You know you messed up if the RICHMOND Times Dispatch is calling out your “baseless” attacks in the 10th District.
Late last month Barbara Comstock received the endorsement of Paul Ryan at a breakfast for Eric Cantor in Richmond. Howie Lind was upset by this, saying Ryan was a weak Republican and his endorsement was merely one of the status quo:
“Unfortunately, Paul Ryan has proven himself to be one of those who prefers to compromise and accept Barack Obama’s Socialist Agenda than stand up to him and it appears that Barbara Comstock will vote the same way in Congress.”
“Paul Ryan’s endorsement unfortunately is the Status Quo seal of approval,” the 56-year old retired Navy Commander said. “It’s time to take a stand for what we as conservatives believe and reject the premise of a Socialist future.”
A Richmond Times Dispatch editorial today calls this attack out as “baseless” – and is pasted in full below:
When Mitt Romney named Rep. Paul Ryan his 2012 running mate, he pleased the Republican base. Ryan enjoyed a reputation for bold thinking, especially on entitlements and other items relating to federal overreach. Romney introduced Ryan at rallies in Virginia.
Ryan retains his high profile. He recently attended a Richmond campaign breakfast for Rep. Eric Cantor, R-7 th, fellow GOP “young gun” in the estimation of journalist Fred Barnes.
Ryan also endorsed Del. Barbara Comstock in the campaign to succeed Rep. Frank Wolf, who is retiring from Virginia’s 10th Congressional District. One of Comstock’s competitors denounced the Ryan endorsement, which he claimed identified Comstock as the candidate of the status quo and, we presume, something of a running dog. Ryan, it seems, is not pure enough. Liberals consider him an ideologue.
Comstock is a solid conservative but does not believe in burning the competition at the stake. She gets things done.
Ryan has gone from hero to goat in only two years. We would not be surprised if factions in the base eventually slammed Sarah Palin for being a wimp.
Oh, that’s good.