Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Your Commander believes the above title is appropriate after reviewing the results of the Virginia Gubernatorial Primary election. Much to my surprise, Terry McAuliffe was handsomely defeated by fellow Democrat State Senator R. Creigh Deeds.

On June 6th I wrote that with a huge campaign war chest of $7.0 million he would overwhelm both Brian Moran and Creigh Deeds, but your Commander was dead wrong. I want you to know that it feels wonderful to be proven wrong in this case, because it establishes that clear thinking voters do step up, and right can win over wrong. As reported in the New York Times, Deeds quietly surged past his two opponents, who spent most of their campaigns battering negatively against each other.

Deeds stuck to his long standing positions of pro-gun, including support for legislation permitting concealed firearms in bars, promoting his support for the death penalty, enforcing immigration laws, and higher salaries for teachers. While I do not endorse all of Deeds’ positions (concealed weapons in bars?), I admire his consistency regarding issues he supports.

I would have loved to have been a little bird in the corner when Tim McAuliffe learned of his defeat. Can you imagine the remarks of McAuliffe, and supporters such as Hillary and Bill Clinton, Paul Bagalia, Rham Emanuel, and the “Ragin’ Cajun,” James Carville, made when the defeat was announced? It has been reported that the “Ragin’ Cajun” has stated that radical, evil right-wing forces were directed at McAuliffe’s campaign. Finally a politician who has been notorious for pulling all the behind the curtain strings has been called up short by the electorate.

There is a lesson here; you cannot buy a primary or general election every time!

The result of this primary election in the Commonwealth of Virginia has given me hope that the national electorate just may be ready to make their voices resoundingly heard. Are we receiving the CHANGE and TRANSPARENCY we were pledged or really wanted? Yes, Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus!


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