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Thursday, November 10, 2005

The Blame Game

Here's what I have so far:

1) Del. Brad. Marrs blames the media:
Marrs, meanwhile, said he would probably seek a recount if a canvass of election results by local officials showed him losing to independent Katherine Waddell in a district that includes parts of Chesterfield County and Richmond. The unofficial margin Wednesday stood at 44 votes.

Marrs complained that he was "beat by a pack of lies" spread by his opponent and the media.

"I think we did everything we could," he said. "There were a lot of things beyond our control."
Virginia Citizen's Defense League blames Mr. Kilgore's failure to answer the VCDL survey:
Kilgore's treatment of his grassroots gun-base weakened the effect of his NRA endorsement, but he didn't see it.

Like Earley, Kilgore sent a message that pro-gun grassroots had nowhere else to go. And like Earley he has learned that one takes pro-gun grassroots for granted at his own peril.

It is worthy of note that Bolling and McDonnell both filled out the VCDL candidate survey, and each of them received over 60,000 more votes than Kilgore.

The disenchantment that the Kilgore campaign generated was very tangible and led to a base that was highly unmotivated. That in turn affected many of the other races.
The Virginia Family Policy Network blames Kilgore's moderation on social issues:
There’s no doubt that most conservatives voted for a straight GOP ticket in Tuesday’s election. Most believed Jerry Kilgore to still be the conservative Republican from Gate City they had supported in 2001. However, some knew better.

Some knew better because they fought Jerry Kilgore on conservative issues while he occupied the Attorney General’s office. Others knew better because they fought his influence in primary battles against liberal incumbents. Still others knew better because Jerry Kilgore couldn’t muster the courage to sign a taxpayers pledge or promise to endorse a bill to protect the unborn.

Whatever the reason and whatever the number, there was a group of disgruntled conservatives who wouldn’t work or vote for a politician they would have to fight once they got him elected. Kilgore’s team dismissed those principled conservatives by saying instead they would win or lose with the “lazy” voters who would otherwise stay home. That move may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back for some who were planning to hold their noses and support him despite his shortcomings. That quote certainly didn’t encourage them to lend a hand.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like a bullseye...

11:55 PM


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