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    :: Monday, November 07, 2005 ::
    Kilgore in a quagmiers?

    You're in a "quagmiers" when you take your base for granted.

    GOP nominee Jerry Kilgore may lose tomorrow's gubernatorial election here in Virginia. Power Line gives reasons for this. I'd like to give another: asked a straightforward hypothetical question as to whether, in a post-Roe world, he would sign a bill that bans abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or life of the mother, he has repeatedly refused to answer clearly.

    Undoubtedly he didn't want to alarm the liberal folks up in Fairfax and Arlington counties (the places where Democratic AG nominee Creigh Deeds is running ads criticizing his opponent, frontrunner Bob McDonnell, for having attended this law school). But Mr. Kilgore may have forgotten that pro-life voters, too, have standards.

    I say this because, during the course of the present day, I have randomly walked into three separate conversations in which people who would normally be considered part of the Republican "base" were expressing indecision about the Governor's race (not the AG's race -- we all admire Bob McDonnell!), and assigning as reason for their uncertainty Kilgore's perceived weakness on the pro-life issue.

    Hardly a scientific sample -- but I wanted to put it on the record, because if Kilgore does in fact lose, the punditocracy will proclaim it was because he was too far to the "right" on "social issues." In fact, it may be because he was not far "right" enough.

    N.B. (1) Conservative State Senator Ken Cuccinelli makes the conservative case for Kilgore here.

    N.B. (2) Our local paper endorses Kaine for Governor -- and McDonnell for AG:
    Virginia Beach GOP Del. Bob McDonnell merits election as one in a tiny pantheon of legislators with the intellect and the energy to have advanced a broad range of substantive legislation. He worked tirelessly to implement welfare-to-work reform, a tough-love approach to juvenile justice, performance reviews for judges, and to close the cracks through which repeat DUI offenders were esacaping. His workhorse mind-set, coupled with an uncommon willingness to recognize the shortcomings of his limited government ideology, make him a cut above.

    :: David M. Wagner 2:35 PM [+] ::

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