Every so often I receive political emails that can only be considered a complete waste of electronic ink. Today, after the first senatorial debate in Virginia, I got such a message.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee announced that they have picked a winner. Drumroll please…why it is none other that Republican nominee Ed Gillespie. What a surprise! While they are at it, I wonder why they didn’t declare the sky to be blue or that tomorrow the sun will rise in the east.
Who do they get to write these emails and why to they think it is important news for a Republican organization to declare the Republican a winner?
Now, I don’t mean to pick on the Republicans here. I’ve seen Democrats and Libertarians do likewise. But such an action shouldn’t be considered news either.
Earlier this week I attended a meeting of the Augusta County Board of Supervisors. During the public comment period, dozens of folks got up to speak regarding the issue of illegal immigration. And, if I am being objectively honest, I thought a self proclaimed son of Irish immigrants gave the best speech. Now did I agree with his position? No. Nevertheless, I thought his delivery and arguments were well crafted.
There is a temptation to fall into the trap to declare that the person with whom you agree is the clear victor, but I’m hoping we can aim for a little more objectivity. I must confess, I didn’t watch the debate because the organizers excluded one of the candidates. Therefore, I cannot offer any thoughts as to which of the two candidates performed better. Maybe it was Warner, maybe it was Gillespie. But, I encourage you to figure that out for yourself.