Can Virginia Republicans Find 500,000 Votes?

by Shaun Kenney

Back in November 2019, the Commonwealth of Kentucky was well on its way to being a blue state. That is, until the state’s Republican leadership saw the trend and decided to do something about it. Aided by terrible Biden numbers, Kentucky’s GOP reversed the decline in short order:

If you’re like myself, the palpable groan about seducing moderates and independents into the Virginia GOP becomes audible. Yet that is the old way of doing voter outreach. Today’s Virginia is more transient than ever, with military families and highly educated suburban families — particularly immigrant communities who share our traditional values — migrating into places such as Northern Virginia and Richmond.

To make matters even more digestible, it may shock many a reader to find out that evangelical Protestants and pew-sitting Catholics simply do not vote in similar numbers to our more secular “nones” and liberal friends — politics being a sordid and nasty thing.

So there are three constituencies where Virginia Republicans stand to gain:

1. Rural and suburban Christians.
2. African-American voters.
3. NOVA and Richmond immigrant communities.

I mean — it would be just perfect if Virginia Republicans elected three statewide candidates who just happen to have inroads to all three, right?

Weird, right?

To make matters slightly more complicated for our Democratic friends, the turn toward the politics of the failed and truly weird — transgenderism, Critical Race Theory, correct pronouns, erasing history, mediocre public schooling — is creating a crisis of masculinity on the left where making your bed is somehow a form of so-called white supremacy (sic):

As they approach elections with razor-thin margins, what are Democrats to do? Recruit candidates who fit traditional stereotypes of manhood? Confront Republican arguments head-on with alternative takes on crime, guns, transgender rights and a vision of masculinity that intersects with all of these issues? Or just do nothing and hope voters are turned off by GOP rhetoric that they see as toxic or discriminatory?

Of course, for every Jordan Peterson — and I still don’t quite understand the leftist hatred for the man whose advice begins with little more than “make your bed in the morning” and “take a shower” — there is an Andrew Tate out there making a damn fool of themselves (ask your sons and grandsons).

Yet if 2017 was the revolution of the liberal suburban mom, then 2023 is shaping up to be the restoration of the conservative suburban dad who is more than a little tired of being told that his daughters should be put at risk and whose sons are told that every expression of manhood is either racism or requires medication.

Neat Trick? We Don’t Need 500,000 (Yet)

So, can Virginia Republicans find half a million latent conservatives in Virginia willing to say no to crazy? In a few months?

Perhaps not that many, but we may not need all that right now.

Virginia House Republicans are targeting as many as 12 House of Delegates seats on their march to victory, with six as eminently winnable and another six as — if the election were held today — winnable if we fight for them. Meanwhile on the Virginia Senate side, there are six contestable and winnable seats on target.

Should the present environment continue and should Biden’s approval ratings continue to hover around 40%?

Republicans should expect a 59-41 majority in the House of Delegates and a 22-18 majority in the Virginia Senate.

That’s math.

Now on the Virginia Senate side, we could pick up one additional seat. On the House of Delegates side, we might pick up an additional two.

But the Democrats are in deep trouble despite the brave faces and half-packed rooms.

By hanging their hat on abortion — where Virginia Democrats cheered whoever celebrated the tallest stack of dead babies — is having a boomerang effect in the general where partial (or post?) birth abortion is decidedly frowned upon by the vast majority of Virginians. Public trust in the US Supreme Court as an institution is back to where it was in January 2021, which means hopes for a 2022 climate in Virginia simply aren’t panning out.

Yet the Virginia Democrats simply cannot decouple themselves from their pro-abortion and transgender advocates — and it is costing them votes in households where education, job creation, and transportation remain key issues. Caring about whether your six-year-old daughter is forced to watch Drag Queen Story Hour as somehow being a tool of “white supremacy” rings awfully hollow among immigrant and African-American communities.

The paternalistic screeching that has replaced argument on the left doesn’t make that dynamic any better. When men dressed as prostitutes feel entitled to read to my kids — and what’s more, force the question? People are going to have something to say about that.

Ever since 2006, Virginia Democrats have enjoyed three advantages over Virginia Republicans:

1. A media ecosystem — legacy and digital — willing to repeat their narrative without question or introspection.
2. Voter harvesting fueled by labor unions willing to charge into established institutions and gather votes.
3. Long tail fundraising and data-driven campaigning.

The dirty secret?

Democrats tend to be far more results-oriented and free market than Republicans when it comes to campaigning. Republicans to this day continue to look for major donors, while Democrats look to their ecosystem to drive out small dollar donations in order to attract major donors (see: Youngkin, Trump, Wynn, Theil, Musk).

To make matters worse? Virginia Republicans in the past have been deathly afraid of building an infrastructure only to see it surrender into the hands of their internal enemies. Unlike most state parties, the Virginia GOP is one of the few actually led by the grassroots rather than the elected officials themselves. A good thing — but it makes things complicated internally and historically going all the way back to the Readjuster-turned-Republican William Mahone and the foundation of the Virginia Republican Party.

The result is that Republicans constantly end up reinventing the wheel.

Sure, we have tools, but we never developed the interior discipline to build good systems in the same way the Democrats do. Ergo, we rely on “silver bullet” campaign tactics — a good debate exchange, a mean tweet, an event overseas — rather than the hard work of feeding and maintaining infrastructure.

With this new effort from the House and Senate Republicans, maybe the lesson is finally being learned. With the new rules passed by the Northam-controlled General Assembly, every church now becomes a ballot harvester. Secured voting means that Republicans can get those vote totals in early.

How far back are Republicans? From the helpful people at VPAP:

That’s not quite four touchdowns in the 4th quarter back, but it is pretty far back to rely entirely on how the media environment looks like on the first Tuesday in November.

Something else to consider in this as well. Early voting means that the impact of “gotcha” politics that can swing an electorate erodes. Does it mean the end of negative and nasty campaigning? Not hardly — it simply takes an October surprise and turns it into an August narrative. Yet it does take the sting out of the bee, so to speak, in favor of the slow-working corrosion of the public square.

Caveat lector, my friends.

In the meantime, Virginia Republicans should look on this effort with something close to extreme confidence bordering on elation. Finally, we are taking this seriously enough to win elections. Kentucky has proven it can be done. Virginia most certainly has the resources. If the stakes are between normal and crazy, and if political technology that will survive an election cycle is finally starting to coalesce, then 2023 is looking awfully good for Republicans, folks.

To the benefit of someone looking to run statewide in 2024 — right?

Shaun Kenney is the editor of The Republican Standard, former chairman of the Board of Supervisors for Fluvanna County, and a former executive director of the Republican Party of Virginia. Republished with permission.


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96 responses to “Can Virginia Republicans Find 500,000 Votes?”

  1. Virginia Gentleman Avatar
    Virginia Gentleman

    Is this blog a Republican only blog now? The use of “we” and “our” throughout would suggest so. But, being a Democrat in Virginia, I certainly love the thinking of this author. Keep doubling down on pro-life and “masculinity” as political themes. Take that Fluvanna thinking statewide. I like “our” chances with that type of strategy.

    1. WayneS Avatar

      Is this blog a Republican only blog now? The use of “we” and “our” throughout would suggest so.

      The article was “Republished with permission” which indicates that BR was probably not the target audience for the article when it was written.

    2. Turbocohen Avatar
      Turbocohen

      It doesn’t call for violence in the streets too.. It might not be Democrat Only. Go be patriotic, dare ya. Crazy concept, I know.

  2. WayneS Avatar

    Can Virginia Republicans Find 500,000 Votes?

    I don’t think I can help with that. I have looked high and low on my property, and I even searched the most remote and neglected corners of my garage and shed, but I am fresh out of republicans.

    1. Matt Adams Avatar
      Matt Adams

      I’m sure they are with the 10 mm, just can’t seem to find it.

      1. WayneS Avatar

        Exactly,

      2. how_it_works Avatar
        how_it_works

        I know exactly where my 10mm is and there aren’t 500,000 votes with it.

        1. WayneS Avatar

          I assumed he was talking about my missing 10 mm Snap-On combination wrench.

          But now that I think about it, how could he have known I had misplaced a wrench?

          😉

        2. WayneS Avatar

          I assumed he was talking about my missing 10 mm Snap-On combination wrench.

          But now that I think about it, how could he have known I had misplaced a wrench?

          😉

          1. how_it_works Avatar
            how_it_works

            If a wrench or socket is going to go missing..it’s almost always going to be the 10mm one.

            Nobody knows why.

          2. WayneS Avatar

            True.

            Also, every time I replace a lost tool, I find the missing one within a week.

            This has happened to me so many times that I think there must be some kind of natural law working there.

          3. how_it_works Avatar
            how_it_works

            I once found a screwdriver that went missing…inside the customer’s computer where someone (maybe me?) left it. This was over 25 years ago.

          4. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            Not only did it fix the computer, it ran faster.

          5. Dick Hall-Sizemore Avatar
            Dick Hall-Sizemore

            I have found that to be so true that I no longer get upset when something is missing. I just assume that it will eventually turn up and it does.

          6. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            Check the refrigerator first.

          7. Lefty665 Avatar
            Lefty665

            That happens to me especially with screw drivers. The upside is that I’ve now got a nice collection.

            Funny that the slightly more compact .4 inch wrenches never go missing.

          8. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            I do. Because the 10mm will allow you to think it’s a 7/16.

            Then, it strips the points and you have to resort to the Vise-Grips

          9. how_it_works Avatar
            how_it_works

            I’d like to slap whomever at Lenovo thought that using T6 torx screws for the laptop’s bottom cover was a good idea. They’re VERY easy to strip. Almost didn’t get one back out after I put it back together after I forgot to reconnect the internal battery after adding an SSD. Then they want to charge $10 a piece for replacements, got a whole set of screws for this laptop on Ebay for $10.

          10. WayneS Avatar

            Sometimes I have had success using Allen-wrenches to turn torx screws with stripped splines.

          11. how_it_works Avatar
            how_it_works

            I’ve done that in the past. Worth noting that the more expensive Thinkpad line from Lenovo uses regular Phillips screws.

          12. Lefty665 Avatar
            Lefty665

            Torx screws are not cheaper than Phillips head. They do stick on the drivers better. Most notebooks never come apart, they go in the dumpster unmolested.

          13. how_it_works Avatar
            how_it_works

            The Phillips head screws that Lenovo uses in the Thinkpad line are “captive” with the bottom cover so they have some sort of washer on them which keeps them from falling out when you remove the cover. They’re also physically larger. Seems like they intended for the Thinkpad line to be easily disassembled for repair/upgrade while the cheaper Ideapad line (which uses the Torx) isn’t.

          14. Lefty665 Avatar
            Lefty665

            Most notebooks never come apart, they go in the dumpster unmolested.

          15. how_it_works Avatar
            how_it_works

            The Thinkpad line is built to have a longer lifecycle; it’s a “commercial grade” laptop. As such it would be expected to be easier to repair and upgrade than a “consumer grade” laptop like the Ideapad, which isn’t designed to last as long.

            My Thinkpad T480 was almost 5 years old when my employer recently replaced it with a new one. They offered me the chance to buy it from them and I did. I upgraded it to 64GB of RAM and a 2TB SSD. It’s running Windows 11 Pro, fully licensed and legal.

            I really do wonder if the Ideapad will be in one piece in 4 years. Had the HP I had prior to the Ideapad not cracked apart like it did (really cheap plastic), I wouldn’t have gotten the Ideapad and I’d have nursed the HP along for another year, then replaced it with the Thinkpad T480 (which, even with the upgrades, still cost nearly $200 less than the 12GB RAM (non upgradeable), 512GB SSD Ideapad).

          16. Lefty665 Avatar
            Lefty665

            While the process has changed Moore’s Law still operates. 2x performance every year and a half. 4:1 performance every 3 years makes everything that has gone before obsolete. It has been that way for the last 50 years and it still is.

            The question is why you were of so little value to your employer that he dissed you by letting you sit with obsolescent gear until almost 5 years, approaching 8x obsolete. Hope the purchase price they offered you was $1. It had been fully depreciated for years and had $0 value to them. In fact they saved money by not paying the dumpster fee for getting shed of it.

            I too refurb old stuff that is still stable. These things will do fine for light duty tasks like browsing, word processing and spreadsheets if you throw cpu, memory and SSDs at them. They get sketchy if you don’t upgrade the cpu, especially notebooks that are horsepower limited from the get go.

            Personally I value my data and will not hand over control via the encryption and security stuff Win 11 requires. YMMV. I’ve got several years (another complete hardware obsolete cycle) before Win 10 croaks to decide what to do about that. I’m on a refurb Linux machine for this posting and find it perfectly adequate for the task.

            It’s a Ryzen 2700x cpu, 16gb ram and .5tb ssd. It will not be refurbed again, it will go in the dumpster and Ryzen 5800 series stuff (currently close to one generation back) will get the refurb. SSDs are on the way out, M3 is current technology, faster, smaller, less power and cheap. I pay for my own equipment for its entire life cycle.

            I have never judged equipment by what kind of screws the mfr uses to hold the box together. Sometimes they use inconvenient fasteners to keep unskilled meddlers (not you) from getting in and screwing things up. Techs who routinely work on them get pretty quick at getting them apart and putting them back together so they come apart easy if they have to go in again (see my comment above about not over tightening screws). They also tend to fire ’em up to make sure they work before screwing the box back together.

          17. how_it_works Avatar
            how_it_works

            The Ideapad I have has a CPU that benchmarks roughly twice as fast as the T480. Moore’s law actually is starting to slow down, from what I’ve read. It’s taking longer now to double performance than it has in years past.

            The residual value on the T480 is still about $220 (most large companies lease their equipment and have done so for the last 20 years at least; 3 year leases were common in the early 2000s), and that’s what they go for (look them up). That’s for one that may be in rough shape. Since mine is in good condition with very little wear, I jumped at the opportunity to buy it from my employer at that price. I expect that the reason they waited to replace the machine is due to the supply chain shortages due to COVID-19. You might say that those are no longer an issue but there’s still a backlog that they had to work through, and people with older machines than mine got priority (as it should be).

            I disabled the drive encryption on Windows 11, the Ideapad had it enabled and the T480 when reinstalled with the factory image did not. It was quite easy to disable on the Ideapad.

            Windows 10 is eol next October as I recall

            What is “M3”? I have never heard of it and a Google search turned up nothing. Are you referring to M.2 NVME vs SATA? There’s also an M.3 SSD standard but that is intended for servers and won’t be seen in laptops, from what I saw.

            Firing up a laptop with the cover off means setting it down with the components exposed. That seems like asking for trouble.

          18. Lefty665 Avatar
            Lefty665

            A donkey is twice as fast as an ox, so it’s all relative. We’re no longer getting performance strictly out of component (transistor) doubling, but the rate of performance change from a variety of improvements continues.

            It does not take a lot of horsepower to run a browser and common office apps. You’ll get more bog out of accumulated bloat that a fresh OS install will cure… for awhile.

            Whether purchased and depreciated or leased and expensed your employer’s cost was $0 at 3 years. That they dragged it out to 5 years then sold it to you and made money on it is a message.

            Yeah bank your data on Microsoft’s policies on encryption and security they control on their, not your, OS. They never expire or mandate changes with updates, cough, cough. Don’t believe I’ll risk that with my data. YMMV.

            Win 10 end of support is 10/14/25, 2 years and 3 months. Still a ways off. Linux is looking better every day.

            M2 indeed, sorry for my typo.

            SSDs are on the way down the chute after rotating drives. The interface is not as fast and the M2s are smaller and cheaper too. But you need the mobo connector to take advantage of that bandwidth. Older mobos are obsolete for that reason and cpu compatibility even if they’ll take more memory (but not fast memory).

            Set the cover in place, run the machine to make sure you didn’t screw anything up, then put the screws in (gently). It’s a sequence issue. It ain’t rocket science, but it’s where this conversation started.

          19. how_it_works Avatar
            how_it_works

            My understanding is that when the lease ends, you either return it or you pay the residual value, because that unit still has that value and it can be sold for that value. Just because something is “off lease” does not mean it’s value is zero and the lease contracts are written with that in mind. (Is there EVER a reason to lease something when the residual value is expected to be zero? There would be no cost savings over buying it outright..)

            So my employer had the option of returning that laptop to the lessor (who would turn around and sell it) or selling it to me and paying the lessor that amount. I paid a little less than fair market value for the laptop, especially given it’s good condition. Would I expect my employer to give it to me for free? No. The unit clearly still has value. (That it can run Windows 11 probably accounts for some of it’s value…)

            Not worried about Windows 11 suddenly deciding to encrypt my drive.

            M.2 NVME drives are still SSDs. There are M.2 NVME SSDs, M.2 SATA SSDs, and 2.5″ SATA SSDs. All are considered SSDs. (There are probably also 2.5″ SAS SSDs intended for servers.) The M.2 SATA SSDs look similar to M.2 NVME SDDs. The keying is different on the connector, though. A given M.2 slot may only support the NVME version, the SATA version, or it may support both. I added a 1TB 2.5″ SATA SSD to the Ideapad, which came with a 512GB M.2 NVME SSD, so now it has two drives. The T480, I replaced it’s 256GB M.2 NVME SSD with a 2TB M.2 NVME SSD.

          20. Lefty665 Avatar
            Lefty665

            Your employer milked 2 more years after lease out of the machine you were using for free by charging you for it. That’s a message, even if you don’t want to hear it.

            I’m not going to waste much space explaining equipment leases to you. Short version is the advantages to the lessee include cash flow, expensing the lease cost monthly and swapping it for new equipment at lease end.

            An M2 drive certainly is a solid state device. It is not a rotating drive. To confuse it with a SATA device is a mistake. The interface, performance and form factors are profoundly different. Wiggling words to blur the difference is nonsense.

            Have a nice day, and next time don’t crank down on those screws so hard you strip the heads then try to blame it on the mfr.

          21. how_it_works Avatar
            how_it_works

            2 Types of M.2 SSDs: SATA and NVMe
            https://www.kingston.com/en/blog/pc-performance/two-types-m2-vs-ssd

          22. how_it_works Avatar
            how_it_works

            M.2 is a form factor. SATA is an interface. SSD is a type of drive.

            They are really 3 different things.

            I do this work for a living, by the way.

          23. Lefty665 Avatar
            Lefty665

            Thanks for letting us know.

          24. how_it_works Avatar
            how_it_works

            You’re welcome. I sent you a helpful link that explains some of what I briefly, and apparently, unsuccessfully, tried to explain.

          25. Lefty665 Avatar
            Lefty665

            You failed to understand that your unsuccess was that your explanation was both unneeded and defensive. Several of the rest of us have been in the IT business possibly since before you were born.

            Glad you’ve learned how to turn a screw driver without stripping the screw heads. Getting into and out of the box uneventfully are the first steps in being a techie. Those and not leaving tools in the box are basic tech “skills”.

            Have a nice day, it is long past time to stop polluting BR with this conversation.

          26. how_it_works Avatar
            how_it_works

            Defensive? You confused “M.2” and “M3” and you think that there’s a difference between “M.2” and “SSD”.

            You have a nice day too, in the future I won’t waste any time on discussions with you.

          27. Lefty665 Avatar
            Lefty665

            Nonsense. Please note I apologized for my typo. I did not try to blame the keyboard.

            None of this conversation improves the quality of life here on BR.

          28. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            But, if the Allen strips it then you’re in the deep darks.

          29. WayneS Avatar

            Yep.

            It does not work so well for tiny screws, but I have also had some luck using a Dremel tool with a thin cutting wheel to cut a groove into the top of the screw head and then using a straight blade screwdriver.

            If that fails then it’s “off with their head”.

          30. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            My last resort for set screws with torx or hex keys is #2 pencil. That cedar wood will fill the gaps and *might* work.

            Then, it’s Red Queen.

          31. WayneS Avatar

            That’s not a bad idea. I’ll try the next time I’m battling a messed up torx.

          32. Lefty665 Avatar
            Lefty665

            There is an art to tightening computer screws so they are firm but not stuck tight. Guy I learned computer maintenance from was an artist that way.

          33. how_it_works Avatar
            how_it_works

            T6 screws are very very tiny and the normal amount of torque you might use for a 6/32 or M3x0.5 screw is too much. The use of a T6 head instead of Phillips is also a problem.

          34. Lefty665 Avatar
            Lefty665

            Have you learned not to apply “too much torque” to those screws?

            My first wife used to say “Experience gives the test before the lesson.” It was usually at times I was not terribly appreciative.

          35. how_it_works Avatar
            how_it_works

            It’s a fine line between applying “too much torque” and “not enough torque” so that the screws start backing out. Given enough time, I’ve had that happen with laptops before, even if the screws haven’t been removed since it left the factory.

          36. Lefty665 Avatar
            Lefty665

            Exactly.

            Have you learned not to apply “too much torque” to those screws?

          37. how_it_works Avatar
            how_it_works

            Probably.

          38. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            Do what I do when I see a torx. Grab the Dremmel, grind off the heads, and remove the cover. This will leave enough screw left to get the Vice-Grips on them.

            Replace with Phillips.

          39. how_it_works Avatar
            how_it_works

            If I could find a Phillips replacement for these tiny screws I would.

          40. Matt Adams Avatar
            Matt Adams

            I’ve only ever assumed it’s Natural Law.

          41. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            Snap-On? Oh, snap. Never mind.

          42. Matt Adams Avatar
            Matt Adams

            Clairvoyant in terms of all alloyed constructed tools 🙂

          43. WayneS Avatar

            Clairvoyant in terms of all alloyed constructed tools 🙂

            What a strange, and mostly useless, superpower. Who did you piss off?

          44. Matt Adams Avatar
            Matt Adams

            Our Lord and Savior the Nickle Cadmium God. We all have our crosses to bear, mine just comes in 6 or 12 pt.

          45. Lefty665 Avatar
            Lefty665

            Ever wonder why ni-cad comes in both wrenches and batteries?

  3. how_it_works Avatar
    how_it_works

    I’d start with seeing if they can find their butt with two hands.

  4. Nancy Naive Avatar
    Nancy Naive

    Would they have been so successful if Brad Raffensperger was the Kentucky Secretary of State? Apparently, a phone call might be all it takes…

  5. walter smith Avatar
    walter smith

    Nobody wants to be called names, but I don’t care. We need to get serious that only live, registered citizens vote, and that it is that person’s vote. NoVa is highly transient. So are all the college towns. Then you have the watering down of IDs and voter signature, etc. Ridiculous, and the fact that the Dems resist any attempts at transparency…they know they cheat. The question is how much?
    When a fiduciary has allegations of malfeasance, if the fiduciary does not immediately open the books, the fiduciary is stealing from you.

    1. how_it_works Avatar
      how_it_works

      “NoVa is highly transient.”

      People tend to leave when they figure out that the juice ain’t worth the squeeze.

      1. walter smith Avatar
        walter smith

        Yeah…but the grift flowing from DC is so $$$$

        1. how_it_works Avatar
          how_it_works

          It’s why you need to spend $500K to find a house that isn’t in a complete dump of a neighborhood. All that money just drives up the cost of living in NoVA.

          1. walter smith Avatar
            walter smith

            Crazier even than right here in River City!

          2. how_it_works Avatar
            how_it_works

            If I can sell my house for anywhere near what Zillow claims it’s worth….I can buy a comparable house in flyover country and walk away with money.

          3. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            Retired, and the most influential person within 25 miles.

          4. how_it_works Avatar
            how_it_works

            I’d like to move out of here long before I retire. The list of reasons to leave is becoming longer than the list of reasons to stay.

          5. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            Way back, I almost took a job at Center of Naval Analysis. They offered some big bucks relative to what a local company offered. I took time and calculated CoL and housing. The local company sweetened the deal, and that was that. Best decision ever.

          6. how_it_works Avatar
            how_it_works

            It’s all about the COL. Many people, I think, just see that high salary and don’t think about why it might need to be that higher or maybe should be even higher.

          7. how_it_works Avatar
            how_it_works

            To clarify, I’m talking about people who may not think about how the COL differs from where they are now and where the job is. I’m sure companies count on that. As I tell anyone who thinks about moving to NoVA…make sure you’re getting paid enough that you don’t have to live in Manassas, let alone Fredericksburg.

          8. Lefty665 Avatar
            Lefty665

            Perhaps wages are higher for people with skills?

            Does your boss know you spend your days hanging out on BR complaining about the cost of living? Would your value to your employer be higher if you were actually, perish the thought, working?

    2. Virginia Gentleman Avatar
      Virginia Gentleman

      Oh Geez – the Pillow Guy, Kerri Lake, Trump, and Rudy — all have been discredited, kicked out of courtrooms, and told to go away on this subject, but yet here we go again.

      1. walter smith Avatar
        walter smith

        As usual, trying to deflect a serious conversation because you know cheating occurs, and to D benefit.
        How come, everybody knew about “the Chicago way?” Dead voting? Landslide Lyndon?
        How come everybody had heard the term “the casting couch” only to find it was far worse?

        Let’s try this – is cheating acceptable?
        (Dem response – it doesn’t change outcomes)
        What if it changes outcomes?
        (That never happens! Unless we lose and we will gin up a Special prosecutor with Trumped up FBI falsities and spend $40 million to hamstring Trump and throw others in jail for process crimes, while we commit real crimes and laugh at you. Cocaine in the White House? A mystery)

        Why, after the Carter Baker report saying vote by mail was the worst have the Ds fully endorsed it?
        You know the answer. I know the answer. Ridicule away. You are wrong.
        You guys were so sure you had 2016 in the bag. Your media buds promoted Trump and Shrillary was gonna be coronated. So confident, you didn’t pre-arrange the cheat. That is why the networks waited until 3 in the morning to declare what seemed obvious – “Nobody? Can’t find or create the votes needed?” And that is why the Commies went particularly crazy – instead of 3 more brain dead idiots on the Supreme Court and 6-3 destruction of the Constitution, it lives…but not by enough. The website designer and the affirmative action cases should have been 9-0 if someone actually bothered to read the Constitution.

        1. Virginia Gentleman Avatar
          Virginia Gentleman

          From the Trump Voter Fraud Commission that was disbanded during the Trump Administration-

          In a letter to Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who are both Republicans and led the commission, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said the documents show there was a “pre-ordained outcome” and that drafts of a commission report included a section on evidence of voter fraud that was “glaringly empty.”

          “It’s calling into the darkness, looking for voter fraud,” Dunlap told The Associated Press. “There’s no real evidence of it anywhere.”

          1. walter smith Avatar
            walter smith

            Oh…ok…the Dem from Maine says this, so it is PROOF! As I recall, the Commission was disbanded because the cheater States refused to cooperate, and then got even better at cheating. I like the ballot printing malfunctions in Arizona on Election Day…94% in Pubbie districts. Just a coincidence!

          2. Virginia Gentleman Avatar
            Virginia Gentleman

            Oh you mean the cheater states with Republican Governors like Georgia and Nevada? Republicans refusing to cooperate w a Republican President? Oh that makes sense

          3. Dick Hall-Sizemore Avatar
            Dick Hall-Sizemore

            Don’t forget Arizona. It had a Republican governor then, too.

          4. walter smith Avatar
            walter smith

            A McCain-ite Uniparty RINO. The Maricopa – allegedly Republican – election officials participated in PACs opposing Trump/Lake/election integrity. And isn’t it strange how the printer malfunctions with wrong size paper didn’t occur during all the early voting? Just on election day.

            Seriously, I know the cheating benefits Dems and you guys don’t want to admit it, but if you don’t agree to real transparency and fairness, it can only get worse. Fetterman legitimately beat Dr Oz? Sorry, there are not that many stupid people in PA. There are enough Dem operatives to gather up all the Willy Wonka golden tickets mailed out willy-nilly to make it seem like a brain damaged do and know nothing Shrek beat a real accomplished functional human being.
            Ever notice how in the days and days following “election day” the “votes” keep coming in until the Dem wins, like in Nevada? Or any other State that has gone to mail in?
            They are compromised. Why the Left refuses to look…

          5. walter smith Avatar
            walter smith

            It would be nice if you actually knew what you were talking about. But you get spoon-fed the narrative and mindlessly burp it up.
            The Republican leaders of the Commission gave it up because of the refusal to cooperate from the other States, including States in Rino control, like GA. I’m sure you watched 2000 Mules, right? (VA Gent runs to Commie Liar style book and replies – that was all geo-fencing and not legit and don’t talk about how the geofencing (which we don’t believe) also shows that the Mules were at a Stacy Abrams Get out the (illegal) Vote place before doing the illegal ballot harvest drops).
            Oh, so geofencing doesn’t work? The you will release all the J6 arrestees?
            Did you notice that when the Commie Media refers to Ray Epps being arrested it is no longer an “insurrection?” It’s an “uprising” or a “riot.”

      2. Eric the half a troll Avatar
        Eric the half a troll

        Election denial – is that an official Jefferson Council position these days…?

        1. Virginia Gentleman Avatar
          Virginia Gentleman

          I hope not but sadly it appears so for some of their leadership.

    3. Nancy Naive Avatar
      Nancy Naive

      Name calling? For Republicans? Meddlesome busybodies comes immediately to mind.

      1. walter smith Avatar
        walter smith

        Evil lying hypocrites comes to mind for CommieDems…

  6. Moderate Avatar
    Moderate

    For me, this goes way too far and is an example of the kinds of communications that are poisoning our civil society. Three over the top examples:

    “… restoration of the conservative suburban dad who is more than a little tired of being told that their daughters should be put at risk and whose sons are told that every expression of manhood either is racism or requires medication.”
    HUH? Maybe there is someone who’s challenged what some might consider expression of manhood, but no way it’s the typical experience! And every expression of masculinity? HUH?

    “By hanging their hat on abortion — where Virginia Democrats cheered whoever celebrated the tallest stack of dead babies —” I’ve NEVER seen of heard of anyone cheering stacks of dead babies, much less competing about the height! Considering such is offensive.

    “When men dressed as prostitutes feel entitled to read to my kids — and what’s more, force the question?” WHAT???

    Please no more of this.

    1. WayneS Avatar

      Are you equally horrified with leftists’/democrats’ over-the-top claim that anyone who opposes abortion does so because they hate women and/or want to punish them for having sex?

    2. WayneS Avatar

      Are you equally horrified with leftists’/democrats’ over-the-top claim that anyone who opposes abortion does so because they hate women and/or want to punish them for having sex?

      1. Nancy Naive Avatar
        Nancy Naive

        Some do. We eliminated small pox, malaria, Yellow fever, and polio. You don’t think we could we couldn’t have done the same with the clap?

      2. Virginia Gentleman Avatar
        Virginia Gentleman

        Yes.

      3. Dick Hall-Sizemore Avatar
        Dick Hall-Sizemore

        Who has made such a claim? I have never heard it.

        1. WayneS Avatar

          The New York Times and its contributors, CNN, many others. All it takes is a quick search to find many people making that claim – and I would bet none of them are conservatives. Here are three links:

          https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/02/opinion/abortion-ban-sex.html

          https://newrepublic.com/article/153942/criminalization-womens-bodies-conservative-male-power

          https://www.msnbc.com/the-reidout/reidout-blog/republicans-sex-education-contraception-abortion-rcna39832

          There are, literally,

          1. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            Bought some Cirrus. We’ll see the next time the war department makes her “tiny tini”. If there’s a knock at your door in the middle of the night, don’t answer it! She can be mean.

            BTW, coming back from the ABC pulled up behind a car with a Virginia vanity plate; Purple Heart on the left, handicapped wheelie on the right, and “BLWNUP” in between. Hard not to smile a little at his sense of humor until you realize that he can have 7 letters. That means someone else has “BLOWNUP” and “BLOWDUP” too.

          2. WayneS Avatar

            Wow. I sure hope she likes it. I hate waking up to an a$$-kicking…

  7. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
    James Wyatt Whitehead

    500,000 votes? Your local John Deere can easily assist with that.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3cd133726a5fad7c14ec2b5765e36ca4cf773b5d925007d089c748e132f8dda3.jpg

  8. Nancy Naive Avatar
    Nancy Naive

    Caveat somniorum is more like it.

  9. Dick Hall-Sizemore Avatar
    Dick Hall-Sizemore

    Note that Shaun Kenney says that we have “secured voting”.

  10. Nancy Naive Avatar
    Nancy Naive

    White Power… no, really. Ask any physicist/engineer about the value of a thermal difference in power generation.

    https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2021/Q2/the-whitest-paint-is-here-and-its-the-coolest.-literally..html

    Apparently, the paint radiates at a frequency that matches a transmissivity window in the atmosphere. Heat goes straight to space. The temperature of the object is reduced lower than ambient.

    I smell renewable energy.

    And simply because I can’t resist, this is for Steve and the Great Hoax, “My name is Earl Schibe, and I’ll paint Antarctica white for $29.95”.

      1. Nancy Naive Avatar
        Nancy Naive

        That’s the man. The big joke in the sixties was that Earl was running for California governor on the ecology platform. He would paint California green for $29.95

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