Monday, January 23, 2006

News Round Up

Some great news articles today: 1)Chris Graham from the Augusta Free Press has a great article on the "Dealignment" of the Republican party, and the innerwar between Republican "moderates" and "conservatives" here's a snippet: They can point to the results of the last two gubernatorial elections and the gains that have been made by Democrats in the House, where the Republican Party is more conservative, and make the point that changes need to be made, and soon," Kidd said. Russ Potts, a Winchester Republican state senator who ran as a self-styled independent Republican for governor in November, has been making that point himself for at least the past couple of years. "The Republican Party has to move to the middle and quit focusing on God, guns, gays, abortion and illegal-immigrant bashing," Potts told the AFP. "The Republican Party of Virginia has lost eight seats in the House in a little over three years. That doesn't look to me like a party that expects to be a dominant party," Potts said. I don't believe I am saying this, but Russ Potts makes a good point. 2)The Examiner looks into the fact that a recent report says we actually need 664 million to fix gridlock. 3)Jeannemarie Devolites-Davis' LA, and a friend of mine, Ali Ahmad appears to have conducted a survey at Vienna metro station. He discovered that "Few Who Live Near Metro Use It"


At 1/23/2006 08:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Other snippets from that article:

"Independent voters broke two-to-one for Tim Kaine in November - but we had guessed that already.
The surprising number from the University of Virginia Center for Politics post-Election 2005 survey of Old Dominion voters was the one that had the Democrat pulling 13.5 percent of the vote from self-identified Republicans.

"The fact that Kaine was able to peel off that many Republicans speaks to at least a potential for the sort of fracture in the GOP that we've been talking about here in Virginia in the past few years," said Paul Freedman, a UVa. professor who headed up the Center for Politics survey, the results for which were released on Jan. 13.

It's not that "Republicans were abandoning their candidate in droves," Freedman said.
"But combined with the strong independent support for Kaine, I suspect that there is at least something to these concerns that have been raised by moderate Republicans about the direction of their party," Freedman told The Augusta Free Press.

At 1/23/2006 08:40:00 PM, Blogger too conservative said...

but what does this mean anonymous?

What should we do?

We can't elect Russ Potts'..who don't appeal to the base. They'd never win.

At 1/23/2006 10:03:00 PM, Blogger Ben Kyber said...

Russ Potts made a lot of good points.

He'll be demonized until the anti-tax and social conservatives lose the majority in the HOD as well as the Senate. Once this trend keeps continuing and Democrats regain control of at least one house, you can bet that all of the sudden, Russ Potts and Chichester will be the ones that state Republicans will look to because they were the ones who saw what went wrong to begin with.

By the time the 2009 gubernatorial election rolls around, neither rabid anti-taxer Bolling or Pat Robertson ally McDonnell may look very good for Republican prospects.

Virginia simply isn't as Conservative as it used to be. Thank God for that. I was scared for a while that the Republican party would be come a modern day Byrd Machine.

It's all balancing out again.

At 1/23/2006 10:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone else think that picture on the examiner site is horrible? I'm sure the Democrats have clipped that to use in mailings.

Seriously, what was the Examiner thinking? Are they just goofing around or are they anti-Devolites Davis?

At 1/24/2006 04:59:00 AM, Anonymous NoVA Scout said...

Potts failed to take advantage of that dynamic by inexplicably placing himself very far to the left on a number of issues. there was a huge area between the 2 Ks that he could have occupied and chose not to. But the study cited is an important one for Republicans. It indicates that at the G level of the ticket, at least, a lot of Rs were voting for Kaine.

At 1/24/2006 11:18:00 AM, Blogger Involved said...

Problem: You can't have the tail wag the dog.

Potts got an entire 2% of the vote, in addition to running for office simply to hurt the chances of our republican nominee in the election.

Kilgore wasn't as conservative as I'd have liked him to be, but I voted for him because I knew he'd be better than tax-hiking Kaine.

What's important to note is that while the more moderate Kilgore lost, the conservative Bill Bolling and Bob McDonnell won! If we follow their lead, rather than pandering to the Potts crowd, we stand a chance of being in power for many years to come!

At 1/24/2006 06:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's important to note is that while the more moderate Kilgore lost, the conservative Bill Bolling and Bob McDonnell won! If we follow their lead, rather than pandering to the Potts crowd, we stand a chance of being in power for many years to come!

This is the classic conservative Republican response....Bolling beat the weakest candidate in decades and McDonnell virtually tied Deeds. Granted, a win is a win.

However, I would maintain that the R's were victorious in one race and almost lost the other two! There is not much room for error the next time around, folks.

At 1/24/2006 07:03:00 PM, Blogger Involved said...


No, we won one race, almost lost another, and we DID lose the final one.

The two winners were conservative. The one loser ran as a moderate. It's pretty cut & dry.


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