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November 9, 2013 - 3:10 pm
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Right now, Republican Mark Obenshain is facing a dwindling lead in the race for attorney general in Virginia.  Today, most counties processed provisional votes and submitted totals.  Obenshain’s lead is down to just a few dozen out of over two million votes cast.  (See my PJ Media piece, “Obenshain, a Reason to Vote in Virginia Tuesday.)  The review isn’t over, with Fairfax County waiting until Tuesday to complete the process.

Mark Obenshain

Mark Obenshain

PJ Media spent 2013 reporting how Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell teamed up with the Soros-funded Advancement Project to ram through administrative changes to ensure thousands of felons would be automatically allowed to vote in this election.  Senator Obenshain led GOP opposition in the Virginia Senate to the legislative change, and McDonnell’s proposal thankfully died in the Virginia House.

That didn’t stop Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.  Taking a page from President Obama’s executive-order playbook, McDonnell rammed through, by edict, what the legislature would not give the governor power to do: automatically approve felons to participate in the 2013 election.  The Virginia governor even put out a press release quoting the notoriously leftist Advancement Project and praising himself for teaming with the left to rush through felon voting by executive decision. Seriously.

soros

Why would he do this?  As I wrote at the Washington Times:

Republican elected officials must realize that when it comes to election process issues such as felon voting and voter photo identification laws, they are regularly outsmarted by the organized left. Republicans who support their opponents’ election law agenda will gain no friends, at least not friends they should want.

Some Republicans think they can gain love from the left.  They don’t realize the left is out to destroy conservatives and the GOP, not make friends.  And some Republicans start acting strangely when they are facing possible federal indictments for corruption. Remember Illinois Governor George Ryan?

Bob McDonnell

Bob McDonnell

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How come recounts always seem to add votes to the Democrat tally, never the Republican?
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It would help a lot if the establishment types didn't ALWAYS turn out to be crooks.
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My Uncle Carson just got an almost new silver Chevrolet Express Van blog link http://www.jobs64.com
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First off, are we talking here about convicted felons, or accused felons?

Felons can have their civil rights - like voting privilege - restored through the court system.
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Convicted. And Virginia NEVER had a court-run reinstatement program.
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You gotta admire the Democrats, however. They are brazen, and they don't care what you think about their methods- they play to win. I loved the story out of Fairfax County where the mysterious uncounted absentee votes were "discovered" that cut Obenshain's lead to double digits and they had plan B to finish the job where they planned on letting party officials represent the provisional voters. Just wait- plan C is already coming.
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McDonnell, when elected, was supposed to be the "model" of what GOP candidates should strive for: Economics and fairness v. the So-Con agenda.
Just another lie spewed by the Left.
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???
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Most establishment Republicans fear the media and so their compass always points to "what will be the media's reaction to this issue."

Dems play hard ball, GOP plays dodgeball with the media as their opponent.

Our Dear Leader will abuse his "Pardon Authority" is a certainty in his final days. Bill Clinton will look like an amateur compared to what Obama will do.
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In the history of politics, there is only one fundamental, abiding issue.

It is individualism vs. collectivism.

Both establishment Democrats and Republicans believe in collectivism...i.e. the obligation to live our lives for the community or the state.

This article linked below was written before the rise of the Tea Party. It does a good job of helping to understand what is going on in American politics today.

Basically, the Tea Party is the only group advocating less collectivism and more individualism. That both establish Democrats (modern liberals) and Republicans (modern conservatives) are trying to destroy the Tea Party should tell you all you need to know.

http://www.ncpa.org/pub/classical-liberalism-vs-modern-liberalism-and-modern-conservatism
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I haven't read the article yet, but I like "the obligation to live our lives for the community or the state." It does apply to the loyalists of both parties.
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"...the Democrats are, indeed, playing chess..."

Actually, it is no longer Democrat v Republican and has not been for decades. It is now left v right, and the left believes that peace is just war without as much violence (but they are definitely not opposed to the violence part either.)

The leftist' Bible, Rules for Radicals, tells them that the ends justifies the means, that they are fighting against evil people, and only they are on the side of good. Sound familiar? That's right - Islam and the Koran. No wonder they get along so well.
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Well, Virginia is beginning to look like Minnesota all over again. Fairfax County is simply unbelievable, and it is a locked down Dem stronghold.

.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/newly-counted-fairfax-votes-narrow-gap-in-attorney-generals-race/2013/11/09/c2618dc0-4978-11e3-a196-3544a03c2351_story.html?hpid=z2
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If you want to make a moral point about felons and rights, and say that those who have done their time have done penance for their crime and deserve voting rights restored, then it is not logical to not push to have the civil right to firearms ownership also restored.

Any rationale on the basis of civil rights given for voting must include firearms ownership as you are, truly, trying to say that these are just ordinary members of society once more and that if they are safe to decide the course of elections then they should be safe to protect their own lives and property which is far more primal than mere voting.

Yet the Left always shies away from that sort of thing. And Republicans are not smart enough to link the other civil restrictions on felons to voting restrictions. This demonstrates not just being duped by members wishing ill for society, but a fundamental lack of knowledge of the morality behind punishment and the purposes it serves to society beyond voting.
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"If you want to make a moral point about felons and rights, and say that those who have done their time have done penance for their crime and deserve voting rights restored, then it is not logical to not push to have the civil right to firearms ownership also restored."

Penance includes restitution to the victim. How do you take back a rape or a murder?
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Why wouldn't they shy away from any 2-A restoration?
They don't want anyone to have the means of self-defense as that just makes the imposition of the State all the more difficult to accomplish.
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How come recounts always seem to add votes to the Democrat tally, never the Republican?
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That's not what happened in Wisconsin.
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