I didn’t trek down to Richmond for the final debate in the Old Dominion’s gubernatorial race. And it was unavailable on my TV last night. However, AmSpecBlog brings you the next best (maybe better?) thing: the Commonwealth Conservative’s wrap.
He calls it a win for Kilgore, with fine substantial reasons (unlike the grasping-at-straws talking points email I received from the Kaine folks this morning), concluding: “‘Governor Kilgore.’ Get used to it.” You’ll also find a comprehensive summary of what all the Virginia blogs are saying and links to the MSM stories.
Also, Kilgore spokesman Tucker Martin emailed immediately last night, “We are thrilled with how tonight went.” No surprises, but there you have it.
I must say, the post-debate spin from the Kaine people is odd. Besides the flurry of “Debate Fact Sheets” during the actual contest, the only other press release today is trying to make Jerry Kilgore’s abortion position a sticking point… portraying him as too pro-life. Too pro-life for Virginia? If anything, Kilgore’s already fairly exposed on the abortion issue, refusing to promise that he would sign any sort of abortion ban if Roe v. Wade were overturned. A pretty moot point, but it’s best not to give the base reasons to doubt you (see Miers, Harriet). With this tactic, the Kaine camp is clearly trying to corner Northern Virginia pro-choice moderates. Yet they were already luke warm for Kilgore. Without harping on Kilgore’s pro-life record, the media could turn Southwest Virginia luke warm with the abortion issue. Thanks to the Kaine folks, instead of two luke warm constituencies, you’re likely left with one.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online