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As an attorney who has argued many a fanciful idea in the courts of the Commonwealth, I was always encouraged when I found a court case (even from [GASP!] California) that agreed with me.  It always felt better to have several guys or gals in robes agree with me.  Even if they WERE from the Golden State!

Well, I feel GREAT today:  George Will wrote this wonderful op-ed about Libertarian Sarvis in today’s Washington Post.  No it is not an endorsement but it is favorable to Sarvis.  And that will be the same thing to many readers.  For George Will to agree with me is a bit like finding a case written by Judge Benjamin N. Cardozo to cite in court in your favor!

Here’s the headline (which in fairness might not be Will’s original title):

Cuccinelli is far from the best choice for Virginia

Here’s a highlight or two:

Equanimity is his default position and almost his political platform: Why be agitated when your frenzied adversaries are splendidly making your case about the poverty of standard political choices? The Democratic and Republican candidates, Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli, each say that no good can come from electing the other fellow; Sarvis amiably agrees with both.


William Buckley won only 13.4 percent of the 1965 mayoralty vote, but he energized a growing constituency and legitimized the practice of voting outside the confines of traditional political choices. Five years later, the New York Conservative Party’s U.S. Senate candidate — Buckley’s brother Jim — was elected with 38.8 percent of the vote in a three-way race.

Being compared by George Will to my teenage hero (I told you I was a weird kid!) Bill Buckley and then his brother James (who later became a federal appellate judge and I had the honor of meeting at a conservative Catholic church in DC many years ago when I was about Sarvis’ age!) even beats being serenaded on the marquee of a 50s era drive-in in Staunton!  I’m tempted to the sin of envy!

So, may many read George Will and realize what he DID say:  Robert Sarvis is the future of politics in America.

Do what you can for him between now and November 5.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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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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