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Myra: Don’t Thug My Gov, Love

Posted on | November 14, 2011 | 10 Comments

by Smitty

Myra Adams seems to be leaning just a little far forward with this post:

A Romney/McDonnell 2012 Presidential Ticket Is (Practically) a Done Deal

Governor McDonnell took a well-deserved victory lap this past week after helping the Republican Party of Virginia win control of both the Virginia General Assembly and Virginia Senate. This huge legislative victory, won with tea party support, catapults McDonnell right into Romney’s number two slot.

Yeah, that control is not by a wide margin. There is still a ton of work to do to keep Virginia liberated from the zombie Commie infestation here nearby the Potomac.

Moving ahead to the 2012 election cycle, Kaine has left the DNC to run for the US Senate in Virginia against former US Senator and former Virginia Governor George Allen, who was defeated in 2006 by Jim Webb.
On Friday, November 11th a few days after his state legislative victories, Governor McDonnell endorsed George Allen, who has primary tea party opposition.
There are high hopes that George Allen will win that highly contested Virginia Senate seat, especially if the VP candidate is Governor Bob McDonnell.
President Obama, of course, will be supporting Kaine one thousand percent for two reasons. First, Obama is counting on Kaine to keep the Virginia Senate seat in the Democrat column. Second, Obama is expecting Kaine to have coat-tails going up the ballot, helping him to win Virginia again.
This all sets up an Obama/Kaine vs. McDonnell/Allen WWF style “death match.”

Now, you may be cutting closer to the bone than is comfortable here, comparing a crucial election to a bunch of goofballs in a sports arena wearing vaguely homo-erotic spandex.

Nevertheless, here are a few points in rebuttal:

  • Not Mitt Romney
  • Bob McDonnell has great name recognition in VA, but where else, really?
  • Why not opt for one of the other strong debate performers? Didn’t the Cain/Gingrich Debate feature a dynamic, handsome brace of gents?
  • Would McDonnell’s talent be better spent taking Senator Mark Warner to the woodshed in 2014?

In any case, trying to call the GOP ticket this early doesn’t seem much more than fodder for blog posts.

via Instapundit

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Comments

  • t-dahlgren

    Judging from the photo at the top of her article, and her requisite Republican Woman’s Hairdo, she could never be anything other than a Romneygurl.

    More seriously, McDonnell is no where near a national name at this point.  I’m only aware of him because I’m in the Tri-Cities of east Tennessee, and Bristol is partly in Virginia.  But he does have the potential for a big future.

    I see no reason for him to take the Senator route though. Although I honestly suspect that is Adams primary purpose – to start the process of raising McDonnell’s profile. 

  • Anonymous

    Does a VP need great name recognition?  Who knew about Palin 4 years ago?

    I could see McDonnell playing a similar role to Romney as Palin did for McCain, which is to say, give some conservative credibility.  McDonnell and his AG’s efforts against Obamacare might also help out when Macaca SCOAMF attempts to tie Obamacare and Romneycare together.

    Obviously, Virginia is going to be important no matter who the candidate is, both for the Senate and the Presidency.  

    Now, assume Cain gets the nomination.  There are plenty of people (including the important independents) who think, “extremist” when they hear the words Tea Party.  McDonnell could help with that segment of the population as a solid conservative good government governor, etc.

    Not that I would hesitate to vote for Senator McDonnell. :-)

  • http://theothermccain.com smitty

    Ah, well, raising Governor McDonnell’s profile is a good thing.

  • Joe

    We are wee bit soon to have Mitt picking his veep and cabinet yet.  Can we have a primary or two first? 

  • Anonymous

    Read that a couple days ago while having McDonnell might give an extra edge to whomever is the candidate in VA, her premise that this would help assure conservatives who don’t trust Mitt is just plain dumb. Even other writers from PJ’s felt compelled to say so in the comments. 

  • Anonymous

    And in 2007, what would they have said about Palin boosting McCain? I’m not saying McDonnell would do the same thing, but I don’t think that it’s so obvious that he wouldn’t.

  • Anonymous

    There were many of the opinion that John McCain was going to drop dead any minute. This caused some to vote for and some against him.

  • http://2011.ak4mc.us/ McGehee

    I gave McCain the benefit of the doubt in 2008 because of Palin. It was a mistake I will not soon repeat.

  • Mikey NTH

    Romney/McDonnell sounds too clown-ish for me.

  • DaveO

    If the Dems want to take back Virginia, all they have to do is hire another 1000 GSers. Fairfax County is the key to all of Virginia. Arlington and Alexandria always vote Dem, Louden usually goes GOP.