In Virginia this year Bob McDonnell was the most successful candidate in Virginia in recent memory. His campaign message was flawless and he ran a perfect campaign focusing on the issues that matter most to the people. In a National Journal poll of Congressional and Political insiders set to be released tomorrow Bob McDonnell was rated as the political figure who most impressed GOP Congressional and Political insiders this year.
Which political figure has most impressed you this year?You are now probably to the point where you are saying, "Will why are you touting this information, we all know principally you are a staunch conservative who tends to sympathize with the grassroots in cases like this?". But that's the beauty of it and the reason why Bob McDonnell is so successful. Bob McDonnell never wavered from his core conservative principals during his campaign and based on the noise from his transition it looks like he will continue along that path as Governor.
Congressional Insiders Dems GOPers Barack Obama 31% Bob McDonnell 13% Nancy Pelosi 16 John Boehner 9 Mitch McConnell 9 Sarah Palin 9 Political Insiders Dems GOPers Barack Obama 25% Bob McDonnell 22% Nancy Pelosi 11 Sarah Palin 11
The fact is Bob McDonnell has found a way to appeal to both the GOP establishment and the grassroots conservatives. He took the support from both factions of the party and put together a completely united base that stood behind him from day one. If Bob McDonnell had been solely the choice of the grassroots conservatives or solely the choice of the establishment he could have either A. simply lost the election or B. won a close election with nowhere near the margin of victory he did on November 3. Will other principally conservative candidates be able to wow both factions of the GOP and continue this trend of blowout victories?