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The Gillespie Conundrum

I have not heard a single intelligent line of reasoning why I, or any other Republican, should vote for Ed Gillespie for Senate. The only practical argument depends upon the logic of the ends justifying the means. I am told that it is of such incredible importance that the Republicans take back the Senate that every Constitutionalist and Libertarian is obligated to vote for anyone, no matter how ridiculous and antithetical to our beliefs, with an “R” in front of their name. The following is not a judgment, per se, but rather an appeal to reason. I would like someone to explain to me why I should vote for someone with the following resume.

Every political activist has heard of American Crossroads, but unfortunately everyone associates that nefarious PAC with Karl Rove. They forget who co-founded that enterprise. That’s right, Ed Gillespie and Karl Rove co-founded American Crossroads, a political action committee primarily poised to poison the well, attack conservatives, discredit constitutionalists and libertarians, and build the Republican Party’s corporatist relationship with K-Street and Wall Street.

Why would Karl Rove choose Ed Gillespie as a partner in crime? Because Ed Gillespie has more experience tying the knots that bind the Republican Party with K-Street and Wall Street than anyone else. Ed Gillespie is a lobbyist. Forget everything else he has done and has failed to do, he is a lobbyist by nature and by trade. The mindset of a lobbyist is to entice politicians to set their constituencies aside and instead represent corporate, or social, or national, or otherwise political interests. Gillespie began with Big Tobacco. Gillespie has also represented the American Petroleum Industry and the American Financial Services Association.

Ed Gillespie has a terrible track record on the issues. He has both opposed and supported the individual mandate, supported the idea of a health care exchange, and has previously been a strong advocate for quick and easy pathways to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants.

Ed Gillespie was one of the primary architects of the debacle known as Mitt Romney’s Presidential Campaign, which failed to oust one of the most incompetent and divisive first term presidents in our nations history.

This is the record that Ed Gillespie brings to the table. It is a record of failure, corruption, and corporatism to its very core! Gillespie has been at the center of controversy within Virginia politics and having him as our Republican Nominee for Senate is a disgrace. So unless someone can convince me that voting for another Corporatist, Big-Government, Big-Spending Republican is somehow a GOOD idea, there is absolutely no way that he gets my vote. I have spoken with dozens of activists and people who simply follow what goes on who feel as I do. That being said, I believe the Republican Party has just nominated for Senate, in a year when every Democrat should be likely to lose, a candidate that doesn’t stand a chance of winning.

So instead of blaming those of us who refuse to get on board with the Karl Rove, Ed Gillespie, Mitt Romney agenda being pushed in Virginia, why don’t we take a serious look at what in the world our delegates in Roanoke were thinking in the first place.

About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

2 Responses to “The Gillespie Conundrum”

  1. Robert Shannon

    I read with interest the article that dissected the % of voters identifying with the TEA Party and 71 % supported Brat, which leads one to conclude that the other 29% or so supported Cantor.

    It is that 29%, the “win at any cost as long as the candidate has an R next to their name crowd” that I have endeavored for years now to drive from the TEA Party. The “less of two evil” mentality should be renamed, the “less of gray matter crowd”.

    I believe in the 2 party system, and sincerely hope the republicrat party can be restored. You can not bring about that restoration by supporting candidates like Gillespie, unless of course you belong to the 29% who believe in the tooth fairy.

    Redefine the word “compromise” if you wish, but when it is defined by more spending, more taxes, more and bigger government, exemplified by candidates like Gillespie, either just fess up and admit you are a go along to get along republicrat , or get out of the way of people working hard to actually bring about a restoration of the party, or what the party used to stand for.

    These people who will embody “win at any cost” actually need to ask what they are winning ? I have cited over and over examples since 2010 when republicrats were given majorities in the House, controlled Virginia, literally controlled the State for 4 years—–just what did you folks win ?

    Bob Shannon

    • Steven Brodie Tucker

      Bob, I’ve tried to explain to people that if you have to beg conservatives to vote for your candidate because he’s the lesser of two evils, then you’re already admitting defeat. It happened with Dole, McCain, Romney.


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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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