This is pretty cool.
Last night I made a modest donation to the Willie Deutsch for School Board campaign. Willie is running for the Coles District seat down in Prince William County. I sent him a few dollars for several reasons;
For one, we need good people on the school board. I know Willie personally and I know that he is a good person who will act responsibly as an elected representative. He is highly qualified for this seat as he has been a very active participant in local and state politics. There is no doubt in my mind that Willie will always cast an educated vote for his constituents should he be successful in his campaign.
Trust is an important factor. Voters need to ask themselves whether or not a candidate is trustworthy enough to earn their vote. That’s an easy test for Willie to pass as he is known throughout the commonwealth as an honest, trustworthy individual.
Next comes policy. That’s right, character and integrity come before policy if you want to earn my support. For policy, Willie is a small government conservative who will make sure Prince William County schools spend their money wisely. His website runs a quote at the top of the page which says, “It’s time we help every student in Coles District receive a better education by effectively managing your investment in the county education system.” I see Willie serving as an eagle eye on budget issues, something every school board should want in a board member.
And finally, I gave money to Willie’s campaign because since the end of the 2011 election cycle I have told many candidates who came courting my wallet that if I had any money I would save it and donate to a school board candidate in 2015. Well, here we are.
I encourage you to join me in making a donation to Willie Deutsch for School Board, which you can do through this link here.
The Rick Perry for President campaign took another serious setback yesterday when their Iowa state director left due to a lack of money. Last week we heard that Perry’s campaign staff in South Carolina won’t be getting a paycheck either. No dough means no show.
This is bad news for a candidate who should a force among conservatives nationwide. Perry has served as the very successful and longest serving governor of Texas, which has the world’s 12h largest economy. He has kept Texas open for business despite the D.C.’s crippling economic orders. Perry is a true conservative, a God-fearing Christian and a statesman, all qualities highly sought after by conservative Republican primary voters. But for some reason, which this author can’t figure out, his campaign has not gotten off the ground at all. Maybe it’s a lack of proper organization, maybe it is a lack of properly packaging the message, or maybe it is just a lack of enthusiasm, but whatever the case is, Perry supporters need to find it and fix because Governor Perry would make a fine president.
When campaigns can no longer pay staff it means the bottom is falling out. With Perry’s poll numbers staying consistently low he is really going to need a significant kick-start to get into contention. Losing staff in key states like Iowa and South Carolina is not going to get things moving in the right direction.
Let’s hope Governor Perry has one more big push left to get through this rough patch. If he does, then Governor Perry would have proven to be resilient and could very well be catapulted to the top tier. Hang in there, it’s still very early.
How bad of a candidate is Hillary Clinton?
She is so bad that Democrats are looking for Vice President Joe Biden to jump in the presidential race. Clinton’s floundering campaign is Biden’s opportunity. Biden ran for president in 1988 and 2008. The difference this time around is that Biden has had the bully pulpit of the Veep office to keep himself in the national news. With more name ID, more exposure and less things to talk about, meaning Senators are expected to actually do something while a vice president is expected to just look good, Biden might have a better chance this time around than in his past runs.
The coronation of Hillary Clinton as the Democrats’ presidential nominee is not going well at all. It just may turn into a contest. Who would have thought? Democrats might have to make a choice instead of acting like blind sheep. Uh oh.
When asked if she had wiped her email server clean Hillary Clinton, the darling of the Democrats’ elite, said, “What? With a cloth or something?”
Wow. A cloth? Really? Was she really asking if the reporter wanted to know if a cloth had been used to wipe her email server?
Had a Republican said that, then the liberal media would go nuts. But for Clinton this is somehow a reasonable response. Unbelievable. Is it not insulting to the American people that she would say such a thing? Or is this an illustration of how incompetent she really is? Playing the I-don’t-understand-technology card must have tested well in the damage control focus group, but a cloth? Oh c’mon.
So let’s look at this through the deceiving eyes of Clinton. Yes, the reported wanted to know if Clinton used a cloth to wipe her email server because he was concerned about dust build up, which is a perfectly legitimate concern and Clinton was doing her best to try to understand the question. That makes sense now, doesn’t it?
Or you can dismiss her inappropriate response as just a joke. She was showing us her playful side, that’s all. Time and place, of course, made it ridiculous, especially since it came after a few follow ups that were pointing out that she didn’t answer the question.
During the brief back-and-forth over this, Clinton inserted her usual defense of innocent victimhood. She said she “went through a painstaking process” to be cooperative. Translation: she is calling herself the victim here because she had to do a lot of work to cover up her own incompetence.
One thing that came out during the press conference that she’ll probably decide to walk back, deny, and then flat out lie about is her taking ownership of the condition of the email server. She said, “I was the official, I made those decisions,” which was in regards to which emails were turned over to the feds and which ones weren’t. That means she is responsible for the cover-up here. That could be trouble for her.
Now please excuse me. A dangerous amount of dust has built up on my computer and I need to wipe it clean with a cloth.
So let me get this straight; Planned Parenthood claims to need federal money AND they have enough money to run campaign ads to oust Republicans in whatever state they decide they need to target. WHAT!?!?!?!?!?!
Here is a link to their latest commercial. Even for a radical institution that kills babies this is over-the-top. If Planned Parenthood doesn’t get their
campaign commercial money, oops I meant to say, money to kill babies, oops again I meant to say, money for healthcare, then they will put pressure on Democratic congressmen to shut down the government, which then will be blamed on Republicans. Directly linking baby killing money to veterans’ benefits, as the commercial does, is a disingenuous way to drum up fear. The left does this well. They are absolutely uncompromising when it comes to their radical liberal agenda and then they are quick to brand anyone who disagrees as an uncompromising hate-filled obstruction to liberty. That is such garbage.
Planned Parenthood exists to terminate pregnancies. That is an indisputable fact. And terminating a pregnancy is the act of killing a human baby. Like it or not, that’s another fact. Planned Parenthood ain’t about women’s healthcare. If a women needs healthcare, then she will need to go to a doctor, not to an abortion clinic. Planned Parenthood’s version of healthcare is a referral to a doc, which is an unneeded step had the woman gone to a doctor first. Women’s healthcare can be found at your local doctor’s office or hospital, not at your local baby killing clinic.
Let’s get the government out of the abortion business. Defund Planned Parenthood now.
The General Assembly will convene in Richmond today for a special session to comply with a court order to redraw the racially gerrymandered 3rd Congressional District. The timing of this special session is problematic for Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who tried to sneak in a State Supreme Court Justice during the recess without consulting the legislature. This brazen move of political gamesmanship will not work because under Virginia law, the General Assembly can take up other matters of business during the special session. So today, the General Assembly will correct McAuliffe’s power play.
What our carpet-bagging, professional fundraiser for a governor has forgotten is what is known in the Old Dominion as The Virginia Way. This is, and has been, a more cordial way to govern.
The Democrats are crying that removing McAuliffe’s pick would be unprecedented in modern Virginia history, which is nearly accurate but deliberately misleading. What really happened is McAuliffe pulled a fast one during a recess to avoid the legislature from weighing in on who the next member of Virginia’s Supreme Court should be. So it is McAuliffe who is breaking precedent, not the legislature. The disingenuous response from McAuliffe’s team is to just hit the usual talking points on partisanship which obviously do not touch on why McAuliffe chose to do what he did. Even Gov. Douglas Wilder called out McAuliffe for failing to handle this the right way.
Virginia’s General Assembly is the longest serving legislature, steep in tradition. It is the job of the legislature to approve the Governor’s nominee to the bench. When a governor ignores either the law or just protocol, then the legislative branch needs to step up and defend The Virginia Way. And fortunately for all of us, Gov. McAuliffe will see The Virginia way in action. Below is a foretelling post from State Senator Steve Martin’s Facebook page on what we can expect today.
We want honesty in our elected officials. There is nothing partisan there. That said, can we still agree that the circumstances surrounding Hillary Clinton’s personal email server clearly illustrate that she is a dishonest person and therefore unfit to serve in our highest office? Probably not, but that’s because of your partisanship, not mine.
Clinton had a personal email server that she used as Secretary of State for her stated reason of convenience. Of course the press won’t press her, but they should have reported that that very statement is an admission of guilt because it shows that Clinton knew this was, at the very least, against protocol. And when you break protocol on handling top secret information concerning national security then you have broken the law. Also, Clinton is telling us that she couldn’t handle two email accounts at once, but she is somehow ready to handle everything our chief executive is involved with. Where is the honesty in any of this part of her story?
Now she has turned over her server to the feds as part of an FBI investigation. Her campaign likes to believe that Clinton ordered her people to do so voluntarily, as I am sure Clinton is totally thrilled with being the subject of a criminal investigation, of course, she could be used to it by now. Anyway, the server is being either reported as, or rumored to be, blank. So where is the honesty in deleting evidence before having to turn it over?
Transparency must not apply to Clinton if you are still a fan of hers after this. Honesty must not be a requirement to earn your vote if you are still on board with Clinton after this. And if your response is all politicians lie, then all you are really saying is it is ok for Hillary Clinton to lie, cheat and steal. I won’t be voting for her for several reasons, most of them involving policy. But the question I can’t figure out is, why would anyone who likes Clinton’s policies still cast her a vote after seeing how blatantly dishonest she is?
The cartoon below, from Americans for Limited Government, accurately captures what happens when you mess with President Obama’s fragile ego. Obama loves the concept of groupthink because he needs everyone to walk behind him in perfect step and if anyone steps out of pace then there are consequences. In this case, longtime lefty Senator Chuck Schumer is poised to take the lead of Senate Democrats after Harry Reid’s retirement, but despite his tenure and service to the Democrats he is now possibly in jeopardy of being pushed out of the top spot because he won’t give Obama a rubber stamp on what looks like a bad deal with Iran.
It is doubtful that President Obama and his administration have enough sway to oust Senator Schumer from stepping into the position which tenure and tradition have already decided. But then again, just blindly following tenure and tradition is also groupthink.
Tomorrow, Tuesday August 11, Americans For Prosperity will hold a rally in Sterling with State Senator Dick Black as part of AFP’s Power Up Virginia tour.
This grassroots campaign is designed to bring awareness to the economic crippling policies of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Joining Senator Black will be grassroots celebrity Martha Boneta, as well as many AFP grassroots activists.
Below is the information on the rally including a link to RSVP.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Washington Dulles Airport Marriott
45020 Aviation Drive
Sterling, VA 20166
Thursday night was Opening Night for American politics with over 24 million tuning into Fox News to watch, not one, but two great debates. With such a crowded field picking winners and losers becomes very nuanced. The frontrunner, Donald Trump, claimed to have done no debate prep and it showed. He didn’t strike out but he could have hit some homeruns. Overall, his performance was impressive but he didn’t change the landscape of the race yet. Before we get into the main event let’s discuss the undercard of underdogs, aka the Happy Hour Debate, with the percentage point Presidential hopefuls.
OPENING ACT RECAP
The bottom tier candidates in this debate are beyond impressive with Governors, Senators and a CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Unfortunately for most of them, they have reached their political peaks. 2016 is not being as friendly as 2012 was to Rick Santorum or Rick Perry. Governors Pataki and Gilmore are finding the 21st Century isn’t interested in 20th Century ideas or politicians. They all were speaking to an empty arena and it showed.
The most human moment belonged to Senator Lindsey Graham. He talked about losing his parents when he was 21 and 22 which left him alone to raise his little sister. To me, it was heart wrenching to hear the story but also refreshing. Instead of a canned answer we got a candid look at what made a candidate. My respect for the man grew, but he didn’t convince me to give him my vote.
Governor Bobby Jindal did an excellent job of showcasing his wonkish ways. However, wonks rarely win hearts and minds with policy points. The lone woman in the race, Carly Fiorina, did win hearts and minds with her fiery rhetoric and no holds barred attitude. Fox should have brought her back for the 9 o’clock show.
THE MAIN EVENT
It’s easy to get lost in a crowded field which is exactly what happened to Ben Carson, Ted Cruz and Scott Walker. None of them helped or hurt their chances with their performance. Carson was too polite to be behind a podium. Cruz defended a dictator, which was an interesting approach. Walker was quiet, very quiet.
Thankfully, Rand Paul and Chris Christie got the memo that Thursday night was supposed to be a debate and got into some heated disagreements. Both men illuminated their positions but didn’t seem to win over the crowd. Paul wanted to push buttons and Christie was looking to punch someone in the face. Both men got their wish.
Huckabee had a few head scratchers with his comments regarding the purpose of our military and those freeloading pimps and prostitutes. He did hit the ball out of the park with this gem: “A lot of the B-52s we’re flying, we’ve only got 44 that are in service, combat ready, and the fact is, most of them are older than me. And that’s pretty scary.” I for one appreciate a politician with a sense of humor.
Trump was Trump and Bush bumbled throughout the evening. Kasich and Rubio stole the show. It was a little unfair as Kasich played to the hometown crowd, while Rubio made a strong case for his candidacy. Thankfully, this is only the beginning. The next few months are going to mold a great race.
-By Mick McKeown, mypoliticalimpact.com
Mick McKeown is a creative and resourceful campaign professional who is well versed in contributing to political initiatives and interacting with elected officials. From Pennsylvania, McKeown now lives in Falls Church with his wife and daughter.
State Senator Mark Obenshain announced this morning that he will be the Virginia Campaign Chairman for Scott Walker for President. Obenshain describes Walker as “a reform-minded leader with the executive experience to allow him to transform the way Washington works.”
This is a huge announcement for the Walker campaign. Obenshain is a great legislator and a true conservative who has a tremendous amount of ties to politicos, business leaders, and community activists throughout the commonwealth. His support will carry some serious weight.
Tonight at 9:00pm EST, the first of eleven Republican Presidential Candidate debates will be held in Cleveland, Ohio. With the use of current polling data to select only 10 of the 17 Republican candidates to participate, many voters are frustrated that their favorite candidate did not make the cut. Many experienced campaigners have pointed out the failure of polling data to determine who the actual front runners are and how the results in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina have been dramatically different from the polls.
Not included in the top 10 were Carly Fiorina, Gov. Jim Gilmore, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Rick Santorum, and Gov. George Pataki. Fox News has invited these seven candidates to participate in what is being called a “Team-B” forum earlier on Thursday. Some think that it is a mistake for these candidates to accept the invitation because by doing so they are accepting the premise that they are second-tier candidates.
Only two people in the “Team-B” group belong in the top tier in my estimation, namely Carly Fiorina and Gov. Bobby Jindal. Repeatedly, I have been very impressed with Carly’s speaking skills and her ability to articulate the issues, therefore I don’t see her fizzling out early like many of the others will. Of the nine governors running, Bobby Jindal probably has the best conservative record, one that even beats the most popular conservative governor currently, Scott Walker. The more people know about Jindal, the more he will rise in the polls.
Now let us turn our attention toward the 10 candidates that will be taking the stage at 9:00pm tonight. Each of them have their own set of challenges and what I have attempted to outline below is what each candidate must do to win the debate.
Gov. Jeb Bush
His biggest advantage and his biggest handicap is his last name. The big government crony capitalist Republicans love him and have donated generously to his campaign. No doubt, Bush will be the best funded Republican candidate in the race. However the vast majority of the base don’t trust him and are actively engaged in an effort to unite behind one conservative to defeat him. In order for him to win this debate, Bush must win the trust of the Republican base. Unfortunately, he has probably already burnt that bridge.
Dr. Ben Carson
Carson’s biggest advantage is what I like to refer to as the “outsider factor,” which is held only by Carson, Fiorina, and Trump. He is a likable guy who hasn’t been in politics long enough to learn how to talk a lot without saying anything. Up to this point, Carson’s naiveté when it comes to many foreign and domestic political issues has been a problem for him. In order for him to win this debate, he must demonstrate an ability to talk knowledgeably and articulately about the issues on the table.
Gov. Chris Christie
In many ways, Christie has the same problem as Bush. Although he doesn’t come from an American political dynasty, he isn’t trusted by the Republican base. He talks a really good talk and, at one time, had the “Trump factor” because he told it like it was and didn’t sugar coat things. However, all that disappeared when he gave a watered down and pathetic speech at the 2012 Republican National Convention. If the hard-hitting, finger-waving, gutsy (no pun intended) Christie shows up tonight, he could win back some of the base. All he has to do is channel his “inner Trump.”
Sen. Ted Cruz
Not only will he probably be one of the smartest and most articulate debaters, he has this down-to-earth quality that voters look for. More often than not, voters will vote for the guy they would like to have a beer with, not necessarily the guy they agree with the most. More importantly, Cruz has a record to back up his rhetoric which is something that few of the other candidates have. I know many people to whom Cruz is their dream candidate, but they have yet to be convinced that he can win independents and voters who don’t normally vote Republican. To win the debate, Cruz must convince the audience that he can win in the general election.
Gov. Mike Huckabee
Like Rick Santorum, Huckabee is a favorite of the evangelical/social conservative base. Also like Santorum, he has very little support outside of that one portion of the Republican electorate. What he does have is the persona of a favorite uncle with a smiling, down-to-earth charm. In order to win the debate, he must demonstrate an ability to win all the other subgroups within the Republican Party as well as voters who do not have a record of voting Republican.
Gov. John Kasich
If you are like me, you are probably scratching your head trying to figure out why Kasich made the top 10 for this debate. Did half of the people polled live in Ohio? With such a large field of people who already have established national name recognition, Kasich has got to do something just short of extraordinary to set himself apart from the crowd of not just good candidates, but good governors. Polls indicate that most Republican voters want a nominee with executive experience, but in order to win just within that group, Kasich must put himself ahead of the eight other governors who are running. That is a task which, at the moment, seems virtually impossible.
Sen. Rand Paul
There is no disputing that Rand Paul has the lion’s share of the support from the libertarian wing of the Republican Party. However, from what I can tell, Rand has virtually no support from evangelicals, social conservatives, Tea Party conservatives, and especially the moderate wing of the party. Also, he has an age issue. I can count on one hand the number of people I know supporting Rand who are over the age of 40. Thats a big problem considering that the average age of the Republican Primary voter is about 65. In order to win this debate, Rand has to diversify his support base and make a strong case why conservatives who don’t identify themselves as libertarian should get behind him.
Sen. Marco Rubio
Although he has been in the U.S. Senate the same length of time as Rand Paul, and even longer than Ted Cruz, Rubio still seems to be too immature to be running for president. This doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with his age or his boyish face, but listening to him speak has not really inspired me or many people I know to think that he could handle the highest office in the land. Another issue is that, unlike most of the other candidates, he isn’t the standard barer for any one group or cause. In order for him to win the debate, he must convince people that he has the maturity to be President and that he is the champion for a particular cause or group.
For the moment, this is Trump’s race to lose. He is a dynamic combination of the outspoken Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, outsider Ben Carson, and his own entertainer personality. With Obama and his liberal allies intentionally destroying this country just as fast as they can and a Republican Congress barely tapping the breaks, the hard working, red blooded Americans are ready to explode in anger. As outlandish as some of the things he has said, Trump is channeling their rage against political ruling class of both political parties. Trump wins the debate tonight by not allowing a discussion about his past political stances and continuing to channel the bottled up rage inside so many Americans.
Gov. Scott Walker
Last, but far from least, we come to Gov. Scott Walker. He is one of the few that has captured the enthusiasm of both conservatives and moderates within the Republican Party. However many conservatives are still skeptical since Walker has seemingly been playing it safe on some of the more controversial social issues. Walker’s issue is not that people don’t think that he can win in a general election, but whether or not he is a “change agent” who will take on the Beltway Behemoth and whittle it down to size. If he can convince people in this debate that he is ready for a fight, not just with Democrats and liberals, but with the old guard, big government Republicans in Washington, he could be well on his way to victory.
Daniel Bradshaw is chairman of the Prince Edward County Republican Committee, having been elected in 2010 at the age of 18. He has worked as a Legislative Aide to State Sen. Tom Garret and has worked on several political campaigns including E.W. Jackson’s run for Lt. Governor in 2013. Bradshaw is currently owner and CEO of Appomattox River Landscapes, a property care and landscaping company he started in 2006.
Governor Terry McAuliffe has a new gig. He will join the head of EMILY’S List as a fundraiser to help the Democratic Governors Association. The Democrats are eyeing more gubernatorial races in an effort to get ahead of the re-districting that will result from the 2020 census.
T-Mac’s true calling is to be a fundraiser. He is a salesman, not a statesman and certainly not a calculating politico, just look at the problem he created for himself with his State Supreme Court pick.
T-Mac knows how to sell the sizzle, but he doesn’t know how to grill the steak.
Right now, T-Mac is priming the commonwealth for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. There is no telling what he’ll do to make sure his close friend is the Democratic nominee and the next president. It is crazy to think that the last time she ran T-Mac was one of the top people running the show and now he is going to do the same, but this time he has the official control of the board of elections in an important swing state. On top of that, he’ll being using his capacity as Virginia’s governor to say ridiculous things to raise money for a nationwide gerrymandering scheme. Just great.
Editor’s Note: Red NoVA’s editorial standards allow the usage of T-Mac as a nickname for Governor Terry McAuliffe because it honors a former pro basketball player of the same nickname who is remembered for failing to deliver on a very boastful statement when he infamously said, “it feels good to be in the second round.” His team went on to blow a big lead and ended up losing in the first round of the playoffs, failing to reach the second round. The T-Mac in the governor’s mansion down in Richmond is similar. They both talk big and bring in a lot of money, but then don’t deliver at the end.
Delegate Bob Marshall sent out an email earlier today (copied and pasted below). Governor T-Mac will do what it takes to make sure the Democrats can stuff the ballot boxes. It is too bad that the legality of the ballots do not matter to T-Mac’s election board so long as those ballots have a mark by the Democrats. Tough to win when the game is rigged by a guy that made his bones on finding ways to sidestep every rule in the book. It is great to see Delegate Marshall standing up against T-Mac’s shadiness. This is a serious issue.
Governor Terry McAuliffe and his Board of Elections are attempting to make an end-run around the General Assembly yet again by attempting to change the form to register to vote. The proposed changes will make it easier for non-citizens, those adjudicated to be mentally incapacitated and convicted felons to illegally register to vote.
The current voter registration form requires an applicant to affirmatively indicate by checking boxes on the form that they are U.S. citizens, that they have not been adjudicated to be mentally incapacitated, and are not convicted felons whose voting rights have not been restored. Under current regulation, failing to check these boxes would cause the application to be rejected. However, in most, if not all cases where an application is received in which the boxes are not checked, a letter is sent to the person attempting to register asking them to refile the application making sure that they check the boxes.
The McAuliffe administration has determined that this is too much of a barrier for potential voters and has proposed new regulations that would not allow an application to be rejected for failure to check the boxes. The new form will have an affirmation statement at the bottom above the signature line which will replace the check boxes. Both the public and many voter registrars across the Commonwealth have raised concerns about this change, noting that many people do not read the fine print before signing.
Whether or not you think this change is a big deal you should be concerned about this overstep by the McAuliffe administration. The State Board of Elections does not have the authority under the Virginia Constitution and state law to adopt this change to the voter registration form.
Article II, Section 2 of the Virginia Constitution states:
“Applications to register shall require the applicant to provide the following information on a standard form: full name; date of birth; residence address; social security number, if any;whether the applicant is presently a United States citizen; and such additional information as may be required by law. All applications to register shall be completed by or at the direction of the applicant and signed by the applicant, unless physically disabled.”
Code § 24.2-418 states in part:
“The form of the application to register shall require the applicant to provide the following information: full name; gender; date of birth; social security number, if any; whether the applicant is presently a United States citizen; address of residence in the precinct; place of last previous registration to vote; and whether the applicant has ever been adjudicated incapacitated or convicted of a felony, and if so, under what circumstances the applicant’s right to vote has been restored. The form shall contain a statement that whoever votes more than once in any election in the same or different jurisdictions shall be guilty of a Class 6 felony. Unless directed by the applicant or as permitted in § 24.2-411.1 or 24.2-411.2, the registration application shall not be pre-populated with information the applicant is required to provide.”
Therefore, I question whether the State Board of Elections and the McAuliffe administration have the authority to make this change to the voter registration form.
If you are concerned about this proposed change I encourage you to please submit your comments here to the State Board of Elections BEFORE midnight TONIGHT, August 3, 2015.
Let me know if you have any questions. Thank you so much for your help!
Delegate Bob Marshall”
Worst kept secret in NoVA politics? Suzanne Volpe is a liar. As the saying goes, if her lips are moving she is lying.
Now don’t get me wrong, Suzanne Volpe has left a big imprint on Loudoun and regional politics. She has built an empire, much of it based on solid ground tactics and a work ethic that is hard to match, but the behind the scenes back stabbing, character assassinations, repeated calls down to Richmond (or to anyone that will listen) to complain about party officials and activists, and all out obnoxious and constant lies are her legacy. For years no one said anything, she fought to control the local unit by placing her people in key position and working hard for candidates, so people needed her and didn’t want to put up with the bullshit associated with calling her out. But a funny thing happened on the way to elected office, her reputation caught up with her.
Case in point; at the Loudoun County Republican Committee meeting Monday night Volpe pulled her infamous trick of packing a caucus with proxies to defeat a contemporary seeking an endorsement. Nothing really wrong with politics as usual, the world revolves around those who show up, but there is a problem with someone that continually plays lip service to the local committee being a “family” where we all “take care of each other”. Instead of picking up a phone and trying to work things out, or running another candidate against the person she is trying to defeat, she resorts to secret ballots and proxies so that there are no fingerprints. Call your friends in Loudoun to find out more information, anyone who was at the meeting figured out what was going on when the caucus’ recommendation was overturned and the full committee endorsed Volpe’s victim. Sometimes the good guy wins and the bad guys are exposed.
So for all the campaign workers, fellow party members, fellow elected officials, volunteers that received recognition, movers, shakers, promoters, advocates and people who are trying to move the needle an inch at a time, anyone who has been stepped on, stabbed, maligned or lied to by Ms. Volpe, you are finally vindicated. The truth is there for those that seek it, and as Ms. Volpe is known to say “Oh Honey, let me tell you”…….
Donald Trump is a private citizen who has decided to run for president and he has chosen the Republican nomination as the vehicle that will get him across the finish line. Trump is not the nominee, he is not a Republican Party official, or an elected Republican. He is a citizen, who is running as a Republican. He speaks for himself and hopes his message will attract Republican voters; he does not speak for the Republican Party.
This is an important distinction to make because the left is trying to play up the narrative that Trump speaks for all the GOP candidates. Loyal Clintonite Paul Begala wrote in Politico, “Mr. Trump is the face of the GOP: angry, white and male. He is the voice of the GOP.” No he is not. He is just a citizen, with a loud and obnoxious megaphone. The left wants Trump to be more than just a citizen so that they can try to bring down more formidable contenders like Scott Walker and Rick Perry. The guilty by association hit will be the Democrats’ play after each gaffe or releasing of a private cell phone number or whatever the hell The Donald decides to do next. And the GOP is not “angry, white and male” either. After the diverse slate of Republican candidates who won last cycle nationwide and with the diverse group of Republicans running in NoVA this year, this old claim by the left is getting worn-out.
When Clinton gaffes the guilty by association label, which we don’t like to see on either side, is easier to make a case for thanks to Clinton’s place in the party’s pecking order. Right now, a lot of party power players see Hillary Clinton as the undisputed number one contender, which nearly makes her the spokesperson of the Democratic Party. The GOP, on the other hand, has a deep bench with no clear party leader running. As for Trump, he’s only a Republican because he says so. He has donated money to Republicans, and to Democrats. Again, he’s just a citizen.
The 2016 Presidential Race is an open door, grassroots selection style contest on the GOP side and a closed door, party insider, no-selection-needed style over on the Democrats’ side. I’m glad to be involved with the party that will actually have a choice deciding the nominee. And while I appreciate what Trump brings to the campaign dialogue, he does not speak for the party, none the GOP presidential candidates do. And that will all change after the nomination.
The Democrats up in Connecticut are dumping the names of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson from their big annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner because of slavery. The Connecticut Democrats governing committee voted unanimously this week to drop the names. A headline in the Hartford Courant read, “Democrats Drop Names Of Slave-Owning Presidents From Fundraising Dinner.” The article quotes the state party chairman saying, “Let’s work together to show the rest of the state exactly what it means to be a Connecticut Democrat,” and notes the motivation behind the move in part coming from the Confederate flag “controversy.” C’mon.
This is just another attempt by Democrats at rewriting history. If the Democrats want to disassociate themselves from slavery then they need to disband their party and start fresh.
Let’s open our history books for a moment; the Democrats were in favor of slavery and gave us Jim Crow laws, while the Republican Party began as the anti-slavery offshoot of the Whig Party. Moreover, I never appreciated the Democrats trying to own Thomas Jefferson. They try to pull it off because Jefferson was a member of a party that eventually, over many years, turned into the Democratic Party of today. This approach ignores policy positions and basic Constitutional interpretation, which are much better indicators of party affiliation. In sum, Jefferson stood for states’ rights against the rival party at the time, the Federalists, who wanted a more centralized government. That fundamental argument exists today and it places Jefferson very clearly in the Republican Party. As far as Andrew Jackson is concerned, the Democrats can have him. President Jackson, in response to the Supreme Court overturning his administration’s Indian removal policy, said, “Mr. Marshall has made his ruling, now let him enforce it.” Jackson should have been impeached on the spot as never before or since has there been such a blatant disregard for separation of powers. So I’m fine with the Democrats owning Jackson.
Back to today; the rush for political correctness in this case is odd because the resolution that passed did not include any new names. The Democrats just felt it necessary to dump two of our country’s bigger historical names.
This all leads to several questions such as who they’ll pick as replacements and will this have a ripple effect to other states? Will the Democratic presidential candidates be expected to boycott states where the names haven’t been changed? Will Virginia follow suit? And why isn’t The Dukes of Hazzard on anymore?
Hotel mega-giant Marriott is considering relocating their corporate headquarters out of Maryland, with Northern Virginia as a leading contender to be their new home. ARLnow.com is reporting that Marriott is seriously looking at moving to Arlington County.
Leaving Maryland is something we understand very well. Choosing Arlington is less clear to us, but Arlington is in Virginia so by default it is way better than tax-hiking, gun-grabbing, crazy liberal Maryland. Metro accessibility is a big plus for most of Arlington, a selling point that Marriott has been reported as being very interested in. No word on whether a new pie store in Arlington has anything to do with this.
The trend over the last several years has been to leave Maryland, and who can blame the companies that do? Can we blame Beretta for leaving Maryland over the state’s, get this, anti-2nd Amendment laws for a more friendly Tennessee? Then Texas Governor Rick Perry ran a series of radio ads in Maryland markets specifically targeting businesses to leave Maryland for Texas, likely because it was such an easy sell.
Currently, Virginia has a business friendly environment while neighboring Maryland does not. With so many businesses wanting to get close to the federal government, Virginia needs to keep this huge advantage over Maryland.
Which brings us to the 2015 elections in Virginia, which are very important because we need to keep Virginia open for business. We can’t afford the Democrats taking over the state legislature and turning us into Maryland. If that happens not only will new businesses go elsewhere, but we’ll also lose our current ones.
Let’s remember Ben Franklin saying, “A republic, if you can keep it.” Right now, Virginia is a destination for businesses, if we can keep them.
Longtime politico Morton Blackwell sent out an email last week expressing his support for Republican State Senate candidate Stephen Hollingshead. Blackwell said Hollingshead’s
“agenda of ‘Jobs, Growth, and Opportunity’ for Northern Virginia is the right one, and he is organized and prepared to run a strong race in State Senate District 33, which has swung back and forth between Democrats and Republicans in recent years.
Sometimes principled candidates lose merely because too many good folks chose not to engage. I’ve looked at the numbers. This race is winnable. Stephen Hollingshead can take a seat from the Democrats this year, and his victory might be essential to keep Republicans in the majority in the State Senate. He can do this if you and I pitch in to help him.”
Pretty encouraging words from Blackwell, who doesn’t typically get caught up in soundbites. Blackwell tells it like it is. If he says the “race is winnable,” then sign-up to volunteer with the Hollingshead team today. Taking that seat would be a huge setback to the Democratic senate caucus.
Stephen Hollingshead is running to help get Northern Virginia businesses out of this recession that they are in. Empty office space is a big problem in parts of NoVA. We need to fix that by sending a business friendly state senator from NoVA to the General Assembly.