Barack Obama won the elusive State of Virginia for the Democrats, the first time in 44 years on November 4, 2008. I guess Creigh Deeds did not get that memo, thus the cluster fuck that is called his campaign has spiraled out of control.
Yes, cluster fuck.
The Obama Campaign had a road map to win Virginia, remember the Republicans laughed that he could actually win it, but he did. So, common sense would be that whatever road map was used should be the road map that Deeds take, but he did not.
The mandate, populist themes, change that this country embraced is what Deeds should have ran on, but his campaign is like a Democrat running as a Republican-lite from 1996. Again, some of these politicians in the D.C. area don't understand the mood of this country and what people want outside of the beltway. And Deeds disastrous statement of opting Virginia out of the public option was the nail on a coffin already dropping 6 ft under.
There will be a lot of questions about this race, lack of intensity, no enthusiam and why the Deeds Campaign shunned the White House and Barack Obama for that matter. I am sure now, they wished they had not done so, but it appears too late.
So, as we prepare to write Virginia off the map for the Democrats next month and move on, the Obama White House is warranted to throw this campaign under the bus.
Senior administration officials have expressed frustration with how Democrat R. Creigh Deeds has handled his campaign for governor, refusing early offers of strategic advice and failing to reach out to several key constituencies that helped Obama win Virginia in 2008, they say.
Democratic strategists said that over the summer, Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) offered Deeds advice on winning a statewide election. Among other things, Kaine, who is also chairman of the Democratic National Committee, told Deeds that he should lay out more of his own vision and stop attacking Republican Robert F. McDonnell so ferociously. But Deeds did not embrace the advice, according to a national Democratic strategist.
A senior administration official said Deeds badly erred on several fronts, including not doing a better job of coordinating with the White House. "I understood in the beginning why there was some reluctance to run all around the state with Barack Obama," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to speak candidly about the race. "You don't do that in Virginia. But when you consider the African American turnout that they need, and then when you consider as well they've got a huge problem with surge voters, younger voters, we were just a natural for them."
A second administration official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said: "Obama, Kaine and others had drawn a road map to victory in Virginia. Deeds chose another path."
Oh and Mudcat Saunders is pissed.