Virginia GOP Wake-Up Call

03 November 2013 |permalink | email article

Kathleen Parker, the Washington Post conservative columnist, is among those predicting that Terry McAuliffe will be elected Virginia governor on Tuesday. Washington Post polling shows that the Democratic businessman and fundraiser has a double-digit lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli II following a campaign ad blitz that shredded the attorney general over his very conservative positions. Seeing Virginia as a bellwether state does have certain limitations. The shut-down was higher than the national average.  A recent Post-ABC poll found that 81 percent of Americans disapproved of the shutdown and 53% blamed Republicans compared with 29% blaming the President. Some GOP strategists would argue that getting rid of tea party candidates is burning down the village in order to save it. It’s time to dump the tea party in the Potomac.

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