With the Democratic primary coming up tomorrow, I have one question for you. Are you planning to vote, and if so, for whom? Personally I enjoy voting in the Democratic primaries and always do so when there is no Republican primary. It gives me yet another chance to voice my opinion. For our out-of-state friends, Virginia has open primaries which means that any registered voter can vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary as long as they do not vote in both. We selected our candidate via convention this year, which means that I can vote for a Democratic candidate too. You see…there is no party registration in Virginia. We don’t have registered Republicans, Democrats, Greens, Libertarians, Constitutionalists, or anything else. The state cannot restrict a primary to members of a certain party when there is no registration. When it comes to selecting Republican candidates, I greatly prefer a convention to a primary, but that is a discussion for another day.
Anyway, tomorrow is voting day. So for whom are you going to vote? I’ve heard two competing theories when it comes to voting in the opposing party’s primary. Either you vote for the candidate you think is least electable in the hopes of giving your candidate the greatest chance of victory or you vote for the candidate who is the most acceptable or more closely matches your own views in case that candidate wins. Although both theories have their potential benefits and negatives, I prefer the latter. For example, in 2006, I voted for Jim Webb over Harris Miller. Did I want Jim Webb to beat George Allen? Certainly not! However, if a Democrat did win the seat, I would definitely want the more conservative of the two to represent me. The same holds true for the Democratic nomination for Governor. Obviously, I want to see Bob McDonnell as Governor. But I emphatically do not want a hardcore liberal in the mansion. Therefore, of the three Democratic choices, I intend to vote for Creigh Deeds. He is more supportive of our Second Amendment rights and the state death penalty. I certainly don’t want a Clinton insider and DNC operative like McAuliffe running Virginia, and Moran seems like a typical liberal supporting abortion, so-called immigration reform, and government meddling in health care. Now don’t think for even a moment that I endorse Creigh Deeds, but among the three candidates, I find him least objectionable.
If, on the other hand, you want to follow the opposite theory, I would recommend voting for Brian Moran. McAuliffe is too well funded and connected and Deeds can offer more appeal to moderates and independents. Either way, the good news is, regardless of which Democratic candidate gets the nomination, polls presently indicate that Bob McDonnell should beat all of them.
So don’t forget to vote in to in the Democratic primary tomorrow. I know that I won’t.
You may wonder why it has taken me so much time to write about the recent convention. Originally I planned on writing a detailed log of everything that happened over the weekend; however, after several pages, I deemed the post too lengthy. Therefore, here are just a handful of reflections based upon the event.
First, they needed more signs during registration in the Coliseum. I wandered the halls for a good half hour looking for the registration table. It was very frustrating.
The suites, like last year proved to be the excitement on Friday night. Thanks to the RPV for sponsoring The Jeffersoniad suite. It’s very gratifying to have a party and a chairman who values blogs such as my own. We got quite a lot of visitors. Perhaps you picked up one of my newly printed business cards there. I’m hoping to incorporate that new logo into my website soon. Of course the candidates had their suites too. I visited them all with the exception of Foster’s. Unfortunately, I didn’t discover the location of the Foster suite until after it had closed. The McDonnell/Bolling suite was absolutely huge, with rows of food tables, large crowds, and a band. Although the Cuccinelli suite promised cannoli, it was all gone in less than an hour. I suppose that fact alone highlighted the popularity of Senator Cuccinelli (and free food too).
Let’s move on to the topic of the hotel. Although things went smoothly at the Richmond Marriott last year, this time was quite a different story. Now I admit it, I’m a very light sleeper. So, when I discovered that my room was directly over the Jacuzzi, I was less than thrilled. How can you sleep when your bed vibrates and you hear a very noticeable and constant vrum vrum vrum? As the hotel was full, I couldn’t switch rooms. With little option, I sat slouched in a chair in the lobby watching Glenn Beck. But salvation did come. I owe much thanks to both Jason and Sean Kenney, who offered me a spot in their hotel room. The next morning, the valet couldn’t find my car keys, so it took considerable time to get my luggage into my vehicle. I hated to miss breakfast as a result of this added delay, but had no other choice. To say that I was merely disappointed with my stay at the Marriott is a gross understatement.
The Saturday convention was quite a spectacle. Although not packed to the brim, there were still thousands upon thousands of Republican activists from throughout the state. The whole event was a bit like a huge family reunion as you got to see and speak with folks who you haven’t seen in a long while. The RPV had reserved a row for bloggers near the stage. Be it for better or worse, I decided to spend most of my time with my fellow Harrisonburg delegates. It may have been a mistake in that I would have had a better view of the stage and could have generated more publicity for this blog. On the other hand, if I did, I wouldn’t have had the chance to meet Mr. Wilson, a fellow Harrisonburger. I did enjoy my conversations with him.
I thought that the list of speakers was far too great. Obviously I was expecting the candidates to speak along with Sean Hannity, and many of the other speakers were good, but time seemed to drag by. Speaking of Sean Hannity, I must say that I don’t really care for him. First and foremost, time and time again during the 2008 campaign he offered callous disrespect for Ron Paul. From my experiences listening to him on the TV and radio, he wraps himself in a blanket of egotism, lambasting any person who holds a differing viewpoint, even those on the right, as small-minded, unpatriotic, and downright stupid. Far too often he lashes out at his critics, not as one would logically expect, with refutations and rebuttals, but with bursts of vitriolic hatred and insults. While his friends and yes-men are unquestioned “great Americans”, his critics, “hate America” and are “ignorant”. He began his dialogue talking about Alan Colmes, his former partner. He joked that Colmes quit the show after Hannity gave him a birthday present of a hunting trip with Dick Cheney I found his supposed humor tasteless. Although I often disagree with Colmes, the notion of having Cheney maiming or killing Colmes is downright disgusting. I know what some of you will say…Joshua, lighten up! It was just a harmless joke. But even in jest, what kind of conservative or Christian ethic does such a joke promote? Should we wish for the death of all liberals? I didn’t hear the rest of Hannity’s speech as I left the auditorium until he had finished.
Then came the slate of candidates. There are two in particular that need mentioning. First, I thought Senator Cuccinelli’s presentation was quite entertaining and theatrical. At the start, he had placed a number of supporters throughout the crowd who waved the Gadsden flag. I remarked to a fellow delegate that unfurling such a flag might get one labeled as a terrorist in the state of Missouri, as you might “gasp” support the crazy notion of a limited Constitutional government. Then the auditorium faded to black as sound clips played. I also want to make mention of Chairman Mullins’ speech. He made a very refreshing commitment to conservative principles. In addition, it was quite gratifying to both hear and experience his appreciation of bloggers such as myself. After the rest of the speeches came the two hour voting session. Although the vote totals were not released to the public at the time, we were told the results: Bolling for Lt. Governor, Cuccinelli for Attorney General, and Pat Mullins for RPV Chairman. Congrats to all three.
So that, in a nutshell, was the RPV Convention. As my friend Cliff ran his survey again this year, hopefully I can share with you some interesting statistics about the delegates soon. Oh and below are some pictures for you. Hope to see you at the next convention!
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the creation of this blog. It’s hard to believe that it has been a whole year already! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my take of conservative and Republican politics these last 365 days. In celebration of the event, I want to say thanks to a number of bloggers who gave me the encouragement and technical help in the earliest days to get this project up and running.
I’m sure that I’ve left someone off this list who greatly deserves recognition as well. So let me give another shout out to everyone in The Jeffersoniad! I’m proud to be a part of this group of “rabble-rousers”. I’m also pleased to tell you that this blog is now listed on BlogNetNews.
Let us continue to advance our conservative principles in the years to come. Thanks for reading.
After creating my blog here on WordPress, I later discovered another blog using the title “Virginia Conservative”. This one was on another popular blogging site, BlogSpot. I suppose that it is not too surprising…after all there are a vast number of Virginians who do, in fact, consider themselves conservative. I didn’t really dwell on the topic as the last post on that blog was back in 2007, assuming I recall correctly. However, earlier today I received an email from the author of that BlogSpot site. It was mainly a friendly hello, however, he did raise a good point. He wrote,
in the future there may be some confusion between our blogs, where a rather nasty post by me may be attributed to you, or vice versa.
Now, as far as I know I’ve never met the fellow who creates this blog, and I assume both being self-described conservatives from Virginia that we would agree on many issues. Nevertheless, as he writes, you should remember that the views and words of this particular Virginia Conservative do not necessarily reflect the views and words of the other. With only a couple of posts written on his revamped site, I’m not quite sure what to think yet. Anyway go check it out for yourself.