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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Wishful Thinking

I see that Waldo Jaquith is waxing philosophical about this Style Weekly article and once again predicting the emminent downfall of the Republican Party in Virginia.

I hate to rain on his parade, and I'm certainly not saying we don't have our share of problems, but let me just remind folks about a few victories that the Republican Party of Virginia can be proud of:
  • Going for the Republican candidate in 10 straight Presidential elections
  • Both U.S. Senators
  • 8 of 11 U.S. Congressmen
  • Two out of three Statewide offices
  • 57 of 100 State Delegates
  • 23 of 40 State Senators
Again, this is not to say that everything is hunky-dory, but rather to say that there is a lot for Republicans in Virginia to be optimistic about. We obviously need to continue to work hard to elect Republican candidates, but the fact is that a large number of Virginians agree with our message and that fact has been proven again and again at the ballot box.


Blogger Waldo Jaquith said...

Note, though, that the Style Weekly is talking about trends, whereas you're talking about a snapshot in time.

It's as if an inch of snow had fallen, it's coming down hard, there are huge storm clouds on the horizon, forecasts are calling for another two feet, and you're saying "yeah, but there's only this one inch right now, so what's the big deal?" That's fine, but you still might want to fill the bathtub and chop some more wood.

10:25 PM

Blogger Old Zach said...

I think going from about 6 GOP members of the General Assembly to 80 GOP members of the General Assembly in 30 years or so marks a pretty convincing trend.

As i said, I'm not saying that there are no storm clouds on the horizon, but I am saying that Virginia remains a conservative state (which you also concede in your post).

Point is, recent losses in a few races here and there may indicate a Democratic trend or it may simply be a few isolated races decided on more local issues or differences with particular candidates.

Personally, I think the current levels of party representation in the legislature are closer to the State's actual demographic make-up than during the high-water mark of the late 90s. I don't think that necessarily marks a Democratic trend, nor do I buy the idea that Republicans will soon be out of power in Virginia for a decade or so.

That is what I see as wishful thinking.

11:36 PM

Blogger James Atticus Bowden said...

Virginia is less R or D than C. Virginia, even with Federally-Occupied-Zone of NoVa attached, is a 55/45 or 60/40 conservative state on issue after issue. The folks who represent those views will win - ultimately.

Which is why we need to swap out a goodly number of the Rs in the GA for Conservative Rs. It'll be a tough intramural game, but Conservatives will prevail.

11:17 AM


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