It was only eight months ago
That we were talking about Blackberry Buddies.
Eric and Rahm
Were sending each other messages regularly.
They might disagree on issues
But they were agreeing to work together and, most importantly,
Agreeing to communicate.
Partisanship wouldn’t get in the way of doing the nation’s business.
This morning the talking heads are speaking about Blackberry Insults.
Eric and some GOP colleagues
Keyboarding while the President spoke.
What are the odds they were communicating with Rahm?
Boorish Joe Wilson ruined the evening.
Shouting at the President.
With the blackberry, you can send the message without saying a word.
Politico.com got the video up.
What are we to make of all this?
It’s nothing very uplifting.
The tone is terrible (and getting worse).
And they’re all (The President, the Democrats, the GOP) partially responsible.
It’s no wonder that 57% of the public wants to kick them all out and start over.
I’m getting worried that we’re bringing all of this to Virginia.
Do you remember that special election a few years ago between Randy Forbes and Louise Lucas for Congress after Norman Sissisky died?
Seven million national dollars poured into the state.
The consultants and the partisans hurling every possible insult.
It was as if we took the worst of Washington politics, bundled it all together, and dropped it as a bomb on the 4th Congressional District.
The public didn’t quite know what had hit ‘em.
Couldn’t turn on the television without an attack.
The last few weeks in this campaign are starting to have this feel.
The ante’s been raised nationally.
Virginians, it appears, will be sending a message to the country-
About the GOP’s prospects in 2010
About Tim Kaine’s performance as DNC Chair
And our campaign is starting to look like the fights in Washington.
October could make Lucas-Forbes look tame.
But I think that if either of the candidates has the courage to get out their Blackberry and
Send a message to the public
That they’re going to act a little differently and practice a slightly more elevated form of politics,
I think they’ll be pleasantly surprised by how the voters reply.