Virginia News Stand: November 16, 2009Nov 16, 2009
Annotations & Elucidations The Biggest Loser Strikes Again
The Washington Post is at it again . . . still! Forget Creigh Deeds, Jody Wagner and Steve Shannon, election night's biggest loser was the Post. It created Deeds with its Democrat primary endorsement of him. His campaign slogan effectively became, "Endorsed by the Washington Post" and its influence over the liberal Northern Virginia base carried him to primary victory. It then became his de facto political consultant, telling him to come clean on his tax increase plans, which he did in a Post op-ed, and coaching him every step of the way. It even gave him his singular line of attack against his Republican opponent — a thesis Bob McDonnell wrote while earning his MBA at Regent University. Now, after a couple of weeks of silence, the Post can't contain itself and is back on the hunt, trying to tie the governor-elect to a comment Regent founder Pat Robertson made about Muslims. Lesson learned number one from the campaign: Don't hire the Washington Post as your campaign advisor. Lesson two: It's a real sore loser.
Elsewhere, we're mentioned in a piece about Governor-elect McDonnell's transition team. One of our board members, Dave Barrett, was named as a transition team senior advisor. Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist Jeff Schapiro speculates on whom McDonnell will name as Secretary of Finance, his most important personnel decision, according to Mr. Schapiro. Is House Majority Whip Kirk Cox (R-66, Colonial Heights) a contender? The T-D also examines the online advertising aspect of the late campaign — it was among the best, it says. No wonder, there was a lot of material to work with. Also, policies are starting to emerge from the Team McDonnell. Finally, please check out Michael Ramirez's editorial comics at the links below. He's a hoot. Maybe the Post should look them over, laugh . . . and lighten up.
*Gov.-elect McDonnell announces senior advisers to transition team (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
McDonnell meets House Democrats, stresses common ground (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
McDonnell eyes health-care changes at state level (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Robertson's remarks put McDonnell in a bind (Washington Post)
Online ads in Va. gubernatorial race 'set the standard' (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Dates set for special Senate primaries; "Debate" held in the 8th today (BearingDrift.com)
Tickets on sale now for Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly in Norfolk (The Daily Press)
Budget boss atop concern (Jeff Schapiro/Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Pork Flu (Below) (Michael Ramirez/TheWeek.com)
Pelosi & Reid's Miracle Health Care Reform (Michael Ramirez/Townhall.com)
RINO: A Scene From "The Godfather" (Michael Ramirez/Townhall.com)