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Saturday, January 14, 2006

What does 'Republican' mean?

I recently had the opportunity to speak with John Taylor, President of the Virginia Institute for Public Policy and progenitor of the Freedom and Prosperity Agenda. Taylor got me fired up about the conservative agenda in Virginia. We seem to agree that one of the biggest problems facing the GOP in Virginia has been a lack of ideas. As I have said before, ideas are absolutely necessary to winning elections.

After talking to Taylor, I was beginning to have a tiny bit of faith that the conservatives in the Virginia Senate might begin moving things in the right direction this session. Unfortunately, after reading this post on One Man's Trash this morning, that faith is pretty much shattered. Apparently, there are only 4 individuals in the Senate Reublican caucus who truly care about the integrity of our Party.

Allowing Potts to retain his Chairmanship after his conduct this past year is a complete joke and the worst kind of political backscratching. This has nothing to do with Pott's so-called "principles." Anyone who thinks Potts gives a whit about the Republican Party is either very naive or very foolish. It is clear that Potts' only principle is to look out for No.1.

Folks, there is a big difference between having a"Big Tent" and allowing individuals to align themselves with your party while at the same time doing everything in their power to undermine your ability succeed. There is plenty of room in the GOP for all kinds of views and all kinds of people. What there shouldn't be room for are saboteurs of Russ Potts' ilk.


Blogger James Atticus Bowden said...

So, get busy finding better candidates to replace 5 to 12 Senators and 17 Delegates who run as Republicans, but aren't trustworthy to the Virginia Republican Creed. This is the year to find and fund the best candidates to run in 07.

4:43 PM

Blogger Ben Kyber said...

Unfortunately, thats a sure fire way to lost a majority of those 22-29 seats.

Consituents love guys like Chichester. Force him out, and you'll lose the seat for sure. I want to thank you in advance for advocating a move that would be sure to erase the Republican majority in the General Assembly.

11:26 AM

Blogger James Atticus Bowden said...

Ben Kyber: I am elected by Republicans to 3 Party offices - at the local, district and state level. The majority of Republicans who are active in the Party don't see a point in having a Republican majority if they don't govern as Republicans. If they ignore the Party - see RPV State Central resolutions - and mock them. If they can't follow the simple standards of the Virginia Republican Creed, then so what if real Democrats win and rule. It's just a matter of time until we send real Republicans (they are called Conservatives of conscience, principle and purpose) and win the majority in both houses. Our ideas and issues are ascendant. The loss of seats is local and temporary - if it happens.

11:49 AM

Blogger Madisonian said...

Mr. Bowden,
Does disagreeing with some of the tenents of the RPV State party make one not a Republican? For instance, can one be a pro-choice Republican? I, for one, have always considered myself a Republican because it more closely aligns with my fiscally conservative, socially moderate beliefs. Do I have to march lockstep with the state party to be a Republican?
I think the point of Old Zach's post was that there is a difference between idealogical disagreement (say, over whether new taxes are necessary for transportation projects) and outright party betrayal. When Potts abandoned the party to run as an independent, he disavowed his party ties, and for that reason should have been removed. Had he simply stayed in the party, I don't think a vote for new taxes should be sufficient to remove him from the chair.
Reasonable people can (and should) disagree on policy. What they cannot do is abandon the team, then expect to return as though nothing has happened.

11:47 AM


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