The money quote:
Richmond Republicans are now in the midst of an identity crisis, not unlike the one suffered by their comrades in D.C. And unless conservative primary voters steer the GOP back to its principles, it's only a matter of time before voters in the general election do it for them. Voters have already elected successive Democratic governors and last November, sent U.S. Sen. George Allen, a Republican presidential hopeful, down to defeat. At some point, Republican losses in statewide elections will stop looking like anomalies and more like evidence of growing Democratic strength.Something to ponder:
Jerry Kilgore talked the talk and walked the walk, until he ran for governor, and then, mysteriously decided not to talk the talk any longer, suddenly becoming a moderate on issues that mattered most to Virginia's conservative majority. We are still scratching our heads.
Chichester and Potts got while the gittin' was good and Marty Williams and Brandon Bell were recently pushed out. All over taxes and government spending.
And then there's, by God Jim Gimore. Steadfast. Rock solid. Never wavering. And running for president.
What part of this lesson can't the commonwealth's "conservative" politicians get their arms around?