Corey Stewart pulls no punches when talking about George Allen's record as a senator today on NewsChannel 8. Stewart is banking on what I've been talking about for awhile now, that Allen's record as a senator wasn't outstanding and if had been he would have been reelected. People are so mad about the Maccaca nonsense that they forgot that there were very real vulnerabilities for Allen under the surface and Maccaca was just a moment that allowed people to reevaluate him. 2010 proved there is new blood rising in the party and there is no reason to turn back to the years that cost us power so soon after we got it back.
UPDATE: Stewart isn't backing off his assertion of Allen even after Bob McDonnell (sort of) leapt to Allen's defense. I mean, the quote from McDonnell is kind of funny because in defending Allen it almost proves Corey's point:
I served with him in the legislature when he was governor. He was the most dynamic governor of the modern age. I think he was an exceptional governor. He was a very good senator."
This is basically what Stewart was saying anyways . . . great governor, "meh" senator. Exceptional versus good. I mean, even Allen seems to assert this too. Ever since he lost, he's insisted on being called Gov. Allen instead of Sen. Allen, as if he wanted people to remember him as the former and not the latter. Anyways, here is what Stewart said today after the Post contacted him about McDonnell's comment:
"They're old friends,'' Stewart said. "George Allen has a lot of old friends. It's not Bob McDonnell who chooses the next senator from Virginia. It's the electorate. ... And they have already decided Allen had a mediocre term as senator. He needs to move on."
Look, I know a lot of people are going to be put off by this, but it reminds me of what Keith Fimian had to do when Pat Herrity jumped in. Everyone and their moms who were elected officials immediatly supported Pat, which is fine. But don't be surprised when the other person in that race fights back and throws some elbows. They have too. I can already see certain folks out there bemoaning Stewart for this comment against McDonnell when he's essentially right. The last time George Allen was a US senator, he was fired from that job. But if he is going to run, and I think he is, he needs to assert himself and not let everyone pile on and take all of his oxygen. He has to fight, becasue in as much as the fix can be in in this race, it is. The reason plainly that Bob Marshall supports a primary this time around was because he was convinced if he ran they would steal it from him. Most people who think they run the Republican Party here want George Allen to be the nominee. So Stewart needs to fight those off and I think he is.