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2014 Election Richard Falknor on 26 Apr 2014

VA-10: Barbara Comstock (& Beltway GOP) Win Today’s Primary!

Unofficial results here show that delegate Barbara Comstock decisively won today’s “firehouse primary” with about 54 percent of the 13,609 votes cast.

Delegate Bob Marshall was second with around 28 percent.

Some numbers context for the 10th Congressional district here: in the 2012 presidential election 186,650 voters cast their ballot for Mitt Romney and 182,432 for Barack Obama, illustrating the nearly even split between the parties.

Even though this is not a presidential-election year, the Other Team here can be expected to put very substantial resources into this battleground-state Congressional race to be decided in the November 4 general election.

A Very Rich District . . . Thus Different GOP Values?

Yesterday Matthew Continetti pointed out in his “Oligarchy in the Twenty-First Century” (Washington Free Beacon) here

“Democrats represent eight of the ten richest congressional districts in the country. Democrat Carolyn Maloney represents the district with the highest per capita income of $75,479. Outgoing congressman Henry Waxman represents the district with the second-highest per capita income of $61,273. The only two Republicans on the list are Rep. Leonard Lance, whose New Jersey district ranks seventh, and outgoing Rep. Frank Wolf, whose Virginia district ranks tenth. The average per capita income of Democratic House districts is $1,000 more than Republican ones.”

As we wrote here on April 16–

For Virginia 10 voters who have confidence in the direction today’s House and Senate GOP leadership is going, Mrs. Comstock is their clear choice. 

For Virginia 10 voters who wish to carry the Bush “larger-but-better-managed-government” legacy forward in this decade, she will be a good team player with Virginia Senate hopeful Ed Gillespie.

Or as Mrs. Comstock declared today–

“Congress is in desperate need of problem solvers and I intend to use my common sense principles to better the lives of my constituents when I am elected in November.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Note the GOP-big-government-code-phrases highlighted in the quote: no sense of the constitutional crisis here we are in.

Can Virginia 10 Conservatives Become An Effective Force?

The Tea Party and allied grass-roots conservative movements have been unable to project a coherent and persuasive vision in this district.

The results of today’s primary simply confirm that.

In future posts, we’ll try to explore some of the reasons why and possible solutions.

2014 Election Richard Falknor on 16 Apr 2014

Donors vs. Voters? House Hopeful Comstock Hustles Big Dollars

According to the Federal Elections Commission here (look at “pre-convention” and later April entries), Virginia 10 House GOP primary candidate Barbara Comstock received $660,809 in “net contributions”** from January 1 through April 6 of this year.

Mrs. Comstock’s contributors ranged from Paul Singer to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s Every Republican Is Crucial ERICPAC to Maryland’s sole House GOP member Andy Harris; from Grover Norquist to the Chamber of Commerce; from Haley Barbour to Ted Olson; from the International Franchise Association to the Turkish Coalition of New Jersey.

Click here, then, to review her contributors. 

How many are our people and share our values?

Can we expect that our Virginia 10 voters will receive the same hearing as her celebrity donors, should she be elected to the House?

Judged by traditional GOP rules, Barbara Comstock has run, to date, a very professional operation. On the one hand, she suggests a conservative affiliation while, on the other, she deftly avoids explaining the details of her policy plans and whatever vision she may have for the Republic.

For Virginia 10 voters who have confidence in the direction today’s House and Senate GOP leadership is going, Mrs. Comstock is their clear choice. 

For Virginia 10 voters who wish to carry the Bush “larger-but-better-managed-government” legacy forward in this decade, she will be a good team player with Virginia Senate hopeful Ed Gillespie.

For Virginia 10 voters, however, who are firm conservatives and believe the Republic to be in great peril, Mrs. Comstock is likely to add — willy nilly — to that peril.

For one menacing example, see and listen to senator Jeff Sessions yesterday (Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle) on Mr. Cantor, a strong backer of Mrs. Comstock:

Exclusive – Sen. Sessions Comes Out Swinging Against Secretive House Immigration Push

The leadership of both parties, as Daniel Horowitz points out here, seek de facto open borders. 

Such a fiscally burdensome outcome would also be fatal to small government, a strong defense, and — not least — our basic civic culture.

Barbara Comstock, by following the current House GOP leadership, won’t offer much to Blue Collar America of all backgrounds. Jeff Sessions instead calls a “humble and honest populism” as the best path for the GOP.

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 ** The FEC filing also lists $100,545 under “transfers from other authorized committees.”

2014 Election Richard Falknor on 13 Apr 2014

UPDATED! Virginia 10 GOP Voter Town Hall–But Where Will Barbara Be?

UPDATE APRIL 14! Breitbart’s Kerry Pickett reports “Virginia GOP candidates running for a seat to be vacated by Congressman Frank Wolf (R – VA) presented themselves to the public at a Republican Congressional primary town hall on Sunday at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville. Five of the six Republican candidates running for office answered questions, which were submitted by voters, from the forum’s moderator WMAL Radio host Chris Plante. One glaring point was illustrated by an empty chair and last minute created name tag. The original tag, according to organizers, mysteriously disappeared from the panel table and candidates took shots about the absence of fellow candidate, Virginia Delegate Barbara Comstock, during their responses at times.” Read all of the Pickett post. Click here for the video of yesterday’s Voter Town Hall.

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Virginia 10 GOP Voter Town Hall — But Where Will Barbara Be?

This afternoon five of the six Republican primary candidates in Virginia’s Tenth Congressional District plan to participate in the Voter Town Hall from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Patrick Henry College Gymnasium in Purcellville.

“All 6 Republican Candidates Invited: 
Barbara Comstock Bob Marshall – confirmed
Stephen Hollingshead – confirmed   Marc Savitt – confirmed
Howie Lind – confirmed Rob Wasinger – confirmed 
With our Special Guest Host and Emcee, Chris Plante, WMAL Radio Host”

Click here for more information.

Via Conservative Hqwhen the program starts this will reportedly be the link for live streaming. 

Clearly Barbara Comstock is the GOP Establishment favorite.  One might call her the Empress of Endorsements for she has also beguiled a number of conservatives into recommending her. 

Alas, endorsements are no substitute for substance.

For all her endorsements, we might expect to hear some unusually thoughtful and detailed public policy analysis and initiatives from her:  not just rote GOP talking points.

So far we have been disappointed.

Some might be forgiven for seeing Mrs. Comstock as the very model of a successful Ruling Class politician.** She does not currently plan, moreover, to come to what may well be a Country Class** Voter Town Hall this afternoon.

**Angelo Codevilla: As Country Club Republicans Link Up With The Democratic Ruling Class, Millions Of  Voters Are Orphaned

Her Continuing Paul Singer Problem

A significant and serial donor to Mrs. Comstock is Paul Singer, the industrial-strength gay marriage and amnesty supporter

Last February, we wrote in our GOP Ruling-Class Donors: What (Or Whom) Are They Buying?

“Today we are confronted with Mr. Singer’s donations (via VPAP here) to House hopeful Barbara Comstock and other Virginia GOP luminaries from 2007 to 2013…”

One of Mrs. Comstock’s opponents in the primary, delegate Bob Marshall declared here that he was–

“strongly pressing Barbara Comstock to return her share of $400,000 in campaign contributions raised at a recent New York City fundraiser.
The fundraising event was hosted by Paul Singer, the billionaire same-sex marriage advocate, for Comstock and two other Republican women running for Congress.”

One wonders what insights Mrs. Comstock shared with the donors and their society friends at this New York City money-raising gathering?

Continued veteran Virginia legislator Marshall–

Comstock previously accepted $80,000 from Paul Singer through 2013.  Singer has spent more than $10 million on homosexual marriage causes in the United States and elsewhere, according to a Feb. 18 Politico article. 
Comstock also has accepted $18,700 from attorney Ted Olson, who has been hired by Singer to file lawsuits to overturn state traditional marriage laws.  Olson undid California’s Proposition 8 and recently called a court ruling invalidating Virginia’s Marriage Amendment a ‘beautiful decision.’” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Some Big Questions for All the Candidates

Other grave challenges confront all the candidates seeking the Republican nomination for this seat held by so long by House appropriator and cardinal Frank Wolf.

Even the dullest GOP politician or Party loyalist must now grasp that the Obama Administration is a skilled and dangerous enterprise trying  — as promised – to “transform”America.

Such a peril demands prompt and effective responses.

People who natter on about Reagan’s “Eleventh Commandment” or “going to Congress to build coalitions” or “common sense [i.e., generally bigger government] solutions” are just not serious lawmakers or leaders in times like these.

Many conservatives are convinced we cannot successfully fight the Obama Administration without first fixing the Beltway GOP and this means, of course, the House GOP leadership.

RedState’s Erick Erickson declares, for example, “After Boehner, Cantor and McCarthy Are Not Options.”

Just this week we witnessed a very dangerous, nearly incendiary overreach of a Federal agency in Nevada where snipers and helicopters menaced some long-time residents over disputed land claims. 

We heard not a word from the top three House GOP leaders to rein in the Federal zealots: two of the House leaders were apparently at Amelia Island, Florida in quite dubious company.

We would hope the candidates who participate in the Voter Town Hall this afternoon might explain their views on some of our country’s major challenges.

We had earlier suggested five questions to which the reader can scroll at the end of our post.

Last February 6, we explained our expectations for candidates–

Conservatives expect their candidates to advance their principles; in times like the present, to run some extraordinary risks to help take back our country and culture; and to speak forcefully for us.
Remember here “our lives, our fortunes, our sacred honor.”
For any 10th District GOP conservative nominee to stand on principle today means standing against the current House GOP leadership:
  • on their abdicating their power of the purse here;
  • on their toxic immigration schemes here;
  • on their lack of dedication — since the House GOP leadership came to power in January of 2011 — to repealing Obamacare here;
  • on their attachment to crony-capitalism as seen in the nearly $1 trillion 949-page farm and food-stamp bill here that the House passed last week;
  • on their flight here from getting the facts out on Benghazi, their turning an indifferent eye here to our secretary of state’s undermining the security of our ally Israel, their complicity in the destruction of Christians in Syria here, and their allowing our national defense to weaken significantly.
And this is just the start of the list.
The worst thing we conservatives can do in tracking this significant Virginia GOP primary is to allow any of the major contenders to avoid blunt and detailed answers on such vital questions. 

Nearly a month ago here in our “Who Speaks For Us In The VA 10 House GOP Primary?”  we declared–

Blindly following Party “talking points” and reflexive “team playing” over the last decade and a half have contributed substantially to our present discontents.
Perhaps the biggest obstacle for all conservative activists is the reluctance of our solid GOP citizens to question — face to face — their politicians. 
Angelo Codevilla tells us how we once did it better–
“Our founding generation was very well educated. Abraham Lincoln — Stephen Douglas debated on the highest level in front of a bunch of farmers – who understood what they were saying. The debates were recorded by a stenographer. The stenographer recorded the crowd saying, ‘Stick to the point, Lincoln.’ ‘No, no, Douglas — not so!’ Now can you imagine our people, our audiences, at the debates challenging the logic of the debaters?” (Highlighting Forum’s.)
The education of these farmers was likely from McGuffey Readers and the King James Bible – not from the over-priced but mal-performing “universities” and “community colleges” of today

Time is running out to hold our civil society together and our freedoms intact. This GOP primary is no ordinary contest in ordinary times. Let us pray it results in an extraordinary selection.

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We had earlier suggested five questions for Virginia 10 GOP primary candidates —

To Tenth District Virginia GOP Primary Candidate X–
(1)    Amnesty. Conservative immigration experts have said here (at 3:30) that we should not even negotiate over amnesty until the border has been secured, until interior enforcement has been underway, and until both have cleared all legal hurdles and have been successfully in place for more than a few months.
  • Do you agree?
Let us add: NumbersUSA reports on Virginia 10 that–
Howie Lind is the only one of the candidates to fill out a NumbersUSA candidate survey on immigration issues. The voters of the 10th District deserve to know where the other candidates stand. To see the survey click here. Questions in this survey are great examples of what you could submit for the Voter Town Hall.” (Highlighting Forum’s.) We can still undo much of the damage from health-care and health-insurance disasters like Obamacare. We can roll back industry-killing EPA regulations. We cannot, however, reverse nation-changing Big Immigration legislation with which the GOP Establishment is enamored.
(2)   Defense cutbacks. Defense experts have been sounding the alarm here (beginning at 6:00) over serious Administration cutbacks in our combat forces and our nuclear capability. The Constitution prescribes “the common defense” as a central duty of the Federal government.
Primary candidate Howie Lind has significant military and defense department experience. He was among the first to raise serious questions about Benghazi. Recall that the House GOP leadership remains obdurate in opposing a select panel to get to the bottom of this outrage.
  • If elected, what would you do to strengthen the common defense immediately — even if it is an unwelcome priority for the House GOP leadership? 
(3)   Recently the Virginia House of Delegates commended “A Mosque With A Dark Past” here.  We reported that the Virginia state senate followed suit and approved here this reckless resolution. Why reckless? Because the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center can now use this “endorsement” of the Virginia General Assembly for everything from money-raising to helping justify zoning requests to intimidating critics with the help of a credulous old (and new) media. The General Assembly commendation will be a badge of respectability.  John Guandolo declared here:  “One has to wonder if gross ignorance among elected officials of the jihadi threat to America could get any worse – then in walks the Virginia Legislature.” Consider the details in Guandolo’s post “Virginia State House Commends Hamas”
Howie Lind signed ACT for America’s protest, and delegate Bob Marshall made a thoughtful statement of support for Act.
  • If you are a delegate, how did you vote on the Mosque commendation and why?
(4)   Death panels in Obamacare. One of the most toxic provisions of the Obamacare legislation is the so-called Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). Stanley Kurtz has called the IPAB “the real death panel” here. The wider-ranging constitutional dangers of the IPAB are listed here.
There is substantial doubt that the current House leadership plans to do little more than “fix” Obamacare even if the GOP makes substantial gains next November in the Congressional elections.
  • If elected, what will you do to see that the IPAB provision gets defunded?
(5)   House Republican leadership. 
  • If so, tell us your reasons why. If not, explain whom you would prefer.

2014 Election Richard Falknor on 15 Mar 2014

Who Speaks For Us In The VA 10 House GOP Primary?

“ Put not your trust in princes . . . .”Psalm 146

The Virginia Tenth District Republican Congressional Committee announced here the

“Western 10th District Debate & Forum
Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
Winchester, VA.”

As the invitation helpfully listed

“Six candidates have officially filed to run for the Republican Nomination.
They are Delegate Barbara Comstock, Delegate Bob Marshall, Stephen Hollingshead, Marc Savitt, Howie Lind and Rob Wasinger. All have been invited to attend!”
LadyLiberty-Amnesty6-2013

How would Virginia 10 candidates stand up to the tremendous pressures on Republican elected officials to reach a “deal” with Democrats on “Immigration Reform.”

Many conservatives and conservatively-inclined independents see our country in grave peril.

They find, to put it charitably, that uncritical cheering squads for this or that GOP celebrity candidate are way out of place in these times.

Detailed voting — or position records — or both — matter. Loyalty to the Republic (to use an old-fashioned phrase) matters. And grit matters almost equally. 

Blindly following Party “talking points” and reflexive “team playing” over the last decade and a half have contributed substantially to our present discontents.

Perhaps the biggest obstacle for all conservative activists is the reluctance of our solid GOP citizens to question — face to face — their politicians. 

Angelo Codevilla summed it up–

“Our founding generation was very well educated. Abraham Lincoln — Stephen Douglas debated on the highest level in front of a bunch of farmers – who understood what they were saying. The debates were recorded by a stenographer. The stenographer recorded the crowd saying, ‘Stick to the point, Lincoln.’ ‘No, no, Douglas — not so!’ Now can you imagine our people, our audiences, at the debates challenging the logic of the debaters?” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

The education of these farmers was likely from McGuffey Readers and the King James Bible – not from the over-priced but mal-performing “universities” and “community colleges” of today.

We have no idea what questions will be allowed to be raised at today’s debate; nor do we believe that politically incorrect but revealing exchanges will suddenly burst out between the candidates.

The Legacy Media will do its best to intimidate any of the six Republicans who transgress the rules of Cultural Marxism.

But today is a good starting point to get some of the tough candidate questions into the Republican conversation for coming meet-and-greet sessions and into the wider blogger media.

Five examples–

“Tenth District Virginia GOP Candidate X–

(1)    Amnesty. Conservative immigration experts have said here that we should not even negotiate over amnesty until the border has been secured, until interior enforcement has been underway, and until both have cleared all legal hurdles and have been successfully in place for more than a few months.

Do you agree?

(2)   Defense cutbacks. Defense experts have been sounding the alarm here (beginning at 6:00) over serious Administration cutbacks in our combat forces and our nuclear capability. The Constitution prescribes “the common defense” as a central duty of the Federal government.

If elected, what would you do to strengthen the common defense — even if it is an unwelcome priority for the House GOP leadership? 

(3)   Last week the Virginia House of Delegates commended “A Mosque With A Dark Past” here.  We reported that the Virginia state senate followed suit and approved here this reckless resolution. Why reckless? Because the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center can now use this “endorsement” of the Virginia General Assembly for everything from money-raising to helping justify zoning requests to intimidating critics with the help of a credulous old (and new) media. The General Assembly commendation will be a badge of respectability.  John Guandolo declared here:  “One has to wonder if gross ignorance among elected officials of the jihadi threat to America could get any worse – then in walks the Virginia Legislature.” Consider the details in Guandolo’s post “Virginia State House Commends Hamas”

If you are a delegate, how did you vote on this commendation and why?

For all the candidates, what is your view on the “Civilization Jihad” threat to America?  To northern Virginia?

(4)   Death panels in Obamacare (IPAB). One of the most toxic provisions of the Obamacare legislation is the so-called Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). Stanley Kurtz has called the IPAB “the real death panel” here. The wider-ranging constitutional dangers of the IPAB are listed here.

If elected, what will you do to see that this provision gets defunded particularly since there is substantial doubt that the current House leadership plans to do more than “fix” Obamacare — even if the GOP makes substantial gains next November in the Congressional elections?

(5)   House Republican leadership. If elected, will you vote to continue the Boehner-Cantor Leadership Team? 

If so, tell us your reasons why. If not, explain whom you would prefer.”

These “five [not-so-]easy pieces” constitute the first set of our questions to these GOP primary candidates for United States Representative from Virginia’s 10th District.

"Once, said the GOP Leader at last, with a deep sigh, "I was a real Republican." With apologies to Alice In Wonderland.

“Once, said the GOP Leader at last, with a deep sigh, “I was a real Republican.”
With apologies to Alice In Wonderland.

Big Republican Donors vs. Conservative Voters

More questions are coming on whether the House should assert its constitutional powers of the purse and of initiating impeachment proceedings; and whether the GOP should, as senator Jeff Sessions urges here, reach out to Blue Collar America of all ethnicities — rather than to keep embracing the Beltway GOP’s post-Reagan posture of accommodation, ‘managing’ not downsizing big government, and quietly accepting the prevailing politically correct culture.

Again, a fundamental question for conservatives across America and in — or apart from — the GOP: who will help us take our country back?

Sadly, at this point, the House GOP leadership has left us “political orphans.”

 

 

 

2014 Election Richard Falknor on 02 Mar 2014

Tea Partiers Stay On Cantor’s Trail Into His Home Turf!

Sign Message From March 1, 2014 Demonstrators

Sign Message From March 1, 2014 Demonstrators

Yesterday in Glen Allen, Virginia, members of the Richmond Tea Party and grass-roots activists from Maryland continued their on-the-ground demonstrations here against the reelection of Representative Eric Cantor in his own Seventh Congressional District.

The House Majority Leader faces challenger David Brat in the June 10 Virginia GOP primary.

Marylander Ed Hunter reports that around 25 demonstrators turned out beginning at 7:30 AM at the Oust Cantor Rally at West Broad Street and Cox Road in Glen Allen to bring their messages of no amnesty and no more capitulation directly to the participants at the Eric Cantor Breakfast.

Why oppose Cantor?

Richard Viguerie’s CHQ staff adds to the chorus of conservative dissatisfaction here — 

As we keep reminding ourselves and our friends and readers: It’s the Primaries, stupid! Eric Cantor long ago abandoned whatever principles he may have had when first elected and, we should emphasize, any pretense of serving in Congress to advance conservative governance. Eric Cantor is all about maintaining the power of the Republican establishment and that is indeed the opposite of what we are looking for in a conservative leader.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Activist Hunter estimates public viewership of yesterday’s Glen Allen event at 5000 cars. 

“We welcome volunteers from Maryland and northern Virginia” he declared (email him here).

2014 Election Richard Falknor on 06 Feb 2014

FLASH — LIND TO RUN! VA 10: More Faces In House GOP Primary? Grooming Comstock?

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February 7! His campaign this evening just told Blue Ridge Forum that Howie Lind will run for the Republican nomination for United States Representative from Virginia’s 10th Congressional District.

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“At present, we are getting rolled in Washington.  Democrats have pushed an omnibus bill, a disastrous farm bill, endless debt ceiling increases, and amnesty for illegals.  Instead of an equal and opposing force in the opposite direction, Republicans have….. pushed an omnibus bill, a disastrous farm bill, endless debt ceiling increases, and amnesty for illegals. There is a serious lack of leadership and vision within the Republican Party.”  –Daniel Horowitz

This week some northern Virginia Republican nabobs privately urged, we are told, that other candidates should get out of delegate Barbara Comstock’s way in her primary sprint for the 10th Congressional District GOP nomination. (This is the seat now held by retiring Representative Frank Wolf.)

Why?

These GOP luminaries contended that Mrs. Comstock had been groomed for this seat for some time, according to our source. The implication was that it was her turn.

Of course, this nominating practice has too often been the “Republican Way.”

In more tranquil times, this practice was pernicious.

In a time of national peril, it is unthinkable.

The Hill’s Cameron Joseph writes here “Comstock hauls $300K in first month as House candidate in Va.”

Since her campaign is the only current public source for this, perhaps they should furnish the list of contributors to her Congressional campaign?

Faithful readers will recall some of  Mrs. Comstock’s contributors here to her Virginia campaigns — this list includes two substantial contributions from gay-marriage advocates:

  • $80,000 from New York financier Paul Singer  (See more Singer background here in Politico’s “Pro-gay rights super PAC backs 3 GOPers”)
  • $18,713 from gay-marriage legal star Theodore B. Olson (scroll down in link).

New significant (and maybe not-so-significant) faces in the race?

Meanwhile Ben Pershing of the Washington Post reports here “Hill aide Wasinger enters race for Frank Wolf seat; Bob Marshall, Howie Lind also eye bids”–

“[Robert]Wasinger made clear in an interview that he planned to run at his foes from the right.
‘I fear that conservatives are not going to be well-represented with the choices that are out there now,’ Wasinger said. ‘I’m going to run an insurgent, aggressive grass-roots campaign.’”

Conservatives expect their candidates to advance their principles; in times like the present, to run some extraordinary risks to help take back our country and culture; and to speak forcefully for us.

Remember here “our lives, our fortunes, our sacred honor.”

For any 10th District GOP conservative nominee to stand on principle today means standing against the current House GOP leadership:

  • on their abdicating their power of the purse here;
  • on their toxic immigration schemes here;
  • on their lack of dedication — since the House GOP leadership came to power in January of 2011 — to repealing Obamacare here;
  • on their attachment to crony-capitalism as seen in the nearly $1 trillion 949-page farm and food-stamp bill here that the House passed last week;
  • on their flight here from getting the facts out on Benghazi, their turning an indifferent eye here to our secretary of state’s undermining the security of our ally Israel, their complicity in the destruction of Christians in Syria here, and their allowing our national defense to weaken significantly.

And this is just the start of the list.

The worst thing we conservatives can do in tracking this significant Virginia GOP primary is to allow any of the major contenders to avoid blunt and detailed answers on such vital questions. 

NRO’s John O’Sullivan points here to an essential key: “an American blue-collar vote that the Democrats have alienated but that the Republicans have not bothered to woo.” In this connection, VDARE’s James Kirkpatrick explains here “Sen. Jeff Sessions Winning Fight To Make GOP A ‘National Conservative’ Party.”

We’ll be waiting to see who carries the conservative banner in this nationally important primary race, and how well.

2014 Election Richard Falknor on 31 Jan 2014

Paths for Barbara Comstock: McMorris Rodgers? Ann Coulter?

“Rank-and-file House Republicans are the last line of defense for working Americans.”
Senator Jeff Sessions

House Virginia Tenth District House hopeful Barbara Comstock has a wide spectrum of endorsers, but one wonders where she stands on the specific battleground concerns of today’s conservatives.

Is Virginia delegate Comstock planning a House career in line with Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers who delivered the official Republican response here to the president’s State of the Union address last Tuesday?

House GOP Tries "Soft Power"  (Image Credit:Alex Johansen)

House GOP Tries “Soft Power”
(Image Credit:Alex Johansen)

Said Breitbart’s Tony Lee here, “McMorris Rodgers ‘More Hopeful’ Republican Vision Leaves Obama Unscathed”–

“‘Ain’t going to beat Hillary with that,’ Conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham said on Wednesday. 
‘I mean these people will slice and dice you,’ Ingraham added. ‘I mean Romney tried that, remember?’”

Adds Jeffrey Lord here in The American Spectator – “Timidity as biography.

Ann Coulter In An Earlier Life As Molly Pitcher (Currier & Ives)

Ann Coulter In An Earlier Life As Molly Pitcher
(Currier & Ives)

Or will Comstock speak for America as Ann Coulter did here when she declared “GOP Crafts Plan To Wreck The Country, Lose Voters?”

“The only ones opposed to our current immigration policies are the people.
But are they going to give John Boehner a job when he’s no longer House speaker, as some big business lobbyist will?
Will they help Marco Rubio run for president on the claim that, as a Cuban, he can appeal to Hispanics? (Fat chance.)
Will they bundle contributions for Eric Cantor’s re-election, as well-heeled donors will?
Will they be enough to re-elect Kevin McCarthy to Congress so he can keep his gold-plated government health insurance?
Will they be the ones writing Darrell Issa’s flattering New York Times obituary?
Sorry, Americans. You lose.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Barbara Comstock & Traditional Marriage

And will delegate Comstock speak for Virginia by calling out Attorney General Mark Herring for his refusal to defend traditional marriage embodied in Virginia’s constitution?

We may have missed it (if so, please let us know), but we haven’t heard her outrage over this refusal to defend what delegate Bob Marshall terms Virginia’s “2006 voter-approved one-man, one-woman Marriage Amendment.”

One thing we didn’t miss, however, was Comstock’s substantial campaign contributions (2009-2013) here that she received from two paladins of gay marriage:

  • $80,000 from New York financier Paul Singer  (See more Singer background here in Politico’s “Pro-gay rights super PAC backs 3 GOPers”)

  • $18,713 from gay-marriage legal star Theodore B. Olson (scroll down in link).

The people of Virginia very recently voted to make traditional marriage an explicit part of their constitution.  

Recall that the members of the Virginia General Assembly take an oath here (scroll down to “Oath or affirmation”) to support the constitution of Virginia.

And The Larger Conservative Picture?

We’ll be revisiting the Comstock Campaign soon with more basic questions from the Right:

  • Ted Cruz on immigration here vs. Paul Ryan here? Which side is she on?
  • How does she view the nearly $1 trillion 949-page farm and food-stamp bill  here that the House passed this week? Would the good candidate Comstock have voted “yes” with the House GOP leadership, or “no” with the 63 Republican conservatives who opposed it?
  • Retiring Representative Frank Wolf, who has long held the Congressional seat that delegate Comstock is trying to win, has labored mightily for a select committee to get to the bottom of Benghazi. The House GOP leadership has been obdurate in opposing a select committee. Would Barbara Comstock carry on Mr. Wolf’s push for a serious probe of Benghazi — in the teeth of the House leadership?

Ruling Class vs. Country Class Again?

There is no doubt that Barbara Comstock has a strong, if not commanding lead for the Tenth District House nomination.

She blends very well into the genteel  and well-manicured ways of the northern Virginia GOP Establishment.

But will that gentility blind her and her own Party network to our great danger from a revolutionary White House? 

Will it keep her from reaching out persuasively to Blue Collar America of all ethnicities (as John O’Sullivan and senator Jeff Sessions urge here) who suffer right now from Obamacare and its economic consequences, and will suffer more from any GOP amnesty schemes? 

And how will she explain her connections with gay-marriage financier Paul Singer when she seeks the support of evangelicals, both Protestant and Roman Catholic?

We hope she can reach and persuade those Republicans and conservative-leaning independents and Reagan Democrats in the Tenth District who felt a cold kinship or none at all with governor Mitt Romney in his 2012 presidential campaign.

It really does come down to whether Tenth District House candidate Comstock will be independent enough to speak for America and help us take back our country and our culture.

2014 Election Richard Falknor on 04 Feb 2013

Beltway GOP Strikes Back! Rove Gang Eyes Senate Primaries

UPDATE FEBRUARY 5! Last night Mark Levin weighed in – -“Mark takes on the Republican Establishment and the likes of Karl Rove and others who are actively trying to shut down conservative politicians and conservative groups. The Establishment sees the people and the Tea Party movement as a threat to their power and want to stop it any way they can. Not only are we in a political battle with President Obama, but now we have to fight within the Republican Party because they are losing their way.” Click here.

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Last Saturday’s New York Times article by Jeff Zeleny “Top Donors to Republicans Seek More Say in Senate Races”  — reported

“COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — The biggest donors in the Republican Party are financing a new group to recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts who Republican leaders worry could complicate the party’s efforts to win control of the Senate.” [Note how conservatives are associated with ‘far-right,’ the Tea Party is linked to ‘enthusiasts,’ and the Iowa dateline —  leading to the story’s political target: national immigration-enforcement voice and Iowa Representative Steve King. -ed]

In response, RedState chief Erick Erickson declared

American Crossroads is creating a new Super PAC to crush conservatives, destroy the tea party, and put a bunch of squishes in Republican leadership positions. Thank God they are behind this. In 2012, they spent hundreds of millions of rich donors’ money and had jack to show for it.
It is interesting though. The people who brought us No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, TARP, the GM bailout, Harriet Miers, etc., etc., etc. are really hacked off that people have been rejecting them. In 2012, about the only successful Republican candidates were the ones who directly rejected the legacy of these people.”

Added Erickson —

“Weeding out candidates will not be the problem. The problem will come when conservatives do rally and Karl Rove disagrees. In calling his group the ‘Conservative Victory Project’ he intends to lend a veneer of conservative credibility to candidates who may not be — in the same way the Bush Presidency tried to create ‘big government conservatism.’” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Daniel Horowitz (Madison Project) also shot back  in his “The Snakes in the GOP Grass” —

“We are looking for one party that is willing to fight for the restoration of our Republic, not jettison every tenet of our Constitution under the false allurement of electoral success.  One by one, people like Karl Rove seek to crush another sacred belief of the conservative base.  All social issues? Gone. Enforcement before amnesty? No way.  Stay strong on taxes? Forget about it. Fight Obamacare? That’s a done deal.  Folks, we must win back the soul of the Republican Party before we can effect any positive change.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Last month, Scott Rasmussen spotlighted this effort of the Republican wing of the Big Government Party in his “Republican Establishment Declares War on GOP Voters” —

“So, according to Politico, the Washington team is gearing up a new effort to protect incumbents and limit the ability of Republican voters to successfully challenge establishment candidates.
That makes sense to those whose sole goal is winning a majority in Congress rather than changing the course of government policy. Seen from the outside, though, it sounds like the professional politicians are saying that the only way to win is to pick more candidates like the insiders. Hearing that message, the reaction of many Republican and conservative voters is, ‘Why bother?’ That’s why more than two-thirds of Republican voters believe GOP officials in Washington have lost touch with the party’s base.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

And it’s not just GOP officials in Washington, D. C. 

  • The Maryland GOP is shamed by its failure to mobilize voters to reject two measures – legalizing same-sex marriage and allowing in-state tuition for illegals — which were successfully and after great effort referred to that state’s voters last November.  The GOP support for rejecting these laws in the general election was nearly invisible. But the number of Maryland voters rejecting the two measures exceeded statewide support for governor Romney in November (click here). Getting behind traditional marriage and strict immigration-control would have made the Maryland GOP more “inclusive” – in the conservative sense — by reaching working class and traditional-values voters of all colors.
  • The Republican governor of Virginia is — and represents – the bigger-government wing (click here and scroll down) of his party. As we noted, Ron Utt goes to the heart of the matter in his — “Governor McDonnell’s Seppuku Transportation Plan” (BearingDrift).  Author and longtime Heritage expert Utt declared–
“Sadly, the Governor’s new views on transportation are not unique, nor are they materially different from those of Maryland’s Governor Martin O’Malley, President Barrack Obama, the Sierra Club, the Piedmont Environmental Council, Smart Growth America, and a host of other progressive entities and persons. While there is not the time or space here to get into the flaws in the many individual components of this plan, one can’t help but be impressed by the Governor’s and the Attorney General’s apparent breathtaking turnaround on the Silver Line (Dulles Rail), one of the largest and costliest real estate deals on the East Coast, which — by the sponsor’s own admission to U.S. DOT — will have no lasting impact on congestion or air quality. Nonetheless, the Governor’s proposed tax increases will fund a $300 million grant to Dulles Rail, provided that ‘the reforms identified by the U.S. Department of Transportation Inspector General are implemented.’ In human speak what the governor is saying is that this funding will be withheld until a corrupt and mismanaged, multi-billion dollar wasteful boondoggle is reformed into just a multi-billion dollar, wasteful boondoggle.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Daniel Horowitz illuminates the choice the GOP must make between the Conservative Base and Ruling Class Republicans. As Horowitz reveals (see his fuller quote above) – –

“One by one, people like Karl Rove seek to crush another sacred belief of the conservative base.  All social issues? Gone. Enforcement before amnesty? No way.  Stay strong on taxes? Forget about it. Fight Obamacare? That’s a done deal.”

Horowitz also reported —

“As I solicit feedback from grassroots Republicans throughout the country in preparation for the 2014 elections, I’m struck by the deep sense of pain and disquiet that has penetrated the very core of our base.”

At the state and county levels, party gatherings should be addressing these Rove vs. Conservative Base choices — and this grassroots pain and disquiet.

Even local Party organs ignore this profound conflict, perhaps fearing that to raise the issue would bring state and national apparatchiks and, even more dangerous, the many content-flexible GOP candidates down on their heads.

Unless they do so, however, there will be little basis to judge GOP candidates and, in pollster Rasmussen’s words (see larger quote above)  —

“… the reaction of many Republican and conservative voters [would be], ‘Why bother?’”

Or as Mark Steyn reminded us where Obamacare  is fully established —

“Right-of-center parties will once in a while be in office, but never in power, merely presiding over vast left-wing bureaucracies that cruise on regardless. Republicans seem to have difficulty grasping this basic dynamic.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

The Rove-backed Conservative Victory Project may not win any general elections for Republican Senate candidates.  But if the Romney primary campaign is any precursor, the Project — claiming it won’t be ‘squeamish’ — will do the Left’s work by bankrolling media damage to conservative primary candidates.  And will this anti-conservative Project extend their reach to House primaries?

 

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