Tuesday, December 20, 2005

The Pot Calling the Kettle Black

Well it looks like Peter Ferrara, a member of the Fairfax County Tax Payers Alliance is in a bit of trouble.. I would feel bad for the guy..Except for this comment he made on Bacon's Rebellion:

The numbers indicate as well that unless Tom Davis gets religion over taxes and stops publicly attacking conservatives, there are going to be fewer Congressional districts represented by Republicans after the next election. Davis may need religion in a few other areas as well.
Ferrara who was linked in the last election to Michael Golden, Chris Craddock , and Dick Black had this to say about conservatives in the election:
The most principled conservative in the General Assembly, Dick Black, also went down to defeat on Election Day. You wont find a more principled conservative than Michael Golden, but he didnt get more than 40 percent of the vote in a delegate race in a Republican district. Highly principled Chris Craddock similarly didnt get over 40 percent in another Republican district
...he then blamed the election on Jerry Kilgore.

10 Comments:

At 12/20/2005 11:52:00 PM, Blogger Willis said...

You can't blame a district loss on Jerry Kilgore. Bush, maybe, but even that is a stretch.

Personal responsibility. Learn it.

 
At 12/20/2005 11:55:00 PM, Blogger too conservative said...

We agree Willis.

This man is crazy...

I hadn't realized he had said those things about Tom Davis...does he not realize Davis was one of the biggest fundraising sources for Golden and Craddock?

 
At 12/21/2005 02:47:00 AM, Blogger Too Moderate said...

Willis seems to be out there yet again. Although both Golden and Craddock did make mistakes that they have to account for, coat-tails are a real thing.

 
At 12/21/2005 03:22:00 AM, Blogger Willis said...

Coat-tails are a real thing, but blaming an election loss on anyone but the loser and his/her campaign is disingenuous at best.

 
At 12/21/2005 08:11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Ferrera was getting paid to plant articles in newspapers and magazines, how can we find out if his attacks on Davis and others were being funded by someone or some organization?

 
At 12/21/2005 10:05:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I completely agree with Peter and Too Moderate!

Gilmore's election is what gave Republicans their majority in the legislature. A squishy republican at the top of the Republican ticket has just as much ability to bring down good delegates.

 
At 12/21/2005 12:05:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 10:05am - You and Peter should go take a Politics 101 class together. Candidates have to match their districts - Golden and Craddock, unfortunately, did not. They are both great guys and worked hard, but not what residents in the 41st or 67th were looking for. Simple as that. Jerry Kilgore suffered the same fate in Northern Virginia for the same reasons. He wasn't talking about what people wanted to hear about, neither was Golden or Craddock.

 
At 12/21/2005 12:08:00 PM, Blogger Tom Giovanetti said...

The article in BusinessWeek that started this whole thing, upon which all subsequent articles and Paul Krugman’s commentary are based, omitted important statements and resulted in a complete misrepresentation. All subsequent who have written on this topic are guilty of passing on misrepresentation without bothering to fact-check. You can view IPI’s and Ferrara’s statements at www.ipi.org

 
At 12/21/2005 12:18:00 PM, Blogger Too Moderate said...

Willis--lay off the reefer.

Use Frank Wolf as a case study. The 10th was then composed of much of Arlington and Falls Church. He ran almost as many times as Leslie, but to no avail. Something special happened in 1980 when he eventually won...Reagan! In his speeches at events he has said that he doubts he would be a congressman today had Reagan not have swept the area. The dynamics of the Golden, Craddock and Mason race would have changed a lot had Kilgore done what Republicans normally do in those districts.

 
At 12/21/2005 01:50:00 PM, Anonymous NoVA Scout said...

I love to watch the tides of revisionism sweep along the rocky coastline of reality. Now Jerry Kilgore is a "squish."(!) When did that happen? I saw very little unhappiness with Kilgore from any sector of the party as the primary season played out. At the Advance in 2004, there was a virtual coronation of the guy. His positions on issues were heavily massaged and vetted to superfine standards of conservative ideological purity. How suddenly this makes him a squishy moderate absolutely eludes me. Did Kaine compromise him by running to Jerry's right? Not hardly? did Potts suck away right wing votes? Nope. Did Leslie Byrne outpoll Kilgore by being perceived as a better conservative? Don't think so.

Kilgore's team ran a brittle campaign that was weighted heavily to appealing to the right wing of the political spectrum. He lost because, however appealing this sort of rhetoric is to rote "conservatives" within Virginia Republican circles, the electorate as a whole doen't buy it and doesn't like it. ( They don't much like the corresponding gibberish that comes out of the left wing of Democratic Party either). They want to know who is going to build the roads, who is going to make sure the schools are the best they can be. If Jerry had spent less time trying to protect his ideological right flank and more time convincing people that he knew how to govern the state, he would have done better. That might not have been very satisfying for those who are now trying to transmogrify him into a moderate, but it would have gotten him more votes.

 

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