Cross posted at the www.dailykos.com
This last election was a contest between a failed model of campaigning and one that was resolutely positive in explaining that we must confront a nation and world that was destroyed by the policies of the last eight years. Senator and now President Obama prevailed. He is now confronting the calamity of the destruction of the American economy and the failed foreign policies which led to a resurgent Taliban in Afghanistan.
The campaign saw Senator Obama the target of some of the most vile and repugnant campaign practices imaginable. The emphasis on his middle name, his association with Ayres and his pastor who used hateful language are but a few that come to mind. Senator Obama was resolute in his focus on the future of our nation.
And where did the purveyors of that campaign filth go after their defeat? It appears that the campaign that lost has found a new home. But we will not dwell on that. Terry McAuliffe has been adamant about not responding to these kinds of slurs.
Virginia is at a crossroads. The state has the opportunity to become a forward thinking model of enterprise, education, economy and the environment. Terry McAuliffe has demonstrated that kind of innovative think which has resulted in paradigm shifts at every stage of his life. He set up businesses as a teen ager where other kids were mowing lawns and washing cars, He demonstrated the ability to turn around businesses by engaging in leadership which envisions new opportunities. He revitalized a political party which had been devastated by tactics which we now know brought the country to ruin. We are fortunate in that there are three fine candidates for governor from the Democratic Party. But the future of Virginia is clear and the past with its divisions is no longer adequate for this century.
We can spend our time responding to people who went given a platform fill the air with political pollution. We will not contribute to that except to characterize it as negative and unproductive. There is simply to much to be done. We will bring people together, we will use our collective intelligence, we will focus to the contributions we can all make. We will align ourselves with the forward thinking energy policy of President Obama. We will make sure that for the first time in 8 years that we do not leave children behind. We will value all of our children equally. We will value all work from the person who fixes the new hybrid cars to the fisherman who tongs oysters from a now cleaner Chesapeake Bay, to the new high school and college graduate who will make the State of Virginia a model for all other states to emulate and who will work productively for the next 50 years when given the appropriate education and freedom to create and succeed. A leader is only as good as the people who back him. Terry McAuliffe is gathering people to his positive and forward thinking message and record of success.