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Don’t kill the messenger

Dana Perino 1Dana Perino is about as uncontroversial a political pundit as it gets so the Twitter storm that resulted Thursday turned into an extended explanation from Perino.

It all began with Perino and co-host Eric Bolling on Fox News’ “The Five” disagreed over current presidential polling numbers. Her big misstep was making this statement: “I will never lie to you.”

After much controversy, Perino took to Facebook to expand on her comment:

It’s time to be frank.

Let’s talk about the state of the GOP Presidential race: it is not good.

The presidential polling — it is what it is. Trump’s campaign and many of his supporters are trying to put the best spin possible on the numbers. I get that, but they are suggesting that the polls are rigged. They are not.

They also say the size of Trump’s rallies, the enthusiasm at his campaign events, and his robust social media following are more predictive of Election Day turnout than independent presidential polling. That is not true.

On Thursday Dr. Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics noted that Walter Mondale’s supporters believed right up until the election of 1984 that their candidate would win because of the huge crowds he was pulling out, and then were shocked when Mondale lost 49 of 50 states to Ronald Reagan.

Perino pointed out the 2012 polls:

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The words in Dana Perino’s book that hurt

Dana Perino 1By Lynn R. Mitchell

I was at the 2008 Republican National Convention as a delegate. I kept asking why President George W. Bush was not on the program. We wanted to see him. I knew his poll numbers had dropped but we had all worked hard for him in 2000 and again in 2004, and he had been our leader during war time when terrorism had rocked us all into a new reality.

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President George W. Bush and Dana Perino

Now to read in former Bush press secretary Dana Perino’s new book that he was not even invited, and that he was hurt by that omission, hurts me. I hope the president knows that probably most of the delegates who were in Minneapolis-St. Paul wanted him there during that convention.

This is from Dana’s new book, “And the good news is … Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side:”

Bush was hurt about not being included in the 2008 Republican convention. As Perino explains it, they sensed that the McCain-Palin campaign “was stalling to make a decision until it was too late for us to leave in time.” Bush stayed at the White House to give a statement on Hurricane Gustav.

At the end of it, the President noticed the monitor showing the live shot of the convention floor.

He quietly asked, “Do you think they know they’re insulting me?”

I waited a beat, looking at the screen with him.

“Yes, sir. I believe they do.”

After all that man did during his eight years as president, to be snubbed by his own party is almost incomprehensible. I was then, and proudly remain now, a George W. Bush Republican.

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Election Day 2014 … Ed Gillespie for U.S. Senate

American flag 4By Lynn R. Mitchell

Election Day 2014. It’s all over except the voting.

We live in a free country where men and women have fought to protect our freedom to vote. As contributor Daniel Cortez wrote yesterday,  An Independent Political Perspective: Vote your conscience … but vote.

All of us at LynnRMitchell.com endorsed Ed Gillespie for U.S. Senate (see LynnRMitchell.com endorses Ed Gillespie for U.S. Senate), and guest poster Lee Talley shared his reasons for voting for Mr. Gillespie (see Lee Talley: ‘I am a dad and I’m voting for Ed Gillespie’).

Former Delegate Lacey Putney, long-time legislator in Richmond and an Independent, gave a rare endorsement by backing Gillespie (see Lacey Putney endorses Ed Gillespie, not impressed when Warner was governor).

Many newspapers endorsed Gillespie including the Richmond Times-Dispatch (see Ed Gillespie endorsed by Richmond Times-Dispatch).

In the Republican red Shenandoah Valley, LynnRMitchell.com managing editor Kurt Michael reminded that upping the voter margin is a major responsibility of the GOP to off-set Democratic-rich northern Virginia, Richmond, and the Hampton Roads areas (see Valley Republicans needed to up the vote margin).

Gillespie, who has worked for years in Republican politics including with President George W. Bush in the White House, received endorsements from his old boss (see President George W. Bush surprises Gillespie’s ‘G-Force’ phone conference) and President George H.W. Bush #41 (see George H.W. Bush #41 endorses Ed Gillespie).

Dana Perino has said for months that Ed Gillespie is the tortoise in this senate race but on Monday she was joined by fellow “The Five” panelist and Democratic strategist Bob Beckell in predicting an upset win in Virginia (see Dana Perino, Bob Beckell predict big upset win for Gillespie).

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Election Day 2014 … make it count.

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Dana Perino, Bob Beckell predict big upset win for Gillespie

Ed Gillespie yard signBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Former Bush White House press secretary Dana Perino has been saying for months that Ed Gillespie would be the upset winner in Virginia’s U.S. Senate race. Gillespie has enjoyed support from the Bush alumni as well as their former boss President George W. Bush, and Dana has predicted Gillespie would be the come-from-behind tortoise.

On Monday’s “The Five,” Dana was joined by Democratic strategist Bob Beckell in their belief that Virginia could provide an upset win for national Republicans (see video).

Election Day is Tuesday. Please exercise the freedom we enjoy and vote.

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Ed Gillespie, the sleeper

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Dana Perino has said for weeks that Ed Gillespie is the sleeper in the U.S. Senate race in Virginia. With polls tightening, the Mark Warner campaign is becoming even more negative as Gillespie exposes Warner’s 97 percent voting record with Democratic President Barack Obama. As someone who convinced Virginians he was moderate, Waner’s record hasn’t backed that up, much to the surprise of many who had supported him in the past. Will they support him again?

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Obama (again) bashes Fox News

Fox NewsBy Lynn R. Mitchell

After viewing President Barack Obama’s latest bashing of Fox News Channel (FNC), Greg Gutfield of FNC’s “The Five”  responded, “Obama bashes Fox News more than ISIS, and we don’t behead anyone.”

The derogratory remark was actually written in Obama’s speech that he gave on Thursday (see Obama Attacks Fox News by Name in Mid-Terms Campaign Speech).

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