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Beating a Dead Horse

December 7, 2009 Leave a comment

Some people just can’t escape criticism. One of those unfortunates is Creigh Deeds. First, there’s a scathing editorial from Doug Wilder, who many waved off as a has-been when he predicted the inevitable. From the RTD:

Candidly, though, I will state that Deeds’ inability to resonate with the base of the party was not his only failure, as some have claimed. He also failed to connect with the overall root base of Virginia voters of all persuasions — particularly independents and crossover Republicans. If a candidate cannot attract the votes of a broad-based coalition, it becomes extremely difficult — if not impossible — to win any statewide election in this commonwealth.

That is Virginia Politics 101, but sometimes it does us all good to refresh ourselves about the lessons these past few decades of elections have taught us.

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With the concerns of the base about job losses, under-employment, health care, and resources for infrastructure improvements mounting on an almost daily basis, Democrats will have to start showing that the base — which has been so essential to so many of us having been elected and put into positions of leadership — has real reasons to believe that its votes matter, and that it will see tangible results, notwithstanding the present dilemma of the party.

Meanwhile, outgoing Governor Tim Kaine shows that a little loss like that on November 3rd is no cure for arrogance. From the Politico:

In an interview in Monday’s Danville Register & Bee, Kaine, who’s also chairmen of the Democratic National Committee, said that he would have run for re-election if Virginia governors were not limited to one term and that if he had run again he “probably could have won pretty easily.”

So you really think that the voters of Virginia would have just ignored your billion dollar deficits? Indeed, there was one candidate on the ballot that worked with the Governor and defended his fiscal policies tooth and nail only to get whomped just as bad. Can’t poor Creigh catch a break? Just like the incoming Governor he’s still got a job to do, and I’m sure he’ll be glad when session comes. Will he become a leading critic of the administration? Time will tell.

Of course, Tim Kaine also threw himself a lavish party at the Hat Factory in Richmond with over 1,400 guests. No word if this was on the government kitty….but its clear that His Excellency would rather us remember “the good times” like a boyfriend desperate to get back with a girl he mistreated.

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When I get to the Mansion Gates, Tim Kaine’s gonna have to wait…..

February 7, 2009 4 comments

…..so I can smoke, smoke, smoke that cigarette!

As you’ve probably heard by now, Speaker Howell has reached a compromise with Governor Kaine that, the two men believe, will allow a bill largely banning smoking in public places to pass after years of such legislation being submitted. From the Washington Times:

Gov. Tim Kaine and House Republican leaders announced an agreement Thursday on a bill that would curb smoking in most public eateries and bars.

The bill represents a compromise between the Democratic governor’s longtime backing for an outright ban on all smoking in bars and restaurants and traditional Republican opposition to mandated smoking restrictions.

If passed, the measure will ban smoking except in private clubs and inside walled-off areas of restaurants designated for smoking and served by a ventilation system separate from the one that serves nonsmoking parts of the establishment. 

Governor Kaine has pushed rigorously for this action across the last several years, having previously banned smoking in state buildings. Now, after being founded by, raised on, and funded through King Tobacco, it looks like the Commonwealth’s four hundred year love affair with the sweet leaf may be finally coming to an end. 

Although not a smoker myself, I am firmly against this legislation due to very strong personal convictions. However, before I lay out my own case against the move, I think we should look at how this is shaking out in the political world, and why I feel this decision is just as disastrous politically as it is ideologically. 

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Offshore Drilling Bill Passes in Va House

February 3, 2009 Leave a comment

From the Daily News Record:

A plan on how to allocate royalties from offshore drilling – should the federal moratorium be lifted – has moved out of a House of Delegates committee.

Reintroduced this year by Del. Chris Saxman, R-Staunton, the bill was approved Friday by the Appropriations Committee by a 21-3 vote.

Saxman proposes using money from natural gas and oil drilling for state investments in transportation, renewable electricity, coastal energy and efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

Appropriations Committee member Del. Steve Landes, R-Weyers Cave, voted for the bill.

Last year, the bill passed the House of Delegates but was narrowly defeated in the Senate, 18-16.

Unfortunately, even if this bill does somehow manage to pass AND survive a veto by Obama ally Governor Tim Kaine, it won’t have much affect, as Obama certainly isn’t going to break his promises to the environmental lobby.

The administration is far more content to just throw money at problems rather than helping states open up revenue streams of their own.

How now, Tim Craig?

January 28, 2009 3 comments

This week’s Virginia Notebook spills some wasted ink laying out the mainstream narrative of the 2009 Governor’s race in Virginia as a test of both President Obama and the Democrat’s new coalition and of Tim Kaine’s political mettle. However, two quotes stand out:

“I don’t think Obama could have picked a more boring, less exciting person than Tim Kaine,” Markos Moulitsas, founder of Daily Kos, an influential liberal blog, said in an interview last week. “But we have the White House. We have the Senate. We have the House. So no one really cares much about Kaine.”

Good to see some on the other side of the aisle see Kaine as just about as useless as Republicans do. It also opens questions about if Kaine will be able to motivate and direct Democrats as well as Obama if the big guy and his team are tied up in Washington around November.

Of more important note is Tim Craig’s assertion that the party elected after an outgoing Governor determines their precessor’s legacy:

More importantly, Kaine’s legacy as governor will probably rest on his ability to have a Democrat succeed him.

Going back to the 1970s, Virginia governors succeeded by a member of the same party have generally been viewed as successful in office. Those whose political opponents succeed them have had more difficulty in crafting a positive narrative about their legacies.

After James S. Gilmore III (R) left office in 2002, his successor, Democrat Mark R. Warner, spent the four years blaming him for the state’s budget woes.

When Warner left office in 2006, he was succeeded by Kaine, who has spent three years praising his predecessor’s decisions. If the GOP takes over the Governor’s Mansion, the public probably will be blanketed with news for four years about what Kaine did wrong in office instead of what he did right.

Uh, no offense Tim…..but if the opposition party ends up getting elected in the first place, wasn’t the outgoing Governor’s legacy already going down the tubes? Also, remember that Jerry Kilgore was in a much tighter race before some major gaffes in the fall campaign, and that Douglas Wilder is praised in many circles for correcting the budget that his Democratic predecessor Gerald Balilies wrecked. Although its always good to have a cheerleader out there, your actual actions determine whether or not there’s going to be a cheerleader, not just the fact that they’re of the same party.

Guv continues excuses; Assembly reacts

January 27, 2009 Leave a comment

In light of the recent kerfluffle over a fundraising reception that was to be held at the Governor’s mansion in support of a Democratic women’s PAC, Delegate Morgan Griffith has introduced a bill to ban fundraising at the Mansion. From WaPo:

use Bill 2657 simply says “Any event at the Executive Mansion for the purpose of soliciting funds for any purpose, other than for charity, shall be prohibited at all times.”

Griffith (R-Salem) said last week that he got a “creepy feeling” when he learned of a planned reception at the mansion.

Meanwhile, the Governor’s staff continues to make excuses for the “mistake”:

Gordon Hickey’s Kaine’s spokesman, said the governor supports the bill. “We already have a strict rule of not doing political fundraising at the mansion,” he said. “He recently canceled a reception there when he found out the group was improperly advertising it as a fundraising event without his permission.”

If the rule is so strict, then why didn’t they determine the true nature of the event. Even if it is a two part event (the tickets were for a nearby panel discussion with a reception following), couldn’t they have figured out that the Governor was the main draw here? Blame cuts both ways, but the Governor should have been much more careful. 

Another question: Will Governor Kaine be signing any solicitations for the DNC while the Assembly is in session? Even if it’s not a state organization, you can guarantee that some of the DNC money will end up in Virginia this year.