There were some elections in the U.S. yesterday, including this one:
In jumping into the Virginia governor's race just 10 hours before polling booths open, President Bush put his credibility on the line last night and ensured that the results will be interpreted as a referendum on his troubled presidency.
Apparently, Commander Dumbfuck can't take a hint from a couple weeks back:
Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Jerry W. Kilgore has decided not to attend President Bush's appearance in Norfolk on Friday, saying it is not a campaign-related event and that he has other plans 11 days before the election.
And how did that all work out in the end? About as well as you might have guessed:
Bush put his wispy political prestige on the line in the Virginia governor's race and lost Tuesday when the candidate he embraced in a last-minute campaign stop was soundly defeated. While there are many reasons for Jerry Kilgore's defeat, chief among them his poor campaign, giddy Democrats said the Virginia race as well as a Democratic victory in New Jersey prove that Bush is a political toxin for Republicans...
"Democratic voters said, 'I'll send you a message, George Bush, if that's what you want.'"
Well, it's not like it was actually Bush's fault or anything, was it?
Polls had Kilgore tied with [Democratic opponent Tim] Kaine headed into the final day when Bush flew from Panama to Virginia and laid his bets. It was a risky decision, ensuring that the president would be blamed for a Kilgore defeat. White House officials said Bush might as well go because in the current environment he would be blamed anyhow.
They were right.
And mandates? Hey, wankers! Here's your freakin' mandates:
Kaine had 1,006,887 votes, or 51.6 percent, to Kilgore's 902,264 votes, or 46.2 percent, with 99 percent of precincts reporting.
In New Jersey, Democratic Sen. Jon Corzine trounced Doug Forrester, with 1,124,945 votes, or 53.4 percent, to 912,130 votes, or 43.3 percent, for the Republican, with 95 percent of precincts reporting.
There's just so much there over which to clap your little paws with glee:
Bush appeared at a Monday night rally with Kilgore — the first public campaign appearance with the president in a state that twice voted for Bush.
"There's no way to spin this than anything other than a major defeat for Republicans and for President Bush," said University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato. "This is a red state, he came in on Election Eve and he had no discernible effect. ... If anything, he may have cost Kilgore some votes."
In other news, however, most Texans are still assholes.
AFTERSNARK: Jesus Christ, wankers can be such sore losers. Over at First Draft, "athenae" cherry picks some amusing snippets from the live blog of the Corzine/Forrester election over at FreeRepublic, including this gem:
It isn't a sad day. We have to make sure Forrester asks for a recount.
A recount? A recount!? 53% to 43% and you want a freakin' recount!?!?
Words fail me.