A few moments ago, I received an invite to a new Facebook group. Normally, I just ignore such requests as my inbox is flooded with all sorts of nonsensical junk, but this particular appeal caught my eye. The name of this group is “Republicans Against a George Allen comeback” and bears the following picture.
Although I cannot tell how fast, or if, the Facebook group is growing, or can I see the entire list of supporters, it currently boasts 93 members. Believe it or not, anti-Allen rhetoric in Republican circles is not a new trend. Many years ago, during a political rally some group passed around fliers questioning his pro-life position. Besides the abortion issue, this Facebook group questions his record on gun rights, property rights, and homosexual rights.
Now that contenders are starting to appear for the 2012 Senate Race, former Senator and Governor Allen is named as a possible candidate. According to the information I have gleaned, there are currently three likely candidates: George Allen, Bob Marshall, and Corey Stewart. As a result, over at Virginia Virtucon, they are conducting a straw poll of readers and George Allen is running second behind Delegate and 2008 Senate hopeful, Bob Marshall.
So is this group a natural outgrowth of these camps starting to form or is there a significant number of conservatives who, like the picture states want “anybody but George Allen”? Does this group represent the fringe or the mainstream? I suppose it may be a little early to tell, but I’ll continue to monitor the situation to check to see how the numbers fluctuate and what other issues they raise. But what do you think? Is Allen’s star once again on the rise or is he merely yesterday’s news? As a follow-up, are you pro- or anti-George Allen?