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Obama Heads To Virginia To Tout His Agenda In A District That Opposes It

The New York Times reported on Tuesday, “President Obama has added a surprise stop to his campaign schedule, heading to Central Virginia on Friday in a last-minute bid to help a freshman Democrat in the House who has been an unapologetic backer of the president’s agenda. That support has cost Tom Perriello support in Virginia’s sprawling 5th District and made him a prime target for Republicans. . . . Mr. Perriello was a vocal supporter of Mr. Obama’s health care legislation, voting for the bill despite the conservative tilt in his largely rural district. He held town hall meetings throughout his district in an effort to confront objections from his constituents. Mr. Perriello also voted for a ‘cap and trade’ energy bill in the House, also a controversial vote in his district.”

Analyzing the President’s trip to boost Rep. Perriello today, The Washington Post writes, “What is it about Tom Perriello that makes the president swoon? It’s not just that the first-term congressman is an unapologetic Democrat who defends his vote for the health-care overhaul with gusto. It’s that, in the thick of the fight last summer, when some Democrats hid from view, Perriello held more town hall meetings than any other congressman in the country. . . . But most important, it’s that he’s doing it in a conservative central Virginia district with some of the state’s highest unemployment rates and a general distaste for Obama. In a national election that is almost certain to be seen as a repudiation of the president and his party’s policies, Obama would like nothing more than to point to Perriello as a Democrat who succeeded – not in spite of his party and his voting record, but because he championed them. Both Democratic and Republican polls show Perriello narrowly trailing Republican Robert Hurt.”

Clearly the President’s agenda is unpopular in Perriello’s district. Last year, Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell won 61% of the vote in that district. It’s consistently rated one of the most competitive districts in the country. And The Wall Street Journal reminded yesterday, “A majority of likely voters in the most competitive House districts support repealing the Democrats’ health overhaul, according to recent polling data. The figures are one of the sharpest signals yet that Democrats are unlikely to translate their signature legislative achievement into success inside the voting booth. The health bill passed in March is particularly unpopular in the districts that matter most in the Republicans’ effort to retake the House.”

Americans said they didn’t want President Obama’s health care plan and opposed the national energy tax that would result from the carbon cap-and-trade legislation the President supports. Yet Rep. Perriello voted for both of these unpopular and ill-considered bills. So while he may have President Obama’s gratitude today, Americans have been speaking out, and it’s clear they’re not thanking Perriello or Obama for their policies.

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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