partners?  Check.  Media manipulation?  Check,” writes Stephanie Mencimer at… super-left-wing Mother Jones.  She offers a personal anecdote to illustrate the kind of “media manipulation” she’s talking about:

I learned about McAuliffe’s dark side firsthand while trying to report on his business deals. He sicced his lawyer, Watergate prosecutor Richard Ben-Veniste, on me early on in the process. And when the Washington Post hired me to continue working on McAuliffe stories, he continued to threaten my editors with veiled libel threats. He even came in for a meeting with Len Downie, then the paper’s executive editor. It was eerie how much he knew about what I was doing at the paper. It turned out that McAuliffe was a good source for some of my colleagues, and they were feeding him information that he was using to try to kill the investigation. It was a classic example of McAuliffe playing the inside game, a skill that has helped him survive this long in politics despite questionable financial dealings and now, perhaps, has helped him get elected to an important and high-profile political job.

He’ll fit right in with the Obama Administration’s strongarm tactics against the media.  It really is not good news for the GOP that it couldn’t beat someone like that, even with his huge financial advantage.  Perhaps the electorate has lowered its standards for politicians so much that they’re willing to laugh off scandals that would have ended careers a generation ago, at least when the scandalous politician is a Democrat with the usual built-in media protection.  Maybe the inertia of the Big Government machine is such that its loyal servants don’t have to be perceived as honest, or even experienced at leadership, any more – as long as they promise to keep the goodies coming.  Maybe the electorate has grown so numb and superficial that big money spent on shrewd media buys matter more than almost anything else.  Whatever the explanation, Ken Cuccinelli made a remarkable comeback in a race where he really shouldn’t have been the underdog, and the bottom line is that he won’t be the next governor of Virginia.

Update: Interesting take on the political aftershock of the government shutdown from Michael Barone at the Washington Examiner:

Northern Virginia was perhaps more impacted by the shutdown than any other part of the country. Yet when the exit poll asked who was more to blame, 47 percent of voters said Republicans in Congress and 46 percent said Obama. Considering that individuals almost always poll better than groups of people—particularly Republicans (or, for that matter, Democrats) in Congress, this is a devastating result for Obama.

It reminds me of the story of the Teamsters Union business agent who was in the hospital and received a bouquet of flowers. The card read, “The executive board wishes you a speedy recovery by a vote of 9 to 6.” However, in this case, the margin was narrower.

McAuliffe campaigned heavily on shutdown resentment, with an assist from President Obama, so a 47-46 apportionment of blame is nothing for them to brag about.

Update: There will be much debate over whether the Republican National Committee should have invested more heavily in Cuccinelli, as with hindsight it seems likely that more money would have won the race.  Of course, as they say, hindsight is 20/20, and for most of the race, Cuccinelli didn’t look like a good investment (which recalls Ben Domenech’s point about how a pre-emptive negative campaign strike can frighten money away from a viable candidate.)

Personally, I think the RNC should have been more nimble in exploiting the political opportunity ObamaCare’s launch disaster gave them – they should have cut some money loose to get ahead of the wave that pushed Cuccinelli to within 3 points.  Erick Erickson at RedState is considerably less forgiving, and makes an interesting point about how a sharp political operation should have detected and exploited the Libertarian spoiler’s connections to Obama money sooner:

The RNC spent $9 million in 2009 to win and spent $3 million this time, pulling money out of Virginia, to lose by a hair. The RNC truly screwed up in Virginia this time and no amount of spinning can distract from that screw up. It was Election Day itself when someone finally noticed the 3rd party candidate, Sarvis, had been funded by a major Obama donor. Election Day the GOP finally notices this!

In the Washington Examiner piece linked above, Michael Barone mentions some exit-polling data that suggests the Sarvis spoiler candidacy hurt McAuliffe as much as Cuccinelli, maybe even slightly more with key demographics.  But the RNC could have used his Obama money connections to their advantage.

Erick also chastises New Jersey governor Chris Christie – rolling to an epic victory just two states away – for refusing to help Cuccinelli with an appearance.  The Republican Party, as a whole, needs to bring all of its resources to bear on winning these races.  Hopefully a sharper game will be played in 2014.

Update: Jonah Goldberg of National Review on the RNC’s failure to move in for Cuccinelli when the tide turned in his favor: “For all the talk about how the base needs to cooperate with the establishment more, it’s worth remembering that the base almost always does its part on Election Day.  It’s the establishment that is less reliable in returning the favor.”

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  • GeorgeStGeorge

    While I appreciate Cuccinelli’s race, I think it’s disingenuous to cheer the fact that those who voted for him hate ObamaCare without admitting that more voters (in Virginia) apparently LIKE it.

  • CLCRichmond

    Hilarious headline. Terry McAuliffe was as bad a candidate as the democrats could have put forth. Bill Bolling should have been the GOP nominee and would have crushed McAuliffe but the Tea Party hijacked the nomination process, eliminating the primary and going with a convention vote. EW Jackson, seriously? You’re title should be “The Tea Party Snatched Defeat from Certain Victory”

  • BostonMary

    We had a Spoiler up here in Massachusetts also during our last gubernatorial election when MA elected Obama’s “Hope and Change” buddy from Chicago, “Cadillac” Deval Patrick. Progressive Democrat Tim Cahill acted as the Straw-Man to siphon votes away from Moderate Republican Charlie Baker in favor of Obama’s Buddy – Do-Nothing Deval. Those pesky Democwats did it again in VA

  • eewell

    Three point does not a mandate make.

  • RERSRESQ

    Bolling did everything he could to undermine Cuccinelli. The days when we can support a Bolling type are long gone. We saw the same sniping against Oliver North and George Allen. The more moderate Governor raised taxes and was involved in corrupt practices, and voters rightly blame Republicans for not keeping their word. Have Republicans ever won after an elected official breaks his no tax increase pledge? Remember G.H.W. Bush circa 1992?

  • http://Rovinsworld.blogspot.com Rovin

    Excellent wrap-up Mr. Hayward. One caveat was the fact that Chris Christie could have also made a trip to VA to support KC, (and it wouldn’t have cost him one single vote). So much for “Republicans” supporting their fellow Republicans.

  • RenegadeScholar

    Libertarians once again advance leftism with their puritanical fervor.

  • ricbee

    The RNC or GOOP as I call it is only interested in itself & NOT what is good for the USA.

  • ricbee

    Winning with Bolling would be no victory.

  • ricbee

    Big Dumbocrat money was behind Sarvis.

  • Bob A

    The stinking moronic libertarians elected another fascist liberal. Libertarians are dumber than 95% of American blacks.

  • Bob A

    Its the stupid libertarians who keep electing fascist liberals!

  • CLCRichmond

    EW Jackson for Lt. Governor and you call us dumb? They call you the Party of Stupid for a reason.

  • CLCRichmond

    Ahhh. Did you lose yet again? I am sure it’s only because the libs cheated. boo hoo

  • CLCRichmond

    I agree with you but Cuccinelli and the Tea Party stuck a knife in Bollings back. He could have run as an independent and really screwed Cuccinelli but he didnt

  • CLCRichmond

    YOU put EW Jackson on your ticket and thought you could win????? That’s too funny.

  • CLCRichmond

    Are you talking about the same Republicans who trashed Christie a year ago?????

  • CLCRichmond

    Right. And Obama was born in Kenya.

  • LarryCicero

    John, the Wall Street Journal is blaming tea party republicans and their support of the government shutdown, because 30% of Virginia voters live in the D.C. suburbs and many are government employees. So he failed to get the government employee vote. LOL

  • RERSRESQ

    If having a convention, a long tradition in Virginia, rather than a primary that Democrats could sabotage, is “the Stab in the back” Bolling is delusional. IF he ran as an independent he would have received about as large a vote as Marshall Coleman got when he ran against Oliver North. Bolling is a whiner…he didn’t build an adequate base of support and he blames everyone but himself.

  • KayK2

    They’re looking down their noses with disdain at the baseball bats Democrats use to bust their kneecaps.
    ———
    Exactly. I remember Romney was well ahead after his first debate, the one that he was very aggressive in. Then he played defense, thought he could coast to the win. Even while his lead was slipping, he played nice, thinking Americans admired that get along attitude. It doesn’t work. Maybe some day they’ll figure that out.

  • CLCRichmond

    A convention vote is not the tradition here. And if you are okay with the likes of EW Jackson being on your ballot then keep pushing for the conventions.

  • John Bagnoli

    “But does that sort of thing – does any aspect of personal character – really matter to single female voters, who have been taught that support for abortion and generous social programs are the most important metrics for judging a candidate?”

    This is rhetorical, right?

  • chillinout.

    Exit Polls showed Sarvis was actually siphoning more votes off McAuliffe than he was Cuccinelli

  • chillinout.

    No, but tea party and evangelical rule is Virginia is now over, especially since the state senate also flipped to democratic control as well last night

  • chillinout.

    Yes, the pro-gay marriage candidate was stealing so many votes from anti oral sex Cuccinelli.

  • chillinout.

    His huge warchest of $65,000

  • chillinout.

    Keep telling yourself that, it just makes democrats win more elections

  • chillinout.

    Had Sarvis not been in the race, McAuliffe would’ve won by an even larger margin, since most Sarvis voters were left leaning

  • RERSRESQ

    Gee, I remember sitting through long conventions on numerous occasions. When we nominated Bolling for Lt. Gov. included! (and he didn’t complain then). If I put up with Bolling…I would glady accept Bishop Jackson!

  • ricbee

    You don’t seem to realize that there is not a whit of difference between the GOOP & the Jackasses.

  • Dione Smith

    YOU ARE WHAT IS RUINING AMERICA!!! IT’S ALL ABOUT PERVERTED THOUGHTS!!!!! IT’S NOT GOING TO MATTER WHETHER YOU ARE GAY, STRAIGHT, BI, OR HETEROSEXUAL, WITH THE WAY THIS WORLD IS HEADING! STOP THINKING ABOUT THE BEDROOM AND START THINKING ABOUT “AMERICA”! I have a gay nephew and cousins that understand how bad America is right now. The most important thing is to get America strong and safe again, NOT who people want to have sex with, you nasty disgusting dimwit!!!

  • chillinout.

    WELL MAYBE YOU SHOULD START NOMINATING PEOPLE WHO WANT TO MAKE AMERICA “STRONG AND SAFE” AGAIN, WHO AREN’T OBSESSED WITH BANNING OTHER PEOPLE’S SEX LIVES!!! You and Cuccinelli alike are perverted exhibitionists with boring sex lives

  • Culture_Warrior

    The narrow loss by the Cooch gives Repub regulars big problems. They were hoping for a resounding loss by the Cooch strengthen their ability to muzzle their extreme right tea party faction.

  • david

    Spot on! Proof we need stronger voter restriction laws!

  • Culture_Warrior

    Romney won because Obama was having an off night. Either that or he was just using a rope-a-dope on Mitt. Mitt lost the election mainly because he just couldn’t come across to us regular folks in the electorate.

  • 1Mojo_Risin9

    Ironic? Slick Willy never won a presidential election with a 50%+ vote win and low-n-behold his good buddy McAulliffe somehow does an almost identical move, winning, using a bought-n-paid for 3rd party candidate to his advantage!

    Folks, these people are dirty — FREAKIN’ DIRTY!!!

  • globalcrap

    You wonder where all the illegal votes came ? No I D required for the O Bogus demon-crap.

  • globalcrap

    You people are perverted freaks , man with man, You can’t produce kids, just aids that the American tax people pay for. Smelly bas–turds.

  • 1tomritter1

    So now what?

  • desicon

    I agree.

    First and foremost GOP brand is damaged with RINO’s. They perpetuate the social myth about conservatives. The so called ‘fiscal conservative’ is actually a myth. When they get pushed by the libs they cave in. Christie should shove his national ambition. Mitt Romney lost 3 million votes. Christie will lose more than that.

  • JayC777

    Not at all. Not surprising, with your limited mental capacity, that you cannot even understand the fundamental ‘problems’ this creates and for whom. Every Virginian lost. Democrats never fail to vote for the biggest of life’s losers out there.
    Jay
    Just when their state started to get better.

  • Borghesius

    I actually agree with you here (except that the Tea party is only right. They only look extreme right from your extreme culture warrior left field seat).

  • chillinout.

    Aids costs less money than obesity, which is rampant among conservatives. Didn’t your fat cult leader Breitbart die at 40 from a heart attack? Lol that’s okay, natural selection at it’s finest!

  • Dustoff

    Terry will go on a spending spree. The people will suffer.

  • Dustoff

    As many have seen when it comes to O-dumber. He golfs while others die. (Libya)

    Yeah common guy…. O-dumber never.

  • Dustoff

    You lost in Ill….

  • Dustoff

    Yep, like your own has done to O-dumber when they know. He’s killing their reelection chances.

  • CLCRichmond

    I stand corrected. Thank You.

  • Dustoff

    Care to prove that one with some facts… Bet you can’t

  • Dustoff

    We shall get the last laugh. Terry like O-dumber hasn’t run zip in his life.

    Can’t wait for the spending and tax hikes to come next. You fool are so good at that one. Can you say Detroit.

  • CLCRichmond

    They are also winners!!!

  • 1Mojo_Risin9

    They win, America loses!!!

  • publius

    On Nov 5th, lying, stealing and cheating overwhelmed truth and honor. Our electoral system was manipulated to achieve an illegal outcome. Terry McAuliffe is a thief who stole the election. The tactics he used to win remind Virginia of Stalin or Hitler. Our voting rights were egregiously violated. Every voter in Virginia has grounds for a lawsuit. Good legal minds should put together a class action suit against Terry McAuliffe and Robert Sarvis. Without honest elections, there is no liberty.

  • publius

    To the left, power is paramount- life is expendable.

  • publius

    How come the dems get away with nominating a community organizer who voluntariy attended a racist, homophobic and anti-American church for twenty years? But Cuccinelli is the terrorist for being a devout Catholic?

  • george

    That’s what I like about you Dusty. You never give up. You always get the last laugh.

  • GomeznSA

    And if he needs any ‘advice’ I am sure jayinslee will be more than happy to give it to him! Unfortunately the people who will suffer the most will be those who can least afford it, much like WA state.

  • GomeznSA

    Um, no, not really – when the low info voters focus solely on a single issue – such as the mythical ‘war on women, why they are standing on principle – never mind that their ‘chosen’ one is totally contrary on just about every other issue that SHOULD concern them, but apparently doesn’t.

  • GomeznSA

    True enough, presuming that you are speaking of the party elitists. Of course way too much of the rank and file are starting to turn into as much of the lemming class as their counterparts……………

  • GomeznSA

    Considering that the ‘national’ gop put in somewhere around 1/3 of the effort into supporting KC as they did in the last gubernatorial election in VA, it is a wonder it was as close as it was. Of course the fact that the ‘d’s put in almost as much effort into pushing the ‘libertarian’ candidate is most telling……….

  • AgTrotter

    Spot on! More meaningless nonsense from david.

  • Borghesius

    So the government employees blame the Tea party for getting a two week paid vacation? Ahhh.

    And how much of this vote would he have gotten anyway?

  • chillinout.

    That Breitbart is dead? Look it up gomer, do you know how to use google for something other than child porn?

  • PR_Ohio

    Not wanting to teach every form of perversion to our school children starting in kindergarten is NOT the same as wanting to ban other people’s sex lives you clueless brainwashed perverted tool.

  • PR_Ohio

    Virginia will get what it deserves for electing this communist, as will America for electing Obama, Reid, Pelosi, and every other Democrat. If America was a moral nation there wouldn’t be all these Democrats winning elections. We have lost our way. Not all of us, but more have than those of us who remember the values this country was founded on, and our God this country was founded to glorify.
    Liberals only glorify themselves, and look for self gratification in every reprobate fashion imaginable.
    This is why I keep saying this country is royally screwed. The common Voter is too stupid and selfish to vote for the greater good. All they care about is what is in it for them. The core driver of the Liberal mentality.
    Prepare Comrades. It only gets worse from here on out.

  • LarryCicero

    The WSJ(establishment republicans) editorial is blaming the Tea Party. Those government employees were not in play. Solid D block. What lengths the Establishment will go to. They point to Christie as the model. Waiting for Ann to chime in.

  • BostonMary

    OBAMA CAMPAIGN BUNDLER JOE LIEMANDT HELPED FUND ($150,000) LIBERTARIAN STRAW-MAN IN TIGHT VA. GUBERNATORIAL RACE http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/11/05/revealed-obama-campaign-bundler-helping-fund-libertarian-in-tight-va-gubernatorial-race/

  • http://poorwilber.blogspot.com Poor Wilber

    That fat NJ cheeseburger lectured us last night that he knows how to “get er done”. Thank you Gov. Christie, you’ve shown us the way. I’ve seen the light. All we have to do is go along with Democrats 90 % of the time. Why oh why didn’t we think of that before? Duh. Better yet Gov. Cheeseburger, why don’t we just run as Democrats instead?

  • HDanny

    Don’t talk to us about obese conservatives,you stupid troll,not while your liberal mouthpiece Michael(Lard-Ass)Moore is still wasting oxygen!!!!Troll!!!

  • ricbee

    Thanks Mary….

  • globalcrap

    Aids is a slow painful death ,that you freaks of nature produce.

  • chillinout.

    Cancer’s much worse, and since 95% of people living with AIDS worldwide are straight, it seems like a breeders disease

  • chillinout.

    Aww, clearly I struck a nerve. Sorry greaseball

  • HDanny

    Why not do us all a favor,and go step in front of a train,dillwad!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/aemoreira81 aemoreira81

    Republicans still control the VA legislature.

  • globalcrap

    Don’t forget Kennedy

  • globalcrap

    52% of gay your people have aids, a slow death. enjoy

  • chillinout.

    *3%* nice try. 52% of evangelicals commit adultery though

  • globalcrap

    But that is the truth, with your illegal alien voters, and the welfare baby makers, no I D required.

  • chillinout.

    Nobody is talking about Kentucky simpleton

  • chillinout.

    Democrats control Illinois, so you lost

  • globalcrap

    You mean your liberals in the American government

  • globalcrap

    Your fat people

  • globalcrap

    Your right, look at the crime rate. Type in Chicago 2013,or 2012, and see how your O Bogus people live.

  • chillinout.

    Type in Burlington Vermont O’Moron

  • chillinout.

    Not wanting your religious perversion being forced on society is the issue you degenerative lowlife

  • chillinout.

    Nope, the evangelical community has the highest rates of adultery, divorce, and domestic abuse. No surprise though, it’s to be expected from barbarians

  • chillinout.

    Your mother

  • PR_Ohio

    God is not perverted my friend. You are.

  • chillinout.

    You’re not God, you’re just white trash

  • PR_Ohio

    Romans1:18-32

  • chillinout.

    Witchcraft101:1-99

  • terry1956

    I don’t Think Perot was bought and paid for but Bush Senior and Dole were just wishy washy non conservative establishment Republicans.
    Perot made both Slick Willy and Daddy Bush look like foolish grinning clowns in the first three way debate.
    If Perot had not came up with that they were after his daughter stuff I think no one would have got a majority of the electoral vote in 1992 and it would have went to the House to pick the president with each state getting an equal vote.
    I use to be in the LP but I don’t know the guy who ran for governor in VA but I would not doubt much of the democrats buying a third party ringer.
    Ron Paul was right the Libertarian thing to do was vote for the Republican.

  • terry1956

    Well although Romney was an extremely bad choice for the GOP nominee last year he won the popular vote and if an honest count had been done he would have also had enough electoral votes to be sitting in the White House now.
    Of course Romney did not have the wisdom and guts to challenge the vote count which is another point showing he was a poor choice for the GOP nomination.

  • terry1956

    If the interview from the National Review author is as Glen Beck says then Sarvis is in no way, shape or form a libertarian.

  • terry1956

    Yeah, that is another thing.
    What percentage of the vote in VA was done on computers, black boxes?
    blackboxvoting.org

  • terry ellis

    No. He won.

    In the HE alternative universe, he’s putting together his legislative plans, hiring his staff, and thanking his supporters. The only question is Will he win a second term?

  • http://wizbangblog.com/ Adjoran

    As if we needed more proof the 19th Amendment was as bad an idea as the 16th, 17th, and 18th.

  • Jimmy 6

    ..Sorry to you gop/tea party losers…” Again”. This race was not even close. Virginia is a good state. As you losers can see. Folks who live there really don’t like tea party racism or all of their hate of people that are not white. Look close at Ken…it’s in his eyes. They are evil pulsating and lying…..The Dems and our Great President Obama have saved America from those losers. Hillary in 2016 will take America forward to a Bright Future.

  • Jimmy 6

    Go suck on your baby bottle. You need to get ready for President Hillary ” CLINTON ” !

  • Jimmy 6

    ….Go change you diapers…

  • Jimmy 6

    ..2016 will produce America’s First Female President…

  • Jimmy 6

    ..Crap boy you sure like to tell your lies. When you gop/tea party pigs lose you swine come up with all kinds of crazy reasons why. Never being able to realize that most people don’t care much for the politics your kind represent.

  • Jimmy 6

    Again ….Your kind can’t understand that America is changing. Election after election time after time you swine still don’t get it.

  • Jimmy 6

    Facts…..You people don’t care about facts. Just so it turns out to benefit your losing agenda.

  • Jimmy 6

    Hey Dude….Crap Boy doesn’t have the ability to think. He loves to be the gop /tea party ” Hack “……..

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  • Liberty Bell

    Thanks. People think that I exaggerate about the blatant and proud ignorance and hate spewed on this site. Nothing like proof to prove your point.

  • Liberty Bell

    LOL, I love it. The republicans deserve this. The tparty was created out of republican demagoguery. Couldn’t have happened to more deserving aholes. I sincerely hope that baggers win every republican primary. LMAO, the ads will writ themselves.

  • Liberty Bell

    People like you are pathetic. The war isn’t mythical. Educate yourself and you might try listening to the people that you are begging to vote for you. If we tell you that something is offensive, you arguing the point doesn’t make you right. It makes you a loser who has the hubris to think that they know more than they do. http://ezkool.com/2011/04/in-four-months-republicans-introduced-916-bills-against-womens-right-to-choose/

  • Liberty Bell

    Just because the rest of you morons goose step, lock step doesn’t mean that Christie does. Evidently he’s his own man and good for him. Once we get normal sane republicans like him back in office then more people will actually vote republican.

  • GomeznSA

    Well, excuuuuse me. Where were you 2 months ago when your ‘comment’ (actually more of a personal attack but that’s beside the point) may have contributed to the discussion at hand. Just because you disagree with me does NOT necessarily mean you are correct.