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Virginia Democrat Defects to Romney?

While I suspect this is a shot across the bow warning to Obama, it is incredibly huge to see former Virginia governor and respected Democrat Douglas Wilder not only chastise the Obama administration Thursday morning but then follow that up in the evening by dropping in on Mitt Romney’s Richmond, Virginia fundraiser featuring Paul Ryan.

At a fundraiser at the Richmond, VA Marriott tonight for the Romney campaign, there was a surprise guest. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell introduced Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who in turn introduced Rep. Paul Ryan. But before McDonnell took the mic, another figure was acknowledging dignitaries in the crowd. Among those dignitaries addressed from the stage, was former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder, according to a Tatler source who was there.

Wilder, a Democrat, is the first black politician elected governor in the United States. He served as governor of Virginia from 1990 to 1994. Wilder has been sharply critical of Vice President Joe Biden’s controversial “chains” comment this week.

Gov. Wilder’s appearance at a fundraiser for the Republican presidential ticket is sure to set off shock waves among the Democrats, and lead to speculation that he could shake up the race with more criticism of the Democratic ticket. (Obama-Biden: Hope and Chains” by Debra Saunders for Real Clear Politics)

Is this the beginning of respected Democrats bailing on Obama?

Virginia is, by media accounts, an Obama-leaning must-win state for either candidate. Personally, as a Virginia resident, I don’t see any love for Obama around here in northern Virginia. Those who voted for Obama last time, whether well-meaning or bullied, will surely think twice. The choice this time is to vote for Romney, else vote a second time for Obama and now prove they are serially stupid.

Governor Wilder has made clear his choice. He has sharply criticized Biden’s racist chains and slavery comment. With White House dismissal Wilder followed up with a great tweet: “Maybe voters won’t notice that this administration has lost hope and resists change.” (“Obama-Biden: Hope and Chains” by Debra Saunders for Real Clear Politics)

And that’s not all. Governor Wilder is clearly not happy with Obama and Biden. Take a look at his latest tweets (https://twitter.com/GovernorWilder) that have shifted from an eclectic selection of news clips to a series of peeved observations (old to new):

  • John Kass indicates Biden has boiled Obama’s re-election down to class war and race. (http://trib.in/SkQnVV
  • We are not African Americans – We are all Americans. 
  • Biden needs to speak to each other as individuals and not divide the country. (bit.ly/OkxXlL
  • Biden needs to “cool it, backup” and admit that he is wrong. (bit.ly/NJ0X7t) 
  • Maybe voters won’t notice that this administration has lost hope and resists change.

The report of Wilder being at and introduced or acknowledged at Romney’s fundraiser, insofar as it is being reported, is huge and breaking news—even if briefly. That Wilder has spent the day on the warpath about Biden, then intentionally, conveniently, or even by accident shows up at a Romney fundraiser is an unmistakable statement.

Democrat Governor Wilder now, who next?
 
 
Matthew Weaver is president/CEO of Project Weavers, which offers project management training and PMP exam prep courses.

  • HObama HObamanana

    I wouldn’t read too much into Wilder showing up at Mitt’s fundraiser. It sounds more like a warning shot across the bough of USmememe Obama.

  • http://www.theindependentview.com/ Matthew J. Weaver

    It is interesting that over the past several days, the media make virtually zero mention of Wilder. Breibart addresses this as follows:

    “That reaction found echoes in praise for Ryan offered by veteran Democrat Erskine Bowles of the president’s own fiscal commission, among others. Other Democrats–notably former Virginia governor Douglas Wilder, the state’s first African-American governor, and none too impressed with Biden’s offensive appeals to racial resentment–began to consider crossing party lines to support the Republican ticket, even if just this once.” (see http://tinyurl.com/d8z5su3)

    Anyone else see mention of Douglas Wilder, vis-a-vis the campaign, in the media?

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  • jrterrier

    this is worth watching. from gateway pundit: “Powerful.. Kira Davis Pens An Open Letter to Toure of MSNBC. Toure says Romney’s tactics are the “niggerization” of Obama. I take HUGE issue with that term and accusation, as someone with intimate knowledge of racism.”

    http://youtu.be/dc1xrKLlOwo

    • getfitnow

      HARP posted on another thread. It seems to be going viral, and well it should.

  • shelldoll2

    The reporter attending the press conference was correct. Wilder is the first black governor since Reconstruction.

    The black politicians elected then were Republicans. It was Democrats that were pro-slavery and formed the KKK. Why do you think that southern Democrats were called Dixiecrats? These are facts that the Democrats don’t want to talk about.

    Factoid: Dover, the capital of Delaware, is below the Mason-Dixon line.

  • MarkFtLaud

    Wow. This is huge. This is the first I have heard of this!! Go NOQUARTER!

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  • binky354

    It amazes me that Biden is getting the credit for dividing the country. From the day Obama stepped into office he started dividing this country, first on racial lines, then on class lines. He’s never been a leader and while spouting “rule of law” in his teleprompter fancy speeches he goes about breaking the law as he sees fit. I think he and Eric Holder would like to see an out and out race war and their actions seem to foster that outcome.

    • KenoshaMarge

      True that but Biden has been reading from the same page for a long time. Even the “y’alls” have been added. although neither man is from an area of the country that uses that term. Let’s just call it the phony-baloney ticket. That’s not what I call it here at home but saying that i public would be rude. And if I took all the expletives out there would be nothing left.

    • getfitnow

      He started during the campaign. I recall him doing a fundraiser in FL., saying the GOP would try to make people afraid of him–saying he has a funny name and doesn’t look like the presidents on the $$. This is when I first heard of Allen West. He called him out on these statements–telling Obama to drop the fear tactics, be a man and run on the issues/ideas.

  • DianaLC

    I am hoping that many, many Dems who were made to feel stupid about their concers over having Obama as the nominee in ’08 and even those who drank the Kool-Aid have had enough time now to reflect and actually think with their brains rather go with emotion.
    Boy am I praying for a landslide victory, one that even clueless NP and kuclehead HR can fnally not ignore, as they have tried to preten the 2010 midterms didn’t happen.

    • getfitnow

      And don’t forget Wisconsin–election; challenge to new collective bargaining rights stroke down; state supreme court election; recall election.

      The left is clearly in denial

    • felizarte

      You’re probably right about the landslide. Obama and his team do not seem to notice that people have stopped listening to him. He really has nothing new to say anymore. This period in his campaign reminds me of what happened to McCain’s momentum when he ‘suspended’ his campaign because of the economic crises. That is when he lost all the excitement generated by his choice of Palin.

      For three years, Obama has resisted and ignored all calls for him to disclose his birth and school records. Now he thinks that harping on Mitt Romney’s tax returns beyond the two years will bring Romney down?

  • Dissentispatriotic

    Wilder is a bit of a wild card with his pronouncements and affiliations. He does enjoy the camera and being quoted, and holds council in every election for the candidates to court his endorsement. It’s hard to say just how significant Wilder’s opinion is to voters in Virginia anymore, but no doubt, those outside the state may be influeced by him.

  • foxyladi14

    He doesn’t have all the Wimmenz votes either lol

  • jrterrier

    an WTF?
    Biden’s ‘good friend,’ donor receives $20M federal loan to open foreign luxury car dealership in Ukraine

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/08/17/bidens-good-friend-donor-receives-20m-federal-loan/#ixzz23oiS7B00

  • jrterrier

    wow.