Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Interesting Editorial

From the Loudoun Easterner: Tuesday, February 7, 2006 5:22 PM CST Martin Casey - Easterner Column Republicans taking stock - finally!The Republican Party has seen itself as the majority party here for at least the past decade. It may still be, but the last four months of election results has served as a wake-up call for party leaders.In November, Democrat Tim Kaine carried Loudoun County and Del. Dick Black was defeated by Democrat David Poisson. Democrat Chuck Caputo also took a former GOP seat in the 67th District, which includes South Riding. Then Democrat Mark Herring won the special election to succeed Republican Bill Mims in the Virginia Senate. Herring didn’t just win - he carried every precinct in the district for a victory of well more than 60 percent.The Republican party’s challenge is far more than Loudoun County. Party leaders are concerned about their comparative lack of success in many parts of Northern Virginia.So the party has formed a “Strike Force” -- a battle cry for a new study committee it is forming to research demographic, physical and political change in Northern Virginia and to formulate issue positions that will help the party to re-mold its image with voters. Congressman Tom Davis is among the leaders of the “Strike Force.” Loudoun is represented by county party Chairman Randy Minchew and Broad Run Supervisor Lori Waters.Minchew lost his own bid to be his party’s candidate for Mims’ seat, and then saw victor Mick Staton lose to Herring despite Minchew’s own strong endorsement of his party’s choice. His term as party chairman expires March 18 and after serving two full terms in the post, he can be expected to step aside. Meanwhile he is enthusiastic about the work of the Strike Force.What Republicans are recognizing are not only change in Loudoun County and Northern Virginia, but change within the party. The county GOP for example, as is common among parties that enjoy strong majorities for long periods of time, has fractured within itself with those who are most conservative turning on moderate members to wrest influence if not control. Minchew, whom many view as more moderate than Black or Staton, has done a masterful job during his two terms in holding together his party’s faithful of all persuasions. The voters however - most of whom think of themselves either as belonging to no political party or being only a nominal Republican or Democrat - appear, by their votes in November and here Jan. 31, to have decided that transportation is more important than political party and that the Democrats have offered much needed help, while the Republicans have been encouraging growth and spending too much time on conservative social issues that ought to be decided individuals and not by government.It is indeed refreshing to see the Grand Old Party looking to its future in a reasoned and serious way. The new “Strike Force” could do much to save the party from a potential downward spiral over the next decade. -I enjoy the optimism of the writer, but Mr.Casey seems to fail to understand how pointless the "strike force" is. Mr.Casey states that "Tom Davis is a leader on the strike force"... My understanding is Tom Davis, Frank Wolf,and Sean Connaughton were not formally asked to be members of the strike force. I also agree with the writer, that Chairman Minchew has done a great job holding the two factions together in Loudoun. Maybe when he's not GOP Chair, we can have the pleasure of seeing him run for office again!

8 Comments:

At 2/08/2006 12:06:00 PM, Blogger Involved said...

Umm, Minchew & Rich's inactivity has resulted in the failure of the Republican Party to be effective in Loudoun. How can this posibly be seen as a good thing?

We need leaders who are going to actually DO SOMETHING if we're to stop the Dems from taking over.

 
At 2/08/2006 12:22:00 PM, Blogger Virginia Centrist said...

TC:

Please, for the love of god, use the blockquote function.

I can't type it here, because blogger won't let me. But it's basically like the bold or the italics, but you insert the word "blockquote" where the "b" or the "i" would go.

 
At 2/08/2006 01:41:00 PM, Anonymous Rtwng Extrmst said...

TC,

Did you write that column under a pseudonym???

Quite simplistic arguments if you ask me. Just blame the typical crowd. "has fractured within itself with those who are most conservative turning on moderate members to wrest influence if not control."

What about "black-out", hardly a "conservative group that turned on moderates", or what about Gary Reese? Was Gary a conservative who "turned on" "moderate" Chris Craddock???

Seems like there's lots of back-stabbing going on and this article only covered part of the picture. Typical shoddy reporting.

 
At 2/08/2006 05:01:00 PM, Blogger too conservative said...

VC-

blockquote on my computer doesnt work.

I've tried it.

It screws up the wording, and makes it all jagged.

 
At 2/08/2006 06:17:00 PM, Anonymous Lizanne Peters said...

I would also agree with the editorial comments made by the Loudoun Easterner. Minchew has been a strong unifying force of the Loudoun County Republican Committee and the only people who seem to dislike him are Dick Black and Eugene Delgaudio and their few followers who think that the Republican Party should only allow members who think like them. I don't think that anyone can honestly blame Minchew for the Republican losses in Loudoun sustained by Black, Craddock and Staton. Those three candidates would have lost big even if Ronald Reagan had come back from the dead and campaigned for them. It needs to be remembered that the current Republican Board is called "The Minchew Six" by the Democrats because of his leadership and skill in getting them elected along with five constitutional officers and 7 our of 9 Republican-endorsed school board members back in 2003. As one of those many Loudoun Republican moderates out there, I hope that Minchew's legacy of inclusiveness continues and that the GOP really learns that it cannot cater to its far right wing and expect to win elections. Minchew and Lori Waters are the right Loudoun Republicans to serve on this Strike Force and I hope they suceed.

 
At 2/08/2006 06:40:00 PM, Blogger Involved said...

So Minchew can claim victory for the campaigns that win, yet is not held accountable for the massive republican losses his county has seen. Where was his election-winning party-unity in any of these races?

 
At 2/08/2006 06:55:00 PM, Anonymous Lizanne Peters said...

Dear Involved, The local Loudoun Republicans were as united and committed in 2005 as they were in 2004 and 2003. There were no Republicans braking ranks like Gary Reese here in Loudoun and the Republican worked really hard under Minchew's leadership, especially with its 72 hour program. The big local differences in 2005 as compared to prior years were: 1) an energized local Democratic Party who really were committed to knock off Black,and 2)A pathetic Kilgore campaign at the top of the ticket that was too negetive and tried to convince us that the Death Penalty really was the #1 issue.

 
At 2/09/2006 02:31:00 PM, Blogger Involved said...

Lizanne,

And during Staton's race?

 

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