The latest round in the interminable civil war in the RPV is now going on in full color and in 3D. The Liberal to Moderate wing of the party is forever tired of being called RINO’s. The Conservatives are called crazy, disconnected and worse. Terrence B. wrote an excellent article about the latest outbreak of disunity, if you want the details click here
Right now the party is its own worst enemy in VA. Worse than the Democrats and the liberal media who carry their water. The trouble is how to heal the breach? Not sure it will ever be possible. We are in a civil war, which is why we cannot win a statewide office. We should be turning the state bright red, but we cannot because while the Democrats are our opponents, the real enemy is the other faction in the party.
Perhaps some brutally frank discussion is in order. The purpose of a party is to win elections, not undermine people and publically destroy people in your own party. We all have lost sight of this. Yes. All. If you think the problem is just the other faction, then you are part of the problem.
The rest of this is written from a conservatives perspective. Going forward I do not intend to be even handed; I am focusing on the excesses of the ‘less conservative’ Republican wing. I see issues with both sides in this argument, but I am not interested in making the argument for both sides. I am interested in putting in one perspective and seeing what the other side does. Ergo, a rebuttal is welcome. Denial is not rebuttal and it is getting us nowhere.
When conservative candidates stop seeing ‘those less conservative’ give both tacit and overt support to Democrats during the general election, we will stop using the RINO label. The 2013 general election was proof positive of this at multiple levels. The result of undermining the Republican ticket was Terry-the-Carpet-Bagger in Richmond. How is this better than Cuccinelli?
We lost by 50000 votes. It did not help that some ‘less conservative’ Republicans helped keep the polls open in Fairfax and elsewhere well past 7PM and the recount beyond its appointed time limit as well. It did not help that ‘less conservative’ Republicans openly attacked the candidates after the primary process. It did not help that there were leaks to the press. I will not discuss who was actually voted for in the general … that is in the end a private matter. Who you campaign for is not.
For a little perspective, this sort of collusion is not limited to VA. In 2014, in Mississippi, McDaniels saw the ‘less conservative’ Republican play the race card and pay Democrats to beat him in the primary. Crime me a river Moderates. You are siding with an increasingly progressive Democrat party to beat fellow Republicans in both the primaries and the general elections. Subjecting a fellow Republican to a primary is not a betrayal. Getting Democrats to help you win one is.
This bears repeating: Subjecting a fellow Republican to a primary is not a betrayal. Got it? Once the primary is over, we should close ranks. Being butt hurt about it is not going to help your faction down the road.
It is one thing to fight hard inside the house in order to win the primary. Its another thing to bring it out to the street. It is yet another thing entirely to ask the party across to street to come into your house and help you beat the crap out of your own family. We need to get the fight back into the house, and then get the strangers out of the fight, and keep them out.
Politics is a blood sport. It is ugly. It still beats the alternative. That said, when you have to reach outside the party to beat someone who is supposed to be on your team in the general … you have gone too far. You are breaking the faith. You are breaking your word.
‘Less conservative’ Republicans cannot or will not see the difference, and regularly collude with Democrats to beat more conservative ‘fellow’ Republicans. How then should one refer to these ‘less conservative’ Republicans? Since RINO is to too much for you poor dears, what other term for traitor should we use?