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October 08, 2010

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Dan

"Am I too hard on Allen?"

Of course not. As an engaged Republican you are simply assessing whether or not an Allen candidacy would be in the best interests of your party. And the time for you to do it is now. Before it is too late.

The Politico interview is just one of many venues in which this trial balloon has been floated recently. Clearly Allen is trying to signal he is running very early in order to discourage other possible candidates from getting into the race.

If you think a new face would be better for you than a retread like Allen you had better start talking about it now. Otherwise you will be stuck with him as your nominee.

Loretta Blackshear

Allen was the Tea Party before there was Tea Party.

He was the only candidate talking about smaller, less intrusive and limited government based on Jeffersonian ideals and the Constitution.

Webb and Warner have been unfortunate interludes in Virginia history. They are useless strangers in a much-changed political landscape.

But that aside, Allen would be a great Senator. I am also sure that other new fresh faces will emerge to run in the primary. There will be no shortage of great conservative candidates to choose from.

The Dans of the world are going to be sent packing. Decent citizens will never allow them to govern the Republic again.

VA Blogger

Many Tea Party candidates are not "new".

jed

Allen will need to prove himself to the Party that he is best candidate to beat Jim Webb. I believe, so far, that he is. I do disagree with you about his 2006 loss to Webb. I believe the public's views of the Iraq war and the Bush Administration had more to do with his loss than macacca. My question is whether he can connect with enough independent voters to overcome the presumed high turnout of African-American voters who will being voting for Obama. Allen will do well in SWVA, but he needs to do well in NOVA and the Richmond suburbs. I think he can.

Chris

they are "new" in the sense that they are unconventional candidates who, yes, have existed at a local level, but used their statewide candidacies to overthrow the existing party leadership/structure/power.

VA Blogger

Sharron Angle is a former State Rep., Marco Rubio is the former Speaker of the House, O'Donnell is running for the third time (and losing by double digits). I'll grant you Joe Miller (former judge) and Mike Lee (businessman) in Utah, but there's no consistent thread in the background of Tea Party candidates, and certainly not anything like being "new" or not being "retreads".

local gop

VAB,
you clearly just dont get the T people...they are almighty, perfect and infallible in every way.

the former florida house speaker is not AS much the establishment as the governor. the former state legislature is correct to believe that those on unemployment are spoiled and rape victims must make lemons out of lemonade. and who doesnt want to vote for an anti-masturbating witch???

you're just an out of touch east coast blue blood liberal RINO elitist....

(get the sarcasm?)

Dan

"He was the only candidate talking about smaller, less intrusive and limited government based on Jeffersonian ideals and the Constitution."

Loretta, I assume you must have been in a coma during Allen's term in the Senate. During those six years he certainly didn't vote for anything like what you describe. He voted for exactly the opposite of that.

By all means promote Allen for the Senate. I'd love to see him as the Republican nominee. I believe most Democrats would agree. But don't insult the intelligence of both Republicans and Democrats by peddling the fiction that Allen is an advocate of smaller less intrusive government. He has a record that contradicts that.

Helen Barshevsky

One thing is for sure, you can always count on Dan and that local gop character to lob some turds into the punch bowl. But like the idiots they are, they jump to the head of the line to take a drink.

Chris

while its true that Angle, Rubio, and others have held offices (Mike Lee in Utah worked for Huntsman) - they remained on the outside of the existing power structure they were running against. Rubio was a Bushite, but Crist wrestled control of the local party away from Bush in 2006. Angle ran for Congress and lost to Dean Heller. But when they ran, the party structure was generally set up against them, almost trying to get the fix in before the votes were cast.

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