Fox News released a poll last week measuring the interest level among the two major political parties for participating in November’s elections. No one is surprised that Democrats are polling considerably less excited about having to vote this fall compared to Republicans. The poll was conducted nationally however here in NoVA those numbers should reflect the same. Just think of how exciting the Democrats in NoVA are this cycle; 8th District has Don Beyer, President Obama’s ambassador to Switzerland. That’s a royal plum assignment reserved for a close ally with deep pockets. Excited about cronyism? The 10th District has John Foust, a habitual tax raiser who was just dumped by the DCCC because his campaign has been awful. Excited about defeat? The 11th has Gerry Connolly, a joke who walked out on a hearing on Benghazi. He doesn’t deserve to keep his job after he refused to do his job with such a dramatic, grandstanding and entirely inappropriate gesture. Excited about irresponsibility? And for the US Senate Mark Warner, a guy who voted with Obama’s agenda 97% of the time. Excited about a rubber stamp for a failing presidency?
Independents should appreciate the diversity found on the Republican ticket. The 8th has an African- American Marine Corp veteran, the 10th has a very successful female state delegate and lawyer, the 11th has a female candidate who is an expert on foreign relations with East Asia and an international civil rights leader, and our Senate candidate is a self-made man and second generation Irish immigrant. Micah Edmond, Barbara Comstock, Suzanne Scholte and Ed Gillespie, respectively, are a set of candidates worthy of carrying enthusiasm into Election Day. It is time to get excited for the GOP’s chances this fall. What do the Democrats have to be excited about?