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Reflections on the 2013 Election, the Last 4 Years and Where We Go From Here

So we are now a week beyond the election of 2013 in Virginia. The emotions and feelings in the Commonwealth are still raw, but the initial shock has subsided and those bitter over the Republican loss have simmered down to just under the boiling point.

I have personally taken a lot of flack from my friends, well, the die hard Republican ones, for my decision to support and endorse Robert Sarvis in this election. How could I, Tom White, a long time Republican activist and one of a small core of the dedicated few that worked tirelessly for the Party over the years endorse a non-Republican?

In 2009 I began a nearly non stop campaign to purge the state of Democrats who I saw as the embodiment of all that is wrong with the state as well as the nation. Democrats have become the party of moochers and freeloaders. They don’t give a damn about what their unsustainable and insatiable quest for others to pay their way has done to the nation. All they care about is which party will promise to give them the most free stuff. And if the wealthy are the source of the loot, so much the better.

Bob McDonnell came in with the message that Fiscal Conservatism and a moral compass would guide the Commonwealth to prosperity and the best way to ensure life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness was by getting the government out of the way.

I thought, “finally somebody gets it!” So the time, travel and personal expense of promoting the Republican ticket as one we could believe in was never a chore. It was a labor of love. And it would make for a better life for my children and grandchildren if we could elect someone who was a true limited government conservative.

And after the inauguration, the work started.

Tim Kaine’s final budget raised taxes and in the aftermath of the strong Republican victory based on a fiscally conservative platform, not a single legislator was willing to vote for a tax increase – not even a Democrat. Tim Kaine’s tax and spend liberalism was rejected 0 – 100 in the House and 0 – 40 in the Senate. And the Democrats whined and cried foul when the Republicans forced them to a Roll Call vote to go on the record as for or against higher taxes.

The entire state legislature got the message. No more tax and spend big government liberals allowed.

And Bob McDonnell managed to balance the budget without the tax increase Tim Kaine wanted. Proof positive that there was enough waste and unnecessary spending and that the government already had enough of our money.

And while Transportation has been a festering problem, McDonnell’s plan to privatize the ABC franchise controlled by the state would, he assured voters, be more than enough to pay for our Transportation needs.

And he audited the Department of Transportation and found a whopping $1.45 Billion that was sitting in various VDOT accounts and nooks and crannies – a sizable chunk to serve as a head start on the funds needed to widen the roads in the ever growing Washington DC bedroom communities in Norther Virginia – a direct effect of Barack Obama’s massive government expansion.

And almost every day it was announced that Virginia had lured another and another private business into the Commonwealth to provide much needed jobs – which would serve to move people off of government assistance and back into the productive sector again.

The message was clear and undeniable. Fiscal Conservativism beats Liberalism every day of the week. There was no need to raise taxes, which was the only answer Tim Kaine could find. But Bob McDonnell proved there was a better way!

And so in 2011, the election gave Virginians the opportunity to move more towards the successes brought by McDonnell and his fiscally Conservative policies.

Of course the Democrats held the majority in the Senate at the time and were in charge of redistricting following the 2010 Census. And they made the best of it drawing lines to protect their majority for at least a decade to come.

But the success of McDonnell in balancing the budget and turning a deficit into a surplus every year inspired Conservatives to work tirelessly to give Bob McDonnell the final piece of the pie – the Senate. And despite the long odds, Republicans ended the day with a 20 – 20 tie in the Senate. The impossible had been achieved.

And most of us anticipated the full force of the free market Conservative policies to come would accelerate the success already achieved and Virginia would rise as the shining example of conservatism and serve as an inspiration to the nation and lead to a rejection of Obama’s far left freeloading policies.

But 2012 was not to be the year we would rid ourselves of the Marxist in the White House. The Republicans nominated the one candidate that negated the strongest point they had against Obama – the failed Obamacare law. Mitt Romney had created Romneycare in Massachusetts and was neutered on the right’s strongest weapon.

And after the 2012 election, at least here in Virginia we were still living the conservative dream. Budget surplus after budget surplus, strong jobs growth and for the citizens here, at least some measure of protection from the irresponsible left wing Democrat moochers hell bent on looting America and mortgaging our children’s children’s future.

And in early 2013 Bob McDonnell lost his freaking mind and proposed the largest tax increase in the history of Virginia. And he used Obama-like deception and lies to sell his tax hike to Virginians. He moved the taxes from the gas pump where we see them every time we fill up to the wholesale level where it is now hidden. And instead of a set “cents per gallon” tax it is now a percentage based on the price of fuel. The net result was higher taxes and higher prices on gas. And all the while, our 3 card Monte dealing governor smiled and pretended there was no tax hike.

And to make matters worse, 42 Republicans – many of whom we worked long and hard to get elected to protect us from the irresponsible tax and spend Democrats – gladly went along with McDonnell’s tax hike. To be sure, McDonnell had to bully, threaten and bribe to be able to call this a bipartisan “Transportation” bill. But the truth is, only 60% actually went to Transportation. The other 40% was just a general tax hike that will grow the government even more.

It was at that point that I realized that I can’t Republicans any more than I can Democrats. If I was OK with a tax hike I would have sat at home and spent time with my family and just let Democrats be elected.

Republicans lost the high ground with McDonnell’s tax hike. But more than that, the Republican Party lost the trust of Conservatives. The truth is, had we all just stayed at home and let Democrat Creigh Deeds win the election in 2009, we would have more than likely seen the Republicans fight a Democrat tax hike tooth and nail. And we wouldn’t have $6 Billion going from the private sector where it does the most good, to the pork infested pockets of McDonnell’s Big Government monstrosity.

And I will admit. There was a time when I believed, as many of my friends still do, that any Republican is better than any Democrat any day of the week. But in reality, both will stab you in the back. And I find it impossible to empower Republicans in the wake of McDonnell’s betrayal. Now the truth is that there are a lot of really good, Conservative Republicans. And I will continue to support and promote them. But as a party, Republicans are on thin ice with me.

Now there are no good Democrats. Let me just state that for the record. Democrats are freeloaders and moochers who will lie, steal and cheat to get and hold power. And while there are some Republicans that fit that bill, Democrats have cornered the divisive and dishonest market.

A friend of mine, Bob Shannon, sent the following to me as a Letter to the Editor. It is hard to find anything I disagree with in his letter. And as we look to 2014 and defeating Democrat Mark Warner in the US Senate, Shannon sums up the lay of the land perfectly. Most of us are willing to get behind a good, honest Conservative and we would like nothing better than to demote Harry Reid to Minority Leader, but Republicans have a lot of ground to make up with Conservatives. After the backstabbing by McDonnell, most of us don’t trust Republicans to be honest with us anymore. And McDonnell is the poster boy for causing Conservatives to say “why bother” if the results are the same no matter the party.

Republicans can win with Conservatives. 2009 proved that. And so far, Conservatives have not won with Republicans. McDonnell proved that. And 2013 proves that Conservatives cannot win without Republicans.

So the formula is simple. If we want to defeat Mark Warner, the only way to do that is to work together.

Bob Shannon’s thoughts:

I  ran  into  a   republican  party  official  Tuesday  night  as  I  was  out  collecting  campaign  signs  and  the  analysis  was  already  underway  as  to  “what  went  wrong”.   Now  mind  you  the  results  were  not  yet  in,  and  at  the  late  hour  of  7  pm  Cuccinelli  had  a  narrow  lead.  This   official  noted  as  I  listened  that  “ had  Bolling  been  the  party   nominee  he  would  have   cleaned  the  floor  with  McAuliffe” . His  assertion  that   Cuccinelli  was  too  conservative  to  win  statewide  office  was  interesting  since  Cuccinelli  had  done  just  that  4  years  ago  ?  Didn’t  we  run  “moderates”  in  the  2008  &  2012  Presidential  elections ?   12  million  fewer  turned  out  last  year  to  vote  and  it  wasn’t  because  they  were  enamored  with  the  job  Obama  is  doing  or  the  moderates  in  the  race.

The  republican  party  of  Virginia  would  like  nothing  more  than  to  use  this  loss  as  an  excuse  to  distance  itself,  and  disarm  the  TEA  Party  movement.  They  have  resisted  as  Rush  Limbaugh  pointed  out  the  push  by  the  TEA  Party  to  cut  government  spending  and  return  to  Constitutional  principles.  As  Mr.  Limbaugh  noted    “  republicans  don’t  really  want  smaller  government,  they  just  want  to  take  turns  running  it”

This  loss  was  predictable  months  ago  when  the  6  billion  tax  increase   passed,  followed  by  McDonnell  getting  his  hand  caught  in  the  Johnnie  Williams  cookie  jar,  then  Cuccinelli  himself  caught  “tasting  the  treats  of  higher  office”.

Perhaps  as  what  occurred  in   1992  when  Ross  Perot  received  18-19%  of  the  popular  vote  the  question  might  be  asked  again.  Why  did  18-19%  of  voters  abandon  George  H.W  Bush  in  that  election  and  go  to  Perot  ?  Why  did  7%  of  voters,  many  who  had  been  Cuccinelli  supporters  themselves  , cross  over  and  support  Sarvis  Tuesday  ?

Keep  raising  taxes  &  expanding  government, keep  your  ties  to  the  crony  capitalist  masters,    and  this  will  be  your  reward.  More  conservatives  are  waking  up  to  what  must  be  done,   that  the  badly  needed  reform  of  the  republican  party  will  indeed  come,  painfully,  with  more  elections  losses,   until  they  recognize  we  won’t  stay  obedient  any  longer  to  party  labels.

4  years  of  republicans  running  State  government.  School  choice,  Illegal  Immigration,  Tax  reform  and  Medicaid  Reform—we  got  nothing.  We  did   get  a  gargantuan  tax  increase  and  new  spending.  Broken  promises  must  carry  a  steep  price .

Many  still  stubbornly   cling  to  the  notion  that  winning  is  a  solution,  when  winning    as  Mr. Limbaugh  pointed  out  is defined  as  “taking   their  turn  running  it ” .  Blame  the  TEA  Party  revolt  if  you  will,  but  don’t  overlook  this  simple  truth.   We  are  the  last  voice  of   real  reform  left  on  the  political  landscape.  We  are  no  longer  interested  in  hollow  victories.  We  distinguish  between  winning  and  actually  accomplishing  something . We  are  not  going  anywhere,  and  rest  assured  we  intend  to  fight.



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.

16 Responses to “Reflections on the 2013 Election, the Last 4 Years and Where We Go From Here”

  1. Joan Blackmon says:

    Tom –
    I appreciate your outrage at the McDonnell transportation bill and his stupidity regarding William’s largesse. However causing Ken Cuccinelli to lose and installing the Obama sycophant McAuliffe by supporting Sarvis did not serve Virginia well. Whatever your reservations about Ken, he would have been a heck of a lot better than McAuliffe. We can’t allow ourselves to play into the Democrats’ hands by letting ourselves be carried away by our emotions.
    Besides there are rumors that the Democrats set Sarvis up to run, knowing that running as a Libertarian, he would drain more votes from Ken than from McAuliffe.
    Our election system has a serious flaw in allowing a candidate to win with less than 50% of the vote. The Dems succeeded in splitting the conservative vote, allowing the liberal to win. That strategy will win every time unless we require a run-off when no candidate gets 50%.

    • Tom White says:

      Joan –

      I wish I was powerful enough to personally change the course of an election. But I am afraid my support for Sarvis was not even a blip in determining the outcome of this one. And like I said, up until McDonnell’s big tax hike I believed the same as you on electing the lesser of two evils. Ken is a good man in a really bad party. And his campaign gave me no reason to think he would do things any different from McDonnell.

      I am sure that Bob McDonnell’s support for a tax increase was a direct result of being a finalist, but not the VP prom date for Mitt Romney. And perhaps he thought if he showed an ability to come to a bipartisan agreement on taxes he would be seen as a more electable moderate.

      But I only see him the 42 Republicans that voted for the tax hike as liars and backstabbers.

      Ken never made the case to me that he would be different. He also moderated his social and fiscal platforms to try to be seen as less “extreme”. Or more moderate, take your pick.

      His $18,000 hand in the cookie jar was the final straw for me. I have reached the point with the Republican Party, especially in Virginia, that I do not trust them at all. And Ken did nothing to turn around that perception. And the more I listened to the new, moderate iteration of Cuccinelli the more I heard echos of McDonnell and the RINO wing of the party. Cuccinelli actually convinced me that he moved to the left (center) and would govern as a moderate. And I believe he is a man of his word and would have, indeed, governed more to the left.

      Republicans have let me down. And because of that they lost my “automatic” support. They now must earn it. And Ken Cuccinelli failed to close the deal with me.

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    • Josh McCullough says:

      Well, I’m pretty sure Tom didn’t vote for McAuliffe. I didn’t either, I voted for Sarvis.

      As you said “Ken, he would have been a heck of a lot better than McAuliffe” – well take it one step farther – “Sarvis would have been a heck of a lot better than Cuccinelli”.

      Funny that even after the election people (e.g. you) are still trying to say that Sarvis was put-up by “the Democrats”. I assume you’re referring to the “Obama bundler” BS that arose a week before the election. Well, do some more research into that and you’ll find that sometimes donors support Party A in one election, Party B in another, and maybe even Party C in a third.

  2. Gene Lefty says:

    Every time the Republicans lose or do not get their way, a rule change is required, or they say the Dems cheated.

    Why don’t you man or women up, we do not want to be Limbauistic Corporate Puppets? We to not want to be Becktized.

    1) You want to export our jobs,
    2) You want to do everything you can to destroy the middle class lifestyle. Example, fix SS when it isn’t broken.
    3) You say a lot about the Kaine budget, how about backing it up with facts instead of lies?
    4) You will not give up on Corporate tax breaks for companies that invest in Communist Countries by giving tax breaks for them to move and build factories there!

    You have nothing to offer the American people with the exception of destruction, lies, and hatred.

    You could not beat McAuliffe. And now you think you can beat the good Senator Warner? Who you going to run? Jackson? Cuccinneli? Obenshame? How about a freshly released convict? Who is the next Tea Party Sweethart going to be?

    Mr. White, how can you even claim to be a Republican? Did you endorse a faux Libertarian? Or, do you now want to lie about that also? Oh, you think “they” are going to forget about your switch?

  3. Dr. Don C. says:

    I’ve read it here before and bears repeating after reading Gene Lefty’s incomprehensible nonsense………”All you need to know about Gene Lefty is that he fully supports ” I strongly suspect he is heavily subsidzied by the gov’t in some form or fashion b/c anyone like him that can so blindly overlook and seemingly support the massive waste, fraud, and abuse taking place is just mindboggling! What a mess our government run schools have created, huh?



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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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