National Journal: Dave Marsden “counting on Obama”
The National Journal’s On Call blog has a write-up on the 37th District special, covering the basic dynamics of the race. It’s worth noting that the story neatly identifies what has been established as a basic fact: that Dave Marsden has a record of supporting tax hikes, and that his campaign is confusingly running as a fiscal conservative who will stand up against Governor Bob McDonnell’s fiscally conservative agenda, while making vague and nebulous threats of “one-party rule” and whispers of allusions of Steve Hunt’s social conservatism that they don’t want to get caught actually discussing.
To mix metaphors, the National Journal paints a picture of a candidate straddling the fence while merely dipping his toes on each side. Meanwhile, his manager acknowledges this is a turnout election, but its tough to see them matching the determination of a cadre of volunteers that knock on doors in the midst of a blizzard for Steve Hunt, particularly with their scattershot message. For instance, Marsden is touting himself as fiscally responsible and as someone who is concerned about government spending… and then the article notes that he’s “counting on President Obama” to win him votes. Yeesh.