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BREAKING NEWS: McDonnell, Bolling, Cuccinelli All With Huge Leads In WDBJ-TV/SurveyUSA Poll

A just released SurveyUSA poll for Roanoke CBS television affiliate WDBJ-TV/7 has all three Republican statewide candidates up by double digits. Gubernatorial candidate, former Attorney General Bob McDonnell leads Democrat Creigh Deeds, a senator from Bath County, by 55 percent to 40 percent.

Incumbent Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, running for re-election, leads his Democrat opponent, former Finance Secretary Jody Wagner, 54 percent to 42 percent.

Attorney General candidate Ken Cuccinelli, a senator from Fairfax County, leads Democrat Steve Shannon, a delegate from Fairfax, 53 percent to 42 percent.

The poll asked 526 voters, "If the election for (office) were today, who would you vote for . . . ?" with the names rotated each question and with the candidates' party identification preceding their names. There is a margin of error of 4.3 percent for the first two, and 4.4 percent for the AG race.

One thing comes quickly to mind: This early in a campaign, normally there are much more undecided voters, especially when choosing between two names with whom they may or may not be familiar. The fact that SurveyUSA used each candidate's party label may be the reason for the high positive numbers for the GOP candidates given the consistent downward plunge in the favorable ratings of President Barack Obama, for his government takeover schemes in manufacturing and finance, and now in health care; as well as Governor Tim Kaine's unpopularity for his job sharing as Democrat National Committee chairman, Virginia's constant incorrect budget revenue forecasts, and the state's IT contract controversy with Northrup Grumman.

Here's more analysis from Eric Kleefeld at Talking Points Memo. According to the poll's internals, 14 percent of those who voted for Mr. Obama last year now say they will vote for McDonnell, while 9 percent who voted for Republican Senator John McCain last November will vote for Deeds. SurveyUSA last polled the gubernatorial race after Deeds' Democrat primary victory in early June. At that point, McDonnell led by 47 percent to 43 percent.

You Can Hear Me Now

For those dying to hear your anonymous admin on the airwaves, here I am: The interview was conducted today at 9:00 a.m. and is archived here, at Tertium Quids Radio ("Charting a Principle Course"). It runs about 30 minutes and host Norm Leahy did a great job keeping me focused (I have a terrible habit of going off topic) and in facilitating a great conversation. From Norm's headline, you get a spot on idea of the thrust of the interview. We covered a number of topics — education choice, life, marriage, property rights, limited government, campaign strategies and tactics, and more — under the general topic of the challenges  conservatives face and what do the national and Virginia Republican parties do in light of admonitions that they have gone too far to the right, despite the fact that social issues were rarely raised in the recently completed campaign, and that the Republican standard bearer was a moderate. 

In an attempt to sound like I knew what I was talking about, I fully prepared myself. The 30 minutes seemed as if it was 30 seconds. There wasn't enough time to cover all the topics I briefed myself on. One thing I omitted was that Senator John McCain lost the plot when he suspended his campaign to go to Washington to work on the financial crisis. He wasn't part of the solution, acted as if he was panicked and couldn't handle multiple issues at one time, and — to compound matters — allowed himself to be the easel for then-Senator Obama to paint him as W II when Senator McCain did nothing but vote for the Bush plan instead of standing up with those conservatives opposed to the bailout. Then-Senator Obama voted for it as well, but Senator McCain blew his chance to prove that he was the anti-Bush, rally skeptical conservatives (who ended up staying home) and flip the dynamics of the campaign. That allowed Senator Obama own the "change" issue.

But there I go again, off topic. Take a listen to TQ Radio and let us know what you think.

American Idol Presidents Here First

Senator John McCain got a lot of mileage out of his "celebrity" ads, mocking Senator Barack Obama's style over substance. Last night, a commentator even mentioned something about an "'American Idol' president." Hmm. Where did we see that before? That's right. On this blog. Ahead of the curve again. You're very welcome. Y'all come back, now, ya hear?

Breaking News: National Political Pundit, Former Gingrich Press Secretary Rich Galen Agrees To Interview Here! More Surprises In The Works

I'm hanging out at the state GOP Convention this afternoon, yada yada yada, rules fight (Gilmore forces won) yada yada yada, just looking for some people to hang out with, when the session's keynote speaker is introduced. I forgot there was one. Turns out it is Fox News and CNN political pundit, GOP consultant, and former Newt Gingrich and Dan Quayle Press Secretary Rich Galen (bio here), whose mullings.com is perhaps the most important national political blog. After the session is over I'm talking with some friends and I see him just walking through the crowd talking to folks. I thought big shot national speakers get whisked in and out by drivers supplied by the hosting organization. Who knew he's just hang out and talk with the grassroots? But his speech was all about the importance of the grassroots so it should have been no surprise.

Just watching him talk with a group, a light went off in my head. Why not be bold. So I tracked him down through the crowd as he left the hall into the hallway. I introduced myself to him, told him how I've always enjoyed his commentary, that I blog and would you consider doing a blog interview at familyfoundation.org?

Without hesitation Mr. Galen said, "Yes. Just call me. I'll be glad to do it." He gave me his card and we talked about this blog and The Family Foundation and he seemed somewhat impressed. He reiterated his intentions that he'd blog with us and reminded me to call him.

Wow! Just call him? Don't big time pundits have secretaries and layers of people to get through? So cool!

Later I met the state coordinator of Catholics For McCain. She wanted me to sign a card. I don't do anything without a quid pro quo. "What's in it for me?" I thought. Hmmm. Well, why not? So I blurted out, "I'll sign it only if you get Senator McCain to do an interview on our blog." She said she'd try "but in case I can't . . ." (which, by her hesitation, seemed a pretty big ask) she started to murmur what became a counter offer: "How about Senator Sam Brownback? He's the national chairman of Catholics For McCain."

"You can get Senator Brownback? You got a deal!"

I signed her card, she gave me her number, and low and behold the wheels are turning to get Senator Brownback (R-Kansas), a former presidential candidate himself, here on this very blog. We'll let you know when the details get worked out for both Rich Galen and Senator Brownback. That's not all. There could be more surprises ahead. Keep checking back with us.

Gotta go. Hospitality suites await. More contacts to make.