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Virginia News Stand: November 5, 2009

Annotations & Elucidations  In Transition

Not missing a beat, Governor-elect Bob McDonnell has gone into transition mode and all seems hunky-dory — Governor Tim Kaine has pledged to cue him in on the budget and give him "some breathing room" on the needed cuts so his successor won't have to make many crucial decisions so soon. It's a quirk in Virginia's budget cycle that the outgoing governor submits the new two-year budget. The new guv has to deal with it. Changing that, and perhaps moving the legislative session to start in February to give the new guy some "breathing room" might be  good places to start for the reform minded in the General Assembly and the new administration.

So, as you can guess, it's mostly transition news today, but we also have comment from McDonnell's campaign chairman, Ed Gillespie, in the Washington Post, wherein he relates lessons learned. Meanwhile, the AP offers analysis on who did not vote and why not. In National News, homosexual groups are steamed at . . . Barack Obama . . . for its huge setback and humbling loss in liberal Maine's marriage amendment referendum. (What's the record now? 0-32? The homosexual lobby was losing long before Barack Obama was an Illinois state senator.) The Post and FoxNews.com have that fun little spat.

News:

McDonnell team rose to challenge in darkest hour (Washington Post)

Va. Republicans pledge to steer toward center (Washington Post)

McDonnell announces transition committee (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Capitol Square in transition (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)

McDonnell plans transition, says Obama called him (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Governor-elect McDonnell: Putting his plan in motion (Roanoke Times)

New Va. governor begins transition (Washington Times)

Kaine reflects on losses, plans to stay at DNC (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

GOP gains at least five Virginia House seats (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Valentine concedes to Garrett; low turnout, LU voters helped deliver election (Lynchburg News & Advance)

Hamilton's defeat a major blow to Peninsula's influence (The Daily Press)

Palin bringing book tour to Roanoke (Roanoke Times)

National News:

Gay groups say loss won't alter strategy (Washington Post)

Gay Leaders Blame TV Ads, Obama for Loss in Maine (FoxNews.com)

Analysis:

Young voters sat out contests (AP/Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Commentary:

Lessons from Virginia for the GOP (Ed Gillespie/Washington Post)

Number Two Senate Democrat: D.C. Abortion Rate High Because 'Residents Are Black'

As reported in today's Washington Examiner by David Freddoso (click here), U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), the Senate Majority Whip, last week told fellow Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) during a committee mark-up session that Washington, D.C.'s abortion rate is high because its citizens "are black." Here's the exchange, as reported by Freddoso, starting with a comment by Brownback about his attempt to make Democrats live up to former President Bill Clinton's (cynical) abortion mantra of "safe, legal and rare:" 

"Forty-one percent of pregnancies — that's not rare,"  (Brownback) said. "We do not need to have more abortions in the District of Columbia."

Durbin's reply to this point —and Brownback's interruption of him — follows below.

Durbin: In terms of safe, legal and rare, to the Senator from Kansas, I will tell you two things. First, it is a fact that a disproportionately large number of African Americans seek abortion in America, not just in the District of Columbia, but all across the nation.

Brownback: 41 percent?

Durbin: No, but it's also a fact that a disproportionately large number of African Americans live in the District of Columbia.

Brownback: 41 percent?

Durbin: I'm telling you, look at the numbers.

Brownback: I'm telling — I'm just asking you, aren't there enough [abortions] here?

Durbin: Look at the numbers, and you will find this to be true.

Brownback: This — this is not high enough?

Read the whole article (linked above) to get Senator Durbin's full unsavory patronization of D.C.'s black community, a community liberals supposedly care so much about. Or, click to hear the senators go after each other yourself (the audio also is on the article's Web page).

Louis Farrakhan Confirms It: Obama Is The Messiah

For weeks now, we've been stunned at the deep seeded cult worship status of Barack Obama. With so many people designating him the "messiah," who knows? Maybe it's true. After all, these people are the best and brightest, and no one in flyover country dare question them. You know these brainiacs — not to be confused with "Bosniacs" as foreign policy expert Joe Biden calls Bosnians — like MSNBC's Chris Matthews, who may have been the first reeled in by the senator's messianic trance. It was Matthews who said he got "a tingling feeling down his leg" when Obama spoke. Then there are the children's groups coming under his spell such as these young ones (see here) and these teenagers (see here). But if there was any doubt that Barack Obama has graduated from Illinois legislator to "messiah" in only fours years, let the august prophet, and conciliator of races and creeds — Louis Farrakhan himself — confirm it for us all. If Farrakhan says Obama is the "messiah," it must be true:

In Their Own Words

There's been a lot of debate about the qualifications of the candidates for national office this campaign season. Then again, every four years we hear the same thing from both sides. However, we rarely hear candid admissions from the candidates themselves about their own lack of qualifications for office, and even about their running mates' lack of experience. Although some of these comments were made at events covered by the Mainstream Media, not surprisingly, these admissions have been muted by the lack of reporting by the MSM now that they have evolved into serious campaign issues. For example, here's a YouTube clip of Democrat vice presidential candidate Senator Joe Biden (D-Del.) candidly admitting he may not have been the best V.P. choice (click here). But after that statement on the same clip is Biden one upping himself, saying, during a primary debate, that his now running mate, Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill.), is not experienced enough to be president. (Maybe Biden knew something like this would happen, where Obama, not yet president, added states to the union, click here to see; or saw this Obama gaffe about Memorial Day coming, click here to read; neither of which the national media gave extensive comment.)

One reason we might not hear of some of these campaign goofs is because the national media has desserted Biden's campaign. According to an unusually honest report from ABC News' Jake Tapper, at his Political Punch blog, the seats are empty on Biden's press plane (click here). Maybe the media doesn't feel comfortable reporting incidents like this awkward Biden moment (click here to read) though they didn't mind reporting with glee former Vice President Dan Quayle's gaffes.

Then there are the words from Senator Obama himself, about himself, where he says he's not ready to run for president (click here). Who better to quote — even if the MSM will not?