I seem to draw guest columns! Here is a guest column inspired by Joe Enroughty’s guest column:
Like Mr. Shannon, I find I am on the same page as Robert Sarvis on most issues. On those where we disagree, Mr. Sarvis, at this point in his political career, will not be in a position to bring about all the goals he seeks. So, to me, the issue of some-issue-disagreement is moot.I believe Robert Sarvis will, someday, be elected to a position in our Commonwealth. I also believe that eventual victory can lead to his being elected to a position of real significance. All he has to do is continue to run for every available public office so his name and his crusade will become more familiar to more Virginians. For that matter, as he did last year and is doing again this year, he can even continue to run for those offices he has no chance of winning.Honestly, I have no problem with that…..to a point. That point is where he becomes a spoiler in November.After my retirement in 1999 we left Virginia to live in North Carolina on Lake Gaston (we’re back home now). I was an elected party official and party insider while living there. I was still young by some definition; not even 50 yet. But the necessary struggle to make real change within the GOP is damn tough. It’s a young person’s blood sport.With others who shared the concern about what the party was becoming, we fought hard. We bucked the state party hierarchy and won a few, even a couple of big ones.These are the grassroots skirmishes that find or create new candidates who understand the nature of the challenge of fighting an entrenched establishment.More importantly, through this process, you find candidates who can actually win elections.We recognized that campaigning for winnable seats is critical. You must get your candidate seated. Help him/her make a mark while in office to strengthen a re-election campaign, or a campaign for a higher position. Otherwise, all the hard campaign work is only about “sending a message”.I am not crazy about Ed Gillespie being our US Senator. As with Robert Sarvis, I agree with Mr. Gillespie on most issues. His insider status deeply troubles me, but he can win. He can turn this Virginia senate seat, neutralize Tim Kaine, be a huge component in taking the senate away from Harry Reid and, most importantly, his election allows a new GOP majority to take over and keep control of the senate judiciary committee.Over the six years of the term of whomever wins this senate seat, we will very likely see two, possibly three, SCOTUS Justices retire or die. Obama and Reid gave us Sotomayor and Kagan; two bedwetting liberals who will probably be on the Court for the next thirty years.This ridiculous pair, as part of a future undefeatable liberal SCOTUS majority created by Obama or Hillary, and championed by Harry Reid, will be making decisions that will last decades…..maybe even centuries, or as long as whatever life our Republic has left in her.The GOP, with all its faults, has to take the majority before Obama leaves. It may be our last opportunity to resist Obama’s efforts to, by Constitutional legal precedence, “fundamentally transform” the country.Last year, Robert Sarvis campaigned hard to deliver his Libertarian message. I have no doubt he will campaign hard to deliver that message this year. But at some point, hopefully with Robert Sarvis’ acknowledgement, we need to ensure that his message does not inadvertently become, “Congratulations on your re-election Senator Warner.”Mike Wilburt is a retired retail executive living in Chesterfield County. During a short stint in North Carolina he wrote a regularly appearing column on politics and government. He is a past Republican Party county chairman, vice-chair and chair of the First Congressional District GOP encompassing 23 counties. He was a member of the NCGOP Central and Executive Committees. During that time he managed two state senate campaigns, and consulted and wrote for several others.Mr. Wilburt is a Constitutional conservative, NOT a member of the RPV, and has no intention of becoming a member.