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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Like I Said

Blogger D.J. McGuire on that which we can learn - or not - from Tuesday's election (in "Myth and reality from the Virginia election,"):
Myth: The Virginia Republicans must move to the center in order to win.

Fact: The Virginia Republicans must return to the economic right in order to win. The Republican Party in Virginia has indeed lost its way, but what it has forgotten is the low-tax, limited-government philosophy that gave its opponents (the Byrd Democrats) near-total domination in Virginia for decades, but then made it competitive when the Dems abandoned the Byrd machine.
Read the whole thing. I don't agree with all of his findings, or with the premise that we "continue to lose." But he's spot-on with most of the post.

The More Things Change ...

I somehow think the person who writes headlines for the Bristol Herald-Courier should get with the person who writes editorials for the Bristol Herald-Courier. A bit of a dispute In today's paper:
After the election, a time for change

In Washington County, this wasn’t a change year after all.

Voters weighed their options and pulled the lever for continuity of leadership in every race – Board of Supervisors, School Board, sheriff, clerk of the court.

The voters have spoken. (link)
I can see them at the water cooler. "It's a time for change!" "No, it's not!" "Yes, it is!"

On Nooses & Those Who Use Them

Looks like I'm not alone in questioning the Columbia University noose-on-the-doorknob story.

From George Leef at the National Review On Line blog:
Re: Doubling Down on Diversity

You might think that the highly educated folks who run our universities would, when confronted with something like the noose episode, first ask whether it is a real threat or just another trick, and then, assuming it isn't dismissed as a trick, whether it represents any real problem on campus.

Of course, nothing like that happens. The incident is immediately taken to be a serious threat and the campus mobilized to fend it off with candle-light vigils, speeches, and yet more emphasis on "diversity."

The situation at Columbia is playing out just the same as the lacrosse case at Duke. (link)
Yes, it is.

Don't Give An Inch

With regard to that gridlock in Richmond that has been much discussed over the last few years, with the conservative-leaning House of Delegates competing with a liberal-leaning Senate, resulting in an inability (some of us consider it a positive thing) to bring about the kind of growth in state revenue and expenditures that said liberals desired, I ask that you consider this: Ignore all the sweeping statements about a sea change, a profound transformation of landscapes, a burgeoning momentum toward more responsible governance, ... blah ... blah ... blah.

In fact, nothing has changed.

The Senate is still liberal. Probably not more so than last session. The House is still conservative. If less so, the degree of change will be microscopic.

Nothing has changed.

Remember that when you read happy talk like this:

Democrats call for conciliation after winning Senate majority
By Michael Sluss, The Roanoke Times

Richmond -- One day after winning control of the state Senate and gaining seats in the House of Delegates, Virginia Democrats called for cooperation rather than conflict when the General Assembly convenes in January.

Tuesday's elections gave Democrats a slim majority in the Senate for the first time since 1995 and provided Gov. Tim Kaine with some needed legislative muscle for the second half of his term. But voters also left Republicans in firm control of the House of Delegates, creating the potential for partisan gridlock that could stymie the governor's initiatives and make compromise difficult. (link)
Efforts now begin (to be exerted by the Democrats, the media, and the already discredited and limp-wristed Republicans in the Senate) to get conservatives in the House to cave to political realities and "cooperate." To "conciliate."

To surrender.

But here's our reply: We welcome conciliation. And compromise. We're willing to see you half way on tax cuts and reductions in the size of our bloated government. On punitive regulations and intrusive mandates. On waste and redundancy. We're willing to be conciliatory to that extent.

Consider us magnanimous in "defeat."

But try to inflict the kind of damage that Mark Warner did on the commonwealth in his short stint in state government, and that the legislature came within a hair's breadth of repeating in the last session, and you and we have problems.

It's up to you. Conciliation? Put our money where your mouth is.

Their Idea Of Conciliation

See it OUR WAY. Do it OUR WAY:

Put an end to political gerrymandering
Roanoke Times editorial

A divided General Assembly presents a chance to unite the parties to draw fairer district boundaries.

Voters in a handful of "competitive" districts held an awesome power that turned Senate leadership over to the Democrats and whittled the Republican majority in the House. The Republican losses should be enough to convince their delegates that the best way to protect the party is to join with Democrats in adopting a nonpartisan method of redistricting. (link)
"You lost." "We won." Join the Democrats. The nonpartisan way to govern.

Keep dreamin'.

To Illustrate The Point

The Roanoke Times editorial staff advises Republicans this morning that the wise thing to do after their crushing defeat in Tuesday's election (by my count, 72 Republicans will be going to Richmond next session, 65 Democrats, ahem) is to ... become Democrats (see above).

Coincidentally, and to illustrate a point, the Roanoke Times loves one particular "Republican." One that is always called upon to trash his party after events like that which took place a few days ago. He's there to oblige:
Sen. Warner blasts Va. GOP
By Peter Hardin, Richmond Times-Dispatch Washington Correspondent

Washington -- Sen. John W. Warner, R-Va. sharply criticized the Virginia GOP yesterday as rigid and intolerant of moderation.

"The rigidity of this outfit is going to keep taking it down until they hit bottom. And I don't know when that will be," Warner said of Tuesday's election results. "And I find it quite distressing." (link)
John Warner. The quintessence of Republican political moderation cowardice.

Yes, how they do love that ... Republican.

Hillary Campaign Off The Rails

Though it may not yet be a train wreck, Hillary's celebrated political machine suddenly finds itself in unfamiliar territory - out of control:

Butt Out, Bubba!
By Geoff Earle, New York Post Correspondent

November 7, 2007 -- Washington - Bill Clinton found himself in an unusual and uncomfortable position yesterday - drawing intense fire from Democratic presidential candidates and a brushback from his wife's own campaign.

Barack Obama and Chris Dodd both took rare shots at the former president for claiming that critics of Hillary's stance on giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants were unfairly trying to "swift boat" her.

The rebukes came after Bill took a swipe at his wife's rivals. He likened recent Democratic attacks against his wife to a "scandalous" 2004 ad by John Kerry's fellow swift boat Vietnam veterans, questioning the candidate's military valor. He also compared the controversy to a 2002 ad that linked former Sen. Max Cleland, who lost three limbs in Vietnam, to Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden.

In a stunning in-house slap at the former president, a senior adviser to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign said the former president's remarks were not part of campaign strategy and were considered counterproductive by her advisers. (

In-house feuding. In-bed feuding. This is more entertaining than had Hillary entered into a mud wrestling contest.