June 22, 2007
In the wake of the primary elections last week, the big question is whether the factions of the Republican Party in Virginia can get back together again in time for the fall campaign. Thursday's Washington Post points to a big part of the problem: the absence of a clear statewide leader capable of imposing discipline on the various unruly activists. Because of the fractiousness, the party is in danger of losing the two senate seats held by incumbents who were defeated by anti-tax advocates in last week's primary race. The Democrats need to win only four seats to take control of the senate, so this is no time to get complacent. Everything now hinges on whomever is selected to replace Ed Gillespie as RPV Chairman. The current Executive Director Charlie Judd (whom I had the pleasure to meet when he visited Staunton in February) seems to have the most endorsements lined up so far but former lieutenant governor John Hager is mounting a serious challenge. Talk about a thankless job, when you spend all day fending off petty grievances and trying to broker deals among rival factions, trying to keep everybody on board. Will the mainstream conservatives resist the pressure from those who are threatening to defect from the GOP if they don't get their way?
Thomas Krehbiel was amused by "Spank That Donkey's" claim regarding Bloggers 4 Sayre vs. the Old Dominion Blog Alliance (in reality, the former is a large subset of the latter), so he decided to compile the number of posts each member of B4S did. For the most part, his findings were in accord with my offhand impression. He summarizes:
135 of the 193 posts, or 70%, were authored by Spank That Donkey, SWAC Girl, and Yankee Phillip. Only 10 of 18 bloggers posted more than once. Four bloggers (Scott's Morning Brew, Riley, Not O'Reilly, Black Velvet Bruce Li, and Jim Hoeft) did not post at all.
Finally, in the tables-are-turned department: then-candidate for vice president Al Gore made a campaign speech in 1992 criticizing then-President George H. W. Bush for ignoring the links between Saddam Hussein and terrorism. Kind of ironic in retrospect, wouldn't you say? See it for yourself on YouTube. Hat tip to Stacey.