The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

Greetings from Bristol, Va.

Posted on | October 29, 2010 | 1 Comment

Please excuse the 24-hour absence of bl0gging, and thanks to Smitty and Wombat for producing excellent content in my absence. Yesterday I drove from Hagerstown to Christiansburg, Va., and then on to Abingdon, where I filed 950 words last night The American Spectator:

ABINGDON, Va. — Rick Boucher voted for the “Job-Killing Cap & Trade Energy Tax,” says a voter guide distributed in Virginia’s 9th District and that may well be the obituary on the Democrat’s 28-year career in Congress.
Southwest Virginia is coal country and, according to an estimate by the National Association of Manufacturers, the Waxman-Markey bill for which Boucher voted — formally known as the American Clean Energy and Security Act — would eliminate 56,000 jobs in Virginia. The unemployment rate in many counties in Boucher’s district has been above 10 percent for months, and it is hard to see why anyone concerned about this region’s economy would vote for the man who voted for legislation so inimical to their own interests.
President Obama didn’t exactly help the Democrat incumbent’s re-election chances last year when he declared, “I love Rick Boucher,” a statement that has now been replayed thousands of times in Republican campaign ads in a district that John McCain carried with 58 percent of the vote in 2008.
Improbable as it may seem, however, VA-9 is still a rated a “toss-up.” For months, polls showed Boucher with a double-digit lead over Republican challenger Morgan Griffith. It was not until this week, in the wake of a televised debate on a Lynchburg station, that a poll by Survey USA showed Griffith pulling ahead by a single point, 47 to 46 percent.
That Boucher could get 46 percent of the vote here — indeed, the incumbent may actually win re-election Tuesday — demonstrates the power of Democrat party attack ads, which have been pouring into airwaves and mailboxes in the 9th District, as in so many other key congressional districts nationwide. . . .

Please read the whole thing. I didn’t get to bed until 3 a.m., then had to be up at 7:30 a.m. to go cover the Morgan Griffith campaign. Walked with the candidate shaking hands along the streets of Gate City and then traveled to Jonesville — way off in the southwest corner of Virginia — for a get-out-the-vote rally for Griffith.

Southwest Virginia blogger Jay Furhman notes that Boucher has put out another attack ad against Griffith. Meanwhile, Griffith’s up with his closing-argument TV ad:

Will have photos, etc., from last night and today in a little while, but I just wanted to get something online to let readers know I’m alive and well and disgusted by Gawker.

Seriously: That Philly punk complained that “the waxing trend had completely passed her by,” which he says caused him to lose interest. Is this porn-inspired trend toward the deforestation of the pubic delta now so ubiquitous that young guys no longer find normal women attractive? Well, never mind Dustin Dominiak — although a Kentucky-style stomping would probably do him good, and I sincerely hope the backlash will result in Chris Coons getting stomped Tuesday. (New Christine O’Donnell slogan: “Vote for bush!”

My plan is still to head south all the way to Florida for Election Day, so if you feel an overpowering urge to hit the tip jar, don’t fight the feeling.


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