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Why Terry McAuliffe barely won
Politico, by James Hohmann

Original Article

Posted By:FlyRight, 11/6/2013 6:59:34 AM

How the heck did that happen? Most public polls leading up to Election Day had Democrat Terry McAuliffe coasting to victory, some by double digits, in the Virginia governor’s race. Instead he squeaked by, beating Republican Ken Cuccinelli by less than 3 percentage points.
The much-closer-than-expected outcome blunts the narrative that this was a clean win for Democrats going into 2014 and guarantees an intense blame game among Republicans about what might have put Cuccinelli over the top.


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How the heck did that happen? Most public polls leading up to Election Day had Democrat Terry McAuliffe coasting to victory, some by double digits, in the Virginia governor’s race. Instead he squeaked by, beating Republican Ken Cuccinelli by less than 3 percentage points.
The much-closer-than-expected outcome blunts the narrative that this was a clean win for Democrats going into 2014 and guarantees an intense blame game among Republicans about what might have put Cuccinelli over the top.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: BirdsNest, 11/6/2013 7:11:20 AM     (No. 9600806)

The once great state of Virginia is doomed.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: StormCnter, 11/6/2013 7:11:44 AM     (No. 9600809)

The shutdown badly hurt Cuccinelli´s campaign. The national attention was abruptly switched from the perils of Obamacare to the filibuster, the media´s spotlight on the defund folly. If Cuccinelli could have used that time to continue and strengthen his attacks, the election result might have been different. He started out as an unimpressive candidate, but I watched him get better and better. I hope he tries for office again.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Udanja99, 11/6/2013 7:14:31 AM     (No. 9600811)

I hate the RNC.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Catherine, 11/6/2013 7:17:28 AM     (No. 9600816)

Am I the only one who thinks these elections are being stolen? I mean Obama claimed he won at 5 p.m. California time. Half the west was still voting. They just scooped up the small numbers of electoral votes after Hurricane Sandy when no one could find an outlet that worked, much less control a vote. Now with McAuliff about to lose, suddenly he wins. Until we admit to ourselves our elections are being stolen, we won´t win anything. Hang in there Tea Party. We need you more than ever.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: WhamDBambam, 11/6/2013 7:22:13 AM     (No. 9600826)

May Virginia receive the full measure of what its done.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: eoddad, 11/6/2013 7:25:51 AM     (No. 9600830)

As a Reagan Conservative Republican my Party Leadership has completely lost my respect and support. Virginia should be celebrating there new Republican Governor today, but they sold him out for a crook.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 11/6/2013 7:27:03 AM     (No. 9600831)

If only Barry The Boat Anchor had made more appearances for McAuliffe he might have dragged his political hackmate down to Davy Jones´ Lame Duck Locker with him.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 11/6/2013 7:28:35 AM     (No. 9600834)

Four factors in this race (I live in No. VA): 1) Money - Terry McAuliffe had $15M more in this race; 2) the shutdown; 3) Sarvis, the spoiler; 4) lack of strong support from the RNC.

Despite these factors, it was surprisingly close, not at all what was predicted.

Good news: Republicans kept the House in Richmond, and it will be very difficult for McAuliffe to push his agenda, IMO.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 11/6/2013 7:30:25 AM     (No. 9600838)

The war on women is the Democrats new cry of racism. Mention it and Republicans automatically fold. Consider that the RNC spent two thirds less in Virginia in 2013 than they spent in 2009. That is simply criminal. Same on them. Shame on Heritage and shame on the rest of the Republican estblishment.

McAuliffe won because he ws able to flood the airwaves with ads targeted at ignorant woman. The Dems will brag about the women´s vote, but their edge is almost entirely among the most ignorant of females- the ones who want the federal government to be their sugar daddy. Cuccinelli won the married women vote.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 11/6/2013 7:37:19 AM     (No. 9600850)

Cuccinelli could have done much better if the RNC had helped out; RNC donation to Bob McDonnell in 2009 was $6 million. However said RNC was busy doing it´s level best to sink the Tea Party and forgot in their battle with Conservatives where the real war was happening. Thanks so much, moderate elites.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Bubbasuncle, 11/6/2013 7:38:41 AM     (No. 9600855)

No #4, you are not. Pretty amazing that the race was that close considering the blatant voter fraud that goes on all over this country in the name of civil rights and fairness.

As for #2, with respect your theory is all wet. It seems to be the spin direct from Tokyo Rove. Despite all of the polls showing a double digit lead for the Rat and the suspected voter fraud it was less than a 3 point victory.

This is the answer FTA:"“Despite being outspent by an unprecedented $15 million, this race came down to the wire because of Obamacare,” Cuccinelli said in his concession speech Tuesday night."

The RNC will pay for this big time, Conservatives all over the country are/were watching this and are not happy. Imagine if they had given this man just a little bit of support.

It is clear, 0bamacare would have sunk the Dems in 2014. Now I´m not so sure, the Establishment picked this fight, they are the ones holding the very base of voters that gave them control of the house hostage. So there will be no carping allowed when the Conservatives stop holding their noses and run their own candidates.

I am one Conservative who is tired of being treated as a petulant child. Go ahead RNC, see how far you get without the Wacko-bird Conservative Tea Party.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 11/6/2013 7:41:02 AM     (No. 9600861)

FTA about McAuliffe: His key was getting more of his people to the polls — 37 percent of voters self-identified as Democrats and 32 percent self-identified as Republican.

You cannot effect ´´change´´ if you don´t vote. Yes - the R candidate may have been outspent and may have been abandoned by the party but the bottom line is that not enough people thought this was sufficiently important to get off their dead azz and vote...

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Reply 13 - Posted by: starboard, 11/6/2013 7:52:38 AM     (No. 9600875)

McAuliffe won because of demographics. All those Federal workers in the Northeastern part of the state want to insure their high paying jobs in DC. Furthermore, he outspent Cuccinelli 4-1.
The RNC can also accept some blame because they didn´t provide more funds to Cuccinelli. This is getting to be a pattern with the RNC. The GOP can´t keep conceding elections before the first ballot is cast.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Rinktum, 11/6/2013 7:52:55 AM     (No. 9600876)

McAuliffe´s false charge regarding the war on women: Full disclosure, I am a woman. Listen up girls, the democrats are feeding you a huge lie when they tell you Republicans are waging a war against you. Quit being so darn stupid! Think for yourselves. You are being "victimized" for political purposes. Abortion enthusiasts are lying to you. Republicans do not want to get all up in your uterus. We are all about responsibility. Use birth control. Make the choice for life before you have sex. We are all about life. Yours and your baby´s. Don´t listen to those who want to lead you to a decision that will affect your life forever in a negative way. Be smart vote with your brain, not your uterus. Don´t be a victim of democrat political brainwashing. You can do better.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: globalwarmer, 11/6/2013 8:04:58 AM     (No. 9600912)

Back in 1860, Robert E. Lee was the only guy who could see this coming to his beloved Virginia.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: StormCnter, 11/6/2013 8:05:03 AM     (No. 9600913)

#11, the national media focus on the shutdown brought the Cuccinelli campaign to a screeching halt. Ken Cuccinelli has said so, over and over, in interview after interview. You may think the "theory" is "all wet", but it´s no theory. Of course, more money would have helped a lot, but money might not have been enough to overcome weeks of media attention on filibuster/defunding/parks closed and so forth.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Engrpat, 11/6/2013 8:15:09 AM     (No. 9600933)

The RNC must take a page from the dems and start supporting their candidates, even if they aren´t perfect. The republican running may be, in their eyes, an SOB but he is our SOB so support him.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: F15 Gork, 11/6/2013 8:18:24 AM     (No. 9600938)

Bobby Lee just rolled over in his grave - again.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Pros7767, 11/6/2013 8:20:12 AM     (No. 9600942)

I don´t understand why Republicans concede close elections every time.

They should challenge these elections if only to expose the levels of voter fraud. How many prisoners voted? Illegals? Dead people?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Bubbasuncle, 11/6/2013 8:21:10 AM     (No. 9600943)

Fine #16, by all means continue to be captain of the USS Establishment Republican as it floats down that big river called Denial.

But you won´t have me and millions more Conservatives on board to man the bucket brigade when it starts to sink.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: bpl40, 11/6/2013 8:25:30 AM     (No. 9600952)

McAuliffe/Clintons outspent Cuccinelli by an obscene 10:1 margin. The RNC RINOs stabbed him in the back. His surging to within a whisker is the main news. Virginians will learn and pay. This and Colorado is actually good news for ´14 and beyond.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Felixcat, 11/6/2013 8:30:35 AM     (No. 9600959)

I am so sick of hearing the Left run ads about birth control and abortion and war on women, and on the Libertarian side - decriminalize marijuana. All such burning issues - not.

And I am sick of being told by the likes of Reince Priebus, Karl Rove and cutesy Dana Perino that moderation is the way to win. That being an extremist about wanting less governemnt in one´s life is such a horrible position to hold. A pox on them and the RNC.



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Reply 23 - Posted by: bugger, 11/6/2013 8:46:01 AM     (No. 9600981)

Poster´s 3, 4, & 19 said it for me.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Starlady, 11/6/2013 8:51:44 AM     (No. 9600987)

I read in an article last night, sorry I can´t remember which site, that the 3 million the RNC spent in VA had nothing to do with helping this election. All they wanted to be able to say was "we spent 3 million."
I am very angry at the establishment GOP here in VA and nationwide. I am fed up and will not vote for anyone not a conservative in the future. If the GOP loses, who cares? They are the do nothing, sorry excuse making Party anyway.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: stryker714, 11/6/2013 8:58:52 AM     (No. 9601001)

If the McCain/Graham/Boehner types are running the RNC then this was mole-oriented sabotage. Just look at the difference in money spent this time. How much more elbow grease/money/tactics would have made the difference? Not much at 3% point spread. Wasn´t Virginia one of the most outspoken against Obamacare? Was suing? The issue of ACA is a sure win for pubs if they would just play their cards logically but they like to snatch defeat from jaws of victory. Hey, it levels the playing field for democrats! /s off. This is probably intentional to either punish Virginia for anti-ACA tactics/moves or to give the democrats a key advantage in upcoming elections/issues or both. Clip their wings.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Freeloader, 11/6/2013 8:59:13 AM     (No. 9601004)

"People pigeonhole me-I´m known for raising more money than any man alive."
-Terry McAuliffe

Another day in America, another day of mourning...Virginia, "The Old Dominion" and "Mother of Presidents," who gave the world George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, Patrick Henry and Robert Edward Lee, has now "elected" a certified leftist gangster, scam artist and huckster as it´s 72nd Governor.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: congaree53, 11/6/2013 9:20:22 AM     (No. 9601035)

Here´s why it was close:
Lofo´s do not show up in non POTUS elections. Period. 3/4 of them did not know there was an election. GOP always does well in low turnout elections so we should have won. A 2 point loss is a loss nonetheless and we are now stuck with a Hillary hack who will deliver the state of VA to PIAPS in 2016 when Lofos WILL show up to ´elect the first woman POTUS´. This is a truly horrible result and the happy talk our side is getting delusional.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 11/6/2013 9:24:04 AM     (No. 9601038)

Let me see if I got this right. The RNC did not have more money to support Cuccinelli in Virginia because they had to spend money supporting Chris Christie´s slam dunk in NJ?

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Keep_Right, 11/6/2013 9:28:03 AM     (No. 9601045)

´Barely won´ is still a win. The GOP doesn´t know how to do that.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: justavoter, 11/6/2013 9:39:35 AM     (No. 9601066)

Cuccinelli has to take part of the blame here. He allowed the Democrats meme that it was the Republican´s fault in the shutdown. When he came out against Cruise and company he pretty much put a nail in his own coffin. Not only did the Establishment abandon him, he also lost a lot of the Tea Party support by snubbing Cruise.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: less is more, 11/6/2013 9:58:20 AM     (No. 9601108)

For those who wish that “Virginia receive the full measure of what its done”, I would remind them that over one million people of Virginia voted against McAwful. Yes, we are stuck with him but it was Democratic money spent on the Libertarian candidate which gave him the election. Do you feel it is just that “America receive the full measure of what its done” for electing Obama twice?

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Reply 32 - Posted by: god of irony, 11/6/2013 10:02:56 AM     (No. 9601118)

#16, perhaps if Repuclicans without conviction like you would have spent more time fighting for conservative ideals and less time destroying Ted Cruz, the Republicans could have won the shutdown PR war.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Whamdbambam, 11/6/2013 10:20:08 AM     (No. 9601146)

"Do you feel it is just that “America receive the full measure of what its done” for electing Obama twice?"

1. My daughter lives in Virginia, which i considered before I wrote what I did. I still mean it.

2. As far as America, we are.

Yes. it´s hard nosed, but when carrots always fail, there´s still use for the stick.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 11/6/2013 10:24:18 AM     (No. 9601158)

Barely winning is still winning. Virginia screwed itself. People are not paying attention. My guess is the Dems are taking back the House in 2014 with republicans losing more senate seats.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: RancherJack, 11/6/2013 10:25:59 AM     (No. 9601165)

James Hohmann is ignoring the Results.

Terry McCauliff has been declared the winner. The worst part of the Democrat Party now rules Virginia. There will never be another. It is over.

It´s over.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: mc squared, 11/6/2013 11:19:58 AM     (No. 9601257)

I saw Priebus on Hannity last week. Couldn´t give a straight answer to any question from Hannity. Clearly the wrong guy for the job.

A party rots from the top.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: bighambone, 11/6/2013 11:33:45 AM     (No. 9601286)

One thing is for sure, if Obama Care ALMOST kills a lot of Democrats in the 2014 election, Republicans are going to be in big trouble. It´s up to the Republicans to ensure that every American voter knows that Obama Care and it´s aftermath is Obama´s and the Democrats´ baby 100% going into that election.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: peterfleming, 11/6/2013 11:39:45 AM     (No. 9601296)

McCain Romney, Preibus, Lindsay, Cantor, Boehner,
Rove, etc, etc, style, republicans ARE the death of the so called republican party. With RINOS suffocating the Tea Party and all true patriots, there is no hope no matter how many Mark Levins, Rushes, Glenn´s, Mark Steyns, Michelle Bachmanns, Michele Malkins, there are telling the truth. Imagine, the above RINO commies who had the stupidity to speak out against Ted Cruz, and Fox News HELPED these destructive RINOS to falsely create and fester DOUBT.
Meanwhile, the commies, all democrats, proceed with the strict Communist Party Line, take and control more.


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Reply 39 - Posted by: broken01, 11/6/2013 11:50:54 AM     (No. 9601314)

The biggest reason why "The Punk" McAwful won last night is lack of support from the RNC. Rinsed Pubics and the other moderates didn´t lift a finger to help Cuccinelli. The man who came up with the fund raising plan to rent out the Lincoln Bedroom during Slick´s presidency only won by 3 points. The only saving grace in this whole thing is that the VA Legislature is still in Republican hands and will be a thorn in the greasy side of McCrooked.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Grandpa Bill, 11/6/2013 11:51:18 AM     (No. 9601315)

#4, you are so right - I have posted the same message more than once. Until accuracy and integrity at the ballot box can be guaranteed we´ll see similar outcomes as you have enumerated.

The first thing I read early yesterday morning was about trouble with the equipment - should give at least one somebody in the RNC pause to address this type of thing re-occuring so often.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 11/6/2013 11:52:57 AM     (No. 9601319)

I contacted the RNC today and advised them to take me off their mailing/donation list. They are scum who not only won´t help, but harm, members of their own party. A sickening, perverted party.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: nevernaught, 11/6/2013 12:00:04 PM     (No. 9601334)

There were quite a few reasons why Ken Cuccinelli lost this election. The GOP/RNC abandoned him in the first part of October when they thought he was a loser. Secondly the Libertarian Party ran a candidate and sucked away the votes that would have put Cuccinelli over the top. As if those two harebrained actions weren´t enough to sink him, Obama´s money bundlers financed part of the Libertarian campaign (by stealth or not, I do not know).

The Tea Party is intelligent enough to challenge candidates within the Republican primaries. If they lose, they still support Republican candidates in the general election. They don´t run as a third Party.

Ken Cuccinelli should have won. Obama´s poll numbers are now at 39% favorable. This doesn´t have anything to do with the phony Government shutdown. Blame a crooked Obama camp and the sheer brainless actions of so called friends and two other clueless organizations

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Hermit_Crab, 11/6/2013 12:08:13 PM     (No. 9601354)

"Obamacare nearly killed him."

Just remember the old adage: "That which doesn´t kill you, makes you stronger".

McAulliffe / Sebeilus 2016.

You heard it here first.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: gwmcclintok, 11/6/2013 12:42:54 PM     (No. 9601414)

So what if the Republicans kept the Virginia House....they raised taxes previously. They are just democrat lite.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: Tianne, 11/6/2013 2:11:50 PM     (No. 9601533)

The RNC stopped funds to Ken Cuccinelli on October 1 but continued to support Gov. Christie (who didn´t need the support).

The Democrats enlisted Robert Sarvis as a spoiler – he was no Libertarian but a Democrat plant and was funded by Democrat bundlers.

If the Cuccinelli’s votes and the Sarvis votes were combined, Cuccinelli would have sailed to victory.

Fraud and unethical machinations by the Democrats and abandonment by the RNC cost the Republicans this election and cost the State of Virginia its former honor and dignity.


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Reply 46 - Posted by: msjena, 11/6/2013 2:20:29 PM     (No. 9601548)

The shutdown was long forgotten by election day. Those who say the libertarian candidate is the reason are right. A third party candidate who siphons off votes from the real opponent is right out of the Clinton playbook. I would say that Terry M. even devised the strategy, except that he is too dumb to have done so. Take away the libertarian here and Cuncinelli wins with at least 50% of the vote.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: navybrat, 11/6/2013 3:12:18 PM     (No. 9601626)

It was a close race which makes me believe Cuccinelli was outspent and could have won if he had, had the support of the RNC. The establishment RNC do not care if they lose if it is not one of their own. People are having their eyes opened with Obamacare. By the way, Obama shut down 17% of the government for 11 working days. I admire Ted Cruz as he stood up for the people as he promised.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: Hermit_Crab, 11/6/2013 4:10:16 PM     (No. 9601713)

Actually, #46 that may not be so:

An exit poll of Sarvis voters showed that they would have voted for McAuliffe by a two-to-one margin over Cucinelli.

See the final paragraph here:
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/11/early-exit-poll-results-tell-a-tale-of-two-republicans/

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Reply 49 - Posted by: tonyl, 11/6/2013 5:18:05 PM     (No. 9601822)

Virginia has had alot of government hacks move in from Maryland. It´s amazing, they elect libs and then realize it´s too expensive to live in that state anymore. So they move to another states and vote for liberals again. And of course don´t forget alittle voter fraud here and there of course and the dims throwing in a third party. Mcauliife a real shister and insincere person. Thirty years ago this would have been a wipe out for the repubs. Country´s gone.

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Reply 50 - Posted by: guybee, 11/6/2013 8:28:28 PM     (No. 9602043)

What does it matter if he barely won? He WON!!! That is all that matters. Even though he got less than a majority - he will now be able to spew the dim poison.

We need to change the election laws to winnow the final election down to the final two. This is the only way to get rid of these third party candidates that drain off the voters so the worst candidate can win.


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Reply 51 - Posted by: Penney, 11/6/2013 9:53:54 PM     (No. 9602128)

The lack of support for Cuccinelli by the current leadership of the GOP is disturbing and alarming, (to say the least!), and no doubt enabled this shocking & irresponsible McCauliffe´s win.

And shame of the dems´ lsm for not fully informing voters about candidates´ advocating statist policies.

dem pols& their media have no shame

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Reply 52 - Posted by: get er done, 11/6/2013 10:05:15 PM     (No. 9602138)

#19 has it right. This election should be challenged if only to expose the rampant corruption. "How many dead people voted? Prisoners? Illegals?

Before the 2008 election, we moved, and we reported our move in a timely manner to the local board of elections in Northern Virginia. We received our new voter registrations in January 2008. We heard that the Fairfax County voter registration people were too busy combing the prisons registering felons to vote. We had to return to Alexandria, VA where we had previously lived, to vote, and when we did, we were given ballots WHICH DID NOT HAVE THE NAMES OF THE PRESIDENTIAL AND VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES ON THEM. (Caps used for emphasis.) The ballots simply gave the parties of the presidential and vice presidential candidates. We could have been voting for apes or german shepherds for all that the ballots showed.

The Republican Party has betrayed its conservative constituency and lost our support long ago. Cuccinelli stood up for our rights when the feds tried to build a hideous concrete flood drainage ditch near Mount Vernon -- the libs probably wanted to defile Mount Vernon because they defile everything they touch.

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Reply 53 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 11/6/2013 10:45:48 PM     (No. 9602176)

Alright...I´ll say it again. This election outcome is what happens when we spend too much time fighting each other and not the dim opposition. Once again, we beat ourselves. starting to sound familiar?

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Reply 54 - Posted by: Penney, 11/6/2013 10:54:28 PM     (No. 9602188)

Another factor is that the Libertarians´ candidate also syphoned votes from the Republican Cuccinelli, ...as this third party candidates always do.

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Posted By: FlyRight- 4/7/2014 7:38:55 AM     Post Reply
Fears that high-speed traders have been rigging the U.S. stock market went mainstream last week thanks to allegations in a book by financial author Michael Lewis, but there may be a more serious threat to investors: the increasing amount of trading that happens outside of exchanges.Some former regulators and academics say so much trading is now happening away from exchanges that publicly quoted prices for stocks on exchanges may no longer properly reflect where the market is. And this problem could cost investors far more money than any shenanigans related to high frequency trading. When the average investor, or even

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 4/6/2014 8:50:41 AM     Post Reply
It’s good Gov. Cuomo understands New York has a problem with cigarette smuggling. Too bad he has yet to figure out what’s really driving the problem of illegal smokes: our high tobacco taxes.Just days after a key report found New York has the highest percentage of illegal cigarettes of any state, the governor announced the creation of a new “strike force” meant to crack down.Teams from 13 state, local and federal agencies, he said, are joining to stop “the influx of counterfeit and untaxed tobacco products into New York” and nab smugglers who “evade the law and rob the state

Obama’s empty boasts
New York Daily News, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 4/6/2014 7:53:50 AM     Post Reply
After his health-care law surpassed the low-ball enrollment target of 7 million, President Obama staged a Rose Garden rally and zinged doubters: “Armageddon has not arrived.” At least he did not declare: “Mission Accomplished.”The country is years from knowing whether Obama’s overhaul of the health-care system fulfills the promise of delivering universal coverage.While large numbers of Americans have found the program very advantageous, including people who were formerly uninsured, many others have been forced to change plans or change doctors — contrary to Obama’s repeated promises.Obama tacitly admits the unintended consequences every time he waives a deadline or mandate in

´The debate over repealing this law is over´: Obama
boasts 7.1 MILLION have signed up to Obamacare
but study shows just 858,000 newly insured*
Daily Mail (UK), by DAVID MARTOSKO    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 4/5/2014 7:49:46 AM     Post Reply
A triumphant President Barack Obama declared Tuesday his signature medical insurance overhaul a success, saying it has made America´s health care system ´a lot better´ in a Rose Garden press conference. But buried in the 7.1 million enrollments he announced in a heavily staged appearance is a more unsettling reality. Numbers from a RAND Corporation study that has been kept under wraps suggest that barely 858,000 previously uninsured Americans – nowhere near 7.1 million – have paid for new policies and joined the ranks of the insured by Monday night.

No Country For Young Men.
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 4/4/2014 9:18:12 PM     Post Reply
The author of the Twilight of Abundance, David Archibald, sent an email a few days ago, saying “there is a whole new world coming.” Archibald, who’s an Australian, warns in his book that the world is running out of food, energy and security. Where he differs from Malthus, however, is in arguing that the shortages are the consequence of policy, rather than the inherent limitations of the universe. The world is doing everything it can to run in the opposite direction of abundance because we think we have too much. The West dreads warmer weather, even though warmer weather might

Clinton docs: Lewinsky,
speechwriting and race
Pollitico, by Josh Gerstein    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 3/29/2014 3:26:29 PM     Post Reply
The Clinton Library took the wraps off another batch of White House documents Friday afternoon, offering new insights into how aides scrambled to address the Monica Lewinsky scandal, how the hot-button issue of race tied the White House staff up in knots and how former President Bill Clinton cast a wide net for advice in advance of his major speeches.The new set of Clinton documents make little mention of then-first lady Hillary Clinton, and so are unlikely to have a major political impact. However, many of the memos were written by or mention aides to Bill Clinton who now hold

Maria Bartiromo: What Went Wrong at CNBC,
and Why the ‘Money Honey’ Moved to Fox
Daily Beast, by Lloyd Grove    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 3/29/2014 9:43:10 AM     Post Reply
Famous as the ´Money Honey,´ Maria Bartiromo is about to begin a Sunday morning show on the Fox News Channel—but not before firing a ringing broadside at her former CNBC bosses. The “Money Honey” may have moved across the street--from CNBC to Fox--but she’s still the same hyper-competitive, no-nonsense, Brooklyn-born business enthusiast that viewers have come to know as Maria Bartiromo.“I’m not changing,” the 46-year-old financial news luminary told me on Thursday as she rode back from a sit-down with Ken Frazier, the chairman and CEO of the Merck pharmaceutical empire in the wilds of northern New Jersey. “I’ve always

Deadline Near, Healthcare
sign ups show disparities
New York Times, by SHERYL GAY STOLBERG and ROBERT PEAR    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 3/28/2014 8:06:16 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The online insurance marketplace in Oregon is such a technological mess that residents have been signing up for health coverage by hand. In Texas, political opposition to President Obama’s health law is so strong that some residents believe, erroneously, that the program is banned in their state.But in Connecticut, a smoothly functioning website, run by competent managers, has successfully enrolled so many patients that officials are offering to sell their expertise to states like Maryland, which is struggling to sign people up for coverage. The disparities reveal a stark truth about the Affordable Care Act: With the first open

CNN producers busted trying
to get into WTC site
New York Post, by Larry Celona, Kevin Fasick    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 3/26/2014 6:46:14 AM     Post Reply
Two CNN producers were arrested Tuesday for trying to sneak into the World Trade Center site to test its security — after The Post reported that a teen made it all the way to the spire of the world’s top terror target. Connor Boals, 26, and Yon Pomrenze, 35, made multiple attempts to get onto Ground Zero before being arrested shortly after 2 p.m., law enforcement sources said. The pair initially tried to get through a gate at Vesey and Washington streets, with a source saying they told the cop who stopped them that “if a 16-year-old could get on the site, they should be able to get in.” Next, they headed east, with Boals twice being spotted

Malaysia Airlines defends text message to
families as China demands satellite data
Fox News and Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 3/25/2014 8:04:04 AM     Post Reply
Malaysia Airlines officials on Tuesday defended their decision to notify relatives of missing passengers of Flight 370´s presumed fate via text message, as China demanded that Malaysia turn over satellite data it used to conclude the jet was lost with no survivors. Malaysian Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya told a press conference that the company´s "sole motivation" for informing passengers´ family members of their findings through text message was to ensure "the families heard the tragic news before the world did."My heart breaks to think of the unimaginable pain suffered by all the families," Yahya told reporters at Kuala Lumpur International

Bryan Cranston: ´I scare people´
Guardian [UK], by Oliver Burkeman    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 3/23/2014 3:07:55 PM     Post Reply
The actor Bryan Cranston smiles a lot, but when he isn´t doing so, his craggy features settle into a default expression of unyielding menace. "My face, in repose, is mean," he tells the Guardian´s photographer, apologetically, at the Manhattan photo studio where we meet. "I scare people. You know how some people have a built-in smile? I look like I´m going to eat children." Cranston, 58, is currently appearing on Broadway as Lyndon Johnson in All the Way, a three-hour play that taxes his vocal cords – on Mondays, when there´s no performance, he obeys a vow of silence.



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Eric Holder explodes at GOP rep:
‘You don’t want to go there, buddy!’

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Daily Caller, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: quantumman- 4/8/2014 6:03:17 PM     Post Reply
Attorney General Eric Holder exploded at Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert during a House hearing Tuesday. In the midst of questions about the Justice Department’s failure to divulge documents about the Holy Land Foundation terror funding trial, Gohmert made a side comment about how the House of Representatives found Holder in contempt in 2012 for refusing to turn over documents related to the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal. “I realize that contempt is not a big deal to our attorney general, but it is important that we have proper oversight,” Gohmert said. “You don’t want to go there, buddy! You

Hank Aaron Compares Republicans
That Oppose Obama To KKK

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CBS, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: FelineFine- 4/9/2014 11:02:02 AM     Post Reply
Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron compared Republicans that oppose President Barack Obama to the Ku Klux Klan. Speaking to USA Today Tuesday on the 40th anniversary of his then record-breaking 715th home run, the 80-year-old Aaron said that Republicans are hindering Obama’s job performance. “Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated,” Aaron told USA Today Sports.

Revealed: Obama´s friend and
civil rights firebrand Rev. Al
Sharpton was a paid FBI informant
who wore wire to trap Genovese,
Gambino family wiseguys

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Daily Mail (UK), by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/7/2014 6:52:11 PM     Post Reply
Rev. Al Shaprton, the controversial civil rights leader-turned-broadcaster, was a confidential FBi informant for years and helped the feds put members of the Genovese and Gambino organized crime families behind bars, it was revealed Monday in a sensational exposé. President Barack Obama will speak this week for the second time at the annual meeting of Sharpton´s National Action Network, raising questions about the group´s special treatment. Sharpton´s special relationship with the Justice Department may also explain why his NAN has been allowed to skirt responsibility for $1.9 million in back taxes and penalties it has owed the IRS since 2006

The Color of His Presidency
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New York Magazine, by Jonathan Chait    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 4/8/2014 7:41:59 AM     Post Reply
A few weeks ago, the liberal comedian Bill Maher and conservative strategist and pundit Bill Kristol had a brief spat on Maher’s HBO show, putatively over what instigated the tea party but ultimately over the psychic wound that has divided red America and blue America in the Obama years. The rise of the tea party, explained Maher in a let’s-get-real moment, closing his eyes for a second the way one does when saying something everybody knows but nobody wants to say, “was about a black president.” Both Maher and Kristol carry themselves with a weary cynicism that allows them to

Al Sharpton´s Secret Work
As FBI Informant

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Smoking Gun, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 4/7/2014 2:00:17 PM     Post Reply
When friends and family members gathered recently at the White House for a private celebration of Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday, one of the invited partygoers was a former paid FBI Mafia informant. That same man attended February’s state dinner in honor of French President Francois Hollande. He was seated with his girlfriend at a table adjacent to President Barack Obama, who is likely unaware that, according to federal agents, his guest once interacted with members of four of New York City’s five organized crime families. He even secretly taped some of those wiseguys using a briefcase that FBI technicians outfitted

Peaches Geldof dies unexpectedly at age 25
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Associated Press, by Sylvia Hui    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/7/2014 2:44:12 PM     Post Reply
LONDON - Peaches Geldof, the wild-child second daughter of concert organizer Bob Geldof who worked as a model, a television presenter and a fashion writer and filled the pages of British tabloids with her late-night antics, has died at age 25. There was no immediate word on the cause of her death at her home in Wrotham, Kent, southeast England. Her father said in a statement Monday: "Peaches has died. We are beyond pain." "She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us," he said. "Writing 'was' destroys me afresh. What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable? We loved her and will cherish her forever."




Caught kissing staffer, Rep. Vance McAllister
asks for forgiveness

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CBSNews.com, by Lindsey Boerma    Original Article
Posted By: karmageddon2008- 4/7/2014 6:52:58 PM     Post Reply
A married freshman Republican congressman who campaigned on his Christian, conservative values apologized Monday after surveillance video surfaced purportedly showing him in a lengthy liplock with a staffer. In the Dec. 23 footage, obtained by a local newspaper, Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La. - who ahead of his election last fall ran multiple campaign ads trumpeting his faith and family - is seen kissing and embracing a woman for about 20 seconds at his Monroe, La., district office. The Ouachita Citizen reports the woman is the congressman´s 33-year-old part-time scheduler, who is also married.

Millions of Americans aren´t working. Why?
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CNBC, by Allison Linn    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 4/7/2014 2:32:09 PM     Post Reply
Call it the million-worker mystery. A large chunk of American adults are no longer in the labor force. That has left economists divided over how many of them are voluntarily not working-or even looking for work-because they wanted to retire, go to school or take care of family members, versus how many have been forced out because they couldn´t find a job. (snip) Shierholz estimates that there are currently more than 5 million missing workers who are not included in the unemployment rate because they are neither working nor looking for work, but who might be if the job market

House Committee: Possible
Crimes by IRS Official

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Associated Press, by Stephen Ohlemacher    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 4/7/2014 8:14:52 PM     Post Reply
The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee says investigators have uncovered evidence that a former Internal Revenue Service official may have committed crimes as part of the agency´s tea party controversy. Rep. Dave Camp set a committee vote for Wednesday on whether to refer Lois Lerner, who used to head the agency´s tax-exempt division, to the Justice Department "for possible criminal prosecution." Camp, R-Mich., did not specify which laws Lerner may have broken. Lerner´s lawyer, William W. Taylor III, has said she broke no laws. On Monday, Taylor emailed this response to Camp´s announcement: "One word: Ridiculous." Camp´s committee has been investigating

Democrats slam ´offensive´
Pelosi image on Breitbart site

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USA Today, by Catalina Camia    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 4/7/2014 4:34:06 PM     Post Reply
The Democratic National Committee is furious by a conservative website’s ad campaign that depicts Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi clad in a bikini in a provocative pose with her tongue sticking out. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, called on Republicans to press Breitbart News to remove the artwork — one of several suggestive images on the website promoting the new California site. The image of Pelosi, beneath one of California Gov. Jerry Brown’s face photo-shopped onto a flexing body builder, includes the sub-head: “Because you can’t make this s— up.” “To say the least,

Handling of former IRS employee
Lois Lerner makes lawyers cringe

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Washington Times (D.C), by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/8/2014 6:32:30 AM     Post Reply
As the House prepares for several key votes on former Internal Revenue Service employee Lois G. Lerner and potential legal action, analysts say she and her attorney have mishandled their case by picking and choosing when they want to talk, and to whom they are willing to talk. Ms. Lerner faces a vote in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday that could begin the process of accusing her of contempt of Congress. The Ways and Means Committee announced that it will hold a vote Wednesday on whether to officially accuse Ms. Lerner of breaking the law by

RAND study: By our estimate, 3.9 million
people signed up for ObamaCare, not
7.1 million like the White House says

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Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/9/2014 4:25:19 AM     Post Reply
A caveat right off the bat: RAND’s estimate only runs through March 28 whereas the actual deadline for signing up was March 31st. Given the crush of traffic on Healthcare.gov in late March, many more people could have signed up over those last three days than were captured by these numbers. On the other hand, the White House was claiming six million sign-ups as of March 27. There’s no way to reconcile that with RAND’s data. One of them is wrong. Maybe both, in fact. There’s a big spike in Medicaid, just as everyone expected. There’s a less big but


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