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By Greg L | 27 January 2010 | Virginia Politics | 15 Comments

After having Tim Kaine work part-time as Virginia Governor while he served as head of the Democratic National Committee, quotes like this just prompt riotous outbursts of laughter:

But in the middle of his second week in office, Republican Robert F. McDonnell is taking some time away from his duties in Richmond to deliver the response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, give a speech to Republican members of Congress about how he won his campaign and hobnob at the Alfalfa Club dinner in Washington.

Democrats, who have been urging McDonnell to provide more guidance on how to close the multibillion-dollar budget shortfall, question whether the diversions are wise given all that the state faces.

My view is, this governor ought to be at home taking care of Virginia,” said C. Richard Cranwell, a longtime legislator and now chairman of the Virginia Democratic Party. “It concerns me in this environment he is off to these other things that take him away from the job at hand.”

Cranwell, are you completely insane?  For the past few years Kaine has been jetting off to keynote fundraisers for Democratic Party candidates all across the country and busily trying to prevent public disclosure of the extent of his partisan travels.  Kaine spent more time campaigning for John Corzine in New Jersey than he evidently spent working on this year’s budget, one so ridiculous a key revenue measure failed in the House of Delegates with not a single vote in support of it.

And now Little Dickie Cranwell is complaining that having Bob McDonnell deliver the response to the State of the Union Speech from the floor of the House of Delegates is an unwarranted distraction from his duties?  Compared to Tim Kaine’s jet-setting?  Wow, that’s desperation, if that’s all Democrats can come up with these days.

Gosh, I hope Dickie Cranwell stays as head of the DPVA forever.

UPDATE: The Richond Times-Dispatch piles on, as does Bearing Drift. Everyone is having fun with this one!

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  1. The Bulletproof Monk said on 27 Jan 2010 at 10:17 am:
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    Agree with your point here, entirely. Great to see you last nite in Loudoun.

  2. Greg S said on 27 Jan 2010 at 1:17 pm:
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    I for one am looking forward to Bobs speech, Much more than the big “O”s

  3. anon said on 27 Jan 2010 at 2:20 pm:
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    I wish we had access to when the teleprompter finishes so I could simply tune in just at that time to catch McDonnell.

    Money-making idea: Automatic texting service to let people know when Obama’s speech and possible question and answer time (Ha!) is over.

    I’m waiting for the day the Democrats demand response time to Obama’s SoTU speeches in addition to the GOP.

  4. Loudoun Insider said on 27 Jan 2010 at 2:28 pm:
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    What audacious hypocrisy!

  5. Kevin C said on 27 Jan 2010 at 2:49 pm:
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    Once again, “If it weren’t for DOUBLE standards, Democrats wouldn’t HAVE standards!!!”

  6. Freddie said on 27 Jan 2010 at 3:53 pm:
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    This speech is big publicity for Virginia. This is a good project for our Governor.

  7. Citizen12 said on 27 Jan 2010 at 4:20 pm:
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    Does Mr. Cranwell truly think it is beyond the Governors’ responsibility to protect Virginia and its citizens form the abuse of the Federal Government? This is an excellent opportunity for the President and Congress to be reminded, on national television, where the concerns of Governor McDonnell, the citizens of Virginia and the rest of the country are.

    “I do think that talking about the excesses of the federal government is something you are going to hear Republican and Democratic candidates for statewide office talk about for a while because I think you’re going to see a resurgence of discussions of federalism, about the 10th Amendment, about limits on federal power, and federal spending.” Virginia governor-elect Bob McDonnell


  8. Big Dog said on 28 Jan 2010 at 5:37 pm:
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    What is the response from all the “Friends of Bob” when asked
    for the reasoning and rational for him stopping the scheduled
    reset of the Local Composite Index that would have provided
    over 25M dollars of revenue for the school systems of
    PWC, Manassas and MP in FY2010-2011?

  9. GimmeABreaaaaak! said on 28 Jan 2010 at 5:51 pm:
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    Wasn’t he actually “home” as in here in VA?

  10. Freedom said on 28 Jan 2010 at 8:08 pm:
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    If ya don’t know, “Big Dog,” I’ll tell ya: just like the rest of society, the school systems are gonna have to learn to be lean for a change.

  11. Freedom said on 28 Jan 2010 at 8:16 pm:
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    …and by the way Big Dog, it’s about time that the individual school boards learn how to become a bit more “lean” in the management of their school system WITHOUT adversely affecting the students. More money does not necessarily lead to better education.

  12. Big Dog said on 28 Jan 2010 at 8:37 pm:
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    Sorry Freedom, we are being rolled big time by the
    Southside Moochers with the help of Gov. McDonnell
    and it hurts every child who attends public school in
    Northern Virginia. For years we have sent big trucks
    full of money to Richmond and gotten a half filled
    shoe box back for roads and schools. Then, when it
    appeared that we just might get a full shoe box,
    Kaine/McDonnell threw us under the bus.
    It is an outrage.

  13. Big Dog said on 28 Jan 2010 at 8:43 pm:
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    Freedom, may I suggest you run for the school board.
    You seem to be an expert in the field of “lean” education
    and the way “things should be done”.

  14. anon said on 28 Jan 2010 at 9:43 pm:
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    Dickie, Dickie, Dickie –

    Didn’t your mama ever tell you it’s better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt???

  15. Wolverine said on 31 Jan 2010 at 7:45 pm:
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    Cranwell has always been good for a laugh.

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