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GOP Primary Editorial Misses By a Mile

by Bob Shannon (Central Garage)
The Editorial in last weeks edition of the Tidewater Review ( Washington Post ) had to have been written by one of the republican establishment folks hell bent on destroying the slowly growing influence by the last few remaining conservatives willing to roll up their sleeve’s and fight.Gillespie’s loss destroys this writers own thesis since Gillespie was clearly the establishments choice, regardless of the nomination process , it was the moderate candidate that was on the ticket.   Romney, McCain, both moderates lost .   Whether it be a convention or primaries the point is a de-energized base either stayed home, or in the case of Gillespie left the ballot blank rather than cast a precious vote for a candidate who represents most what conservatives are sick of. It indeed was just reported in recent days that Gillespie received some 87,000 fewer votes than did republican candidates across the State. The only explanation is the one that is obvious.

To attribute Cuccinelli’s loss to him being a hard liner overlooks a few inconvenient facts. The candidates own ethical questions led to a considerable number of former supporters to cross over to a candidate who’s personal Integrity was never challenged, Rob Sarvis.  The republican establishment themselves did more damage to his chances than anyone else, from money and other resources,  the party pulled the rug from this guys very feet.  Apparently the new creed of the republican party is to support the ticket—-so long as he/she is a moderate ?
Several times in the article the author uses the terms “hard liners” . If the writer defines hard liners as people tired of being lied to, or folks who are well informed as to what the term “moderate” has come to mean then so be it, we are hard liners .
My own observations have led me to reach a few well thought out conclusions about republican voters. Often,  too often in fact the term low information voter is linked to the left. While the left certainly has far more of these types, the republicans have an excess of their own. People however well intended either lack the desire or intellect to better arm themselves with facts or they simple belong to the “winning team ” faction . Having an R next to a candidates name is hardly progress, something the hardliners understand and are now acting on.
 No one holds a gun to someone’s head forcing them to run for public office. Once there in the current climate one must be willing to make very tough decisions, using entitlement reform as an example .These vaunted moderates simply don’t have the stomach or the backbone , perhaps hindered by their desire to simply remain in office as long as they can, perpetuating the decline and financial nightmare on the horizon for our nation. Leadership requires courage.
Perhaps principled could suffice in lieu of the term hard liner. I have often joked that the TEA Party is the “last group of Americans capable of doing math” .

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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