Congratulations to Bill Bolling and his ilk. They have helped elect one of the most notorious politicians known to American politics as Virginia’s new Governor. As a soundly defeated conservative, I have some serious questions for Bolling, Boyd Marcus (former Chief of Staff to Eric Cantor who went to the McAuliffe campaign), N.Y. Times writer David Brooks, and the Rockefeller type Republicans.
First, suppose a qualified candidate stands squarely on the side of defending life on behalf of both mother and child. Suppose that candidate has been effective in pursuing laws that protect both the woman and the child. Should that candidate never run for office because of their commitment to life? Or, as happened in the Cuccinelli campaign, should the candidate never go on the offense on the subject? I would like a serious answer to these questions. In the case of Ken Cuccinelli, the donor money that did make its way into the campaign was prevented from being used not only to answer the “war on women” charges, but the Governor’s funds paid for ridiculous ads about China rather than hitting back on life, or even on the Obamacare issue.
What happened is that McAuliffe and his brutal tribe used the life issue to bludgeon his silent opponent on the very issue the Republicans want to go unanswered. The Republican Party running from Todd Akin when he misspoke signaled to the Democrats that they have every Republican candidate who is pro-life on the ropes…just bang away at them like the silent piñatas they become. The establishment run from Todd Akin and the silencing of candidates on the life issue, despite the constant bashing of Ken Cuccinelli on life, is an indicator of future Democrat success in 2014 and 2016. How many candidates and how many years does it take for the Republican establishment to understand that the unity the Democrats enjoy, no matter what their candidates do or say, is a winning offense? Witness McAuliffe who they knew was deficient, and yet they poured money and support by the millions into the race in order to win.
The bludgeoning team of Planned Parenthood, LGBT organizations, Emily’s List, and other far left organizations went after pro-life and pro-marriage members of the VA legislature too. Bob Marshall and David Ramadan, both outspoken opponents of abortion and gay marriage, weathered the attacks and survived. Delegate Bob Marshall greeted the anti-woman distortions with truth backed up by his own personal cell phone number for anyone who would like to honestly question the legislation he passed. What a guy! If only the Republican establishment would stop the name calling of their own, i.e., “extreme”, “crazy” etc. and ponder the victories that unity after the primaries (or conventions) could bring.