There's nothing more that I like than a truth teller, even in the face of the odds being against you. We've got less than two weeks before the Virginia election.
Two Virginia bloggers tell it like it is today.
There's really nothing about McAuliffe's candidacy that I like. That he's made it this far boggles the mind. That he's leading the polls makes me fear for the sanity of the populace.
It's particularly stunning to me that some of my friends are supporting McAuliffe, and would like me to do likewise. It's as if they've discovered Scientology, and are trying to recruit me. If you'd just go to an auditor, I could get you right with Xenu, I just know I could! It's totally incomprehensible to me. Maybe there's a form of Toxoplasmosis native to McAuliffe?
Brian Moran I like. Creigh Deeds I like a lot. There are a bunch of reasons why I think Deeds would do better in the general election than Moran, and I won't belabor those, but the point is that I'd be proud to have either of them as the Democratic nominee, and I could get behind either one of them. The point here is that I'm not demonizing McAuliffe as a political opponent. I genuinely think he's an ass. Because he is.
Vote for Creigh Deeds. Failing that, vote for Brian Moran. Failing that, don't vote. Instead, consider Scientology.
And Blueweeds, following his enthusiastic endorsement of Brian Moran:
Another point. I have closely followed the posts of my colleagues in the "progressive netroots blogosphere" and attended campaign events targeted specifically at the blogging community. I found most of their endorsements and arguments particularly un-compelling. Too often the arguments were written from a political operatives point of view. That is, the positions taken were focused on who could win the election and why ... rather than on the much more important point of who should win and why. One of the benefits of being a grassroots truth-as-you-see-it blogger is that you do not (and should not) give a rip about campaign operation realities. Just tell your readers what you see as a progressive advocate and leave operational work to the campaign drones and wannabes.
Last point, which I am intentionally understating. I have seen the political elephant (figuratively and literally) and very little shocks me about politics. But I find myself deeply disquieted by the political tactics used by a small but important group of "progressive netroots" bloggers who endorsed and/or work for the McAuliffe campaign. Look. No virgins here. But I saw what you did, and I believe it has done real damage to the Democratic Party of Virginia.
Yes, Terry McAuliffe, who promised an all positive campaign, went negative this week, sending out a deceptive and dishonest mailer attacking both Brian Moran and Creigh Deeds. He's desperate, and we can beat him. Politico has three stories on it today, one of which I linked to on Twitter while swatting off the McAuliffe hustlers.
Brian Moran had a terrific fundraiser over at Ethel Kennedy's famed Hickory Hill estate. My WebStrong partner had 'the quote' in the WaPost about it: "The Kennedy mystique--this is it," said Moran supporter and website designer Todd Webster, as he stood on the home's back porch, drink in hand, gazing down the home's sloping green lawn. "Imagine playing touch football on that yard."
And via Salon (McAuliffe offered money to get me off ballots--whoa!), from Ralph Nader, in an interview with the Washington Post, said that then-Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe approached him with a deal: Money that would help him campaign in 31 states in exchange for a promise to get out of the race in 19 other states. Who you gonna believe, Ralph Nader or Terry McAuliffe? I wouldn't put my money near the huckster, that's for sure.
I went out with a few fellow colleagues and put up Brian Moran signs in NoVA between the Potomac and the Richmond Hwy yesterday, from old town Alexandria to Mt Vernon. I haven't done that since '04 in Iowa for Dean. I love working for Brian Moran. I read crap put out by detractors about how he's not a great candidate, which is a bunch of bs. I know the guy pretty well, and he's in a select class with Mark Warner and Howard Dean as far as I'm concerned, because he actually just wants to govern well, not just sell himself off like some cheapass political celebrity stunt to win an ego-fulfilling election.
Speaking of Mark Warner: I believe he needs to come out and be the Big Dog of Virginia that he is, and endorse for Governor.
So do a lot of national bloggers. It's time to get off the fence (or just notice there's a battle going on over here) and tell your Virginia readers the truth about Terry McAuliffe; because while many Virginians have figured out this guy over the past few months, we've had a history of in the netroots against his brand of politics the entire decade to date, and that needs to be reminded.
Update [2009-5-29 0:1:27 by Jerome Armstrong]:
John Nichols: "McAuliffe is asking the Democrats of Virginia to nominate him for a position of public trust. If he does not have a better explanation than the one that has so far been offered, there can and will be serious questioning of whether he's got that ought to be expected of major-party nominee and a governor."
The Operative Word: "Id call this the worst day of the Terry McAuliffe campaign for governor."
Jim Severt: "Why Moran Will Win It on the 9th
and November 3rd"