The Winchester Star and Harrisonburg Daily News-Record endorsed Republican candidate Bob McDonnell. The Washington Post endorsed Democrat Creigh Deeds in an editorial this weekend.
The Winchester Star’s editorial board reasoned that McDonnell was their recommendation over Deeds:
“We believe Bob McDonnell’s public record — and basic political philosophy — deserves Virginia’s vote Nov. 3.
By choosing a Republican governor in this particular year, Virginia would likely send this significant signal to an overwhelmingly Democratic Washington: Slow down a bit, you’re going too fast, your expansion of the size of the federal government is too great.”
The Washington Post’s endorsement of Deeds did not come as a surprise saying:
“Mr. Deeds, lagging in the polls, lacks Mr. McDonnell’s knack for crisp articulation. But if he has not always been the most adroit advocate for astute policies, that is preferable to Mr. McDonnell’s silver-tongued embrace of ideas that would mire Virginia in a traffic-clogged, backward-looking past. Virginians should not confuse Mr. McDonnell’s adept oratory for wisdom, nor Mr. Deeds’ plain speech for indirection. In fact, it is Mr. Deeds whose ideas hold the promise of a prosperous future.”
The Washington Post’s editorial reasoning was well thought-out and based on what is best for Virginia.
The lame rhetoric presented by The Winchester Star’s editorial – lets send a message to Washington, DC was disappointing and a cop-out. Winchester went for Obama 52% to 47% in 2008 and for Senator Mark Warner 69%. What kind of reasoning is that? Very disappointing to see any editorial board use this kind of “reasoned rhetoric.”
The Winchester Star reasons that “The Republican nominee has studiously cobbled together plans and solutions for Virginia.” I call the “studious cobbled together plans” a shell game – now you see it now you don’t.
Here’s hoping The Roanoke Times editorial board does a better job in their reasoning for endorsement of Deeds or McDonnell.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Election 2009, Politics, State Politics
Tags: election2009, governor, party_politics