July 2009

Speaking of GOP Committee Websites…

By VA Blogger

You think anybody’s ever going to update the City of Fairfax GOP site? 


Between the url, the old picture of Bush43, every word linking to a defunct John McCain donate page, putting quotation marks around things that don’t belong in quotation marks, a nonsensical partisan statement, and confusing “your” with “you’re”, this is probably the worst (and most hilarious) organization website in existence.

The New Proactive Fairfax GOP Continues to Impress

By VA Blogger

After growing the party rolls, getting integrally involved in the Pat Herrity and John Cook races—resulting in a narrow loss and a victory—and hosting two successful fundraisers, the Fairfax County Republican Committee under the helm of Anthony Bedell continues to gain momentum and impress.


Over the course of ten days in late July, the Committee paid for a series of teletown halls featuring all fifteen Republican candidates for the House of Delegates, including incumbents Dave Albo, Tom Rust, and Tim Hugo. The calls reached over 100,000 voters in Fairfax, and was entirely paid for by the FCRC. This is yet another example of the new and improved Committee compared to previous years, and a sign of good things still to come in a County that’s sure to be a battleground yet again in November.


The Committee also launched their new website, www.fairfaxgop.com, bringing the county party into the 21st Century (personally, I found navigating the old site as painful as getting your wisdom teeth removed). Check it out when you get the chance, and put your feedback in the comments!

New Top Graphic

By Too Conservative

….for all y’all hating on the Twitter bird.

Good Republicans uptop, huh? Senator Cornyn, Governor Huckabee, AG McDonnell,  Lt. Governor Bolling, and Chairman Steele=some of the best!

McDonnell, Ticket DOMINATES New SurveyUSA Poll

By VA Blogger

SurveyUSA released their first post-primary poll, showing the entire GOP ticket walloping the Dems:

(6/5-7 results in parenthesis)


Bob McDonnell: 55% (47%)

Creigh Deeds: 40% (43%)


Bill Bolling: 54%

Jody Wagner: 42%


Ken Cuccinelli: 53%

Steve Shannon: 42%


In a word: wow. This is the first poll that shows McDonnell not only at 50%, but well over it. Deeds’ numbers show no indication of a primary bounce, as he’s now where he was before he won in early June. In fact, Deeds underperforms the rest of his ticket. Looking at the crosstabs, McDonnell is leading among women, is above 50% in all regions, and is carrying Independents by a crushing 60%-35% margin.


Now, most Democrats are going to try to dismiss the poll out of hand, so I took it a step further. The party affiliation breaks in this latest SurveyUSA poll are 38% R, 32% D. That is admittedly out of sync with other polls. The latest PPP release (showing McDonnell +6) was 33% R, 34% D. The latest Research 2000 (showing McDonnell +1) was 32% R, 39% D. And even the previous SurveyUSA poll was 34% R, 36% D. So what does that mean for McDonnell?


It turns out, not much. I recalculated the numbers using each of those previous party breaks (and then the average of all four, including this latest poll) and here’s what I found:


June SurveyUSA (34R/36D): McDonnell leads 53%/42%

PPP (33R/34D): McDonnell leads 53%/43%

Research 2000 (32R/39D): McDonnell leads 50%/46%

Average (34R/35D): McDonnell leads 52%/43%


Even in the most generous sample to Democrats, a seven-point party advantage, McDonnell not only leads, he breaks 50%. If the turnout is just about even between both parties, like the most recent PPP poll showed, McDonnell leads by double-digits. And given the 2009 elections in Virginia thus far and the lack of energy on the Democratic side, I would bet on that being more accurate than Obama-esque numbers from last November.


All in all, this poll is as good for Bob McDonnell as it is bad for Creigh Deeds. He was believed to be the strongest candidate during the primary because of his broad appeal and his lack of baggage, but with his lack of baggage comes lack of excitement and ideas. He refuses to put forward a transportation plan while trying to be cute by dodging any question about taxes, and many blogs are picking up on his “me too!” approach, following McDonnell at every turn. It’s developing into a pattern, one that the blogs, the media, and even former Governor Doug Wilder is picking up on. Said Wilder, when asked about Deeds:


“Tell me what the man has done? I haven’t heard it.”



By Too Conservative

I know a lot of the TCosphere has critiques of the new site design.

Below is a donation button, please feel free to leave $5, $20 or whatever you see fit(please don’t feel obligated in the least).

Then e-mail me at vincent(r)harris (at) gmail.com with your concerns, and I will try and get as many of them addressed as quickly as I can. Thanks!

Creigh Supports Tax Hikes…

By Too Conservative

Not just a line.

He admits it in the video below:

Taking a Break

By Loudoun Insider

Work has been very busy lately, and I must admit I simply cannot stand the new look of the site.  Neither can any of my regular readers.  Sorry Vincent and VAB, but I’ve always been a straight shooter on all topics here.  Hopefully some revisions will be made when I’m ready to come back.

VEA Endorses Miller

By Too Conservative

Bad news for Jeannette Rishell in Manassas….the VEA came out and endorsed Republican Jackson Miller!


 Here’s an excerpt from the release:


Today the Virginia Education Association (VEA), the VEA Fund, officially endorsed Delegate Jackson Miller for reelection to the House of Delegates in the 50th District. The endorsement came at the recommendation of the Manassas Education Association and Prince William County Education Association, whose members are made up of local teachers and school employees. 


During this year’s General Assembly Session, Delegate Miller voted to protect funding for Virginia’s public schools in the state budget. Delegate Miller has promoted legislation to adequately fund English as a second language programs within the state education funding formula and legislation that would make our schools safer for both the students and our public education employees. 

Sometimes Goode Bye is a Second Chance

By VA Blogger

Thank God. Virgil Goode forgoes another run for office in 2010, allowing Republicans a legitimate chance to take back the seat without the spectacle of embarrassment. Goode’s antics and controversies was the sole reason VA-05 was vulnerable to begin with, but without Obama on the top of the ticket, it represents perhaps the best pick-up opportunity in the nation, provided we climb out of the cellar of our past.


Personally (and I don’t know exactly where he lives, so he may have to move) I think John Brownlee would make an excellent Congressman.


(h/t Lowell)

Bob and the First Debate

By Too Conservative

Highlights for those who missed out: