The WaPo wipes out whatever little remaining hope that Deeds supporters might have had.
The headline and subhead tells you almost all you need to know.
Deeds ignored advice, White House says
Top Democrats seek to shield Obama in case of election loss
Apparently Obama’s skyrocketing poll numbers would have carried Deeds through, if only he’d spent more time worshipping at the feet of the holy trinity: Obama, Emanuel, and Axelrod. They will ensure that everyone knows the loss will be due to Deeds and Deeds alone, and of course in no way reflects on Obama.
Sensing that victory in the race for Virginia governor is slipping away, Democrats at the national level are laying the groundwork to blame a loss in a key swing state on a weak candidate who ran a poor campaign that failed to fully embrace President Obama until days before the election.
Multiple WH sources are involved in smearing Deeds.
A senior administration official said Deeds badly erred on several fronts, including not doing a better job of coordinating with the White House….
A second administration official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “Obama, Kaine and others had drawn a road map to victory in Virginia. Deeds chose another path.”
The second page of the article talks about how Deeds tried but failed to woo BET’s Sheila Johnson to endorse him – she ended up endorsing McDonnell mainly because of union-related issues. He tried to offset that by getting an endorsement from Doug Wilder. An Obama staffer even joined in and spent hours trying to convince Wilder to endorse Deeds – all to no avail, as he said he’s sitting this one out.