Part I drew criticism for my tone and style as well as the assault on talk radio. However I feel compelled after Tuesday’s vote for Speaker of the House of Representatives to once again try and focus friends, conservatives (actual and not-so-much), Republicans, and sometime friends of Republicans.
Let me be clear. I am not about to defend Congressman John Boehner (R) of Ohio’s 8th Congressional District. He just got 216 of 408 votes cast. He won. It wasn’t even close. Incidentally Ohio’s 8th District put him on the ballot with 71.5% of the vote in the primary and in his Congressional seat with 67.2% of the vote in the general election. He doesn’t need my help.
But my point isn’t that he is or is not a great guy, it’s that he is irrelevant to me as a Virginian. Once again we allowed ourselves to boil the proverbial ocean and now I see angst at the result. We lost ourselves to Boehner Derangement Syndrome (BDS). More dangerously, we in Northern Virginia were foolishly out of focus with a real election going on.
One of our local House of Delegates members was trying to inspire folks to call their Congressmen to demand that they vote against John Boehner. It’s ironic to note that the morning of this vote you wouldn’t have caught Congresswoman Barbara Comstock in her new office yet. She was shivering in the cold at the polls trying to help elect Republican Craig Parisot to retain the seat she had vacated in Virginia’s House of Delegates. So our ardent Republican Delegate will sit down in this session with a democrat holding the seat previously held by Barbara Comstock. Would that he could have focused on what was important in those closing hours.
How much better would it have been for Virginians to have focused their effort on getting out the vote for Craig Parisot who lost by just over 300 votes? This is what I mean by focus, focus, focus. Instead of sitting on hold on the Congressional switchboard, people could have been influencing their friends and neighbors to go out and vote to keep the 34th District seat in Republican control.
I’m sorry but it comes down to what is or isn’t political activism. What is or isn’t an effective use of our individual time. In truth the ideological difference between Congressmen Boehner and Gomert is not significant though I would grant you that the tactics they may (or may not) employ might be different. However let me tell you that the ideological difference between Craig Parisot and his opponent is manifestly different and we are about to find that out. So what is an effective use of our time? And what would provide the biggest bang for our buck? I hope the answer is obvious.
As for talk radio, I wasn’t listening on Monday night; I was in a public meeting that included two candidates for office in 2015. However I would surmise that the air was being whipped up to drive people to the phones to call their respective Congressman to oppose John Boehner. Again – I don’t care what your view on the Boehner issue is – we had an election on Tuesday. You, me, and all of Virginia would have been better served to call folks in Virginia’s 34th District to get them out on Tuesday and vote. I’ve listened to a lot of talk radio – believe me – but I’ve never heard any of these hosts say “Okay, now you know why we need conservatives in office, now turn off your radio and get to work.” I don’t know where the “bunker” is – but wouldn’t it be the ultimate in irony to find out is was in Virginia’s 34th House of Delegates District?
Perhaps I’ve said it crudely, or assaulted favored icons – but we are taking our collective eyes off the ball. The democrats aren’t beating us, we’re beating ourselves. It might be more fun to give a Hill staffer an earful than it would be banging on your neighbor’s door to ask for their vote – but I can tell you which one is ultimately more effective.