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.