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Friday, August 14, 2009

Mr. Deeds Goes Confederate

Creigh Deeds is nothing short of a God-send for the GOP in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Republicans could not have asked for a more idiotic candidate for Bob McDonnell to run against.

When the arguments about the economy were not working, Deeds wanted to make abortion his winning issue. Having forgotten (and then remembering) that 51% of Americans now identify themselves as pro-life, he quickly changed his focus from that to the Confederate flag.

It all started when someone found a picture and then proclaimed that Bob McDonnell was flying a Confederate flag at the Virginia Outdoor Sportsman Show.

Well, Joe Abbey, the Deeds campaign manager ultimately lost his job because of it.

From Erick Erickson over at Human Events:


Because the story blew up in their faces.

The confederate flag in question was at the adjacent booth, “which was selling confederate flags and other paraphernalia, though the angle of the photo makes it appears as if the flag was McDonnell’s,” the Washington Post reports.

But this gets even better. The Washington Post reminded everyone of something that Deeds said in 1999:

According to a 1999 Roanoke Times article, Deeds told legislators during that debate that: “I grew up in a house with a portrait of the Confederate flag on the wall. I grew up in a house with a portrait of Robert E. Lee on the wall over my bed.”

Now Deeds only wants to talk about increasing taxes on Virginians in the middle of a recession.

You can access the complete article on-line here:

Mr. Deeds Goes Confederate
Erick Erickson
Human Events Online
August 14, 2009


J. Tyler Ballance said...

If you are going to copy crap off of the web, at least get the context correct.

The 1999 quote was preceding Deeds explanation as to why he was against the SCV getting our Battle Flag logo on the SCV license plate. Deeds went on to piss-off everyone who cares about Southern Heritage by saying that it was time to bury that banner in the past.

BOTH of the candidates need to learn about, equal treatment under the law. Deeds had no business opposing the logo, since the SCV had met the state requirement for the plate. McDonnell stood by with his hands in his pockets, rather than speak-up and proclaim that the SCV and other heritage groups must be treated equally under our laws.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans is a longstanding civic organization who are responsible for many historic monuments all across our nation and whose members have contributed millions of volunteer hours to preserve monuments and cemeteries as a way of honoring both Union and Confederate soldiers.

The US Congress has formally recognized Confederate veterans as U.S. veterans, and it is well past time for those whose only knowledge of history is what they saw on Jerry Springer, to learn that those who fly the Battle Flag, for the most part, do so to honor our veterans.

In the Twenty-first Century, Virginians sit atop a gold mine in the form of Confederate era tourism. Both candidates should be talking about how Virginians of every background can earn a piece of the potential BILLION dollars that we could generate by promoting Confederate era tourism.

If Massachusetts can create jobs based on Pilgrim era tourism, Virginia can do even better by adding the celebration of the Confederate era to our already superb Revolutionary War tourism programs.

84rules said...

This story isn't about the Confederate flag or anything like that. It is about how Creigh Deeds tried to make an issue out of a non-issue and it exploded in his face.


Perhaps McAuliffe
would have been a superior candidate ?

thepamphleteer said...

Perhaps McAuliffe
would have been
the superior candidate ?