I don't usually blog about the races and candidates that I'm working on (Brian Moran's), but since I also live in Virginia, I'm going to make an exception, and post about the contest in the coming weeks. This isn't endorsed or coordinated with the campaign.
I think it's fair to say that a majority of the bloggers and their readers in Virginia are backing Brian Moran, but Creigh Deeds and Terry McAuliffe also have their supporters. I have my own take on Terry McAuliffe, which began with 2002, and it pretty closely tracks the view that a lot of national bloggers have toward the guy who was the biggest obstacle of the Democratic Party changing, from 2000-2005, when we replaced him with Howard Dean.
McAuliffe, of course, went on to be the Chairman of Hillary Clinton's campaign in the next period of his life, where he helped run a pretty negative campaign against Barack Obama.
As an aside--losing is par for the course of Terry McAuliffe in Presidential politics. He's actually got a worse record than Bob Shrum! Except in '96, when Clinton ran for re-election, every primary candidate supported by McAuliffe has failed to win. In '80 its was Carter; '84 Mondale; '88 Gephardt; '92 Harkin; '00 Gore; '04 Kerry; '08 Clinton.
Anyway, a couple of months ago, McAuliffe started running these radio ads where "he takes credit for helping to elect President Obama last year". So, this past week Moran's campaign takes out ads on the same stations:
"Terry McAuliffe may have a lot of big money for his campaign, but don't let that hide the truth. The truth is, Terry McAuliffe led the campaign that ran the `3 a.m.' attack ad against Barack Obama. McAuliffe worked to put up the ads that questioned Obama's ability to be President. The fact is, if Terry McAuliffe had his way, Barack Obama wouldn't be our President today. McAuliffe even went on national TV and joked Barack Obama could, quote, `kiss my ass.' The New York Times put it best, saying `[Barack] Obama ran against exactly the kind of big-money 1990s politics that McAuliffe has come to represent.' We need to stand against McAuliffe's big-money politics today. Brian Moran has been fighting for our community for decades. Brian Moran will take on big- money Wall Street politics and fight for our streets as Governor."
In the Hampton Roads version: "Locally, Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus Kelly Alexander urges you to vote for Brian Moran for Governor. We can count on Brian Moran."
In the Richmond version: "Locally, Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones urges you to vote for Brian Moran for Governor. We can count on Brian Moran.
Now, I'm not a candidate, but that hasn't stopped the press shop of Terry McAuliffe from pushing out oppo of some of the words I had about Barack Obama in the '08 primary.
Now mind you, I was not on anyone's staff nor did any consultant work, and just posted as a pull-it-out-of-my-you-know-where blogger. I could never discern a single policy difference between Clinton and Obama and that's panned out. Clinton seemed more likely to win the GE, but Obama did it, so a terrific ending. I think there's a higher bar for someone on the staff, as compared with a bloggers words. But nevertheless, if I turned around and bragged here on a blog post that I was a key reason why Obama won, I'd expect to get whacked back pretty hard. But not Terry McAuliffe? I don't think so.Teacher Ken seems confused on a couple of those points.
If the standard for condemnation is negative remarks about Obama and/or his supporters, then it is hard to see how the Moran campaign can continue to use the services of Jerome Armstrong, whose vitriol towards Obama and his supporters has been noted by many across the blogosphere.
I have already noted several well known bloggers who have tweeted on Twitter their displeasure with these ads, and their unwillingness to consider voting for Moran in the primary. I am hearing through a variety of media of people saying how this kind of ad against a fellow Democrat is raising questions in their minds about their ability to support Brian in the general should he gain the nomination.
First, how there is some sort of relevance between what I posted as a blogger and what Terry McAuliffe says as a candidate is a bizzare stretch in any world. Second, I didn't go on national TV and joke Barack Obama could Kiss My Ass, and I didn't run ads taking credit for Barack Obama winning either.
smells racism as work:
Releasing this on African American radio stations, but not stations targeted towards younger audiences smells a little like race baiting to me- why else only target this to African Americans?
Ben, was it "race baiting" when Terry McAuliffe ran his targeted ads on those same urban stations where he took credit for Obama getting elected? What nonsense.
I love primaries. I'll take a look at the conservatism of Creigh Deeds next post.
Update [2009-5-18 10:7:20 by Jerome Armstrong]: CNN's Peter Hamby, for those that want more details, McAuliffe blasted by rival:
The new attack is especially pointed because McAuliffe has gone to great lengths to model elements of his gubernatorial campaign after Obama's, which won Virginia in both the Democratic primary and the general election. In March, McAuliffe's campaign ran an ad on black radio stations proclaiming: "In 2008, our voices were heard when we elected our president, Barack Obama."
But Moran's new ad claims that, "if Terry McAuliffe had his way, Barack Obama wouldn't be our president today." Referring to a light-hearted appearance by McAuliffe on The Daily Show last June, the ad says that "McAuliffe even went on national TV and joked Barack Obama could, quote, 'kiss my ass.'"
The McAuliffe campaign called the ad "false and misleading" and accused Moran of "trying to divide Democrats again, especially at a time when we all need to come together to help President Obama get the economy back on track." The campaign said McAuliffe "fought tirelessly" for Obama after the primaries ended.
If you want to help nominate the progressive candidate in the contest, Brian Moran, we could use your phone-banking help over on Organize Virginia.