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Friday, June 6, 2008

More on Obama'sForay into Virginia

The national press, which has been fawning over Barack Obama since he won Iowa in January, continues to point to Virginia as a road map to the White House for Obama. Today's Washington Post pointed out that Democrats suggest that Obama is uniquely qualified to put Virginia in play. The Post stated that Democrats point to demographic changes in the past four years, becoming more diverse, more suburban and wealthier -- factors Democrats say helped secure statewide victories for Gov. Timothy M. Kaine and Senator Jim Webb.

What Democrats do not say is that both of the Republican opponents ran terrible campaigns. Democrats also point to the fact that Virginia has a significant African American population (about 20 percent) and is home to a comparatively well-educated electorate in vote-rich Northern Virginia, constituencies that have supported Obama in huge numbers.

Obama soared into Virginia yesterday, borrowing parts of the strategies of Kaine and former governor Mark R. Warner, who is running for the U.S. Senate this year. Kaine, Webb and (less likely because he is the favorite to pick up a Republican Senate seat) Warner all have been mentioned as possible vice presidential picks for Obama, further increasing the focus on Virginia.

In Bristol in southwestern Virginia's coal country, Obama took his campaign to the heart of the Appalachian region, where Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) ran strong in the primaries and a region full of those "bitter" folks who "cling to guns and God." Obama was joined by Warner, who has appealed to rural voters.

But, Obama, you are no Mark Warner. Guns owners must get active this election season because an Obama administration with an emboldened Democratic Majority in the House and Senate could spell bad news for gun rights.

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