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Who Lost Virginia?
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff

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Posted By:StormCnter, 11/9/2013 6:13:35 AM

Ken Cuccinelli’s narrow loss in the Virginia gubernatorial race has become the latest battleground in the war between the so-called Republican establishment and Tea Party-type insurgents. The “establishment” blames the Tea Party induced government shutdown for alienating Virginians, a great many of whom work for the federal government. The insurgents blame the Republican Party for not providing enough money to Cuccinelli’s campaign. Some suggest that the “establishment” wanted Cuccinelli to lose out of spite and/or so it could blame the shutdown for his defeat. What does the Cuccinelli campaign have to say about this? Its chief strategist, Chris LaCivita, blames

Chief Cuccinelli strategist, Chris LaCivita, says just what we have heard Cuccinelli say, that the shutdown prevented coverage of the Cuccinnelli message. Given those two weeks back, he might have pulled it out.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: judy, 11/9/2013 6:25:26 AM     (No. 9605414)

Third party candidate, RNC, Cantor´s former staff person worked for Mcculliff. Hatch saying it was the government shut down is weird. The media outlets didn´t shut down.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: StormCnter, 11/9/2013 6:30:08 AM     (No. 9605416)

You´re right, #1, the media didn´t shut down, but they were 100% focused on, writing and broadcasting, the shutdown. There was no coverage of the Virginia gubernatorial race. Cuccinelli was greatly dependent on free media exposure.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: jansgraphix, 11/9/2013 6:56:00 AM     (No. 9605442)

You´re right, #2, Cuccinelli was greatly dependent on free media exposure because the RNC ´hung him out to dry´ as the GOP´s war against conservatives and anybody who doesnt ´play ball´ with the ruling elites (incumbents) continues to escalate.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: suedotsue, 11/9/2013 7:14:44 AM     (No. 9605466)

Even the Washington Post reported that exit polls debunked the notion that the shutdown negatively affected Cuccinelli. The specific question was asked, whom do you blame, the GOP or Obama? 48% blamed GOP, 45% blamed Obama. I believe the poll had about 4 pts. margin of error, a wash. Strange that a blogger doesn´t put that information in his second sentence instead of an inflammatory inaccuracy. As far as Mr. La Civita, the first thing out of his mouth was to blame the shutdown which is no less than I´ve learned to expect from longtime GOP establishment consultants. Yes, I´m aware he worked for Ken before. The topic which at least one other person here seems to have picked up on and is the hottest topic in town, is can the Sabotage Republicans now silence Ted Cruz and conservatives once and for all? And how will they do it? Too bad the blog piece didn´t sell the exit poll in the second sentence instead of muddying the water.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Amanoftwistsandturns, 11/9/2013 7:17:00 AM     (No. 9605468)

Ted,Rush,Sean and the idiots who played in to Obama´s hand in shutting down the government for sure. And of course Sarvis who was paid by the DNC. And honestly Cuch was not the best candidate .
McAuillife is a crook and will get caught in scandals so the GOP should take it back in 4 yrs.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: JAN, 11/9/2013 7:23:43 AM     (No. 9605480)

The voters have spoken. The demographics coupled with the faux libertarian sunk Cuccinelli.

Be thankful the faux libertarian didn´t win. After all a faux indian beat Scott Brown and is now being touted as the dem candidate for president.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 11/9/2013 7:24:46 AM     (No. 9605482)

#4, you´re missing LaCivitas´ and Cuccinelli´s point. Who got blame for the shutdown is not the same question as whether the loss of two weeks of campaign coverage stalled Cuccinelli´s momentum.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: FunOne, 11/9/2013 7:24:47 AM     (No. 9605483)

I find it hard to understand why any responsible American would oppose a real shutdown of a government that is hell-bent on runaway spending.

Reality is that you can´t keep printing money and going into debt, and it frightens me that so many of my countrymen reject that reality if the "government gives" them anything from welfare checks, cell phones, or even an overpaid job. Sad.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Judith, 11/9/2013 7:32:27 AM     (No. 9605496)

You know, it´s not as though the gop has made a secret of its disdain for the conservatives. And, after 8 years, to be in denial that the gop is really not the other arm of the democrat party and truly wants whatever the dems wants, takes the definition of insanity to the extreme.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: dman, 11/9/2013 8:00:18 AM     (No. 9605550)

Remember also that there is no "Tea Party" as a political entity. Most are 501(c)4 "educational" operations. There is no control over who can run as a "Tea Party" candidate. Anyone can just say it - even a Democrat front man.

That is why a new party is needed to coalesce the random conservative groups and splinter parties into a substantial political party that can vet its candidates and protect the use of its name. A new party would have endorsed, rather than challenged Cuccinelli - much like what New York´s Conservative party often does.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 11/9/2013 8:03:15 AM     (No. 9605554)

The Establishments are upset and quiet these days because it´s not often we get to see the blatant, routine sabotage of conservatives right before our eyes and right out there for EVERYONE to witness.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: eoddad, 11/9/2013 8:10:45 AM     (No. 9605564)

Looks like an Establishment Journalist trying to give the McCains and Graham´s Wing of the party some cover.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: horacer, 11/9/2013 8:45:28 AM     (No. 9605615)

Cuccinelli received 11 million from the so-called ´establishment´. 8 million from governors, 3 million from the RNC. On election night I read blurbs from Virginians stating that ministers were using their sermons to blast the shutdown. It did dominate the airwaves. It did take the focus away from Obamacare. Those are facts that can´t be denied. Obamacare is the reason Cuccinelli closed at the end. Even Dems admit that. Blame Karl Rove all you want he didn´t cost Cuccinelli the election. Neither did Ted Cruz. Cuccinelli´s poor showing through out the summer cost him the election. He left himself too much ground to make up.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 11/9/2013 9:01:13 AM     (No. 9605640)

FTA:"If Cuccinelli hadn’t been trailing by as much as 10 percent in October polling, the Party probably would have provided more money to the campaign."

Care to unpack that one , again?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 11/9/2013 9:07:15 AM     (No. 9605649)

I am having trouble with the excuse that the Government shutdown caused him to lose important media coverage.

We all know how the media covers conservatives. He would have only been getting additional negative coverage during that two weeks. So he wasn´t missing anything good there.

What he was missing was enough money to create his own media message via TV, radio, mail, newspapers, billboards, and internet. And who withheld that money? The establishment GOP.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: god of irony, 11/9/2013 9:09:58 AM     (No. 9605651)

Well then I guess maybe you non-principled establishment should stop kicking the can down the road. Stop blaming conservatives for standing by the party plank and get in their and fight. Imagine if instead of condemning Congressman Johnson for calling Obama a liar, the Republicans would have backed him and amplified the point.

Bottom line if Republicans don´t stand for anything then there is no reason to vote for them.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: mikkins2, 11/9/2013 9:32:58 AM     (No. 9605677)

Powerline doing what it gets paid to do, running a CYA article for the Republican Establishment. They want you to forget they practically abandoned Cuccinelli in hopes he would fail miserably so they could say that Tea Party candidates are through and hope to convince everyone to come back to the dark side.

Problem is that Cuccinelli almost pulled t off without them just proving that with a little more help he could have won.

Remember this the next time you are hurranged for letting a democrat win because you are supporting a Tea Party candidate.

Got Tea?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 11/9/2013 9:41:34 AM     (No. 9605690)

#17, the organized Tea Party groups sent no money to Cuccinelli. Not DeMint´s Club for Growth, the Tea Party Express, TeaParty.com. None of them. At least the Governors´ group and the RNC sent millions. It wasn´t enough, but it was sent. I believe if Cuccinelli had raised 25 million, McAuliffe would have raised 40.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: smcchk, 11/9/2013 10:13:52 AM     (No. 9605743)

The "establishment" can not be blamed for this loss. The article makes two good points, that we need to figure out why we´re losing elections and that a GOP/conservative crackup may be in the making. This is very apparent from posts on this site. Maybe it is time.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: yuban, 11/9/2013 10:20:40 AM     (No. 9605758)

The Moderates search for an article blaming Cruz and the TP didn´t take long. Once again the Moderates on here prove they hate everything about Conservatives, except their vote. Moderates want the status quo since Moderates are leading this Country down the road to Socialism. I am sure you folk are good folk but, sorry, I am a man that loves Liberty and you and your friends on the Left are taking it away from me. Blaming everyone but yourselves for all the GOP failures will get you no where fast. The more you put Conservatives "in their place", the more of us that will leave you high and dry.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: StormCnter, 11/9/2013 10:27:20 AM     (No. 9605766)

All of us love liberty, the concept is not limited to you. Neither do you nor I nor anyone get to decide who is "moderate", who is "conservative. Such judging is not only presumptuous, but patronizing.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: grampus, 11/9/2013 10:27:42 AM     (No. 9605768)

Ready for a recount? Thr Republican candidate for Attorney General managed to get a narrow win over the Democrat...roughly 1200 or so votes. But don´t worry, the Fairfax County Democrats have discovered that they failed to count some 2,000 absentee ballots. And Fairfax County, of course is heavily Democrat.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Lalo, 11/9/2013 10:35:30 AM     (No. 9605780)

I blame the Libertarian Party & candidate. I´m a libertarian-leaning conservative, too, but I have sense enough not to actually vote for them if there´s a chance the Dem might win. Get a life, Libertarians!

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Reply 24 - Posted by: caddyjak, 11/9/2013 10:36:51 AM     (No. 9605784)

Gee, do you think that the usual 10% demorat fraudulent vote might have contributed here?

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Lalo, 11/9/2013 11:06:10 AM     (No. 9605824)

P.S. And yes, the Republican Party for the lack of TV ads. The shutdown was surely more painful in Virginia than most states, but I still doubt that made much of a difference.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 11/9/2013 11:43:31 AM     (No. 9605874)

Sorry for the second post but what the heck is so painful about a three week paid vacation plus the overtime you were scheduled to work while it was going on? Yeah, I feel really sorry for those poor leeches in northern VA.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: killerbee, 11/9/2013 12:41:40 PM     (No. 9605950)

Hah! Like the media would have given two weeks of positive attention to Cuccineli. What rot! Absurd. Yeah, if you want to find a reason to blame conservatives/TEA Partiers/Ted Cruz or any of the others who actually stand up to the powerful, you can believe that, but it´s nonsense regardless.

If the shut down hadn´t happened, they´d have found another reason not to talk about Cuccineli. Or, barring that, they´d have spun to make him seem like a loony like they´d already been doing the whole campaign. Seriously. Did you guys miss the entirety of the 2012 national campaign? How was that ride on the turnip truck, Paul? KC missed out on media coverage? Probably the best thing that could have happened for the guy in this media climate.

Power Line has nearly zero credibility when it comes to political analysis. When they talk legal nuts and bolts they´re okay, but they´re just pathetic otherwise. Always, always wrong. And they´ll be pushing Christie hard this year and calling anyone who disagrees a crazy person, just watch.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: killerbee, 11/9/2013 12:48:12 PM     (No. 9605959)

Sorry for a second post, but I just went back and read the comment stream and someone posted this:

Cuccineli´s numbers were higher AFTER the shut down than BEFORE it.

Power Line has become a joke.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Susannah, 11/9/2013 1:55:38 PM     (No. 9606016)

It´ll be dandy when there are 20 Republicans and 80 Democrats in the senate, and 100 Republicans and 335 Democrats in the house of representatives. That´ll ensure a smaller government, the repeal of Obamacare, and much lower taxes. And President Clinton will be happy to answer your questions about Benghazi.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 11/9/2013 2:05:16 PM     (No. 9606029)

Can´t scare me into supporting GOP politicians voting for destructive leftist policies, #30. Not falling for that trick any more. Nice try, though.

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WASHINGTON — Former President Jimmy Carter joined fellow Nobel laureates Wednesday in opposing Keystone XL, insisting that approving the pipeline would trigger “more climate upheaval” around the globe. In an open letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, Carter and the nine other Nobel Peace Prize winners bluntly warned the leaders: “Your decision on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will define your climate legacy.” The missive, published as an advertisement in Politico, represents the first time Carter has taken a position on the $5.4 billion project and makes him the first former president to come

Fox News Poll: Many voters say Obama lies
to the country on important matters

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Fox News, by Dana Blanton    Original Article
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About six in ten American voters think Barack Obama lies to the country on important matters some or most of the time, according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday. Thirty-seven percent think Obama lies “most of the time,” while another 24 percent say he lies “some of the time.” Twenty percent of voters say “only now and then” and 15 percent “never.” Click here for the poll results. President Obama has been accused by political opponents and media fact-checkers alike of telling falsehoods. Frequently cited: His repeated claim that under Obamacare “If you like your plan, you can keep

Rev. Al Sharpton’s Easter message:
Politically ‘crucified’ Obama has risen again

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Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
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With Easter soon approaching, the Rev. Al Sharpton on Wednesday drew parallels between the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the resurrection of President Obama’s political career. Joining the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” Mr. Sharpton said that his message for this Easter is that “no matter what the world may do to you unfairly, no matter how you’re crucified — nailed to the cross at home, or in your personal relationships, or on the job — that you can rise if you don’t lose yourself during the hard times and the challenges.” The reverend went on to say that Christ endured so much humiliation and unearned suffering leading up to his death,

Wendy Davis will undergo neck surgery
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Star-Telegram [Fort Worth TX], by Anna M. Tinsley    Original Article
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FORT WORTH — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis will undergo neck surgery today, her campaign said Tuesday. “After experiencing shoulder and right arm pain in recent weeks, Sen. Davis will have a routine surgical procedure to remove bone spurs and degenerative discs that are creating compression on the nerves in her neck,” campaign spokesman Zac Petkanas said in a statement Tuesday. “This is a common issue experienced by runners and endurance athletes,” he said. Davis, of Fort Worth, will undergo the outpatient surgery at the Fort Worth Brain and Spine Institute. Dr. Thomas Ellis will perform the

Obama administration gives Detroit
$100 million for ´blight removal´

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American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
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The cash infusion by the federal government is actually going to help the city pay pensions, even though they´re playing a kind of shell game with the money. As for "blight removal," perhaps they could start with city hall. Reuters: Michigan officials and President Barack Obama´s Administration are discussing a plan to free up $100 million in federal money to aid Detroit´s retired city workers, the Detroit Free Press reported on Tuesday. Citing two people familiar with the talks, the newspaper said the talks were centered around federal money flowing to Michigan for blight removal. Under the plan, $100 million

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