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I know Larry Sabato. Make that; I thought that I knew Larry Sabato.
A few years ago, and I can’t remember the occasion, long having deleted my personal Twitter account, I suggested on that social medium that he was less than fair in his analysis of a particular political campaign. I mentioned that he once worked for Virginia’s (then) most liberal governor, Democrat Henry Howell (who was right about Dominion Energy, by the way).
Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the strongest public comments yet from Sen. Joe Manchin about why he cannot yet support the massive reconciliation bill. They also chronicle Terry McAuliffe’s blatant lies in the closing days of the campaign, from falsely accusing Glenn Youngkin of being anti-vaccine to grossly inflating number of kids hospitalized with COVID. And they fume as more than two dozen New York City firehouses went out of service due to first responders being unvaccinated.
This is your reminder that Fox News Polls typically lean Democratic. Whoa. Preview Open
I recently warned you to ignore public opinion polling this week in Virginia’s hotly contested gubernatorial election between first-time GOP candidate Glenn Youngkin and former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe. I feared that Democrats and their media allies, likely the Washington Post/ABC polling outfit, would engineer a poll designed to suppress the GOP vote as they did in […]
I’m not quite sure what to make of the new signs that began popping up in the state of Virginia on Monday morning.
Earlier today, The Virginia Project, a group whose mission it is to build a 21st Century Virginia GOP, posted photos of new signs purportedly from the campaign of gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, that say: “Keep Parents Out of Classrooms; Vote McAuliffe; Keep Virginia Blue.”
Click on your favorite internet search engine (mine is duckduckgo.com) and type in “polling failures.” You might be surprised just how many writers, bloggers, and election analysts criticized the quality of political polling both in 2016 and 2020. “The Worst Polling Failure in American History.” Preview Open
Join Jim and Greg as they enjoy watching Terry McAuliffe make mistake after mistake in the homestretch of the Virginia governor’s race. They also welcome a Wall Street Journal report on the simple reality that only fossil fuels can meet our energy needs in terms of abundance and cost but fume that Democrats insist on pursuing policies that are not realistic and are sending prices much higher. And they they wince as reports suggest Democrats appear to be closing in on a consensus for a $2 trillion spending binge on far left priorities.
Clearly annoyed that WJLA-TV 7News reporter Nick Minock had the temerity to question him about real issues, Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe abruptly ended the interview.
Rising from his chair, he said, “Alright, we’re over! That’s it. That’s it. Hey, I gave you extra time. C’mon man.”
Having spent a quarter-century working in, or with, dozens of congressional campaigns, I consider myself pretty plugged in and reasonably well connected in politics. But even I was surprised on Tuesday morning while listening to the first hour of the estimable Hugh Hewitt’s national radio show. The Democratic candidate for Governor of Virginia, Terry “The […]
The Virginia gubernatorial race was once Terry McAuliffe’s to lose. But a series of gaffes has voters rethinking their support for the former Democrat governor. His most egregious remark came during a late September debate with his Republican challenger Glenn Youngkin when he said, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.” […]
Gov. Terry McAuliffe, meet Andrea Weiskopf. You said several times during your WAVY-TV Roundtable yesterday (Oct. 7th) that Critical Race Theory “is not taught in Virginia” and has never been taught in Virginia. Journalist Anita Blanton asked you three times to define CRT. You refused and instead reflexively and wrongly repeated that it doesn’t matter […]
“I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.” – Terry McAuliffe, September 28, 2021 “He hated his own family and never tired of weaning his gifted students from their families. His students…had to be cured of the disastrous misconceptions, the “standardized unrealities” imposed on them by their mindless parents.” – Ravelstein, […]
It should have been no surprise that Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell expertly timed a proposal late Wednesday – after the “markets” closed, and more about that later – to go along with a temporary, conditional “deal” to extend our government’s debt limit until December, including a “price tag” just south of $500 billion. Senate […]
Apparently, Democrats have determined to “trick or treat” early in the Commonwealth of Virginia this year. Not waiting until October 31 for Halloween, they didn’t even wait until October 1 to begin their dirty tricks to influence the November 2nd election. Virginia and New Jersey hold statewide elections this year, the only two conducting major […]
Despite the “best” efforts of the Democrats’ retread gubernatorial candidate, New York native, Bill Clinton bag man, and corrupt Terry McAuliffe, Glenn Youngkin stayed focused on Virginia and won the second and last debate. On education, job creation, and comparison to other states, Yougkin scored. And that was no small challenge. Climatista and never-Trumper Chuck Todd of […]
Virginia Republicans last May put their faith in a first-time candidate for public office, Glenn Youngkin, as their nominee for Governor in the state’s odd-year general election on November 2nd. They chose him over more experienced political veterans such as former House Speaker Kirk Cox, State Senator Amanda Chase, and long-time GOP supporter and candidate Pete Snyder.
Choosing a novice candidate is risky, especially when running against a long-time political pro and former governor like Terry McAuliffe. But Virginia’s GOP saw in Youngkin what I did when first meeting him in December 2020 – the best natural candidate I’ve ever met. And I’ve worked in over 35 congressional and US Senate campaigns in 25 states over a quarter-century, where I’ve done my share of helping negotiate debates, coach candidates, and conduct mock debates.
So many Republicans were no doubt a little trepidatious of tonight’s gubernatorial debate at Appalachian Law School in Grundy, Virginia in the Commonwealth’s far southwest corner, bordering Kentucky and West Virginia. They need not have been. Youngkin won the contest.
I have a curse (“several, actually” – spouse). Having spent a great deal of my career in political campaigns – some 35 US Senate and House campaigns in 25 states over 3 decades, plus supporting dozens more, I have a political lens that I instinctively apply to major events. How is this going to affect an upcoming election?
Even President Biden’s most ardent cheerleaders in the media are rediscovering their petrified journalistic roots and are criticizing not only a decision for US troops to leave Afghanistan – Donald Trump already put those gears in motion – but the horrifically incompetent and ham-handed manner in which Joe Biden followed through.
There’s plenty written and broadcast elsewhere about just how bad Biden personally screwed things up. In quick summary, he withdrew contractors who made the Afghan military’s planes fly. He refused to provide intel, reconnaissance, logistical, and other support as Trump had promised. He did so during the height of “fighting season” (weather matters) in Afghanistan while sending signals that we were hightailing it out of the country. He ignored or rejected expert advice from the intelligence community and his generals.
Eight months ago my wife and I finally closed on the sale of our wonderful home on a nice acreage in the western Philadelphia suburbs, downsizing, close to where we began our marriage some 37 years ago to south Arlington, Virginia. It’s less than a mile from the townhouse we bought in 1985. And another bonus: we love living right on top of Civil War history.