Thursday, April 17, 2008

Shad Planking

At the Wakefield Shad Planking, Jim Gilmore seemed to be predicting Democratic victories this fall. When asked by reporters about his chances, Gilmore said something to the effect of: "Virginians don't want another Democrat to create a filibuster-proof Democratic Senate to support the policies of a president Clinton or Obama." Sounds like he's betting on at least nine more Democratic seats in the Senate. I guess McCain is as smoked as the shad!

Asked the same question, Mark Warner was far more eloquent in explaining how he'd move the nation forward with the same brand of moderate leadership that made him one of the most successful governors in Virginia history. Check his website for more photos from the Shad Planking.

h/t to Cobalt6 and NBC29 for the story.

I've been to the Shad Planking several times, most recently in 2006 when Jim Webb's campaign was just getting started. Years ago it was all white, all male, all Democrats. Times have changed, but the beer is still cold, the political conversation is still partisan but good natured, the roads are still filled with signs, the smoke still waifs across the grounds, and the shad is still . . . we'll let's just say it is an acquired taste. They do have some great fried fish, however.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It was my first time, and I have to admit a memorable day. I had a great time. It was an opportunity to see all in action at one central informal location. It was the 60th year forthe event in Virginia and the Shad fish was excellent while the debates on the ground were engaging. Mark's team definately made a statement with at least a 40 to 1 ratio in signs. I don't know the official count but it was well represented by both Strong R's and Dems. Regardless it was evident why Mark deserves our support when matched against both far right candidates. Mark once again took the high road while the Neo-cons attacked with their attempt at scoring points at any cost. Gilmore supporters in partcular, you should be ashamed of your candidate and his campaign rhetoric.