Finished goal of running the distance of 2,080 miles from Lafayette, LA to Washington D.C and back!!! 339.1 miles

0.0 miles run this week.
Daily running average for the week is 0.00 miles per day.
Total amount run in the past 800 days is 2,419.1 miles.
Daily running average overall is 3.02 miles per day.

Day439 Friday 11/11/11

ran 3.4 miles
This past week held numerous elections across the American landscape and some of these elections proved to be resourceful in getting a feel for how America as a whole feels about America as a whole. Ohio was a pivotal state as unions fought for collective bargaining rights and the state also voted on whether Ohioans should have the freedom to choose their own health care providers and plans. Despite the bad math and deficits, Ohio chose to repeal the state government’s plan to reduce spending by tightening the screws on collective bargaining rights, however, they did send a slap to the face of Barack Obama, loudly making him aware that they do not agree with his health care legislation.

But, even louder was the message Virginia sent to Barack Obama’s 2012 hopes of being a two-term president. In an article from the Wall Street Journal, by Kimberley A. Strassel, she commented, “Mr. Obama was the first Democrat to win Virginia since 1964; he beat John McCain by seven percentage points; and he did so on the strength of his appeal to Northern Virginia's many white-collar independents. Along with victories in North Carolina, Colorado and Nevada, the Obama Old Dominion win in 2008 inspired a flurry of stories about how Democrats had forever altered the political map.”

In the last six months, the Obama campaign has hosted approximately 1,600 events in Virginia in an effort to win its people over on both the state and federal level. Virginia was part of Obama’s bus tour (the Death Star) in October. Now that the votes in Virginia have been counted, Democrats have officially failed monumentally, wasting much of their time and money that could have been spent deceiving others elsewhere.

“Virginia Republicans added seven new seats to their majority in the House of Delegates, giving them two-thirds of that chamber's votes—the party's largest margin in history. The GOP also took over the Virginia Senate in results that were especially notable, given that Virginia Democrats this spring crafted an aggressive redistricting plan that had only one aim: providing a firewall against a Republican takeover of that chamber. Even that extreme gerrymander didn't work.”

Kimberley A. Strassel

Every single Republican incumbent won. There were fifty-two in the House and fifteen in the Senate. This will be only the second time in Virginian history that Republicans claim control of state government since the Civil War. And this on the heels of Republican Governor Bob McDonnell being elected in 2009 and three U.S. House Democrats being ousted in the 2010 midterm elections.

“Elected state Democrats—who form the backbone of grass-roots movements—couldn't distance themselves far enough from Mr. Obama in this race. Most refused to mention the president, to defend his policies, or to appear with him. The more Republicans sought to nationalize the Virginia campaign, the more Democrats stressed local issues.”

Kimberley A. Strassel

This is a loud message Virginia has sent to Barack Obama and liberals in D.C. If Virginia is any barometer of how the rest of the country feels then Barack Obama has a lot more work to do. And considering everything he and the Democratic Party exhausted in Virginia, to no avail, good luck, Mr. Obama. Fool us once, shame on us; fool us twice, shame on you.

758.4 miles to go.

Here is what happened one year ago on Day74.

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