Sunday, January 22, 2006

What's At Stake

Something over at NLS got me to thinking.. Will all Virginia Republicans begin to (at least publicly) stray away from push button issues, and begin focusing on everyday concerns of citizens the way Senator Cuccinelli is doing this session? Cuccinellis quick turn to issues such as transportation may make him some new friends with more moderate Republicans, and eventually help propel him to a top leadership position in the Senate. With even moderate Republicans beginning to foresee the end of Chichester and some other "Republicans" a new leader needs to rise in the Senate. If Virginia Republicans can take a note out of Cuccinelli's book..there may be a hope yet for our party. The next step for Cuccinelli and the dying NOVA Republicans is to follow through on the rhetoric and provide results on transportation. Right now we are left with:1)A Governor who wants to raise taxes to fix the problem 2)a Lt. Governor who has stated there is no transportation problem 3) a Senate leadership who doesn't care what the problem is, because there is always one solution=RAISE TAXES! Whether it's the risk of tough battles to come, or a growing interest in the average Northern Virginian..it seems Virginia Republicans are beginning to understand what's at stake....the survival of our party in such a crucial region.

7 Comments:

At 1/22/2006 08:48:00 AM, Anonymous NOVA Scout said...

Cuccinelli knows he can't go on with business as usual just throwing around red-meat to one sector of the electorate and survive in 2007. He's making adjustments. I suspect that at heart, it will be difficult for him to become someone other than a sloganeer. But survival dictates that he give it a shot. Others will also be in this position. In 2007, the Dems will all be hauling out the pre-2006 inanities to use against them and the incumbent Rs will be saying that they have changed their stripes, but without abandoning "True Virginia Conservative Values." In other words, they'll all try to morph into Connaughton, who is one of the very few Republicans who runs well regionally. They may be able to pull it off because they won't have opponents within the Party saying that they aren't conservatives.

 
At 1/22/2006 12:51:00 PM, Blogger neocon22 said...

TC, agreed that it is time for Rs to actually produce some results. It is time to stop focusing on the social issues, as most voters are more frustrated with the transportation problems in NOVA. Should the Rs come up with a plan that includes conservative spending and not raising taxes AGAIN, the NOVA GOP can have a chance to redeem itself.

 
At 1/22/2006 01:22:00 PM, Blogger Willis said...

As I've been saying, social issues will be losers in the end. This has always been a progressive nation, and it will continue to be. Scaring the populus can work for short periods, but over the long haul that won't work.

Conservative economic policy is much more valid, in my view, than conservative social policy. There will always be a place for that, and I'm sometimes conservative economically myself.

But a guy like Cuccinelli can't change his stripes, even if he tries really hard to. What you guys need is fresh blood, financial conservatives who are moderate on social issues.

 
At 1/22/2006 01:32:00 PM, Blogger Too Moderate said...

Willis are you going to run as a progressive republican?

 
At 1/22/2006 01:56:00 PM, Blogger Willis said...

I won't run as anything.

 
At 1/22/2006 06:09:00 PM, Anonymous Rtwng Extrmst said...

Get a reality check folks. Ken has always proposed common sense solutions. Transportation has always been a centerpiece of his issues. Cutting taxes and spending also. He is also still supporting socially conservative legislation this year. He has not changed at all. Unfortunately in the past it has been those in the press and on the liberal side that have unfairly labeled him as a "one trick pony".

 
At 1/23/2006 12:05:00 AM, Blogger Too Moderate said...

Doesn't anyone remember right after Ken got elected he was running around with those DVD's about his traffic plan?

 

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