VPOD 97: Cantor, Bolling, Morrissey, Polls, and Golden

Podcast notes:
The president came to town
The president visited Richmond, Va. on Wednesday, Sept 29, 2010. He was greeted by Rep. Eric Cantor (1:04) and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (3:04). Did the president learn anything or was he just amused by AFP-Virginia (4:06)?

ABC Privatization reveals the Dems true colors
Just like it’s hard to get Democrats to change their stripes nationally, we shouldn’t expect anything different here in the Commonwealth. Del. Joe Morrissey, Democratic Whip, illustrates. In this clip, we hear why he wants to keep ABC (5:34), wants a referendum (6:31), and wants a gas tax (7:34).
(h/t: NoblesTV)

Polls irritate Perriello (10:19)
In the 5th District, Rep. Tom Perriello doesn’t like the data. If I were him, I wouldn’t either. See also:

Is Ken Golden breaking a promise? (13:59)
We have audio of Ken Golden’s June press conference where he talks about making a decision in September about staying in the race and what his parameters for making that decision are.

Sabato calling VA2 and VA5 as “leaning” Republican (16:54)

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  • kelley in virginia

    I don’t believe Perriello is within one of Robert Hurt. But the Robert Hurt has always run this race as if we were 727 votes behind; turn out is key; no amount of George Soros/MoveOn.org money that Perriello has can defeat the groundswell of volunteer activity/GOTV that Robert Hurt has.

  • VaBchRavensFan

    Here we go again with garbage PUSH POLL results!

    Scott Rigell is trying to use this technique to influence/alter the view of the respondents under the guise of conducting a legitimate poll. A valid population sample must be taken in order for this to be a valid statistic. Therefore, this is statistically invalid survey data, and for the record, none of these push polls mentioned Kenny Golden by name.

    Why not start a legitimate poll that mentions all candidates by name, on the Virginian Pilot Online website (http://hamptonroads.com)?

  • Mike Barrett

    All of a sudden, the nation and the Commonwealth appear to have awakened from their groggy slumber, induced by irrational republican attack ads that our world is coming to an end. All of a sudden, voters around the country have looked behind the veil, and seen the true picture; that is, far right conservatives supporting their mega rich funders, and revealing their true disdain for anyone but billionaires who will keep giving republicans money to tell their Zany stories. Fact is, as the recovery picks up steam, we see that a strong foundation is being built for future growth and prosperity for all of us. I’ll take that over Boehner/Cantor’s love of the super rich anyday.

  • Bryan Stuart

    Yes, because The Hill newspaper just has a poll with Rigell up by 6 points, so ITS ALL A CONSPIRACY!!!!

    The bottom line is that every single independent candidate for Congress in Virginia since 1990 has never gotten more than 4% of the vote in any election.

    Which means that even if Golden runs an amazing campaign, and he doubles the historical Virginia share given to independent congressional candidates he will ned up with …….. 8% of the vote.

    Besides, he can’t keep his own promise on what he would do to stay in the race.

  • Bryan Stuart

    GOLDEN’S OWN WORDS: “If its September 15th and we have no money, and we are at 10% it would be stupid for me to stay in.”

    He had $1300 in last finance report, and he’s not even at 10%.

    Pride goeth before the fall…..

  • Mike Barrett

    So Bryan, if you actually believed your own candidate, why do you care? Are Rigell’s declining supporters getting so nervous that you don’t believe his own push polls? Fact is, you should be nervous as voters are starting to use their minds again, and realize that going back to the policies that failed our nation so miserably is not the way to go. Nye is the fiscally conservative choice for effective growth and prosperity.

  • Bryan Stuart

    @Mike: Yes fiscally conservative that votes for a $800,000,000,000 stimulus bill that was supposed to keep unemployment below 8%.

    Yes, fiscally conservative that votes for the $800,000,000,000 stimulus bill which had such fiscally conservative programs like a) $2.1 million for studying grape gentics, b) $400,000 to study malt liquor and pot effects on college students c)$1 million for honey bee farms in Utah.

    Yep, fiscally conservative Nye who votes with our fiscally conservative speaker Pelosi who has added $3 Trillion dollars to our national debt in less than 18 months.

  • Mike Barrett

    Well Bryan, perhaps you missed the report that indicated that without the stimulus, unemployment would be double the rate that it is today, that many banks would have failed, and Main Street would be virtually shut down. Fact is, economists are nearly unanimous that imperfect as they were, TARP and the Stimulus were absolutley necessary. After all, you don’t recover from the foolish and irresponsible fiscal policies of the Bush Administration very easily, but thank goodness, we are doing that now.

  • will white

    Mike the Democrats are going to lose big on November 2nd. Obama has done a great job in Va getting Republicans elected this will continue again this year.Remember Deeds,Shannon,and Wagner ? Democrats are dirty little people that over promise and under deliver.Mike just remember back in 2008 when the DemoRats said YES WE DID.Well yes you did elect a idiot.

  • Mike Barrett

    Well Will, perhaps they will. I certainly hope not as I believe that the President and Congress have done the best they could, in the face of strident obstructionism from republicans, to restore this nation to fiscal sanity after the debacle and chaos caused by the Bush administration’s irresponsibility. Frankly, I prefer a steady, sure recovery to irrational exhuberance that characterized the inflated bubble that had to burst. Shortly, we can return to pay go and begin to pay down debt that started when Bush cut taxes on the rich.

  • will white

    We can also stop the spending spree the Democrats have been on.The Democrats only talking point now is to blame Bush.Well the DemoRats have been in total control since Obama took office so please explain to me how you can say the Republicans obstructed any of the DemoRats plans ? Why aren’t any of the DemoRats that voted for the jobless stimulus bill,Obamacare,or cap and tax running any ads telling voters that they voted for these bills ?

  • @Mike

    As much as I like to side w/ you on bashing RINOs like George W. Bush, Eric Cantor and Lindsey Graham, you’re absolutely incorrect on the economics of TARP and various stimulus packages.

    The economic predicament we’re currently in is a result of too much borrowing, too much spending, too much government-induced stimulus, not enough market-based regulation and artificially low interest rates set by the Federal Reserve System (which is the crux of the aforementioned causes of the economic imbalances around the globe). The problems we face can’t be solved by instituting policies that got us into this mess in the first place…

    Government has proven its inability to pay down debts and has proven to be reckless w/ access to the Federal Reserve System.

    Once we can put aside partisan politics and have a legitimate discussion on the role of individual liberty in our economy, we might be able to do some good for this country.

  • Mike Barrett

    Actually no, that is not the case. Most economists agree that TARP and Stimulus worked. Without either, we would not be on the bright side of the chaos. I agree soon we must get started on debt reduction, and the best way to start is to allow the Bush tax cuts, which were disastrous, to expire so we cab reduce the national debt. Regretfully, even though TARP has bi partisan support, neither party is very enthusiastic to now acknowledge that, but the fact is, it may end up actually making us, the taxpayer, a return on our investment.

  • John Jackson

    As for TARP, I agree that we got a return on our investment but Obama decided to buy two car companies and give it to his union buddies with the profits instead of paying down the debt.

    You’re always harping that “Bushes Tax Cuts” cost money even though when the Capital Gain tax is cut, government revenue increases. Enjoy the show because you’ll see it again if you continue your tax cuts costs money rant:
    NOTE: I know your going to say Capital Gains but this applies to disposable income (Obama tax hikes on working class). The power of the people to spend—Free Market.

    If you’re for the working class spending their own money, than it should be called the “Obama Tax Hikes.” If it’s the government spending your money, than it’s best described as “Bush Tax Cuts.” It’s all a matter of perspectives. From my perspective, IT’S A TAX HIKE.

    Mike- For you to support your stance, you must have another agenda. What is that agenda? Your stance is marred in ignorance.

  • Bryan Stuart


    I love the fact that you refuse to challenge my challenge to you on the stimulus.

    The President’s own economic team said we had to pass the Stimulus Bill OR unemployment would rise to 10%. They claimed that the Stimulus Bill would instead lower unemployment to 8% and we would be close to 7% in the 3rd quarter of 2010.

    INSTEAD WE HAVE 10% UNEMPLOYMENT. By the very standard set forth by this Administration, IT HAS FAILED.

    Only the most liberal, dogmatic liberal would insist YES, IT REALLY HAS WORKED.

    They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. I guess that doesn’t work for Mike Barrett.

  • Brian Kirwin

    Only Mike thinks that raising taxes would eliminate the national debt. Mike himself has a list of new spending so large that his tax increases would be spent before anyone applied a cent to any debt.

  • James Hawkins

    TARP was a Taxpayer Failure but a Political Class Success.

    A cynic could conclude that the political class saw an opportunity in two areas. First, they could use taxpayer money to both pay back those banks that had helped them celebrate and party at their Presidential conventions and and also provide themselves a new source of slush fund campaign donations, directing TARP money to those companies that donated the most to their re-election campaigns. Second, some politicians saw an opportunity to bailout local banks to the politicians’ personal benefit. Neither of these factors were to save the world’s financial markets, it was to benefit the political class.

    Fraud, lack of respect for the free market to take care of the strong businesses and punish the weak ones, a new source of campaign funding for politicians, and a potential source of free money, courtesy of the American taxpayer, were the reasons for TARP’s existence, not the saving of the world’s banking system. A lot of this waste from TARP is driven by insipid relationship between campaign donations, politicians, and companies. That is why the implementation of term limits for Congressional members is so important. Term limits would remove the incentive for politicians to use taxpayer money to fund their re-election campaigns, to the detriment of the American taxpayer.

    TARP: just another example where Americans lose and politicians profit.

  • Mike Barrett

    I know that the imperfect success of the TARP and the Stimulus, recognized by experts, does not fit the doomsday scenario written by republican electoral strategists, so I do not expect any posted agreement with my views on this forum. But what I do hope is that rational, moderate, business oriented republicans and independents, who look behind the Fox inspired rhetoric, will see and recognize that we are on the road to recovery, that it will be based on real improvements in the business climate, that it will be supported by the public sector doing its job in education and transportation and regulation, and that the irrational exhuberance that created the bubble was terrible economic policy then, and would simply be disastrous in the future. The wealthest 2% of our nation need to pay their fair share so we can start paying down the national debt.

  • James Hawkins

    Progressives want to raise taxes on individuals who make more than $200,000 a year because they say it’s wrong for the rich to be “given” more money.

    A tax cut is not a handout. It simply means government steals less. What progressives want to do is take money from some — by force — and spend it on others. It sounds less noble when plainly stated.

  • J. Christopher Stearns


    I just don’t understand the ideological position you subscribe to.

    As members of society, most of us go to work everyday and earn a wage or salary of some kind. Are we not entitled to the fruits of our labor? Does all capital in the U.S. belong to the federal government and they simply decide how much we get?

    … Something seems terribly wrong with that philosophy.

    When I read your posts, it’s as if you believe we are slaves to the federal government.

    What compels you to believe in such communistic ideologies?

    When humanity tries to perfect our society through government control of private property, the end result is ignorant servitude.

  • Mike Barrett

    Well J. Christopher, as I said, I don’t expect to find many supporters on this forum. Frankly, I do not subcribe to an ideology. I prefer to consider proposals on the basis of merit. Frankly, neither government nor private enterprise are the enemy; in fact, both need to be efficient and effective. As the CEO of a business, I need customers, mostly from the private sector, and I need government and private services to be successful. The ideology on these pages, to blame all our troubles on government, when in fact, the fiscal crisis from which we are now recovering was created in the most part by the private sector, reveals that in this case, ideology trumped common sense and reason. The last thing I want is for Boehner/Cantor to once again unlease the corrupt influence of unregulated capitalism that we witnessed during the Bush administration. I don’t think we can survive that again so soon.

  • I’ll be the first to tell you that partisanship isn’t helping the situation. The only thing that has surpassed the corrupt influence of crony capitalism and GOP leadership is the various industrial complexes in collusion w/ the current Democrat leadership in Congress and the current executive administration.

    I do my best to spread the blame equally amongst all of the corrupt political establishment – be it Eric Cantor, Nancy Pelosi, Lindsey Graham or Harry Reid. If we focused less on the parties and more on the corruption of the political establishment, we’d make a lot more ground in creating a greater economic, social and political society in this country.

    Additionally, I sympathize with you regarding unpopular political speech. As a libertarian Republican, I catch plenty of hell. I’m lucky I haven’t been railroaded out of the party for some of the things I’ve said. 🙂

  • turbo

    J Cristopher Stearns, you are A+ man. Thanks for having the guts to say what I am thinking.

  • Mike Barrett

    Well J. Christopher, be careful, that very action has recently occured on the national level as you may well know.

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