Having done that, I'll not go there again.
But what I will do is challenge one of the assertions made in that editorial regarding my favorite delegate in all of Richmond, Annie B. Crockett-Stark. That being:
Crockett-Stark has toed the party line and continues to defend egregious legislation such as the transportation bill.Tsk. Tsk. "Loyalty" raises its ugly head. Must be something bad.
Crockett-Stark is an entrenched loyalist with a majority party that has proved itself incapable ...
Whether it is or not, I was reminded of some work that fellow blogger Waldo Jacquith had performed not long ago on this very subject - party loyalty.
May I refer you to an analysis ** he did of the General Assembly's membership - by party - as it relates to "toeing the party line." Here's Jaquith:
I’ve been working on metrics by which to measure the ideological positions of members of the General Assembly for Richmond Sunlight. Over the past few weeks I’ve been working on a ranking metric to determine how closely that legislators hew to the party line in their voting behavior.So where does Anne B. Crockett-Stark rank, according to Waldo? On a scale from -3 to 100 (with Republican Majority Leader Morgan Griffith sitting at 100), she racks up a 7.
To Griffith's slash-and-burn reactionary neanderthal McCarthyite one hundred.
A mindless tool of the politburo of the central committee if there ever was one.
Want a do-over, Roanoke Times people?
** While I have profound disagreements as to Jaquith's methodology, his efforts are appreciated. I sure don't have time to do such things. Thanks, Waldo.