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Sep. 23 2009 - 9:25 am | 4 views | 0 recommendations | 1 comment

Deeds completes the flameout: Now says he will raise taxes

The other day, Democrat Creigh Deeds, who is running for governor in Virginia, told an audience at a debate with Republican Bob McDonnell that he would not raise taxes. When he stepped off the stage a reporter threw Deeds a real journalistic curveball by asking him what he meant when he said he wouldn’t raise taxes. His bumbling Clintonian answer was that it depends on what the definition of “tax” is, and depending on that answer, taxes could be raised . . . or not.

McDonnell wasted no time in hammering Deeds with his gaffe and used the video in ads the next day. In case you missed it, here is Deeds stepping all over his poncho.

Deeds knows he stumbled badly and apparently has called in the best minds in Virginia to help him get out of this mess. So what did they come up with?

An editorial in today’s Washington Post where he says he will raise taxes.

Let me be clear regarding taxes. I will sign a bill that is the product of bipartisan compromise that provides a comprehensive transportation solution. As a legislator, I have voted for a number of mechanisms to fund transportation, including a gas tax. And I’ll sign a bipartisan bill with a dedicated funding mechanism for transportation — even if it includes new taxes.

Call me crazy, but if you are being accused of a flip-flop, wouldn’t you at least rectify it by choosing the good option as your final position? Not Deeds.

If you are a Virginia Democrat, you have got to be asking yourself whether you want a guy as governor who says he won’t raise taxes, then 5 minutes later says he will, and when given a few days to try to resolve the conflict in his own mind, he decides to double-down on the tax increase.

The flame-out of Creigh Deeds is complete.


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