Just in case you haven’t heard yet, several Republican Party State Central Committee members are attempting to boot their own chairman, Jeff Frederick.
Apparently, Republican Att. General and also candidate for Governor, Bob ” a BJ should be a Felony” McDonnell, supports dumping his own party chair before an election. Does the Bobber think he’ll get a lot of support from the many Jeff Frederick backers?
Yea, publicly support shafting your own party chair and alienate core voters as you run for governor. Yes, Bob proves his leadership genius on this one. He calls his chair ineffective? We’ll see.
The Democrat Party, The Libertarian Party, and other third parties must be erupting in cheer over this Va. GOP suicide pact. The Democrats especially. Surely, they must be chomping at the bit to use this obvious division and confusion against Republican candidates in upcoming elections!
I first spotted news on this in a posting by JR Hoeft on Bearing Drift. Later on The Virginian Pilot reported that the Republican candidate for governor, Bob McDonnell, was endorsing the dumping of his own party chair. From there, news continued to spread.
A lot of criticism has been hurled at Republican Chair Jeff Frederick unfairly in my opinion. Most charges fly in the face of the fact that Jeff Frederick was elected as the RPV Chairman during an upheaval in the party. The GOP was already devastated by continual losses statewide, the governors mansion, and the voters tiring of the many years of Republican dominance leading some Republican office holders to embrace “Big Government” and govern as if they were socialist lites. Jeff Frederick had nothing to do with those factors. It wasn’t Jeff Frederick that caused many a voter to no longer believe the GOP was the home to fiscal responsibility. Blame that on the Bush administration and a US Congress that FORMERLY was Republican controlled.
Where do we go from here? Do we argue for sanity in the Republican party knowing that insufferable RINOs in office will do us continued harm? Leave no true competition for Democrat left wingers? Or do we cheer for the RPV destruction in hopes that the Libertarian Party gains more ground in the mainstream? As a former Republican and admirer of Reagan, I admit being torn on this. Additionally there are many good conservatives in the RPV and many Ron Paul Republicans. It isn’t easy for me to just leave them to hang in the aftermath and hope they join the Libertarian Party.
What do you think? How does this affect your vision of Libertarian strategy. How do you think this will affect future races and specifically the upcoming governor’s race?