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Topic: Robert McDonnell

Tax Hikes Not Popular in Virginia?

The Wall Street Journal editors scrounge up two Democrats who actually favor leaving the Bush tax cuts in place. Interestingly, one is northern Virginia freshman Congressman Gerry Connolly, one of the four vulnerable Democratic House members targeted by Republicans in the wake of Robert McDonnell’s huge victory in the gubernatorial race and win in Connolly’s own Fairfax County. Connolly, who has voted down the line with Nancy Pelosi and Obama on the budget, ObamaCare, and cap-and-trade, now realizes the economy is fragile. “I think there is a certain logic to leaving well-enough alone for now, given the fragility of the economic recovery … it’s a question of prudent judgment and timing.”

That suggests Connolly is feeling the heat. He sees two viable Republican challengers and knows his district is decidedly more moderate than Massachusetts. He’s spent the year adhering closely to the ultra-liberal agenda without regard to the impact on his suburban constituents. Connolly may not find many allies on his side of the aisle, but it’s revealing that he now feels compelled to stake out an anti-tax-hike position. He’s unlikely to prevail in his caucus. He then can try to explain in November why divided government is such a bad thing and how he has served the interests of voters in his district. It will be an interesting race to watch and may become one more example of the toll Obamaism has taken on his party.

The Wall Street Journal editors scrounge up two Democrats who actually favor leaving the Bush tax cuts in place. Interestingly, one is northern Virginia freshman Congressman Gerry Connolly, one of the four vulnerable Democratic House members targeted by Republicans in the wake of Robert McDonnell’s huge victory in the gubernatorial race and win in Connolly’s own Fairfax County. Connolly, who has voted down the line with Nancy Pelosi and Obama on the budget, ObamaCare, and cap-and-trade, now realizes the economy is fragile. “I think there is a certain logic to leaving well-enough alone for now, given the fragility of the economic recovery … it’s a question of prudent judgment and timing.”

That suggests Connolly is feeling the heat. He sees two viable Republican challengers and knows his district is decidedly more moderate than Massachusetts. He’s spent the year adhering closely to the ultra-liberal agenda without regard to the impact on his suburban constituents. Connolly may not find many allies on his side of the aisle, but it’s revealing that he now feels compelled to stake out an anti-tax-hike position. He’s unlikely to prevail in his caucus. He then can try to explain in November why divided government is such a bad thing and how he has served the interests of voters in his district. It will be an interesting race to watch and may become one more example of the toll Obamaism has taken on his party.

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