V for Vendetta? And Virgil

19 Jun
Larry J. Sabato

Larry J. Sabato

Looks like Tom Perriello declined to earmark Larry Sabato’s Center for Politics at UVA.

Larry Sabato’s program earmark dries up
Politico

Goode had been more than just a congressman to Sabato. The men are friends dating back to their college days, and Goode was also a benefactor, sending earmarks of up to $1.4 million per year to an educational program run out of the Center for Politics. With Goode’s defeat, that funding abruptly dried up. This year, Perriello rejected the center’s application for $1 million, and Sabato’s aides are scrambling to find an alternate source of money.
Read more.

In one sense, it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. You see, Larry Sabato lost all pretense of bipartisanship with the Allen-Webb campaign in 2006, not that we really believed he was nonpartisan before that. Then he lost any remaining credibility when he admitted lying about George Allen and the “n-word” in September, 2006. Let’s review.

SABATO: Well I‘m simply going to say that I‘m going to stay with what I know is the case. And the fact is that he did use the “N” word, whether he‘s denying it now or not. He did use it. It was the ‘70s, you‘re right, it was a harsh term, it was an obscenity at this as far as I‘m concerned.
MATTHEWS: How do you know about the “N” word? How do you know, Larry, about the “N” word?
SABATO: Because there is other evidence that I‘m not going to go into on your show, Chris, sorry.
MATTHEWS: But you can swear to this?
SABATO: I absolutely believe that he used the “N” word. That is absolute correct and I do believe that.
MSNBC Hardball with Chris Matthews, September 25, 2006 [Source]

But the very next day…

Larry J. Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press, “I didn’t personally hear GFA (Allen’s initials) say the n-word.”
Bob Lewis, AP Writer
DailyPress.com
September 26, 2006

Still, Sabato knows politics. And if you can filter it through his liberal slant, you can sometimes find some good insights.

More importantly, it’s a shame for UVA to lose this funding. And we’re wondering why it had to happen. After all, Tom Perriello certainly has no aversions to earmarks:

Rep. Tom Perriello submits list of earmark requests, including Afton hiking trail project
NewsVirginian.com, April 26, 2009

The earmark for the Afton tunnel is among 48 spending requests totaling more than $151.2 million that have been requested by U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello, D-Ivy.
Read more.

One-hundred-and-fifty-one million in requests. Not one of them for the UVA Center for Politics.

An oversight? Surely the Center has turned out an effective Democratic operative or two.

Sabato wasn’t too encouraging about Perriello’s prospects in 2008, Sabato after all has a long standing friendship with Virgil Goode and, Sabato’s current spokesman, Cordel Faulk, may challenge Perriello in 2010. (from Politico)

Was this political payback?

See also:

This Is What I Call A TWO-FER…
Virginia Virtucon

This is what I call a “two-fer.” Perriello further loosens his already shaky hold on the 5th Dist. and ivory tower academic hack Larry Sabato discovers that money doesn’t just magically appear.
Read more.

Sabato’s Earmark Expires
Tertium Quids

What’s a pundit to do without a million dollars worth of federal support?
Read more.

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