It’s good to see Bob McDonnell fighting back against Creigh Deeds’ spate of negative attacks. It is obvious Deeds has nothing to say about any major issue. He said nothing, absolutely nothing, in Northern Virginia of any consequence until the thesis stuff came out, and then he seized on that and ran a bunch of ads. Any campaign who’s momentum — such as it is — is based on a 20-year-old thesis rather than the more recent 15-year legislative and AG record of its opponent is a campaign that has nothing to offer the Commonwealth. If Deeds had something worth saying, he would have said it a long time ago. Maybe in one of those debates he was scared to attend.
What’s worse, though, is that his ads are sheer lies. And the press — the real press in Virginia, not the DNC-talking-points-spewing Washington Post or MSDNC — has begun to notice. That’s the basis of McDonnell’s new ad, shown below:
What I like about the ad is that the criticism is coming from the media itself, rather than McDonnell. McDonnell doesn’t have to call Deeds a liar — the press has caught on that his campaign is based on lies and distortions.
Deeds is trying to scare people into voting for him, particularly with his ads in Northern Virginia. He can’t sell himself at all — no real ideas to sell — so he’s just trying to scare people into not voting for McDonnell. I think — and hope — that people will see through Deeds’ desperate gambit.