With his campaign seemingly obsessed with Bob McDonnell’s grad school thesis, Creigh Deeds was starting to sound like a one-trick-pony. As John McCain learned in 2008, defining your campaign is difficult if the race becomes a referendum on your opponent. But Deeds found a way to make it even harder on himself with his discussion on transportation:
Barring some scandal or monumental shift, this is the defining moment of the 2009 Virginia gubernatorial race. Bob McDonnell has been consistent, if unexciting. This clips makes it tough for Deeds to answer that consistency. And it’s tough to be exciting when you split policy hairs about raising one type of tax versus another.
Perhaps Deeds was trying to excite the Democratic base by channeling Ted Kennedy.