The anonymous person known as the White House Insider felt compelled to write D.W. Ulsterman about the Virginia election. He had some interesting points to make. Ulsterman introduces him:
A very unexpected message arrived from the individual so many of you know as White House Insider. They wanted to talk briefly about politics – namely, the Virginia governor’s race. Apparently, my earlier article on the subject didn’t quite meet their personal approval. Here is that message, just received, in its entirety, exactly as it was sent to me, with just one minor omission.
Hey. Read your write up on the virg. election. You made some valid points. You also made some stabs that missed the mark. Badly. So just shut up and listen.
First, dems are not “cringing in fear”. Give me a break. They won Virginia. Terry will turn that place into an early results election night launch pad for Hillary in 2016. At least he’ll try to, and will be given plenty of $$$$ by her campaign to get it done. So you better drop that bullshit line because it’s not true. I’ll admit it was closer than I thought it would be. Obamacare rollout is kicking the hell out of the WH right now. I also think that if the GOP had given up a few more million to the Cuccinelli campaign, the Republicans might be celebrating a victory in Virginia which would have been a very nice pick up for them. They dropped the ball though. They’ll try to say it was about playing smart, or saving cash, but in the end, their job is to help candidates win elections and the GOP didn’t do that in Virginia, and Virginia is always a very important win for either side.
Also, you misspelled Christie. You called him Christy. Maybe you did that on purpose. I know what you think of the guy. He has the establishment lining up behind him, so better get used to his name. He’s gonna be a contender. And I’ll say it like this on that issue. Take Cuccinelli and the Chamber of Commerce. The chamber boys locked Cuccinelli out because he supported the shutdown. Ok then. Now they have Terry running things. Gonna be at least four years before they get that taste out of their mouths. should have backed Cuccinelli. So if Christie gets the nom, then you better be backing him, or you might be looking at eight years of trying to get the taste of Hillary out of your mouth. Think about it.
So don’t blame the GOP as much as the big money donors, the Chamber, etc. And the Tea party people. Where was their $$$$? After the rollout, everyone had a chance to pile on and win that race. They were slow to act and lost it. Figure it out Republicans. Good lord you’re supposed to be the smart ones.
Also caught that little update from R.I. at the end about a coalition to deal with Obamacare. That it was a group of Democrats and Republicans. I found that pretty interesting so made a call. He’s right to a point, but it’s just some talking right now. Nobody has the balls to really join up publicly and do it because that would be a play right up against the White House and Democrats, as much as they are worrying about Obamacare backlash, also want access to the president’s fundraising. R.I. has got to stop playing positive and get mean. Nice don’t win. Mean does. Figure it out boy.
And no on the libertarian guy losing it for the Republicans. #’s don’t jive with that scenario.
So basically they’re all a bunch of gutless backstabbing pukes. Don’t matter if it’s an R or a D. All the same to me these days.
And in your book, is the chief of staff guy based on -name deleted- because if you didn’t plan for that, the way you put him together is right on. Had me laughing. I enjoyed the read, but you didn’t get the entrance part right. You turn to the right not the left if you’re coming through the public entrance area, and the last time I was there I had to go through at least one more checkpoint and security is all over place now which you didn’t really describe. Other than that, you had it pretty much down. Been a few years so I’ll let it slide.
Here is Ulsterman’s piece on the Virginia election that the Insider criticized:
Why The Virginia Governor’s Race Has Democrats Cringing In Fear
Democratic Party candidate Terry McAuliffe won last night’s election to be Virginia’s next governor – barely. It is that narrow margin of victory, when just a few weeks ago he was cruising to a dominant, double-digit victory, that now has Democrats looking behind their own political backs and wondering if their time in Congress is coming to and end after the 2014 Midterm Elections. They are very worried, and they should be. Here’s why…
Looks like tough times coming for Democrats…
First and foremost, is that Obamacare almost single handedly ended the McAuliffe campaign. Now think about that – Terry McAuliffe wasn’t a member of Congress, or the Obama White House. He didn’t vote for Obamacare, but was rather merely a distant political relative of it simply by his affiliation as a Democrat. And yet, despite that distance, Obamacare came very close to destroying him. Imagine then how members of Congress feel who have actively supported that now undeniably disastrous and divisive legislation must feel?
The Obamacare issue isn’t going away, not by a long shot. Instead, it will continue to fester and agitate voters across the country as they continue to receive insurance cancellations, find out their premiums are going up, or lost the ability to see the doctor or hospital of their choice. This anger will cut across party lines, as it did last night in Virginia.
Second, Barack Obama is already a weakened and increasingly disliked Lame Duck. He will work to rile up the base, and milk them for campaign donation dollars, but the luster of his presidency is well worn away now, and more and more are realizing just how weak, vapid, and self obsessed he has been since arriving on the national stage six years ago. Stop and listen, and you can hear even a growing number of Democrats looking forward to when the Age of Obama has come to and end. America is now very ready to move on, and Democratic members of Congress know there will be no political advantage to having Obama in the White House during the 2014 Midterms, but rather just the opposite.
Democrats won’t be able to play divide the votes on a national scale in 2014 as they did in Virginia the last few months. The media often ignored the fact that the Virginia governor’s race contained a third party candidate – Libertarian Robert Sarvis leaked thousands of votes away from Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli. Without the Libertarian in the race, Cuccinelli likely enjoys a comfortable victory – the same Libertarian candidate some reports indicated was being assisted financially by Barack Obama political operatives. Those kinds of shenanigans won’t be able to be pulled off across the nation in 2014, and Democrats know it.
Next, was the candidate Cuccinelli himself. Was he a great campaigner? No. The former Virginia Attorney General failed to raise adequate campaign cash, something even more vital during an “off year” election. He was outspent by McAuliffe by an almost 2 – 1 margin. Will that happen for all Democrats in 2014? No – not even close. And despite being so outspent, and being a less than dynamic candidate, Cuccinelli still almost managed to win.
Lastly, it is the Republican Party that, after some internal infighting, is emerging as the far more focused and motivated political entity as compared to its Democratic Party counterpart. Who is the presidential frontrunner? Hillary Clinton. Democrats believe they can run a woman and thus stir the same kind of identity politics that ushered in the Barack Obama victory in 2008. This won’t happen. Barack Obama was a relative unknown, without the immense baggage that is the Clinton legacy. She’s old, unlike the 2007 version of Obama, who could not only play up the hue of his skin, but also communicate himself as a political outsider, and thus, make voters feel they were truly supporting someone outside the mainstream, who was “cool”. Hillary Clinton has never been cool, or hip, and with each passing year, her appeal to the under 35 voters is less and less.
Contrast that to the emerging national leaders of the Republican Party. Governor Chris Christy (yes, I know, we are still angry over his BFF display with Barack Obama in 2012), Governor Scott Walker, Governor Bobby Jindal, Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and others, represent a much younger, more energetic, and decidedly more conservative/libertarian leaning that is once again emerging from within the Republican establishment, and this in turn is attracting even more interesting and appealing members to the party. The era of John McCain, Mitch McConnell, and the like, is finally coming to an end, and that is a very good thing for those of you who very much want to see the damage inflicted during the Obama years rolled back and hopefully remedied.
So all is, if not well, certainly looking better than it has for conservatives in some time. Far better in fact than in 2012, and better still than in 2008. Conservatism is making a comeback, and Democrats are now bracing for a hurting to be delivered on them in 2014, and perhaps then in 2016 too.
Happy Days are not quite here again, but they’re getting closer, so long as we don’t blow this opportunity. -UM
While I agree with some of what he says, we will never begin to win big unless we anticipate the Democrat shenanigans. Why are we always surprised that they cheat/inject a third party spoiler/lie about our candidates/enlist the media in attacking us? At least Christie plays tough.