Mr. Deeds Goes Confederate

The campaign Creigh Deeds is running for Governor of Virginia is perhaps the worst political campaign run since Alan Keyes challenged Barack Obama for the United States Senate in Illinois.

Earlier this week, the Deeds campaign shifted its campaign rhetoric away from the economy to fixate on baby killing.  Deeds decided his winning issue in Virginia would be that if Bob McDonnell were Governor of Virginia less babies would be aborted than if Creigh Deeds were Governor.  Meanwhile, McDonnell kept talking about the dismal Virginia economic situation.

It didn’t work.

Deeds’ campaign rapidly moved from abortion to the Confederacy.

According to Creigh Deeds’ campaign, Bob McDonnell flew the Confederate flag at the Virginia Outdoor Sportsman Show.

Someone, most likely a Deeds campaign staffer, sent a picture of the alleged McDonnell confederate flag to popular left-wing Virginia blogger Ben Tribbett, who blogs as “Not Larry Sabato.”  Tribbett tried his best to blow up the story as something worth noting.  The explosion of yawns ended Joe Abbey’s gainful employment.

Abbey, Deeds campaign manager, jumped on Twitter, and posted “BREAKING NEWS: MCDONNELL HAS CONFEDERATE FLAG POSTED IN HIS BOOTH AT GUN SHOW IN RICHMOND” linking to the blog story.

The Deeds campaign rushed out to say Abbey was twittering away during working hours at the office for himself and was not operating for the campaign. We all know that’s crap, but in the lameness that is the Deeds campaign, that has to pass as their most plausible excuse.  Deeds and Abbey then parted ways.


Because the story blew up in their faces.

The confederate flag in question was at the adjacent booth, “which was selling confederate flags and other paraphernalia, though the angle of the photo makes it appears as if the flag was McDonnell’s,” the Washington Post reports.

Ben Tribbett, speaking for the Democrats pretending to speak only for his blog, responded to that saying, “If a confederate flag was placed at the exact median point between the McDonnell booth and a confederate booth and the McDonnell campaign was not smart enough to demand that it be taken down or that their booth be moved, that’s almost as bad as if the flag were at their booth.”

The problem, though, is that Hugh Crittenden, the guy who started and runs the Virginia Outdoor Sportsman Show, said there was no other available booth for McDonnell.  Additionally, the confederate memorabilia retailer with the flag was not going to move their stuff just to accommodate the last minute arrival of a gubernatorial candidate.

The real story here and the one the Washington Post did not report is that Bob McDonnell showed up at the Virginia Outdoor Sportsman Show and Creigh Deeds did not. Bob McDonnell actually cares about their issues and Creigh Deeds just sends out press releases on their issues.

But kudos for the Washington Post reminding the same voters Creigh Deeds wants thinking McDonnell is an unrepentant racist that

According to a 1999 Roanoke Times article, Deeds told legislators during that debate that: “I grew up in a house with a portrait of the Confederate flag on the wall. I grew up in a house with a portrait of Robert E. Lee on the wall over my bed.”

Creigh Deeds, rushing to move beyond this story, decided not to return to abortion.  Instead, he started talking about the tax increases he’d impose on Virginia.

With stories like this, one really must conclude by saying, “No, I am not making this up.”


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