The Deeds campaign convinced us that McDonnell is a bum. Mark Twain has a quote about how you can tell the character of a culture by the way it treats it's women.
The peoples furthest from civilization are the ones where equality between man and woman are furthest apart--and we consider this one of the signs of savagery. - Mark Twain, Notebook, 1895McDonnell's statements on women are an embarrassment. And McDonnell's transportation plan seems to be to pave Northern Virginia.
But Deeds never convinced us to like him.
It was a long and tedious election, filled with repetitive annoying negative ads. I wanted so much to vote against the candidate that was spewing this rubbish. But they both were. Even my son commented on the agony of these campaigns and wanting both of them to go away.
Candidate Obama stood tall. Obama was a powerful candidate that convinced you he could lead. He told you what he stood for. They may have been abstractions - but we the people wanted to hear that the entire philosophy of government had changed. Obama told us that.
Deeds told us what was wrong with McD. Whatever.
Meanwhile "woman hating" McDonnell had women state AGs say they support him. He had a business woman say McD would be good for business. He stood with his family. He served his country.
This was not a referendum on Obama. It was a referendum on Deeds. McD showed republicans that he would be a leader. Deeds didn't.