The Republican double standard

“When you oppose the Republican Party nominee for the top office in the state, you are not a Republican.”

Sen. Ken Cuccinelli (R-Fairfax), in The Washington Post, March 23, 2005

Question: When will the Republican Party of Virginia ask former Republican Governor Linwood Holton to leave the party? In case you missed it, he’s supporting Democrat Tim Kaine for the top office in the state. In case you missed it, so are thousands of other Virginia Republicans. When will you try to run them off? What is your strategy these days? Do you somehow think you can shrink to greatness?

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  1. Anonymous Avatar

    Barnie Day for U.S. Senate 2006

    “Restoring Honesty to George Allen’s Senate Seat!”

  2. Chris Brancato Avatar
    Chris Brancato

    The question I ponder is:
    “When do you cease to be a Republican (insert your demographic here)?”

    We all know that there are shades of gray that make up any party. A faction-less party would be something like communist China.

    By what measure do you express disatisfaction with the party’s direction and still be part of the party faithful.

    To answer my own question: I think you can’t call yourself part of anything if you know your point of view is in direct conflict with the party…and you decide to air your dirty laundry in public. If you support the oppositions canidate, you cease to be a Republican.

    Now, the point of distinction I make is if the public eye sees you as a Republican…then publically, there’s a public responsiblity to the party to sing from the same sheet of music. However, private speech or speech not in the public arena is a different matter.

    My two…back to you.

  3. Anonymous Avatar

    Who is this Maestro writing the music?

    Have we a leader to tell us what song we shall sing or have we a cacophony that resolves to a chorus?

    What about the one strong voice that provides harmonious counterpoint?

    The idea of “the Party faithful” scares me to death. Are we ideologues or thinkers? What do we do when the facts contradict a plank on the platform?

  4. Barnie Day Avatar
    Barnie Day

    Chris, the point is this: does ideology drive the party (any party), or does the party drive the ideology? I think the party, and the people who make it up, must drive the ideology. Dissenting views are a strength in this circumstance, but are obviously a weakness otherwise. What I believe is actually a minority of hard right Virginia Republicans are trying pound the real Republican majority into this hard right cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all mold. That’s the genesis of the difficulty they’re having now.

  5. Anonymous Avatar

    The ideology should drive the party.

    Otherwise, what are we if nothing more than petty individuals trying to get the largest slice of power we can?

  6. Virginia Centrist Avatar
    Virginia Centrist

    While I can understand the anger against Potts, I think we’re all missing the point.

    What does all of the visciousness against POtts really mean? Is it really directed at Potts, a quirky guy from Winchester who probably won’t get many votes?

    Or the point to fire off a warning signal to the rest of the GOP caucus: “Get in line, or we’ll publicly take you out to the woodshed and beat you. No more House seventeen. And as for the Senate: You’re next. We’re coming in 2007 with challengers galour.”

    That’s what I see. This all goes back to the 2004 tax debate.

  7. Chris Brancato Avatar
    Chris Brancato

    I think ideology should drive the party and the party is a greater than the sum of the parts. The public is attracted to the polarity of the general sentiment of the day.

    But, conversely, let’s face this fact…the goal of ANY political party is to put their people into office so they can advance that ideology.

    Exactly why the checks and balances of our great system need to brake any juggernaut that might take the system more than one standard deviation of the mean.

    I don’t agree that you can be an independant “thinker” and publically denounce the party and expect your party to win an election with prominent decent such as we’ve witnessed. If you break “omerta”, then you get wacked. Metaphorically, that is. (I’m from NJ…it could happen.)

    The facts contridicting the plank you say oh clandestine one. Well then that’s what party caucuses are for. The minute you step out publically, you cease to be.

    If you don’t agree with the party, speak your piece and try to change it. If you can’t or won’t, move on (.org).

  8. Barnie Day Avatar
    Barnie Day

    Chris: for the sake of discussion, let’s say you are right, that ideology must drive the party (I think the historical evidence is exactly to the contrary). How would you characterize Republican ideology here in Virginia, or, for that matter, nationally? Smaller government? Please. The government is growing at a pace not seen since the first
    Roosevelt administration. Individual liberty? Please. Look at the legislation. We virtually have to show check-point papers in this country now. I am astonished by the ferocity with which the Republican government has injected inself into this feeding tube case in Florida. Fiscal restraint? Please. Look at the spending. Prudence in financing this spending? We’ve borrowed ourselves into record debt. Decentralization? That’s a laugh. Local governments, particularly school boards, aren’t much more than advisory panels here in Virginia now. In one election cycle ‘nation building’ went from something abhorent, and Democratic, to mainstream Republican ideology. One election cycle! I’m not sure what this leaves as core philosophy here in Virginia, but I am sure of this: whatever it leaves is very narrow in scope and in the matter of this narrow core, if party discipline dictates the lockstep to this, if it’s going to be this way or the highway where the Republican Party of Virginia is concerned, a lot of traditional Republicans are going to be hitting the road.

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