Blue Commonwealth Will Support the Nominee

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We've had a lot of conversation between the Blue Commonwealth front pagers about the need to ensure that everyone who reads here and posts here understands that we will fight to a) Keep the Governor's office in the hands of a Democrat; and b) keep Democratic seats in the hands of Democrats; and c) fight to capture Republican seats in the upcoming election. So to that end:

We, the undersigned do hereby commit to and affirm the following:

1. That we will, from this point forward, enthusiastically and ethically challenge Bob McDonnell and the Republican Party of Virginia at every opportunity.
2. That we will, after the Democratic primary has determined a nominee, refrain from making comments or writing posts that are critical of or otherwise harm the Democratic nominee in any way.
3. That we will, after the Democratic primary has determined a nominee and to the best of our ability, write and communicate in a way that ensures the best possible chance of victory for Democrats across the board in November.
4. That we will, in the remaining time prior to the Democratic primary, endeavor to post responsibly and with great care when advocating for a specific candidate.
5. That we will, in short, be solely focused on capturing State and local level offices for and by Progressives!

The Blue Commonwealth Front Pagers are:

aznew
Chris Guy
Dan
Dan Sullivan
code/Admin
Eric
FXBAmy
Josh
KathyinBlacksburg
kindler
The Donkey
lowkell
paul vogel
RenaRF
Riley Murray
RK Rob
teacherken
teddy
Used2Bnetral
cvillelaw
Doug in Mount Vernon
frankoanderson

We express our consent to this pledge by affirming in the comments to this post.

We also invite anyone else to drop in and join us in the comments.

I'll go first.

I affirm.

So do I.

I affirm and will stay focused on the long haul through November... (and beyond).

Affirmed

We are Democrats and we will fight for the Democratic nominees.

I'm behind it 100%

Deeds, McAuliffe, or Moran > McDonnell

yo, Adrian/Rena . . oh heck

yes I affirm - as a Quaker always prefer to affirm :-)

Firmly affirmed

thks Rena

I affirm

wholeheartedly!

Affirmed

without reservation.

I'm in this for the full ride....

I completely Affirm

Yep

We can all agree this is the right way...

I will continue fighting hard

to make this Blue Virginia!

I disagree with the entire premise of this

The point isn't to blindly follow your party's nominee. It's to ask questions and make sure that on that sacred Tuesday in November that you can go into that voting booth and be confident you're making the right decision. Will that mean taking into consideration scandals from both sides? Yes. Will that mean proposing tough questions that a campaign should answer? Yes.

So you see, while I agree Bob McDonnell must be beat in November, Politics isn't about "follow the leader" (or in this case party), it's about making sure we have the best and most competent leaders in Richmond.

So while I will probably end up voting for the Democratic Nominee to stop McDonnell, I don't agree with the fact that we on Blue Commonwealth should start avoiding any and all negative publicity to the Democrats. Democrat or Republican, I hold my representatives to the same accountability.

So I must say, I respectfully disagree with this pledge to express one side of the story and prevent discussion of anything that appears to be negative towards a campaign in the interest of selling one side of the story.
Bigvinu

What? We Know The Nominee Will Be One of These Three

Our eyes are wide open and can support any one of them if the nominee. Unless you believe the Nixon, Atwater, Gingrich, Rove approach is preferable, there is nothing objectionable here. You can compare and contrast without trashing.

We have a limited slate...

Bigvinu

Our candidates are well known, and each of them has great merit. Of course, they are different and their strengths are different. Each of us, and every voter in Virginia, has our preferences, and each candidate offers something that we appreciate. But, one of them offers us more than the other two, and he is the one we shall vote for at the Primary. I think NO ONE should have a problem with that. As adults, that is fine, and we all should learn to live with that.

Of course, each of us should do everything we can to project our preferred candidate and get the maximum possible support for him. Nothing wrong with that.

Come June 9th and the primaries are over, we will have a Democratic nominee for Governor, and we should do everything we can to support him. If any one feels McDonnell is better than our nominee, so be it - go vote for him and no should think any less of the voter! We do live in a Democracy, with the freedom of speech and freedom to vote for any one.

Our job is to highlight the strengths of every candidate, so we show the world (yes, the world will be watching us) that we in Virginia have a choice, and a fine one at that.

Three cheers for our three great candidates.

And, I am so proud of our Virginia Democrats to unconditionally state that we will support the Democrat Nominee.

I agree with that but

It almost seemed like this was trying to project that it's BC's job to not publish any/all negative news about the Democrats, and THAT'S something I have a problem with.

Hm.

Well, that wasn't the intent of the post. But I can see where you might think that.

The idea of this post is that, for the next slightly-less-than-90-days, the front-pagers here at BC will try to advocate for our own personal choice among the three in a way that doesn't smear supporters or get unnecessarily nasty. I've been pretty hard-charging with my posts - and I stand by what I've written. I don't think anyone anticipates that I will stop doing that. :)

But AFTER the primary, we will have ONE nominee. It will be THAT nominee running against Bob McDonnell, and the front pagers have agreed that, at a bare minimum, we won't do anything to bring down the chances of the nominee in the November general. It's less blind obedience than a means to an end.

I hope that makes sense.

It does

That makes it a lot clearer. You're saying the idea is to be civil in our exchanges since we're probably gonna all be on the same side.

True that, brother.

After a really nasty week, we all thought it was important for everyone to re-focus on the big prize.

I agree with that but

It almost seemed like this was trying to project that it's BC's job to not publish any/all negative news about the Democrats, and THAT'S something I have a problem with.

Yes I Will ... avoid systemic friction losses...

for the Blue team.

And let's focus on the HoD races, too. We need to help build some big Mo for the Blue Team in VA from top of the ticket to the bottom. Time to win back the House ... we need to Rock & Roll on the Red Team... my dear Band of Blue Blogger Brothers & Sisters!

Affirmed n/t

n/t

Wholeheartedily endorse the decision

to support the Democratic Nominee for Governor of Virginia. Virginia shall remain Blue, and be the national forerunner in energy, health care, education and employment, to turn our economy around. I am proud to join this group of objective voters and bloggers.

Anyone but Bob!

T-Mac, Brian, and Creigh are all respectable men who would make fantastic governors, and one of them will come next January. This former frontpager (lost it at some point, woops) is 100% on board.

I affirm!

Wholeheartedly and without reservation!

Hear Hear!

(sorry - been in the car all day)

Affirmed

Bigvinu has some interesting objections, which is his right. I, however, do not believe that "criticism" is necessarily a negative, and I do not define as "criticism" a healthy discussion. Bigvinu, I sadly fear, is quibbling. We on Bluecommonwealth are not a monolithic bloc,and, if I do say so, an intelligent if quarrelsome bunch of basically progressive like-thinkers. This is not an Atwater loyalty oath, and no one should so construe it. I look forward to some lively talk and counter-talk with my counterparties.

I affirm, proudly

I'm not a BC front pager, but as a member of the larger BC community and a fellow blogger, I whole heartedly affirm!

Victory in November!

Karen

Works for me

I'm not a front-pager either, but we all need to keep our eyes on the prize.

The only thing I disagree with is

3. That we will, after the Democratic primary has determined a nominee and to the best of our ability, write and communicate in a way that ensures the best possible chance of victory for Democrats across the board in November.

It's almost as if that piece is implying that any negative post toward the Democrats be it a valid concern or not will be frowned upon. I just want some assurance from the Front-Pagers that this is not the intent.

You see, I want to know as much as possible about the candidates for governor; The good, the bad and the ugly.

Affirmed

Well, I am not even old enough to vote, or even a full time front pager, but I affirm to do everything in my power to make sure that whoever we nominate in June, Moran, McAuliffe or Deeds, is elected on November 3rd. While I have my personal choice for Governor, let it be clear that I am first and foremost a Democrat. I will support our nominee in the trenches, in the campaign headquarters, at the rallies and everywhere I can. It is important for us to continue the process of turning Virginia blue. Yes, Virginia gave its 13 electoral votes to a Democrat last year, but there is so much more to be done. I am glad to be a part of a blogging family that is as committed to working for Democrats as I am.

I Agree

No matter who wins the primary that person is a far better choice than T Bob.

I'm glad that

I'm not a front pager... loyalty oaths aren't my cup o'tea; not after growing up in a commie country.

Weak Analogy

No one was required to take an oath and at least one of us is required by personal value system to affirm in order to acknowledge. Every front pager had the opportunity to help craft the strictures. Anyone who in good faith could not agree could click away.

This is something of an effort to establish a community standard. The blogoshere lacks the maturity that produced the concept of journalistic integrity. In that absence, the void is filled ad hoc. This is to this.

your filling the void of

your filling the void of integrityby making people take loyalty oaths?

No one was required to take an oath

n/t

ummm, look at the last

ummm, look at the last sentence of your other reply

My Other Reply?

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I don't see this as a loyalty oath...

...because I already know enough of the candidates to know that I would favor any of them over the Republican candidates. If Lyndon LaRouche got the Democratic nomination, I would have a problem. But not with Creigh Deeds, or Terry McAuliffe, or Brian Moran against Bob McDonnell. Or with Jody Wagner, Mike Signer, Jon Bowerbank or Pat Edmonson against Bill Bolling. Or Steve Shannon against John Brownlee or Ken Cuccinelli or the other guy whose name I can never remember. I am sure that I don't agree with any of the 8 candidates entirely; heck, I'm not even sure I agree with myself all the time. But I know after getting to know these 8 candidates that I agree with them on many more things than I agree on with the Republicans.

It's not a matter of blind loyalty, but of a knowing and informed strong preference.

Call it what you will

Listen, whether or not this is a pledge to support Democrats, it doesn't matter. We're all, at least as far as I know, Democrats. We've all knocked on doors, made phone calls, contributed money to, worked for, etc. different Democratic candidates. And this site, and others, have not had a problem going after an elected Democrat when they've made a misstep in the eye of the contributor.

However, you know the playing field by now. You know that Brian Moran, Terry McCauliffe and Criegh Deeds are about progressive, fair and far thinking policies that will continue to move Virginia in the right direction into the 21st century. Bob McDonnell offers a different look that he has exhibited through his years as a Delegate and Attorney General: which is regressive social policy, pro-offshore drilling, anti-labor and an anti-tax position to the point of recklessness.

Frankly, I'm a Democrat because I know that 99 times out of a 100 my candidate is going to be better on the issues I care about than anyone else.

Well said, Sean!

There is nothing else to add to that succinct explanation for why the pledge. Thank you.

Absolutely!

At the end of the day, the differences between the 3 Democratic candidates are minor, but the difference between them and Bob McDonnell is vast. I could see McDonnell turning Virginia into an evangelical theocracy and I'll be damned if I'm going to stand by and let that happen.

I'm certainly not blindly loyal to the Democrats -- or any other person or institution -- but I support the party's fundamental principles and I think it's going in a more positive direction now than in just about any other time since I've been alive.

Go Donkeys!

evangelical theocracy... well tagged...

my fear too. I stand with you on that issue. I resent that some of these folks claim to speak for all of us Christians -- it's the height of hypocrisy for the Repubs to manipulate the populous on faith-based issues. It's amazing to me that in all the years that have passed since 1776... we are still fighting about Freedom "of and from" Religion! I'd like to think we are are only dealing with fringe groups -- but the Repubs continue to use family values/religion as wedge issue. I think true Virgina Independents don't like the evangelical theocracy either. McDonnell is very vulnerable on the issue of being a puppet for the religious right's priesthood. Virginians, on the whole, like to limit the control of church and government in dictating to their personal lives.

At a recent Center for Politics panel discussion hosted by Larry Sabato at UVa -- this subject came up, and the consensus of the political experts gathered, was that this was indeed the path that State & National Repubs were on, and the state and national demographics were going to be increasingly unfavorable to their veering further right -- becoming even more stridently conservative. Which means they are going to continue running headlong in this bizarre right-wing direction, until they go to complete electoral failure. Only then will they have the terminal crisis needed to begin to re-align the GOP. Simply weird!?

McDonnell is trying to distance himself

somewhat from the religious right. That may also be part of his opposition to Jeff Frederick.

Of course, as of right now Ken the Cucc is the odds-on favorite to be their AG nominee, so it might remain relatively easy to connect in the minds of independent voters the religious right and the Republicans running statewide. And if we can do that, we will start with a huge advantage.

Certainly for PR purposes

There's considerable evidence that the split in the RPV is only between those who openly embrace the religious right and the anti-tax extremists, and those who just want to hide it until after they're elected. There may be an actual split, but I don't think we'll know until it's too late. As for connecting them in the minds of voters, McDonnell is a Regent Law grad and has quite a record, so as LBJ said, I'd rather try to make him deny it (which would hurt him both ways) than assume that it will be hard to make the connection in the minds of voters.

This is just plain good common sense

And of course you can count me in.

nice to see we can count on you

...

Absolutely not

I will make the best choice I can on both Primary election day and on General election day.

I am not a party apparatus.

I would be thrilled to support either Moran or Deeds over McDonnell, but I am still research if McAuliffe is any better than McDonnell.
Should McAuliffe win the primary, it will be very difficult to make that call; for I sense he has no integrity, and though I dislike McDonnell's stand on nearly all issues, he does at least have integrity.

I might or might not support McAuliffe; depends on what happens.

You Sense He Has No Integrity?

Are you channeling this sense?

I have found not one instance where he has even been accused of this character flaw. In fact, McAuliffe's controversies arise from speaking out and telling it like it is.

And McDonnell has integrity?

McAuliffe is a charming

McAuliffe is a charming chameleon... quickly singing the most popular song each day.

I am not going to defend McDonnell, for I very much despise him.

I may indeed end up supporting McAuliffe; I simply am not ready to yet and I am certainly not pledging to do so until I know a whole lot more and until it is certain my hopes for both Deeds and Moran are dashed.

You Touch on Something I Thought Long About

Terry was never a policy wonk. He has always been a generator that provided fuel for Democrats and the Democratic Party. Early on I made the mistake of weaving his own positions and characteristics in with the people with whom he is associated. He provides a thorough discussion of his relationship with the Clintons in his book. He makes no excuse for their flaws. He makes his judgment based upon what I would term the greater good achieved. This is not to be confused with the ends justifying the means because those flaws have nothing to do with arriving at the ends.

I hope you enjoy finding out more about him. And as I have said, his wife provides a window into his character too.