“This is a huge difference between the two of us,” former-Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine said at last night’s U.S. Senate debate in Blacksburg, Virginia. “I do not think it is anti-Virginian to support the president of the United States.”

And Kaine is right. It is not anti-Virginian to support the president of the United States. But Kaine did far more than just “support” President Obama when he was chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Through 2009 and 2011, Kaine was not only Obama’s number one cheerleader, but he also defamed and insulted Republicans at every turn. “He called Republicans corrosive, the Donner party, the tea bag party,” his opponent, former-Virginia Gov. George Allen, said last night. “That is not bipartisanship.”

Kaine’s lockstep partisan support for Obama should be the issue for Virginia voters as they choose which candidate to support this November. As The Washington Examiner editorial endorsing Allen today notes, Virginia’s continued ability to economically outperform its neighbors depends on it:

A big reason why both CNBC and Chief Executive Magazine ranked Virginia in the top 10 states to do business was its low tax burden. By contrast, a big reason Maryland finished in the bottom of both state business rankings is that its tax burden is so high.

Obamacare will force Virginia to spend far more on health care than it does today. That extra money will have to come from either higher taxes, lower education spending or lower infrastructure spending. Is that really a decision Virginians want the federal government to force them to make?

Allen has made the responsible development of Virginia’s natural resources the centerpiece of his campaign’s jobs plan. That is exactly the type of common-sense conservative leadership that has made Virginia’s economic rebound possible. Virginia needs a senator that will represent their interests, not one political party’s, in Washington. That senator is George Allen.

From The Washington Examiner
Examiner Editorial: George Allen for U.S. Senate
Susan Ferrechio: Poll shows Romney leading in blue Pennsylvania
Michael Barone: Firewall in ruins?
Byron York: Entering stretch, Obama campaign running on empty
Phil Klein: Obama emphasis on “Binders” best sign yet for Romney

Campaign 2012
Obama: Last night on The Daily Show, Obama told Jon Stewart, “If four Americans get killed, it is not optimal.”
Romney: At last night’s Al Smith Dinner, Romney joked: “As President Obama surveys the Waldorf banquet room with everyone in white tie and refinery, you have to wonder what he’s thinking. So little time, so much to redistribute.”
Florida: The Orlando Sentinel endorsed Mitt Romney today, writing: “We have little confidence that Obama would be more successful managing the economy and the budget in the next four years. For that reason, though we endorsed him in 2008, we are recommending Romney in this race.”

In Other News
McClatchy News, U.S. description of Benghazi attacks, at first cautious, changed after 3 days: The Obama administration’s initial accounts which alluded to Benghazi as a terrorist attack, changed dramatically in the following days, according to a review of briefing transcripts and administration statements, with a new narrative emerging Sept. 16 when U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice asserted in a series of TV appearances that the best information available indicated that the attack had spun off from a protest over the video.
The Washington Post
, CEOs warn Obama, Congress to avoid ‘fiscal cliff’: The largest U.S. financial firms warned Thursday of dire consequences if Washington fails to head off year-end tax hikes and spending cuts, saying they could jolt the economy into recession and prompt a new and dangerous downgrade of the U.S. credit rating.
The Wall Street Journal
, Blue-Chip Rally Screeches to a Halt: The Dow industrials snapped a four-day win streak, as a measure of U.S. layoffs rose more than expected and a surprise earnings report from Google weighed on the technology sector.
The Washington Post
, CIA seeks to expand drone fleet, officials say: The CIA is urging the White House to approve a significant expansion of the agency’s fleet of armed drones, a move that would extend the spy service’s decade-long transformation into a paramilitary force, U.S. officials said.
The New York Times
, Appeals Court Rules Against Defense of Marriage Act: A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled that gay Americans are a class of people who deserve the same kinds of constitutional protections as many other victims of discrimination.

Righty Playbook
Joel Kotkin on the logical conclusion of Obama’s focus on single women.
The Weekly Standard‘s John McCormack notes that Obama’s new ad edits debate footage and falsely claims Romney would ban all abortions.
At The Corner, Josh Jordan dissects the new NBC News Iowa and Wisconsin polls.

Lefty Playbook
Talking Points Memo‘s Sahil Kapur finds another study that says Romney’s tax plan does not ad up.
Think Progress is accusing Romney of telling small business owners to threaten to fire their workers if Obama wins.
The Washington Post‘s Ezra Klein calls extending the Bush tax cuts “the most fiscally irresponsible thing we do in Washington.