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Congratulations to His Excellency (it’s really how you address Virginia governors!) the Governor-elect, Terry McAuliffe. Even though you’ve never governed anything, I’m sure you’ll soon learn the ropes around a town like Richmond. And to your opponent, Ken Cuccinelli, we here at Virginia Black Conservative Forum extend to you and your family our sincerest sympathies for your loss and hope that one day you will return to the arena. And besides you can take some comfort Ken in the fact that the loss you suffered wasn’t as bad as many polls projected (one poll had you down by 17 points a week and half before Election Day).
And of course the knives are out and everyone is blaming everyone in conservative and Republican circles here in Virginia. Everyone believes Cuccinelli’s three point loss could have been averted – some say if only more money had been raised or the “establishment” had committed more thoroughly or, or, or….
But the bottom line is this — a loss is a loss. No matter who we blame, it won’t change a damn thing, so let’s all take a deep breath, grow up and honestly assess what’s wrong with the Republican Party. Honestly I think we need new leadership and a new set of consultants and strategists because the ones we have are using 20 year old plays from a 20 yr old playbook and refuse to change up.
It’s the 21st century and attempts to win elections with the old Reagan coalition of ethnic whites, working class whites and wealthy whites with a black or Hispanic or Asian sprinkled in here or there won’t cut it anymore. Virginia is now a state with a vibrant, diverse population – that’s what fueled its economic growth over the past few decades. People of all colors, creeds, etc. have been attracted to Virginia’s attractive business climate and we’re all the better for it. But evidently Virginia Republicans never got the memo, they seem to think its still 1988 and that the suburbs and cities of northern Virginia are still populated by rich and upper middle class white Republican voters.
But we need to get a grip and real soon because the same okie-doke set of campaign tactics that were just pulled against Ken Cuccinelli can and will be pulled against whomever we throw up in 2017. For instance we’re all patting ourselves on the back for probably dragging Mark Obenshain across the finish line Tuesday and we may very well have, or at least I hope we did but what’s to stop the Democrats from running the same social issue wedge issue ads they ran this year in four years? Obenshain’s record is identical to Cuccinelli’s in the state senate. And the same fawning media attention he’s receiving now will have evaporated by the time he receives the Republican nomination for Governor in 2017, so there will be no protection from the onslaught that will be forthcoming. So what will Obenshain and his staff do? History tells us they’ll fall back on the tried and true strategy of drumming up the base, or what the Cuccinelli campaign tried to do the past few weeks, and the likely result will be another Republican defeat. Deservedly so.
But might I suggest a different course. Why not try something the Cuccinelli campaign should have done early on. It’s conventional wisdom that every successful Republican statewide campaign must have a BIG idea to launch itself to victory. In 2009, the McDonnell campaign had “Bob’s for Jobs,” which helped him overcome the controversy over his “a woman’s place is in the home” thesis – as an example. Earlier this year the Cuccinelli campaign came out with an education reform plan that addressed the needs of inner city school students attempting to empower parents and reform advocates in some of worst off school districts. It didn’t gain much attention but it would have been the perfect issue for Cuccinelli to have made the centerpiece of his campaign. It would have softened his image, it would appealed to women voters, it would have appealed to minority voters and it would have showed a substantive side to our Attorney that many voters hadn’t seen. But the issue got buried underneath piles of other policy initiatives and of course negative advertising from the other side. But I believe our 2017 standard bearer should come right out of the gate with this issue and make it his own. Barnstorm every part of the Commonwealth and make education reform an integral part of his campaign. Make the campaign about helping students rise up out of their difficult surroundings and overcoming. It’s a message that would resonate not only in cities but in small rural communities as well where educational funds are stretched thin.
That’s my advice for 2017 and beyond for Republican candidates. Campaigns have to be about more than just turning out the “base,” especially when the base is an ever shrinking segment of a much larger segment of the population.
Guest Post by “Edmund Randolph”
Mark Obenshain has consistently maintained a positive and focused campaign that has him leading in some polls and within the statistical margin of all polls. With great endorsements from elected officials from both parties, including former Attorney General Andy Miller, and credible papers across the Commonwealth, including a glowing review in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Mark Obenshain is poised to achieve victory in what could otherwise be a devastating year for the Grand Old Party. He just needs help getting to the finish line, and he needs people like you to give him that help. The Grassroots need to take the tiller on this election and drive a winning strategy through November 5th – get people to the polls for Mark Obenshain.
The Grassroots need to rally around candidate with the best chance of winning and get people to the polls for Mark. Those who have been knocking on doors know that Joe and Jane Voter are angry and tired of the negative ads. They don’t want to hear the typical party line. They are sick and tired of blaring commercial about Star Scientific, the Government Shutdown, Personhood and Contraceptives. Then they want to be left alone to not vote this season.
However, if you start off talking about the candidate who has run the only positive campaign this election, people will give you a listen. If you start off talking about the only Republican endorsed state wide by the Richmond Times Dispatch, people will hear you out. This may mean walking with only Obenshain literature – and if you don’t have literature just print out the Times-Dispatch endorsement. This means phone calls to friends and neighbors, just asking them to go to the polls to vote for Mark. If they aren’t happy with parts of the ticket, all the negative ads, Obama, the Government Shutdown, or anything else – just remind them that only one candidate has run a positive honest campaign this year – and that one candidate needs their help. People will respond. People will turn out to vote for Mark.
Once they are at the polls to vote for Mark Obenshain they will be more likely to go ahead and vote for the rest of the ticket, Cuccinelli, Jackson and our slate of Delegates. The Grassroots has always been the heart of the Party, and when we are having trouble finding our way it is always good to go with the heart. With the heart leading, we can take the election back from the ground up – from the Grassroots through Mark Obenshain and hope that the top of the ticket can follow Mark to victory.
What more can be said about the Good Delegate that has not been said, a man of integrity, intelligence and a love of Country and State. Running against an opponent who is drawing up fake attacks on the Delegate shows a man desperate for office, and a man not worthy to walk in the Good Delegate’s shoes, or even stand in his shadow. – tb
Like a used car salesman, Terry McAuliffe was willing to say just about anything in last night’s debate to convince us that he is the best choice in November – including attacking and lying about Ken Cuccinelli’s record.
If you listened to Terry last night, Cuccinelli despises women and the poor. Of course we know otherwise, as Ken has a lifetime of fighting to protect women and the vulnerable, going all the way back to college when he fought for sexual assault victims at UVA, and of course continuing throughout his career of public service. The way TMac attacked him as a hater of women was disgusting to say the least.
But, I guess that’s what you do when you literally have no experience and no knowledge of how state government works. You just attack the other guy. Attacking the personal social beliefs of life and marriage held dear by Ken, along with millions of Virginians, was also a big part of the debate. I guess TMac wants us all to forget his position on marriage just a couple of years ago. Just more proof his opinion depends on the shifting political winds.
Ken hit on his message very soundly. He has been endorsed by many businesses organizations, and there truly is no wonder why. One of the greatest lines of the debate came from Ken when he said, “This is no entry-level job”. How true. I think detailed and serious describe Ken’s performance. I think he won over a lot of people last night.
Terry McAuliffe seems to have one talking point – the Medicaid expansion. I will take no position on that, but Ken Cuccinelli hit on a point: how are we going to put our bets on money from a dysfunctional federal government to solve all of our problems? Heck, they can barely keep the federal government running.
It was obvious before, and became even more so last night; Terry McAuliffe will bring an AWFUL style of “governance” to Richmond. He will pick and choose which laws his administration will help to defend, use the governor’s mansion to advance his personal interests, and lead an attack on the 2nd amendment and bedrock principles of life and liberty. We cannot allow that to happen.
It also became so much more clear that Ken Cuccinelli is the only candidate in this race that will take the job of Virginia Governor seriously. He has a real plan for jobs, and I know he will fight day in and day out for Virginians in Richmond. After all, he has a lifetime of doing so.
I’m more fired up than ever for Ken Cuccinelli, and I hope you are too. Let’s get out the vote!
Obenshain Campaign Again Breaks Record with More than $1 Million Raised
since May 31
Campaign Reports Over $800,000 Cash on Hand — Nearly Twice that of
HARRISONBURG – Mark Obenshain’s campaign for Attorney General today announced that it has raised more than $1 million since the convention, reporting $607,362 raised in the most recent reporting period from July 1 to August 31. The campaign reported $819,899 in cash on hand. Obenshain once again outraised his opponent and ended this reporting period with nearly twice his opponent’s $488,776 in cash on hand.
Speaking about the fundraising numbers, Campaign Manager Chris Leavitt said, “Today’s report shows momentum continuing to build for Mark Obenshain’s campaign for Attorney General. Mark set out to run his campaign based on his plans for the office, and as he has continued to lay out detailed, substantive plans and articulate those plans on the campaign trail, our support continues to grow. Mark has raised more than a million dollars in these first two periods of the general election — something no candidate for Attorney General has done before. With 50 days until the election, the Obenshain campaign will have the resources it needs to get Mark’s message out and win on November 5.”
Obenshain’s fundraising from May 30-August 31 in historical perspective:
Jerry Kilgore raised $660,212
Donald McEachin raised $348,060
Bob McDonnell raised $788,162
Creigh Deeds raised $568,974
Steve Shannon raised $821,916
Ken Cuccinelli raised $909,095
Mark Obenshain raises $1,087,276.82
Mark Herring raises $753,752
Mark Obenshain is the Republican nominee for Attorney General. He currently represents the 26th District in the Senate of Virginia.
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You have probably seen or heard that line uttered today after the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington yesterday, after, wait for it… not one member of the Republican Party accepted an invitation to attend and speak at the event.
Bluntly put, this is completely and utterly outrageous.
It is no secret about the struggle that the Republican Party has had, especially in the past few years, with African-American voters, but we’ve all been told about the grand outreach programs that they are putting in place. But not one Congressman or Senator or either of the living Republican Presidents could find the time to go attend the 50 year anniversary of the historic March on Washington?
Now most of us have heard that Senator Tim Scott, the only sitting black U.S. Senator, was not invited to the event. This is not true. Senator Scott was invited to attend, but declined and therefore was not invited to speak at the event.
We have to do better. We have to start showing up. We have to. Otherwise this whole narrative of the GOP being racist looks to be true.
Yesterday was a bad look.. a real bad look. There were the three Democratic Presidents and several Democratic members of Congress, but where were the Republicans?
I guess they were too busy planning the funeral for our party.