Speaker Howell doesn’t get it

In Friday’s edition of the Washington Times, “Democrats: GOP rift spells gains in the House” talks of Virginia Democrats who are aiming to capitalize on the Republican Party’s recent split over tax increases; as a result they are putting up more candidates this year for the House races.

In response, the Speaker of the House of Delegates, Bill Howell, is quoted saying:

“We are a team. We are united…” “[The tax fight] is behind us.”

Hello? Earth to Speaker Howell: Please stop listening to the Kilgore campaign propaganda and start talking to the conservative wing of your Party.


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  1. Barnie Day Avatar
    Barnie Day

    Please. Of course he gets it. The earth is flat. Didn’t you know?

  2. Will Vehrs Avatar
    Will Vehrs

    What does that wing of the party say, Phil? That they’d rather elect a guy who’s all but taken a pledge to raise taxes than a guy who won’t sign your pledge not to?

  3. There hasn’t been much talk about House races on here. Why? Because there are probably only 4 or 5 exciting House races. Pathetic.

    The Democrats have a pickup opportunity in Dillard’s seat (but would that really be a pickup? We pretty much already had Dillard). Dillard precincts went for Kerry in 2004.

    Dave Albo is also in trouble after being outraised 2-1 in a seat that Kerry won by a few points in 2004. Greg Werkheiser (who I know, and is pretty impressive on the stump) appears to be running strong there with plenty of GOP and VDP money.

    Democrat Steve Shannon’s district leans a bit to the right and he usually faces tough competition. But no one seems to have raised enough money to mount a serious challenge.

    I suppose the Dems might lose Chap’s GOP leaning seat in a special election if he somehow wins the Lt. Governor race. The GOP’s chances in the open seats in Charlottesville and Petersburg seem pretty slim.

    Anybody know of any other possible pickups by either party? I’m not in tune with the goings on in the SW.

    If I’m not leaving anything out, that’s 2 races that will be tight on election day. I’m mindful that there are always surprises. And we also have a handful of other primary challenges/open seats that are mostly safe dem/safe GOP.

    I suppose if a FAR-RIGHT guy knocks off a moderate GOP incumbent, we’ll see a Democrat step in and run. That might create a bit more competition…but I don’t know enough about the demographics of the moderate GOP seats. Are any of these moderates possibly voting moderate because they’re in left-leaning or moderate districts?

  4. Phil Rodokanakis Avatar
    Phil Rodokanakis

    Hey Barnie, I thought I too was one of those members of the flat-earth wing of the Party. Howcome I get it and Howell doesn’t?

  5. Barnie Day Avatar
    Barnie Day

    Phil, though this is generally a self-selecting society, these Flat Earthers, I have it on good authority that your application was rejected. Sorry, but you simply have too much sense.

  6. Phil Rodokanakis Avatar
    Phil Rodokanakis

    Oh, no! You mean the tent isn’t large enough for me?

  7. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Responding to Paul:

    Your facts are all messed up. Dillard’s district went for Bush. Shannon has an opponent that raised over 50,000 last year, one of the top challengers statewide. And Chap’s seat is not GOP leaning, it went for Kerry.

  8. Oh you mean Robinson? He seems to have $0 on hand right now. Not too impressive. Steve has over $90k after raising over $100k.

    As for Dillard’s district – if you factor in absentee ballots (which is difficult to do, because they’re counted by Congressional district), then it’s a slim Kerry win.

    You don’t seriously think Golden has a chance, do you? You’ve got a Republican who everyone to the left of Atilla the Hun loves endorsing a Democrat.

  9. Oh you mean Robinson? Yeah, he raised 50k. Not too impressive. Steve has over $90k ON HAND after raising over $100k.

    As for Dillard’s district – if you factor in absentee ballots (which is difficult to do, because they’re counted by Congressional district), then it’s a slim Kerry win.

    You don’t seriously think Golden has a chance, do you? You’ve got the retiring incumbent Republican who everyone to the left of Atilla the Hun loves endorsing a Democrat.

  10. For the record: I hate Blogger.

    According to Bob over at commonwealthcommonsense, Kerry won by 800 votes. Get your own facts straight.

    And by the way – another race worth watching is Lowell Fulk down in Rockingham County.

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