Virginia’s GOP Hacks Lack Class

Rather than update again that earlier post on the shenanigans of our Commonwealth’s Republican Party, here’s an exerpt of the latest from Richard Faulknor at Blue Ridge Forum.

I have used his post and put in his italics, but the links he included are at his original essay:

“Political Class” Keeps the Reins: AG Pivots on Primary Fix

As we noted last night, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli backed off his call for emergency legislation “expected to state that if the Virginia Board of Elections certifies that a candidate is receiving federal matching funds, or has qualified to receive them, that candidate will upon request be automatically added to the ballot.”

The Republican leadership of the General Assembly was –not unexpectedly — less than enthusiastic about Mr. Cuccinelli’s proposal. Readers may find of possibly related interest the announcement last Thursday of Romney supporters in the Virginia General Assembly and among Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) leaders.

Former state senator Cuccinelli said yesterday –

“However, after working through different scenarios with Republican and Democratic leaders to attempt to make changes in time for the 2012 presidential election, my concern grows that we cannot find a way to make such changes fair to the Romney and Paul campaigns that qualified even with Virginia’s burdensome system.”

Getting “Concerns” Right

Conservatives should certainly commend Mr. Cuccinelli for his Saturday initiative to try to fix the primary mess, but bring him to a better mind on his “concern . . . that we cannot find a way to make such changes fair to the Romney and Paul campaigns. . . .”

The overriding concern should be to make real choice available to GOP voters in the March 6 presidential primary — not to give such solicitude to two campaigns that developed expertise in surmounting Virginia’s Rube Goldberg rules here and here and navigating the questionable implementation of these rules confronting serious GOP candidates. The objective is not to take care of fellow members of the Political Class, but to ensure voters have an opportunity to choose one of the major national candidates in the March 6 GOP Virginia primary.

The 2012 presidential election is a watershed election for America’s future — and certainly in the minds of Virginia conservatives. Most Virginia conservatives would agree that this election is vastly more important than the image of the Republican Party of Virginia or the advancement of its sachems.

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8 thoughts on “Virginia’s GOP Hacks Lack Class

  1. When Osama bin Laden died he went up to heaven’s gate where he met Peter.

    Osama says, I’ve died for Allah and where’s my reward.

    Pete says, “We’ve been waiting for you. Just a moment please …” Abe Lincoln comes round the corner and smacks Osama right in the mouth, then proceeds to batter him with an ax handle for quarter of an hour. Once Abe has softened him up, Patrick Henry sets about him and punches him from pillar to post. Next comes a big guy with a red checked shirt, baseball cap and a set of steel-toed Caterpillar boots and this fella really gives Osama the good news.

    Finally, Osama gets a chance to open his trap & turns to St. Pete: “I died for Allah, and this is my reward? Where’s my 72 virgins?”

    Pete looks at him over the top of his spectacles and tells him … “Ha ha, fat chance of that pal. Nah, you’re getting your reward, don’t worry about it. (Checks book in front of him, nods head..) Yep, that’s right enough. Osama bin Laden, 72 Virginians …”

  2. Lincoln wasn’t a Virginian. I don’t know one way or the other about Caterpillar man. Usually you start with George Washington, James Madison, George Mason, a few other Constitutional Convention delegates from Virginia. Then you get Patrick Henry and some other revolutionary firebrands. And so on.

  3. Perry, Gingrich, Santorum, Bachmann and Huntsman could have gotten onto the Virginia ballot. It’s their own fault their campaigns didn’t submit enough valid signatures.

    Romney’s and Paul’s campaigns were on top of it and abided by the rules, so they deserve to be on the ballot.

  4. Ah George Washington, that’s right; it’s a while since I heard that joke. I read Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and the image stuck ..

  5. I grew up in Virginia, though I was actually born in D.C., so maybe I could qualify as part of some terrorists reward in Paradise someday. We’ll see, I guess.

    It is correct to note that the primary rules of the Virginia Republican party are their rules and they can make them as they like. It is also correct to note that two thirds of the Republican candidates for President took a look at those rules and blew off Virginia as a result. Virginia is now an irrelevancy, and if the state goes for Obama because the grass-roots conservatives of Virginia (who aren’t Ron Paul voters) feel betrayed…well, the Virginia Republican Party has no one to blame but themselves.

    Chiu Chun-Ling.

  6. Yes Chiu. We must always look at the end game.

    What is the point?

    Getting signatures or getting votes!


    Oh, and the loyalty oath should be made illegal.

    Such an oath means that you are agreeing to vote in two elections at the same time (present and future).

    As Herman Cain showed, a lot can happen that might change your mind about a candidate.

  7. Well, the oath is certainly stupid. Whether it should be made illegal is a separate issue…I believe that party machines should be permitted to do stupid things that ensure their total irrelevance.

    And the oath does just that. They are basically saying, “if you care about the actual identity of the candidate enough to vote for one even if we don’t nominate him, then don’t bother to show up.” Utterly moronic. It means that they are far more likely to pick a candidate that won’t even be able to carry Virginia in the actual election.

    Of course, being responsible to the demands of the actual voters means giving up their death-grip on party power…even if it means that the party itself is becoming utterly irrelevant.

    Chiu Chun-Ling.

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