Tuesday, December 27, 2005

TC's BEST and WORST of 2005

I decided to join the fray on the Best and Worst of 2005- Here is my UNBIASED account Winners: 1)Tim Kaine-50+% for a Democrat, in the South, in a 3 way race 2)Bob McDonnell-Overcame a tough primary to beat a popular moderate Democrat(barely) 3)Tom Davis-Controls steroids, gets Chairmanship of Katrina Panel...maybe now Virginia Republicans will listen to him about the needs of Northern Virginia, and how to win elections. 4)Conservative Blogs-With Chad Dotson at the realm, we multiplied quickly 5)Leslie Byrne-The most liberal Democrat ever to run state-wide in Virginia wins 49% of the vote 6)Chuck Caputo and Dave Marsden-Ran great smear campaigns on their opponents, and were able to successfully turn out their bases. 7)Governor Jim Gilmore-Found a way quickly back on the stage 8)Ben Tribett-Is single handidly responsible for Golden's good % in certain precincts. Proved that although ex-Republican Marsden MAY have won...he has a larger fan base. Captured the attention of an entire state. Losers: 1)Creigh Deeds-Came so close, just to lose by a few votes. 2)Bill Bolling-Whoever says "Bolling's conservatism was why he won" is very incorrect. Voters had to chose between a socialist, and a Republican without a message. In the end...we barely squeaked by 3)Virginia Conservative Action Pac-Craddock, Golden, Oprison, Kenney ect. may all be good guys but the organization was a complete and utter failure. I hope it learned its lesson before '07 rolls around. 4)Russ Potts-His crazy campaign antics were fun to watch...almost as fun to watch as his crash and burn at the end. ruce Roemmelt-While neighboring Democrats marched proudly to victor 5)Delegate Dick Black- uhhhhhhhh 6)VAGOP-Presided over a loss for the Governor's mansion, and two other near losses state-wide. Watched on the sidelines as the Republican party squabbles within, and stared up at Northern Virginia as irrepreible damage was done to party structure. Hard Republican districts went Blue. 7)Gerry Connolly-Bad on taxes, and growth. Even Democrats are beginning to wonder..why did we elect this man!? Paper Plate Awards: Miss Congeniality:Mayor George Fitch I like him to much to put him in the loser category:Jerry Kilgore Best Republican of 2005-Sean T. Connaughton-Continues to fight for low taxes, a culture of life, the average Virginian, Christian values...all while providing top-notch services! Worst Republican of 2005-Gary Reese-I helped the guy since 7th grade...but there is no excuse for his blatant lies on issues(abortion) and smearing of a fellow Republican. Most Humorous Republican of 2005-Gil Davis-Great guy..very smart. Consistently said the best jokes, and had the wittiest humor at the Lt. Governor debates. Best Democrat of 2005-Delegate Chap Petersen-Ran a great campaign, and understands what it is to be a public servant. Funniest Event of 2005-Attorney General candidate Steve Baril's transportation plan.


At 12/28/2005 05:42:00 AM, Blogger Mitch Cumstein said...

Great analysis, Vince. Of course, I'm sure the anti-Connaughton crowd will have something to say about it. Somehow you can't be a great Republican unless you can spend money that doesn't come from the taxpayers, like "extra state dollars" or something.

At 12/28/2005 07:04:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It all comes from the taxpayers -- all that matters in politics is who gets the blame and who gets the credit!

At 12/28/2005 08:29:00 AM, Blogger spankthatdonkey said...

You support Connaughton over Bolling for Lt Gov. and your alias is "too conservative"???

Isn't that an oxymoron??

At 12/28/2005 09:49:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, because Bill ("spend-it-all")Bolling is a fraud and Connaughton is the real thing.

At 12/28/2005 09:50:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat Robertson and Too Conservative have something in common -- they both supported Connaughton.

At 12/28/2005 10:52:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out this post from "Say No Rinos" about our fearless LG:


"What really made me feel hopeless was last night after I talked to Lieutenant Governor-elect Bill Bolling. He was at Eric Cantor's Holiday Party. I asked him what he thought of the proposed budget by Governor Warner and I got the same response. The priorities are mixed up. Following that answer I asked him what he thought of the amount and did he think a $10 billion increase was reasonable. He does not think it is too far out of line. He said that is what the revenue was increasing by. WHAT?!?!?!

Simply because the revenue is increasing by that much does not mean (or at least should not mean) that is how much the government should grow by. Don't get me wrong, I like Bill Bolling a lot, but he had to see I was disappointed by the look on my face. Should we not try to limit the growth of government even when the revenues (taxpayer dollars) are rolling in and far exceeding population and inflation rates? I am dumbfounded."

At 12/28/2005 11:00:00 AM, Blogger GOPHokie said...

I must admit I don't like hearing that kind of talk from Bolling.
Even so, I unfortunately have not seen or heard any GOP leaders saying anything but that.
Its a sad day in Virginia folks.

At 12/28/2005 11:01:00 AM, Blogger GOPHokie said...

By the way TC, why is it that both of your "best" people lost this past year?

At 12/28/2005 11:14:00 AM, Blogger too conservative said...

Sadly-The best person doesnt always win.

Petersen and Connaughton are both honest guys who have both gone into public service not to better themselves, but to better the people they represent.

I continue to find that this type of politician is rare.

At 12/28/2005 11:51:00 AM, Blogger Mitch Cumstein said...

"I unfortunately have not seen or heard any GOP leaders saying anything but that."

Maybe you should have tried looking beyond the Bolling rhetoric and actually listened to Connaughton. We need to fix the entire budget process, starting with longer-range planning that can specifically address the needless spending of temporary revenue windfalls. How that isn't conservative is completely beyond me.

At 12/28/2005 01:21:00 PM, Blogger nickfinity said...

Along with GOPHokie, I haven't heard any GOP leaders say anything against the size of the budget increase. It's been about priorities. I don't think that would be any different if Connaughton had won.

I'm not part of the anti-Connaughton crowd, but I don't see how he could be best republican of the year. Why not name Viola Baskerville the dem of the year? I would probably name Bob McDonnell the republican of the year. He won a very tough race against a moderate (at least on guns) democrat.

At 12/28/2005 01:36:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's interesting that the Best Republican, Worst Republican and Humorous Republican are all from NOVA. Besides residing in NOVA, Gil Davis has established roots in SW Va and the Shenandoah region.

At 12/28/2005 01:39:00 PM, Blogger too conservative said...

All the contributors are based out of NOVA, and sos the content.

At 12/28/2005 03:09:00 PM, Anonymous MOM said...

Best Republican of 2005-Sean T. Connaughton-Continues to fight for low taxes (whose bill are you looking at), a culture of life (as opposed to what death, hedonism or English high tea), the average Virginian (don't you mean average squishy, sheeplike, Northern Virginian), Christian values (even I'm not going there)...all while providing top-notch services! (would those "top-notch services" include the stellar quality of the PWSCA water pressure, Fire Departments stretched past their capacity, a dearth of police officers west of Manassas or perhaps funding for monuments or better yet, improved access for developers seeking higher density) Stick to Fairfax, you may not understand that county either but at least you live there.

At 12/28/2005 03:48:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have people who won elections as losers and losers who lost that you cite as winners.

You're an idiot, TC!

At 12/28/2005 04:34:00 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said...

MC, I agree wholeheartedly. Kudos to Gov. Warner for using surplus money for one time projects. Thats the best use of it. You should only spend money on structural projects or tax cuts when there is a structural increase in the tax base.
TC, where has Chairman Sean made any comments reagrding the newest budget? I apologize if I have missed it.

At 12/28/2005 06:55:00 PM, Anonymous Not Paula Jones said...

Gil's a hoot!!!

At 12/29/2005 12:19:00 AM, Anonymous Gilmore Girl said...

Sean Connaughton is a lovely man, a bright star for our Commonwealth to be sure. Hopefully he will shed the baggage of Hector Quintana and his alliances with Members of the PW school board that are only interested in their own success, and not Sean's or the Commonwealth's.

As always, it pleases me to see Governor Gilmore back on the stage. The mere mention of his name ignites passionate debate- something we need before the next cycle.

Great joban TC!

At 12/29/2005 01:37:00 AM, Blogger mitch's wife said...

Gilmore Girl, I'm curious... From which PWC School Board members do you feel that Sean needs to distance himself? This is the first I have heard of this observation.

As for Hector Quintana... GOOD RIDDANCE!

At 12/29/2005 04:07:00 AM, Anonymous Gilmore Girl said...

To Mitch's Wife: Connaughton should be aware of a couple of people- first is Julie Lucas. Yes, she's a tireless worker for the party but her agenda is only about her running for statewide office one day, and she is very adept at saying what folks want to hear. Plus, she has always been a a fan of Quintana. YUCK.

The other grave concern I have for Sean's success is any association with Marty Nohe, the PWC Board Member that reps for the Coles Magisterial district. This guy is a loose cannon and would turn on Sean C. if he ever got the chance. A lot of folks in Prince WIlliam are only supporting Sean for what it gets them - not because they believe in Sean. He's a good man, with great potential. He keeps his own counsel and is a gracious fella.

And his battles with Maureen Caddigan a few years ago strengthened him and gave him a sense of independence.

That's my 2 cents.

At 12/29/2005 09:52:00 AM, Blogger Mitch Cumstein said...

Gilmore Girl:

Wow! I'm not sure where your observations come from, but allow me to retort.

First, on Julie Lucas, while I don't claim to speak for Sean, I can assure you that he has never been anything but wary of her. Julie has done a reasonably good job on the School Board, but make no mistake, both Sean and I were very active supporters of her 2003 opponent, Jean Smith. Julie has always been tight with Steve Chapman and Corey Stewart, and anyone who follows PWC politics at all knows that that camp and Sean's are anything but friendly. The only member of the current School Board that Sean has close ties to is Lucy Beauchamp who, by the way, also supported Smith over Lucas in 2003. Lucy's one of my favorite public servants around and will have my support in all of her future endeavors. Cutting ties with her would be a big mistake on Sean's part, something I'm sure he knows and would never even consider.

As for Marty? Please! I feel pretty safe in my position as an authority on the Nohes, insofar as I've known him since high school. The idea that he is anything but genuine and honest is completely misinformed. When Marty ran in the 2003 primary for Supervisor, he did it essentially on his own. Sean pretty much stayed out of the primary race, which allowed him to stay above the fray but also allowed Marty to accomplish this on his own and develop his own identity and independence. "Loose cannon?" Not hardly. He's been willing to go against Sean and others on specific votes when he's felt that his constituent's interests required it, but he's also the consummate team player. The idea of "turning" on Sean for his own gain would be an absolutely foreign concept to Marty. It will just never happen.

One final thought. I frequently read that those of us who support Sean are nothing more than "sycophants" and are either caught up in some cult of personality or simply out for our own gain. It makes me sick. From my own perspective, I support him because I really believe that he can get things done and make tough decisions without throwing the County (oe State) under the bus for his own ideas. There are a number of things I don't agree with him on. Quite frankly, he's "too conservative" for my tastes, particularly on social issues. I'm willing to live with that, however, because I believe we need leaders and not just empty shirts who will spew our beliefs ad nauseum but accomplish little. What I've been most impressed with about Sean is that he doesn't think that he can do it all by himself, either. He surrounds himself with fellow leaders and give them free reign to "just do what you think is right" (actual quote from an e-mail he sent me) as opposed to micro-managing ever issue. America was built on that kind of leadership (think Washington with Jefferson and Hamilton). And it can be that way again.

At 12/29/2005 10:59:00 AM, Blogger MR JMS said...

This just shows that people choose to demonize verse actually learn anything about individuals. This happens all over the political spectrum and frankly is pathetic.

"I haven't heard any GOP leaders say anything against the size of the budget increase. It's been about priorities. I don't think that would be any different if Connaughton had won."

Actually Nick both Connaughton and Baril ran on the size of the budget. Both stated it was inappropriate to complain about the tax increase while sending all the money out the door that came from that increase. I believe Mark Cole was on the only member of the GA to say that in 2005.

"Christian values (even I'm not going there)"- MOM

I hope we're not going the "Papist" route again. If you are I would point out that both your Governor and AG are Catholic. Sorry. And as far as services, how long have you lived in PWC? I've been there for about 13 until I moved to Fairfax. PWC is MUCH better and light years ahead of the Seefeldt days.

"As for Hector Quintana... GOOD RIDDANCE!"

Never knew the guy. But he hasn't been around for over a year from what I understand.

I still say JEAN SMITH FOR SUPERVISOR! Forget what district she is in, but she is a good woman that I would trust to run my local government in any position.

Can we start a website entitled www.drafttcspicks.com and push for Riley, Smith, Jay Hughes and Buzz Hawley?

At 12/29/2005 11:29:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Buzz Hawley looking to run for another office after his loss for Mason District Supervisor? And will Jay Hughes emerge as a candidate in the Houck Senate District?

At 12/29/2005 11:45:00 AM, Blogger Mitch Cumstein said...


Jean's in Neabsco, which is of course Jenkins' district. Jean's a good choice, bit I just don't see her running for Supervisor. School Board? Absolutely! Perfect fit for her experience and goals. She's ambitious, but only insofar as she can make a difference in the areas that matter most to her. I don't think you'll ever see her name on a statewide ballot, by her choice. She'd be much better suited to a term or two as a School Board Member and a few later terms as Chairman. But, what do I know?

At 12/29/2005 03:06:00 PM, Blogger MR JMS said...

Not much Mitch... Not much.

At 12/29/2005 07:30:00 PM, Anonymous Gilmore Girl said...

To Mitch:
Thank you for clearing the air.
I stand corrected on Marty Nohe. I know he's lived there all his life, and I'm willing to admit when I'm


When it comes to Julie Lucas, however, I hope you are right about Sean maintaining distance. On multiple occasions this year- Lucas has claimed support from Sean for her political ambitions - mostly at fundraisers where she was attempting to curry favor for these veryambitions. One or two accomplishments doesn't amount to much.

The only reason I even brought it up was to get a pulse on where other grassroots folks are- I've moved to South Riding - so I don't keep up w/ PW as much as I should anymore.

Appreciate y'alls insights!

At 12/29/2005 09:39:00 PM, Blogger Mitch Cumstein said...

Fair enough, Gilmore Girl. As far as Lucas goes, again I think she's doing a decent job. But as far as her having any support for further advancement from within the so-called Connaughton crowd, I've never heard anything to indicate that it has been or ever will be there.

At 1/01/2006 09:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

in the loser's category, what about the nra and the virginia citizens defense league? nra lost two of three statewide races where it endorsed (gov and ag) and its one statewide win was a squeaker in what should have been an easy win by bolling over byrne. they put up 7 separate tv ads attacking kaine, yet kaine managed to improve on warner's margin in '01. same thing goes for competitive delegate races: nra/vcdl were behind black, craddock, etc., who got clocked.

At 1/03/2006 04:55:00 PM, Blogger James Young said...

Vince (and Anon 9:49), it'll be a lot easier to smell the coffee if you take your nose out of Chairman Sean's a**!

And as to your 11:14 comment, if Chairman Sean were honest, he wouldn't have put out dishonest campaign literature claiming to have "lowered taxes." Or lied about the straw poll at the PW County GOP Convention, where he lost by 70%-30%. Maybe a lot said about him here has merit; maybe not. But I know personally of two occasions where Chairman Sean has chosen -- knowingly and enthusiastically -- to tell bald-faced lies. I can't respect someone like that, no matter his political stripes.


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