WASHINGTON (CNN) – Virginia Democrats are hoping Sarah Palin remains so polarizing that she'll keep voters from from supporting the GOP in this fall's much-anticipated gubernatorial election.
In a new Web video released Tuesday, the Democratic Party of Virginia replays audio from a Palin fundraiser last fall, in which she described "these small towns that we get to visit" as "real America."
The Web video attempts to draw a link between that comment and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's recent claim that that northern Virginians "aren't necessarily thinking in the same way that folks like you and me think." Huckabee made those remarks while campaigning in Appalachia on behalf of the Republican gubernatorial candidate, Bob McDonnell.
The video also calls attention to a former John McCain adviser, Nancy Pfotenhauer, who said on a cable show last fall that Democratic-leaning northern Virginia is not the "real Virginia."
The state Democratic Party calls Huckabee's remarks the "same failed divisive attacks" that helped drive Virginia into Obama's fold last November. The video says McDonnell is "writing off northern Virginia," the commonwealth's most populous region.
Last week, after the Huckabee speech was publicized by Virginia Democratic operatives, a McDonnell spokesman admitted that Huckabee "made some comments that do not reflect how integrated Virginia's economy is." He also pointed out that McDonnell was raised in northern Virginia.
For the record: Palin made the "real America" comment in North Carolina. The Alaska governor later apologized for the remark.