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Jeanette Rishell, Still Trying To “Be Somebody”

By Greg L | 16 April 2009 | Jeanette Rishell | 27 Comments

Jeanette Rishell is out there once again trying to be our delegate.  After the twenty point thumping she got last year, most would have thought she would have gotten the message about just how terrible a candidate she is and how extraordinarily difficult it would be for her to unseat Delegate Jackson Miller.  Even the local paper, typically a pretty friendly venue for Democrats, had concluded she is a liar and strongly attacked her candidacy.  Instead of learning a lesson from all this, she’s instead latched on to the results of the Obama GOTV effort thinking that folks who voted for Obama last November will come out and vote for her this coming November.  That’s quite a stretch.  A huge one. 

I heard about pretty strong efforts by the Democratic Party leadership to find someone else to run for months, and apparently nothing developed.  Two-time loser Rishell wasn’t going to back off, so it would have meant a primary fight making it even more difficult to find someone to run.  Rishell was determined to be the candidate and wasn’t going to listen about the potential of having someone else take a crack at this.  No, somehow she was going to ride Obama’s coattails, twelve months after they passed by.

We already have enough politicians who are out there to “be somebody” rather than to “do something”, as Col. John Boyd so famously put it.

One day you will take a fork in the road, and you’re going to have to make a decision about which direction you want to go. If you go [one] way, you can be somebody. You will have to make compromises and you will have to turn your back on your friends. But you will be a member of the club and you will get promoted and get good assignments. Or you can go [the other] way and you can do something – something for your country and for your Air Force and for yourself … If you decide to do something, you may not get promoted and you may not get good assignments and you certainly will not be a favorite of your superiors. But you won’t have to compromise yourself … To be somebody or to do something. In life there is often a roll call. That’s when you have to make a decision. To be or to do?

So where does Jeanette Rishell fall in on this spectrum?  “Women and Politics” settles that pretty conclusively:

Jeanette talks about the importance of mutual responsibility accompanied by hard work. She sees Virginia as having the opportunity to become a leader and hopes to focus on improving things like transportation and education to create job growth.

You know, I kinda would expect that a person become a leader before they ask to represent us in the House of Delegates, rather than hope that serving in this position will somehow transform them into one.  That doesn’t happen very often, and that’s how you get folks that vote for bills they don’t even bother to read.

I can’t say I’m surprised.

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  1. Loudoun Insider said on 16 Apr 2009 at 9:23 pm:
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    What a moonbat! This is great news for Jackson Miller.

  2. Cynic said on 16 Apr 2009 at 10:24 pm:
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    What about Terry Mc.? Is he not going to win by an overwhelming landslide? Perhaps she hopes to win by riding to victory on Terry’s coattails.

    Do not believe this will happen, but maybe she does.

  3. Anonymous said on 16 Apr 2009 at 10:29 pm:
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    Obama’s coat tails are in tatters and there is not much left for her to grab onto. :)

  4. Anonymous said on 17 Apr 2009 at 5:36 am:
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    While I agree with your argument, you support it poorly using the “Women and Politics” quote, as it discusses Virginia becoming a leader, not Jeanette Rishell. Like I said, the point it good, but couldn’t you have found a quote that specifically discusses her lack of experience or one that highlights the robustness of Jackson’s.

  5. John Galt said on 17 Apr 2009 at 11:33 am:
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    I just read the vpap report on Rishell’s finances. She’s raised a fair amount of money from individuals. Jackson Miller was prohibited from fund-raising for most of the first quarter, due to the House being in session. Rishell was not. The point I am trying to make here is that Rishell will begin the campaign with a significant cash advantage, but I suspect Miller will close the gap quickly in the coming months, IF those opposed to Rishell’s radical agenda open their wallets and provide Miller with the funds to defeat her. She’s counting on an energized Democratic base, and leveraging the walking lists, volunteer lists, and fund raising lists left over from the November elections. Just because this is Miller vs. Rishell III, and Miller has soundly defeated her twice, is not an excuse for conservatives to sit and think that “Jackson doesn’t need my money, he’ll win regardless”. Conservatives need to understand that these are desperate times for us, and what is at stake. On paper, and perhaps in reality to some degree, Jackson would appear vulnerable. The Democrats smell blood. If they take tha HOD, they will control the US Congressional redistricting. NoVA will pick up seats after the 2010 census, due to population growth, while SW Virginia, long conservative ground, will actually lose seats. If the Democrats control the redistricting, you can be very sure that this will be the last gasp of our true Republic. They will ensure that the GOP is marginalized from an electoral perspective forever.

    In closing, I am glad that Miller will be facing Rishell, in that her losing record, her radical agenda, and her previous dirty campaign tactics can be used against her. However, she is an active campaigner, effective fundraiser, and I believe will be more formidable now than before. If she wins, the entire character of the 50th will be impacted. Think about what is at stake, and get out there and support Jackson.

  6. AWCheney said on 17 Apr 2009 at 11:54 am:
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    I fully concur, Mr. Galt. It’s when we become complaisant that we are most likely to lose. Jackson is having a fund-raiser as his birthday party on the 30th of this month…I hope it is WELL attended!

  7. Rasmus said on 17 Apr 2009 at 1:31 pm:
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    Who be John Galt?

  8. Greg L said on 17 Apr 2009 at 1:53 pm:
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    Exactly. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Galt

  9. citizenofmanassas said on 17 Apr 2009 at 8:55 pm:
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    She had a cash advantage last time and lost by more votes then the first time. But, you are right, we need to continue to give Jackson donations.

    On one hand, she wants higher taxes, on the other hand, she does not. On one had she wants to protect business in the Commonwealth, on the other hand, she wants to support policies that will drive businesses out.


    California is bleeding jobs and businesses due to the States anti business stance. Does she not understand why VA is viewed as a pro-business State? We are a right to work State, we do not have any crazy liberal laws that work against businesses. Simply put if she wants Virginia to be a great State, she needs to stop her nonsense of running for public office and support Jackson Miller.

  10. Red, White and Blue said on 17 Apr 2009 at 9:06 pm:
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    Hey, where is “bleeding obama blue”? No rally for the troops on this one? Jeannette can go shake hands with Hugo. That should be good for a few more votes.
    Or join up with Garfolo. Now there is a real sharp person for her to partner up with.

  11. JMACSr said on 18 Apr 2009 at 10:07 am:
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    California perspective — I lived there for 3 years. The radio carried advertisements encouraging employees who felt their employer had been unfair to them to call a 1-800 number for legal redress. Lawyers trolling for business? NO!! It was the State of California Department of Employment!

    Wonder why business has been leaving for years…

  12. Fran Kendrick said on 18 Apr 2009 at 1:13 pm:
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    Red,White & Blue,
    Good point! Just WHERE is the outrage? Listen up, all you “domestic
    rightwing extremists” according to Janet Napolitano. This means YOU,
    all you veterans, all you pro-lifers and all you anti-socialists, where is your
    outrage?? I would have expected more, since so many of you are vets
    and from what I’ve read here, many are pro-lifers. I resent the hell out
    of the Obama administration (what’s with all the Tsar appointments?)
    working overtime to drive this nation down the sewer. Maybe those of
    you who voted for “Anointed One” have begun to open your eyes and
    realize you’ve been had by the smooth talker who depends on his
    speech writers and teleprompters to speak to us.
    I, for one, am damned proud to be a rightwing extremist!

  13. citizenofmanassas said on 18 Apr 2009 at 7:40 pm:
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    The far left anti-America libs love what obama is doing. They love the fact he is going aboard and talking down America. Liberals do not think America is better then any Nation, and every Nation is on the same level.

    After listening to obama, I have to ask is there anything special this Country has done? Is there anything special about America that has caused us to stand above everyone else? I guess not.

    I guess millions of millions of immigrants have and are being duped into thinking America is better then their Native Country. I guess the phrase “the American dream” is just a phoney slogan.

    Oh, and what happens to obama when he sucks up to third World leaders from Central and South America? They join in on the dumping on America.

  14. Peter G. said on 19 Apr 2009 at 6:31 am:
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    I thought Kermit Dance was going to run against Rishell? This girl needs to know when to quit and the Dems need to know when to get a new candidate.

  15. The Patriot (Got E-Verify?) said on 19 Apr 2009 at 8:21 am:
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    Great article concerning the course of our nation. We need to educate ourselves and others.

  16. Fran Kendrick said on 19 Apr 2009 at 4:58 pm:
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    citizenofmanassas, it’s really good to know that not all of have been
    duped by the master dupper. Or should I refer to him as the master
    dumper? I suppose he would be kissing the ass of Adolph Hitler is he
    were still alive.
    Patriot, this is a great piece, and I thank you for that. If you folks haven’t
    read this article, please do so. We are living in troubled times.

  17. The Patriot (Got E-Verify?) said on 19 Apr 2009 at 5:33 pm:
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    This video shows Napoliatano trying to explain away the homeland security report. You just gotta love how groups like nclr, mecha, etc. never make “the list”.

  18. The Patriot (Got E-Verify?) said on 19 Apr 2009 at 5:43 pm:
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    A great article on amnesty (pathway to citizenship…or whatever new term comes up). This is required reading in order to prepare to counter the “push for amnesty” coming shortly. We need to get busy.

  19. The Patriot (Got E-Verify?) said on 19 Apr 2009 at 5:54 pm:
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    WOW. You just can’t make this stuff up! Obama caught up in saying one thing when video says otherwise.

  20. The Patriot (Got E-Verify?) said on 19 Apr 2009 at 6:16 pm:
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    Mark Levin comments on Michelle Obama’s statements.

  21. citizenofmanassas said on 19 Apr 2009 at 8:32 pm:
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    Yup, he would just say Hitler was misunderstood, and that we need to not lecture Countries on their domestic policies.

  22. Anonymous said on 20 Apr 2009 at 11:55 am:
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    Red, White and Blue said on 17 Apr 2009 at 9:06 pm: Flag comment

    Hey, where is “bleeding obama blue”?

    Hopefully he/she has bled themselves out, never to be heard from again. HOPE, HOPE, HOPE! ;)

  23. The Patriot (Got E-Verify?) said on 20 Apr 2009 at 5:51 pm:
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    Great article on why citizenship should “not be handed out”.

  24. info said on 20 Apr 2009 at 6:34 pm:
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    Illegal immigrant gets 15 years for molesting 13-year-old
    By Logan G. Carver
    The Avalanche Journal (Lubbock, TX), April 18, 2009

    A district judge on Friday sentenced a Mexican national who entered the country illegally to 15 years in prison for forcing his way into an apartment and assaulting a 13-year-old girl.
    . . .

  25. info said on 20 Apr 2009 at 6:35 pm:
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    Three arrested in connection with kidnapping, sexual assault of STC student
    By Ana Ley
    The Monitor (McAllen, TX), April 17, 2009

    Weslaco, TX — Police here arrested three illegal immigrants from Mexico on Friday in connection with the kidnapping and sexual assault of a South Texas College student.
    . . .

  26. Anonymous said on 22 Apr 2009 at 7:53 am:
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    info said on 20 Apr 2009 at 6:35 pm: Flag comment

    Three arrested in connection with kidnapping, sexual assault of STC student

    …….and it goes on and on and on. The only difference in the future will be that they won’t be called illegal immigrants but rather immigrants on their path to citizenship.

  27. Cynic said on 26 Apr 2009 at 10:44 am:
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    They came here to work. There is probably some misunderstanding. In order to avoid future situation like this, citizens will have to learn spanish and become totally proficient in the finer points of cultural diversity. Some pro illegal advocate group like the SPLC will look into to this event and then inform us that it was all the fault of the STC student.

    Then, the pro illegal group will sue the student, win the case, and end up with all the students assets and the student will be slapped with a judgment that will take her the rest of her working life to repay. And, the victimized illegals will be granted full citizenship which is the least we could do.

    Just good old Liberal Justice in today’s America!

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