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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

The 800-Pound Gorilla of Virginia Politics

I'm talking about none other than Senator George F. Allen.

Mark Warner may be popular, but Tim Kaine has never been his guy. That fact becomes more and more obvious as the campaign progresses and Kaine's uber-liberalism is exposed. Jerry Kilgore, on the other hand, is most certainly Allen's guy. Now, just as the Warner folks start getting cold feet, Allen is circling the wagons, taking to the airwaves to defend his guy and give him a boost to the finish line.

Chad Dotson has more, including a link to the ad itself. Check it out.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, he's the other 800 pound gorilla. The Warner ad and Warner's campaigning have been effective for Kaine, and Allen provides an excellent counterweight at the right point in time (will Kilgore bring in the President?) All this wishful thinking about the governor bailing on his candidate strikes me as just that -- wishful thinking.

11:01 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw a recent poll that had Allens' approval rating at 48%. Others have it in the low 50s. Not exactly a Gorilla, although I'm sure he's VERY popular amongst the die hard republicans.

Meanwhile, Gov. Warner is the most popular human being who has ever entered the state of Virginia.

5:01 PM

Blogger GOPHokie said...

Most people who do nothing while if office are popular (remember Bill Clinton?). Most politicians willing to stand up for what they believe in and get things done aren't popular with anyone other than themselves, i.e. Republicans.
Luckily there are tons of us, so it all works out.

8:20 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on, gophokie. Warner is popular because people aren't that upset about the tax increase (because the republican party can't make it an issue because too many GOP reps went along with it).

So they see that things are great, economy is booming, we have a big surplus.

And since Warner can't run for re-election, there's no reason to hate him, so people say he's a great guy.

If he was running on his record, he'd have to contend with the set of democrat challengers that are arguing that the state has failed to fix transportation problems. After all, he is the Governor, and last year's tax increase didn't help roads.

But since he isn't running, it doesn't hurt him.

12:41 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Warner were eligible for a second term. transportation would have been part of the mix in 2004. He wouldn't have let the Senate drop it from the mix. Everybody involved missed a great chance. With gas up a dollar or more, an extra 6.5 cents on the gas tax (the Parrish bill) would have been long forgotten by now.

8:34 AM


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