Tim Kaine and Corey Stewart Corey Stewart’s latest ad written by Jeanine Martin July 12, 2018 Corey Stewart’s latest ad from his campaign for Senate: Corey Stewart’s latest ad was last modified: July 12th, 2018 by Jeanine Martin Kaine abolish ICETim Kaine/Corey Stewart ad 37 comments Jeanine Martin Also known as Lovettsville Lady, I am a Republican activist in the wilds of western Loudoun County. Your life will be better if you click one of these Fill Up Your Gas Tanks, Boys, You... July 17, 2018 The Magical World of Ranked Choice Voting July 17, 2018 The Holier than Thou Brigade July 17, 2018 2nd Quarter Fundraising totals for federal candidates July 17, 2018 My Argument for Drafting Delegate Glenn Davis... July 16, 2018 The Left’s obsession with Roe July 16, 2018 UPDATED: Nancy Pelosi helping to pay off... July 16, 2018 Rep Gowdy puts Peter Strzok in his... July 15, 2018 Intellectual Life At The Left Pole July 15, 2018 Middle Resolution ranks General Assembly members July 15, 2018 John Massoud Well done Corey GeorgeQuincyMutterIII Kind of a simpleton advertisement, no actual facts to attack Kaine. Look forward to voting for him again, but he’s going to have to step up his game. Rocinante Right message, right tone, right audience. Kaine is far lefter than most Virginians. Spot on. It’s gonna be brutal. ameri…canwork In difference to what others are posting here, this is a good add. This add is calm and attacks Kaine as to be a extreme far left Democrat. Kaine does not care one once about Virginia or her working class citizens except to hand out chum change freebies for votes. I like the approach be calm and cool. I would continue with this then to grab the nut by the hand and slowly twist closer to November then twist even harder in debates and expose him and his Union big money for allowing and protecting illegal aliens to bolster their receding payrolls. Politically punch him in the face in the debates. Col. Andrew Olson On thing upon which we agree: It’s gonna be brutal. Franklin Fogle Yep, Corey’s azzwhoopin’ is gonna’ be brutal. At least we might have produced a decent fight with Freitas rather than a flaming defeat. AnninVA26 Good ad. Fight them with their own words…and pictures of their children. ameri…canwork Yea really the punk ( his boy) should at least get his haircut, he looks like a tent City dweller. Embarrassing! Rob Blackstone Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! The Mega Monster Truck Rally is coming to the Richmond Coliseum! One night only! Get your tickets TODAY!!! Juliane Thurston THIS. Can we get someone less crazy sounding to narrate? VAFreedom Not too bad, but this seems like a primary video & not a general one. I don’t know that abortion, and certainly not Trump is is a selling point in a state where Trump lost. Focus on what Trump did, the forgotten man: jobs, taxes, & regulations! Col. Andrew Olson A counter-productive ad, targets committed base with the traditional RPV fear-oriented message they expect. An appeal to the Warmacs and not the SBTs they need. This approach fails because it’s a fight for the middle Rocinante & Co. hold in contempt, so don’t expect much of a battle for moderates or independents — voters like me who hit the snooze button when we hear the phony fear alarm sounding. The strategy seems to be defending the base and suppressing opposition voters, a questionable tactic with Trump the motivator potentially stimulating still more massive record Democrat turnout that may well submerge the remainder of the RPV ticket (if we can actually call it a cohesive ticket). Far better to pray for Biblical weather than to have the trumpet sound an uncertain tone. Who shall answer the call? FrankUnderwoodSr The reason your predictions are wrong, is that you cling to the ancient notion that elections are a fight for the middle, which is false. People who call themselves independents are shrinking as a percentage of the electorate, and they do not swing elections anymore. The modern electorate is extremely polarized, to a degree we haven’t seen in decades. Elections now are all about turnout, which is a function of fear, hope, and other human emotions having nothing to do with reason. Democrats are flat out crazy with fear right now, and their party is doing everything possible to stoke that fear because they know it drives their turnout. Republicans should be worried, because that strategy works. It worked for Trump when Hillary was the opposition, but it can work against Republicans if they get complacent. You’re advice for Republicans would be disastrous. Moving to the middle means you’re out of touch with what drives voters to the polls. Voting in mid-terms is especially turnout sensitive because most voters don’t participate at all. Voters certainly don’t care about a friendly compromising middle-of-the-road swamp dweller. They want someone who understands their hopes and fears. For example, Comstock and Brat are each going to get a huge percentage of Republican voters, probably in the high nineties, regardless of their vastly different ideologies. The trouble for Babs is that she won’t get enough Republicans excited enough to show up and vote for her, and there aren’t enough independent voters to make any difference either way. No Democrat will vote for her no matter how far she swings left. She’s in trouble, unless she finds a way to excite the base enough to drive Republican turnout. Even Brat who Republicans love and trust, can still lose his seat if Republican voters believe he is so safe they don’t need to show up and vote. Moderating would disastrous, because it would only dampen enthusiasm and suppress turnout. On the other hand, Democrats actually believe they might win that seat, because they are counting on a huge turnout, which is almost certainly going to be higher than normal on their side. Corey is doing exactly what he needs to do to win. Thankfully, he isn’t afraid to talk about the issues that voters do worry about. Chad Parker “The reason your predictions are wrong, is that you cling to the ancient notion that elections are a fight for the middle, which is false” Do you have any numbers from recent Virginia elections to back up your claim? In providing data, make sure you don’t falsely equate middle-of-the-road Republicans with “people who call themselves independents.” Col. Andrew Olson Good luck with that. Like I wrote, praying for the weather is a more reliable strategy. If you don’t see the numbers that show the decline of political parties, you’re not looking and are likely one of Eric Hoffer’s True Believers. Yes, turnout is important, but sticking with that three or four months out is a lost opportunity. Not enough independents to make a difference? When Warner won in 2014, the margin was 17,727, with 53,102 non-Rep/Dem votes in the middle. McAuliffe won for Governor in 2013 by 56,435, with 146,084 non-Rep/Dem in the middle. Webb won 2006 Senate race by 9,329 votes with 26,102 in the middle. Kaine won Governor in 2005 by 9,329 with 26,102 in the middle. ameri…canwork You are correct also add that Northam won by about 200,000. And yes pray for bad weather, cold , windy and freezing rain would keep many Dem voters away that believe someone else will carry the vote for them. FrankUnderwoodSr You still don’t get it. There aren’t enough people in the middle to make a difference. For every concession you make to capture a moderate, you lose 3 times as many in your base. It is a losing game to chase moderate votes when the electorate is this polarized. It doesn’t matter how close the election is. Don’t chase moderates! Increasing turnout of the base is far more effective. Col. Andrew Olson It’s not that I “still don’t get it.” It’s that we disagree. I supported my POV with electoral vote results. If this election is all about the base, it is pretty much already decided, as election trends make clear. Fundraising also paints a picture (money is a form of speech) and it isn’t pretty for your candidate. Let’s review post-election. Warmac9999 A moderate is someone whose convictions change at the drop of the hat – if they actually have any convictions at all. Jeanine Martin That is correct. If you don’t have principals, you vote for ever looks the cutest, or sounds more clever, or has the best hair. FrankUnderwoodSr Your own case is the perfect example of my argument. You call yourself a moderate. But if you were honest, you’d admit there is no way you’ll vote for Corey Stewart. I can hardly imagine what the campaign would have to do to get your vote. If the campaign were foolish enough to “moderate” in a way that would compel you to change your mind, that same moderation would disillusion many other voters who are already leaning Stewart’s way. At the very least, it would confuse them and dampen enthusiasm of current Stewart supporters. It would be disastrous for his campaign to try to win your vote, despite your claims to be an open minded, independent, or whatever else you want to call yourself and your fellow travelers. Consider that less than half of all voters will turn out on election day anyway. Even a small increase in turnout can win the election. It’s so much easier to persuade someone to show up and vote, than it is to convince a person like yourself to change your vote. Col. Andrew Olson I am honest: There is no way I will vote for Corey Stewart as portrayed in this ad. There are many others near the middle who might consider your candidate if proper outreach repainted him as stable, considerate and thoughtful — much as is Nick Freitas. He should be portrayed as a unifier and a team player. A good ad would show the ticket together, smiling, working as a team towards solutions for a broader electorate that includes women, kids, and so on. Combined with highlights of Kaine’s many mistakes — like supporting Helen Dragas’ craziness on the UVA board — it might draw more votes your way. Col. Andrew Olson BTW, why the BS about “fellow travelers” as if I were somehow a communist? You simply paint you and yours as extremists tossing incendiary remarks. It is not mature. Instead of dividing, try uniting for a change. Show leadership and stability. This is among the reasons others on the RPV ticket will not so much as appear or talk about — let alone support publicly — the standard-bearer you support, and it paints you into a corner that diminishes your vote count. FrankUnderwoodSr Fair enough. I don’t really believe you’re a communist. Is it okay if I call you a squishy moderate instead? Col. Andrew Olson Sure. It feels better and is much more accurate. I squish to optimize the value to my family and community, to work well with others, to effect change. In this particular election, unifying Republicans is more important than appealing to a faction of them. Expecting them to vote in lockstep because those are somehow Rocinante’s rules doesn’t get them to the polls in the right mood. They need to feel good about working together for change, that they are part of something bigger that is at last getting its act together. After all, the RPV has a resigned leader (as they say, cut off the head and the body will die) and various factions are still litigating the primary. Under these circumstances, the big tent works better than two smaller ones. FrankUnderwoodSr But Rocinante is right. It is important for Republicans to support their nominee. Waiting for Godot is useless. My own perfect candidate is irrelevant. The only candidate who can win is the one who appeals to the majority. It is self-indulgent, and petulant to complain about the candidate, or our choice of candidates. We never get what we want. We only get a choice of moving in one direction, or the other direction. And in nearly every election, it is clearly apparent which candidate is better than the other, at least from my point of view. Withholding your vote is useless. Col. Andrew Olson I understand your POV but for many it simply drives them away from any political party in preference for freedom of choice. I value freedom more than party affiliation, so I belong to no political party. It is 2018 — I have sufficient information to make my own decisions, case by case. Oddly, Virginia permits everyone to vote in any primary, a luxury I do not indulge because it feels dishonest for those of us who prefer no party to nonetheless participate. There is a well-documented decline of the party system that is accelerating with new generations of voters who know only the value of freedom and have no appreciation for party “discipline.” Yes, there is polarization around issues but increasingly party politics is unappealing, and watching dues (and time and resources) wasted in intra-party litigation is offensive. Stonewall Jackson He’s not a moderate he’s a $%king Democrat troll. Jeanine Martin Yes, yes, yes, we have a winner! Jeanine Martin You know better than to believe anything a Democrat says. Mr. Olson would never vote for a Republican. Col. Andrew Olson Ridiculous. I’ve voted for many a Republican. I support Michael Webert, Sheriff Bob Mosier, voted for Tom Garrett — it’s a long list. Franklin Fogle Throwing in my unsolicited two cents, perhaps some of Stewart’s supporters might explain why Freitas’ followers would help Stewart after he vulgarly slandered this good man who unselfishly offered his life for his country. Besides, allow me to remind all of this bit of history: Abe Lincoln — our first Republican president — was assassinated by Confederate agent and pro-slavery sympathizer, John Wilkes Booth. Thus, what gives Stewart the right to represent “The Party of Lincoln” after co-sponsoring rallies with Confederate sympathizer and white supremacist Jason Kessler, plus praising and heaping financial support upon outspoken anti-Semite, Paul Nehlen? In addition, Stewart defended racist slurs his campaign staffers made regarding Nick Freitas’ name that they claimed “sounds like something on the dollar menu at Taco Bell.” As such, if Stewart finds no support from Freitas’ backers come November, he has himself to blame, and anyone who wishes to argue presents the world with proof of their own stupidity, and likely, their own racism. Warmac9999 Apparently, you find Kaine without blame. I find him to constantly pander to the worst of the Democrats, many of whom drop this or that “ism” or “phobia” when the can’t debate the facts. One of the reasons that Stewart has a chance is that the silent majority of middle class working folk have had it with being bashed by political correctness. Col. Andrew Olson Even a member of the “silent majority” can write a check. If your theory were correct, they’d donate to his campaign and we”d see it in reports that show otherwise — Kaine up ten-fold or more: https://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary?cycle=2018&id=VAS1 Franklin Fogle Quite honestly, I cannot begin to express how asinine you sound since there’s no way any sane person could have derived the basis for your rant from my statement, but please tell me: What part of my wanting GOP candidates to act civilly toward each other makes me a Kaine supporter? If you wish to accuse anyone who doesn’t subscribe to your “isms” of being a Democrat, there’s a bridge I wish to sell. Warmac9999 Civility? My goodness! I have spent decades trying to be civil to people who constantly attack my constitutional conservative positions. Most of these people have been global socialists who think the Constitution is or should be eliminated. I voted for Freitas, but will support Stewart because arguments like yours end up with a check mark in the loser column. I have two points – politics is a nasty business and Kaine is by far nastier than Stewart. When you find that perfect politician, let me know. Until that time I follow the advice of a Russian general under Stalin. Better is the enemy of good enough. Stonewall Jackson As I keep telling the GOP Incorporated… the Dems are moving to end Immigration Laws completely. They want to end ICE? Why do you suppose.