If the Presidential Election were to take place tomorrow, Barack Obama would win a 2nd term by a razor-thin margin. He has basically led Mitt Romney from wire-to-wire thus far, but has failed to put him away. However, a confluence of recent trends in fundraising, burn rate and overall enthusiasm suggests that Barack Obama will have to significantly change his current trajectory if he wants | Read More »
In Artur Davis And Erskine Bowles The Democrats Lose Two Serious People
If you claim that doom awaits, but in 50 years, only the 1% of the population with the brains and character to think ahead are going to care about what you’re talking about. The 99% are going to change the channel. (HT: Brett Stevens) I’ve been harshly critical of The “Democratic Wing” of The Democratic Party for organizing itself as a Visigoth Holiday that eats | Read More »
Electoral implications of the Obama Administration’s War on Coal.
Will this be the 2012 election map? If the Obama administration keeps up their War on Coal (literally: they consider coal more dangerous than terrorism), quite possibly. And it may be at least partially because of coal.
Gov. Bob McDonnell (R, VA) signs Voter ID bill.
Because statewide elections matter. Executive summary: the new legislation now requires people filling out provisional ballots from lack of acceptable ID at the polling station “to subsequently submit identification to the electoral board if they want their vote to be counted.” The list of acceptable forms of ID was also expanded to include things like current utility bills and valid student IDs, which will no | Read More »
Yet one more reason why the Democrats will lose Virginia.
Shad planking. To summarize the video: every year this event goes on in Virginia where people get together at the Wakefield Ruritan Club and eat shad that’s been smoked on wooden planks (thus, ‘shad planking’). This is one of those big-time political social events for Virginia, and usually it’s pretty bipartisan because, you know, shad on wooden planks. Anyway: according to the video, the organizers | Read More »
Dahlia Lithwick Hates Medical Research
The utter fecklessness of Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick is becoming more apparent by the day. Last week she decided that a proposed Virginia law, one that the Republican governor has suddenly gone squishy on, is the equivalent of rape because it could conceivably require something be “inserted into the vagina, and then moved around.” Since then we’ve discovered that not only did Lithwick simply lie about | Read More »
Yes Virginia, There Is a Baby in There
The Virginia state legislature is fast becoming the nation’s leader in fighting the abortion holocaust. Last summer abortion clinics were required to meet standards appropriate to a medical facility rather than those resembling a chicken factory. A personhood bill is moving forward which will recognize what anyone who passed high school biology already knows, that a fetus is a separate and distinct human being. But | Read More »
Court explains reasoning on VA absentee ballot court order.
OK, let me try to explain just what is going on in this court order involving the VA GOP primary ballot. For those who came in late: back in December, Virginia’s primary registration system ended up producing a result where only two Republican candidates (Mitt Romney and Ron Paul) qualified for the ballot. This resulted in some frankly unkind things said about virtually everyone involved | Read More »
Annnnnd now VA AG Cuccinelli is *not* backing changing the primary ballot.
Interesting; and a pretty strong reversal from Saturday’s statement. “I obviously feel very strongly that Virginia needs to change its ballot access requirements for our statewide elections,” Cuccinelli said in a statement. “However, after working through different scenarios with Republican and Democratic leaders to attempt to make changes in time for the 2012 presidential election, my concern grows that we cannot find a way to | Read More »
VA AG Cuccinelli to fix primary ballot mess. [UPDATED]
[FURTHER UPDATE] Drudge is not reporting that Perry/Gringrich are on the ballot; but Bachmann, Gingrich, Huntsman, and Santorum have joined Perry’s lawsuit. The Attorney General of Virginia “plans to file emergency legislation to address the inability of most Republican presidential candidates to get their names on the ballot;” as everyone reading this already knows, the recent Virginia primary ratification process ended up with only Mitt | Read More »
VA AG Ken Cuccinelli calls for primary ballot reform, write-in option.
This just keeps getting better and better for the Virginia GOP, doesn’t it? Via Ballot Access News, first we get the Attorney General for Virginia pointing out that the requirements for ballot access are far too restrictive: I would throw out for consideration that we should lower our requirements to 100 legitimate signatures per congressional district. Let’s face it, absent a serious write-in challenge from | Read More »
Did the VA GOP change the rules on primary ballot access in November 2011?
Richard Winger over at Ballot Access News has an EXTREMELY interesting post (link via here) on the mess that the Virginia Republican party has found itself in over… access to the ballot in Virginia. For those coming in late, background here and here: the very short version is that the VA GOP only certified Mitt Romney and Ron Paul for its primary ballot. Rick Perry | Read More »
Day Two of the Great VAGOP Meltdown.
For those coming in late, let me summarize*: both Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry have been excluded from the Virginia Republican primary by the Virginia GOP. This has placed the VA GOP in an awkward situation, given that: they have excluded the current national and Virginian front-runner from their own ballot; have currently no write-in option on the ballot; do have an open primary that | Read More »
Update on the VA primary ballot situation.
Or possibly “mess,” depending: Rick Perry’s definitely not certified, but is going to contest the results. Newt Gingrich may be certified; there’s this report (via @allahpundit), but I’ve seen no confirmation elsewhere and the VA GOP site is currently melting down. [UPDATE: that report has now been walked back.] Presumably Ron Paul will be next, as he has not actually gotten 15K signatures. [UPDATE: turns | Read More »
The Virginia Way: A Governor’s Guide to Results Oriented Conservatism + What it Means for 2012
When your state is known as the “Mother of Presidents”, and home to Yorktown, Mount Vernon, Monticello, Appomattox, and the first permanent English settlement in America, you don’t toss around the saying “we made history” too lightly. But, my friends, I am pleased to say that is exactly what the Commonwealth of Virginia did Tuesday. We Made History. With their votes yesterday, Virginians gave Republicans | Read More »