Polls continue to show strength for the GOP in the two hot governor's races to be decided this November in Virginia and New Jersey. In Virginia, Republican Bob McDonnell holds a comfortable lead for governor over Democrat R. Creigh Deeds. With the mud the Democrat Deeds has been slinging his nickname became: "Dirty Deeds." Afraid to talk about the issues, where Virginia voters are increasingly remorseful about the mistake their state made in voting for Obama in 2008, Deeds has launched a campaign of personal attacks and phony charges that are so transparent voters are laughing at him.
The same is true in New Jersey where the Democrat Jon Corzine, running for re-election. Instead of focusing on the issues he attacks his opponent Chris Christie for being fat. That race is tightening after an early Christie lead.
What's clear in this dress rehearsal for 2010 congressional elections is that Democrats are desperate to avoid discussing the issues of spending, health care, carbon taxes and the problem of unemployment. Instead, they resort to throwing mud hoping it will stick.
Defeat Harry Reid and Other GOP Senate Gains?
Just in the last week we have new signs of life in the GOP bid to get rid of Senate Majority Leader Harry "This war is lost" Reid. Another round of polling matches earlier results which show Nevadans are tired of the man Democrats have used to wield the hatchet in Washington since Democrats retook control of the Senate. Either of the top GOP leaders in that race could beat Reid if the election were held today.
But that's not all. In Delaware, Mike Castle, the former GOP Governor and Congressman is set to run for the Senate seat formerly held by V.P. "Bumbling" Joe Biden. His likely opponent is Biden's bumbling son Beau who hopes to tar Castle as being too close to former President George W. Bush. Will that blame Bush strategy work years after Bush has left office? I doubt it.
Meanwhile in Illinois, the race is on to fill the senate seat of Barack Obama after the joke Roland "I bought this seat" Burris leaves office. GOP Congressman Mark Kirk, known for his ability to repeatedly win re-election in his Democrat-leaning district, announced Monday that he has raised more than $1.6 million during the third quarter. Kirk's likely Democrat opponents in this race include Tony Rezko's former banker who has suspected ties to the mob, and a former Chief of Staff to disgraced former Governor Rod Blagojevich.
Will Illinois voters go for more Democrat corruption or turn instead to a respected GOP congressman? My guess is that they are tired of being a laughingstock.
WARNING WILL ROBINSON... DANGER!
After years of being told that voters don't like negative attacks (or does that just apply to Republicans?) Democrats appear to be ramping up the slime machine.
Democrats Must Attack to Win in 2010, Strategists SayI guess we can all stop listening to liberals who say we must not go negative or it will hurt GOP chances in 2010. Not that many readers EVER thought these folks had our best interests in mind when they offered that advice.
By JOHN HARWOOD
The Caucus- NY Times
October 12, 2009
New Jersey Republicans complain that Gov. Jon Corzine, a Democrat, has turned nasty to gain ground in his re-election bid this year. Republicans elsewhere should brace themselves.
That is because Mr. Corzine’s strategy for a comeback victory has turned into a template for Democratic candidates to survive in the 2010 midterm elections. Its shorthand description: winning ugly.
Now that Democrats control the White House, Congress and most governorships, voters’ discontent with the status quo represents their burden, which has Democratic strategists considering tactics to push back challengers.
“Very often the instinct for an incumbent party is to defend and justify,” said Geoff Garin, a pollster for Democratic candidates. “But in this kind of environment, the best defense is a good offense.
The fallout for Democratic Congressional candidates is clear. In a recent Gallup survey, independent voters preferred Republican candidates for Congress by 45 percent to 36 percent; last October, they favored Democratic candidates 46 percent to 39 percent.