WashPost Devotes 24 Paragraphs to Defending Va. Democrats Writing Off Rural Vote, Skipping Nonpartisan Shad Planking Fundraiser
The liberal media love to chastise Republicans for writing off minorities and urban voters, insisting that the GOP is becoming a regional and largely rural party. But that concern trolling doesn't cut both ways. The liberal media never seem to care that Democrats are losing rural, blue collar workers or that the party's failure to be competitive in the rural heartland is an indictment of their ability to bring the country together.
This double standard was well illustrated in today's Metro section front page in the Washington Post headlined "McAuliffe to pass up Shad Planking: Democrat won't angle for votes at this year's ritual on the James River." Post reporter Ben Pershing devoted 24 paragraphs to explain and allow Democrats to defend their lack of resources devoted to a decades-long bipartisan tradition in the Old Dominion (emphasis mine):
WashPost’s War on Women: Congressman Moran’s Son’s Brutal Assault on Girlfriend Buried Deep in Paper
Patrick Moran – the same embarrassing son of liberal Democrat Congressman Jim Moran who drew some national attention in October for being caught on camera by Project Veritas encouraging voter registration fraud – has now brutalized his girlfriend in an alcoholic rage.
A police officer saw “Moran grab a woman by the back of her head and slam it into a trash can about 1:23 a.m. in front of the Getaway nightclub in Columbia Heights.” Moran was initially charged with felony assault. Girlfriend Kelly Hofmann was found bleeding “heavily” from her nose, according to court records, and her nose and right eye were “extremely” swollen. Guess where the Washington Post placed this “war on women” story?
Washington Post reporter Ben Pershing dropped a very bizarre sentence into his Virginia election roundup on the front page of Wednesday's Metro section. Sen. George Allen won the right to attempt and regain his seat against former Gov. Tim Kaine, and Kaine "quickly made clear how he would run against Allen in their head-to-head matchup." I simply could not believe the audacity of what followed.
“Voters already had the chance to experience George Allen’s vision during his last term in the Senate, which turned record surpluses into massive deficits, added trillions to our debt, and put opportunity for a select few ahead of opportunity for all our businesses and families,” Kaine said in a statement Tuesday night. “George Allen’s approach helped create our economic mess; Virginians can’t afford six more years.”
Let's try a little quick math from the White House charts: the average deficit of the first six Bush years (fiscal 2002 to fiscal 2007) averages out to about $279 billion a year. That is not an exemplary record, and conservatives were unhappy with it. It simply did not add up to "trillions" -- it never approached two trillion dollars.
But the average deficit since then – from fiscal 2008 to fiscal 2012, since Jim Webb beat Allen and Kaine became chairman of the Democratic Party under Obama – the annual deficit averages out to roughly $1.115 trillion a year. How can Kaine possibly say "we can't afford to return" to the Allen era? As a matter of public debt, it was clearly a more rational time.