pundits

Poll: What Type Of Governor Will Bob McDonnell Be?

So, the votes are cast and the election is over. Already, media pundits are talking about what it means. In today’s Washington Post, I am quoted concerning the expectations pro-family Virginians have for Governor-elect Bob McDonnell. Now it's your turn. What do you expect? Vote and leave us your thoughts.

Bracket Busted

Looks like former Attorney General and Republican Gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell has more than party infighting to soothe on his plate: A Democrat busted his NCAA brackets.  The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports tonight that his NCAA Basketball Tournament pool, which attracted 787 participants, was won by Greg Scanlon, a researcher for the Democrat state party. An omen or a funny irony? Of course, the T-D is billing it as an embarrassment, as if it's possible to keep out political opponents from an Internet contest or that time wasted studying the athletic strengths and weaknesses of 18-22 year-olds prepping for NBA careers is somehow meaningful. 

Earlier this week, Senator Ken Cuccinelli (R-37, Fairfax) claimed to have clinched the highest bracket score among his rivals for the Republican nomination for attorney general, Dave Foster and John Brownlee

Scanlon's win might not be the bracket buster along the lines of George Mason's Final Four run a few years ago. But who knows? Maybe in the future, whichever candidates, staffers, etc., get the most brackets correct in basketball pools will replace for pundits who wins the Shad Planking sign battle as the early signal of electoral strength.

2009 Lobby Day Especially Crucial; Great Speaker Confirmed

We're busy counting down the days. But while we're all preparing for Christmas, we have a dual countdown — the start of the 2009 General Assembly. Believe it or not, it's less than three weeks until our lawmakers return to Richmond to deal with the in-deficit budget. That means also time to remind our legislators of the principles we expect them to protect and promote during this upcoming important election year, even with the budget as a convenient distraction.

You can do your part by joining us in Richmond for:

Family Foundation Day at the Capitol on January 19, 2009!

9:00 a.m. - Afternoon

Richmond Marriott

500 East Broad Street

At this free-of-charge event, you can meet with and encourage your legislators to, among other things:

» Support a proposal that adds a requirement to teach about the positive benefits of marriage in the Family Life Education curriculum.

» Address the Kaine administration's decision to forbid chaplains from praying in Jesus name;

» Make the state budget more transparent by placing it online and ensuring that it is easily searchable; and

» Encourage support of bills that update and improve Virginia's Informed Consent Law.

All you have to do is register, at no charge, by January 13. We'll arrange meetings with your delegate and/or senator. We take care of the details; you just need to be here on January 19. Especially now, when so many pundits and liberal politicians have pronounced conservatism and traditional values issues dead, we want to have hundreds of pro-family Virginians lining the halls of the General Assembly Building to show them and our lawmakers quite the opposite is true.

In addition, we've lined up great speakers, including legislators as well as Jordan Lorence, senior counsel at the Alliance Defense Fund, a nationally known expert on several issues that affect religious conservatives. He will specifically address religious liberty issues and the case of the Virginia State Police chaplains who resigned in protest when ordered to cease praying in Jesus' name.

As a preview of how good a speaker Jordan Lorence is, we've posted below a video of him speaking about one of our favorite subjects — lessons on the life of William Wilberforce.

So, we hope you make a special effort to get to Richmond on January 19. In order to register, contact Grassroots Coordinator John Smith at 804-343-0010 or e-mail him at john@familyfoundation.org.

We look forward to seeing you make a difference in Richmond on Monday, January 19.

Will MSM Rue What It Sows?

If, as the Mainstream Media indicates, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is so disliked, then why did her convention speech, debate and Saturday Night Live appearance all set ratings records (even as her convention speech was carried by three less networks than the speech given by Senator Barack Obama at the Democrat convention)? The latest smear attempt — hacking into her personal e-mail, reporting vile rumors about her pregnancy and family, and contrived controversies not being enough, apparently — has to do with a wardrobe purchase by the Republican National Committee. The same gaggle of pundits who clamor for "real issues to be discussed" makes this an issue? (Even though associations with assorted ne'er-do-wells cannot be investigated.) If she's not a factor — and the MSM continues to ignore the massive crowds she draws, especially in Colorado recently where thousands waited hours in freezing temperatures to see her — then why the relentless attacks?

Of course, the more the MSM attacks her, the more popular she becomes among blue-collar, hard-working, Joe The Plumber average Americans, especially in battleground states such as Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio. The very possible irony about the "clothes controversy" is that it only highlights that she doesn't own a bunch of fancy duds and further reinforces the "she's one of us, a regular person, non-elitist" image of her — which is all true.

After all, not everyone can mysteriously can become a millionaire in three years (and get sweetheart deals for a mansion from convicted felons) after a career in community organizing. Regardless of the outcome of the election, the backlash at the MSM in rapidly declining ratings and subscriptions, and the popularity it engenders for its targets, reveals more than ever its transformation from journalism to out-and-out advocacy of an extreme left-wing agenda which has nothing in common with regular, hard-working, traditional values folk.