Wednesday, December 07, 2005

You think we have it bad here....

If you think we have it bad here with RPV (and I'm not convinced that is necessarily the case), check out the mess that is the NY GOP. Maybe that's why the perceived troubles of the RPV don't bother me so much given that I've witnessed both organizations up close -- as a member of the RPV State Central Committee and as a campaign worker in 1994 in the NY GOP HQ doing opposition research on Mario Cuomo. Believe me, RPV is light-years ahead of many of the other state GOP parties.

3 Comments:

At 12/07/2005 12:35:00 PM, Anonymous Rtwng Extrmst said...

Actually Riley I found the final quote of that article to be quite revealing:

"Long's concerns are another complication for the GOP given that no Republican since 1974 has won a statewide election without Conservative Party support."

The existence of the Conservative Party in NY I believe is a big part of the problem for the Republican Party there, and while demographics are a bit different in VA, if the current state of affairs between conservatives and "moderates" in the RPV does not improve, you might find a similar result here. My guess would be though that it would not be the conservative party that would be formed, but some sort of "Moderate" Party that would then move back and forth between Democrats and Republicans depending on the issue. This in the end would be something that the Dems would love BTW.

 
At 12/07/2005 12:36:00 PM, Anonymous Rtwng Extrmst said...

Actually Riley I found the final quote of that article to be quite revealing:

"Long's concerns are another complication for the GOP given that no Republican since 1974 has won a statewide election without Conservative Party support."

The existence of the Conservative Party in NY I believe is a big part of the problem for the Republican Party there, and while demographics are a bit different in VA, if the current state of affairs between conservatives and "moderates" in the RPV does not improve, you might find a similar result here. My guess would be though that it would not be the conservative party that would be formed, but some sort of "Moderate" Party that would then move back and forth between Democrats and Republicans depending on the issue. This in the end would be something that the Dems would love BTW.

 
At 12/07/2005 01:28:00 PM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

The difference in NY is that candidates can appear on multiple party lines, so Pataki has appeared on both the Republican and Conservative party lines. Al D'Amato did the same thing, also appearing on the "Right To Life" party line. There used to be a Liberal Party in NY, but it died out after the 2002 elections. Giuliani used to run on the Republican and Liberal party lines.

Here in VA, you can only appear on one line and there is little in the way of third parties, so if anyone is going to break away, they'd have to run as an independent (see Russ Potts.)

 

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