John Vihstadt (R) wins Arlington County Board race. …No, really.

(Via AoSHQ) To quote my favorite Jim Henson line: well, put me in overshoes and call me a duck. “John Vihstadt, a Republican who ran as an independent with the endorsement of the local Republican and Green parties, has won the special election to replace Chris Zimmerman (D) on the Arlington County [Virginia] Board.”  And let’s get the caveats out of the way: special election, special election issues, low (16%) turnout, and yes, having the Green party on-side for this one changed the dynamic of the race (see the 2012 returns for an idea of how this area votes*).  Still. I saw this race a couple of days ago, and I assumed that we weren’t going to squeak past. (more…)


Mark Warner: natural gas is an anti-clean fuel! Which helped us hit Kyoto goals!

…I’m sorry if that hurt your head: it hurt mine, too.


And the Virginia GOP’s: (more…)


Quote of the Day, SIT DOWN And SHUT UP, Washington Post edition.

You don’t get to complain.

IT’S HARD to think of a more tone-deaf political move lately than Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s unveiling of his Common Good Virginia PAC, which peddles dinners and sit downs with Mr. McAuliffe, a Democrat, his wife and unnamed “policy experts” for fat cats with a policy agenda for fees reaching $100,000.

This is what the Washington Post actively connived to get, so live with it.  And nobody gives a [expletive deleted] whether you’re upset or not. (more…)


So, Virginia’s new commerce secretary Maurice Jones comes pre-’under investigation’ed.


My first reaction? “Well, that was quick.”

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s commerce secretary Maurice Jones improperly lobbied Congress as a member of the Obama administration, according to an internal federal investigation launched by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

…Oh, wait, it happened last year.  Apparently the guy thought that it was OK to use his position as a HUD deputy secretary to lobby against upcoming legislation.  Naturally, the Department of Justice decided not to prosecute – squashing internal investigations is what Eric Holder is there to do* – but one wonders why Terry McAuliffe didn’t vet his appointees bettHAHAHAAHAAHAAAAAHAAAA :snort: sorry, I couldn’t maintain a straight face for long enough.

Moe Lane (crosspost) (more…)


Is there a better category than “Safe Republican?”

Because if so, Eric Cantor just hit it:


You don’t walk into a R+10 district and tell a bunch of lawful gun owners that they’re actually a bunch of illiterate bigoted losers who have to wear white sheets to cover up their failure*. Unless you’re an idiot, of course.

:cough cough: “Get over,” as opposed to “Get off.” :cough cough:

Moe Lane

*If you’re a member of a minority group and you’re curious about how the NRA feels about you being armed, go ask one. Just be warned: the average NRA member will do his or her best to turn that discussion into a shopping trip.


Terry McAuliffe allegedly sold ABC board seat to ‘Republican’ Boyd Marcus.

Before we go any further, though… the Washington Post may tell us the details: they may not display any moral indignation. The Washington Post endorsed that corrupt suckweasel Terry McAuliffe for Governor of Virginia: the below is exactly the sort of thing that we all expected McAuliffe to do.  Anybody who thought otherwise is a natural-born d*mned fool.

Moving along: here is the timeline.

  • Boyd Marcus, Virginia Republican consultant, emails Ken Cuccinelli campaign, looking for a fat consulting fee (up to $100K). The Cuccinelli campaign says no.
  • Boyd turns around and publicly supports Terry McAuliffe.
  • McAuliffe pays Boyd about $40K in consulting fees.

Wait! It gets better! Or worse. (more…)


Jim Moran (D, Virginia-08) to crawl back under the pestilent rock from which he spawned.

No word yet whether they’re going to clean, fumigate, or sterilize his office. Assuming that they just don’t evacuate it and clean out the fetid hole with a thermite grenade, of course. I’m not sure if they should go that far, though: it might destroy any evidence that might be buried at the bottom of the muck.

As you might have guessed, I am not fond of Jim Moran.  My morning is thus made:

Senior appropriator and progressive stalwart James P. Moran will step down at the end of this year, making him the third House Democrat in just three days to announce his retirement.

The 12-term Virginia lawmaker will announce his decision in a Wednesday morning statement obtained early by CQ Roll Call.



Virginia Senate race will be the canary in the coal mine.

AT THE MOMENT, Democrat Mark Warner is favored to win. But it looks like former RNC chair Ed Gillespie is running. I’d recommend that you ignore most of the NYT’s slightly nervous well-poisoning there* and note this section:

Virginians who have recently spoken to Mr. Warner said he was consumed with the idea of a challenge from Mr. Gillespie. One longtime political hand in Richmond said Mr. Warner shifted a recent conversation to the topic of Mr. Gillespie “within about the first 15 seconds.”

That is the sound of a sitting Senator who has just realized that he may not be allowed to coast this cycle. (more…)


Better Ed Gillespie than Bill Bolling for VA-SEN.

And I say this with no knowledge whether Bill Bolling is even thinking of a Senate run. I am also not saying that Ed Gillespie is the best choice for VA-SEN, because I’m pretty confident that many of my readers who are to the right on me on immigration will say that Gillespie is not. What I am saying is that my first reaction to this:

Former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie is considering a run against Virginia Sen. Mark Warner (D) next year.

“It’s a very winnable race,” the powerful GOP insider told POLITICO in a Saturday afternoon interview.

…was the title of my post; and that my second reaction was that Ed Gillespie should stay far away from Bolling if he wants to be a viable candidate in the Virginia GOP Senate primary next year. Bolling burned a lot of bridges by helping to inflict Terry McAuliffe on Virginia voters for the next four years; I’m not the only one who is not going to forget that, and I’m a damnable Republican squish. Imagine how the hardcore conservatives feel…

Moe Lane


Big-time Obama bundler bankrolling Libertarian in Virginia gubernatorial race.

Who here is shocked?

A major Democratic Party benefactor and Obama campaign bundler helped pay for professional petition circulators responsible for getting Virginia Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Robert C. Sarvis on the ballot — a move that could split conservative votes in a tight race.

Campaign finance records show the Libertarian Booster PAC has made the largest independent contribution to Sarvis’ campaign, helping to pay for professional petition circulators who collected signatures necessary to get Sarvis’ name on Tuesday’s statewide ballot.

Austin, Texas, software billionaire Joe Liemandt is the Libertarian Booster PAC’s major benefactor. He’s also a top bundler for President Barack Obama.

So why is an Obama supporter pumping up a third party candidate in a close race? Three possible reasons: (more…)


Ken Cuccinelli helpfully reminds Virginia that Barack Obama & Terry McAuliffe are allies. #obamacare.

This is, of course, a parody of Barack Obama’s actual remarks about Terry McAuliffe. You can tell because surely Barack Obama would not be stupid enough to praise Obamacare – and McAuliffe’s intention to actually drag the state further into its clutches – two days before the Virginia gubernatorial election. There are limits to idiocy.

There have to be.

Anyway, a taste: (more…)


Charles C.W. Cooke eviscerates phony libertarian Virginia governor candidate Robert Sarvis.

Come, I will conceal nothing from you: while I am friendly to a lot of libertarian ideas, I am not hard-shelled about it. I am no Lsyander Spooner or Benjamin Tucker.  But I do know enough about the subject to know that, say, I was name-dropping some of the old-time thinkers there that the modern anarcho-capitalists like. In other words: I at least know what a modern Libertarian looks like.

I dunno if Robert Sarvis can say the same. (more…)

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