It has come to my attention that you wish to run for governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
You are a native New Yorker who lives in a Virginian suburb of Washington, D.C. – which most Virginians don’t really consider part of Virginia. Your connection to D.C. is quite strong; your connection to Virginia proper is almost nonexistent.
Why is this a problem for you? Here’s why:
"Terry McAuliffe doesn’t know Norton from Norfolk,” said Tucker Martin, a spokesman for Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell, the likely Republican candidate for governor next year. "If he runs, remind me to send him a Virginia state map."
So what, you might think.
In United States history, carpetbaggers was the term southerners gave to northerners who moved to the South during Reconstruction, between 1865 and 1877. They formed a coalition with freedmen (freed slaves), and scalawags (southern whites who supported Reconstruction) in the Republican Party. Together they politically controlled former Confederate states for varying periods, 1867–1877.
The term carpetbaggers was used to describe the white northern Republican politicians who came South, arriving with their travel carpetbags. Southerners considered them ready to loot and plunder the defeated South.
You know how the current, post-Southern-Strategy, racism-happy Republicans have been using "Muslim" as a stand-in for "black man" (which is, of course, why they push the "Obama’s a Muslim" lie)? When post-Southern-Strategy Virginia Republican Tucker Martin says you don’t know Norton from Norfolk and offers to send you a Virginia state map, he’s using that to call you a carpetbagger. A con man. A phony, come from the North (or from D.C.) to bamboozle Virginians.
Right now, he’s not using the actual word "carpetbagger" – but then again, he doesn’t have to. Look at the first five comments in the WaPo article that featured your trial balloon:
NOOOOOOO!!!! I can’t stand McAuliffe and his insanely hyper demeanor. He is the absolute antithesis of authentic and this is coming from an avowed liberal. I can’t stand the guy! I’d rather vote for a republican than him…
Posted by: around | August 27, 2008 1:58 PM
Agreed. This would be the end of the line for the Dem resurgence in Virginia.
Posted by: Pompous Magnus | August 27, 2008 2:11 PM
If he is the Democratic nominee, can you say Governor McDonnell? What a contrast a McAuliffe – McDonnell race would provide…
Posted by: Fairfax | August 27, 2008 2:45 PM
Terry McAuliffe needs to leave his ambitions and his DLC failure OUT OF VIRGINIA. We have good candidates here, home-grown Democrats who don’t go out of their way to undermine our presidential nominee during his convention. Thanks, Terry, but we like loyal Democrats in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Go sell snake oil somewhere else.
Posted by: bamagirlinVA | August 27, 2008 3:04 PM
Has McAuliff ever lived in VA? If you want to talk about a carpetbagger, he certainly would be one, just like the Clintons.
BTW- what experience does McAuliffe have that makes him think he can govern?
Posted by: Alan | August 27, 2008 3:13 PM
Most of the other comments are in this vein, with the words "fake", "phony", and "crook" turning up as well. Your lobbyist career was also mentioned, and not in a favorable way. As commenter HisRoc said: "If McAuliffe was testing the waters, I think that he found out that the pH level is zero."