Annotations & Elucidations  The Wilder Tease

Only a couple of thoughts in today's A&E. First, we see in the Times that former Governor Doug Wilder is at it again — his every election year tease of acting as if there's a chance he mightendorse a Republican. The article notes that he has never endorsed a Republican publicly, although his non-endorsement of Creigh Deeds four years ago hurt the Democrat's chances in his campaign for attorney general. (Actually, Wilder has endorsed at least one Richmond-area delegate candidate before, two if memory serves correctly: one lost, the other won.)

Despite Bob McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin laying out the ongoing working relationship his boss and Wilder have, here's your warning Republicans: Do not get your hopes up. Wilder acts like this to gain credibility that he is a non-partisan, almost like John Chichester (wink-wink, nudge-nudge). But, here's saying Wilder will pull the inevitable and endorse the Democrat to big fan fare. He signaled his intentions earlier this week when he told the Times that this election is "a referendum on Barack Obama." Does anyone think he wants to see his friend embarrassed after he sets him up? The article notes the Obama administration has been talking to Wilder (read: ambassadorship or some other reward?) about his endorsement in this campaign.

The last item: Creigh Deeds published his transportation plan in the Post. More like his transportation goals. No specifics except more broad scenarios of why taxes must be raised, citing former Governor Jerry Baliles' then-record tax increase as a model plan.   

News:

McDonnell, Deeds campaign for votes at Virginia Union (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Warner, Chichester challenge McDonnell claim (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)

Politicians chide McDonnell's stand by tax vote (Northern Virginia Daily)

Wilder nod imminent in Va. Race (Washington Times)

Bolling campaigns at Lynchburg stop (Lynchburg News & Advance)

Fewer Voters Going To Polls? (Harrisonburg Daily News-Record)

Joe Wilson raises money for Howell (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Garrett calls for business incentives in city (Lynchburg News & Advance)

Hampton, Newport News have lower percentage of uninsured than nation (The Daily Press)

Stafford School Board brings back prayers (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)

National News:

GOP leader Boehner struggles to keep up with base (The Politico/Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Commentary:

My Transportation Plan (Creigh Deeds/Washington Post)

McDonnell/Bolling Education Funding Plan: Half a Billion Dollars More Per Year for Virginia Teachers and Students (Bill Bolling/Virginia Tomorrow Blog)