Richmond Times-Dispatch has a good write-up on Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling. He doesn't get enough credit sometimes, sandwiched between McDonnell and Cuccinelli, but he's the happy warrior of our party.
For the record, if I lived in the 13th Senate District, I would overwhelmingly support Supervisor Stirrup, he's the total package. Experienced, conservative, and proven. No matter how much Black or FitzSimmonds might try, you can't out-conservative John Stirrup.
But it is fun to watch Republicans sidiling up to the AG.
Gov. Daniels has a good record, no doubt, but the more I looked at him the more I wondered could he handle what was needed to beat Obama? He was so low-key and almost deferential, he's already called for a "truce" on social issues and he claimed it would be hard to challenge him of foreign policy because of the UBL kill. If your running for the GOP nomination this year, and you are ready to cede the foreign policy debate AND abandon a significant portion of the Republican/conservative coalition it takes to win, you can stay in Indiana, thank you.
My eyes once again turn to Texas, where Gov. Rick Perry - too me - has every single quality needed to take the fight to President Obama, offer a candidate of serious credentials and successes, and one that can unite every wing of the party. I know a lot of you will say, "not another Texan," but Rick Perry ain't no George W. Bush, and in fact all of the BushWold Texas operatives lined up against Gov. Perry in 2010 in his race against Kay Baily Hutchison.
He's got the fire in the belly, the swagger of a winner, the deep experience of an 11-year executive of one of America's most important states, and a proven ability to win election after election. He's everything Obama is not, and I think he's the perfect candidate to prove the emporer has no clothes. Nobody is more ready to be president than Rick Perry, but not just be president but be the conservative candidate we are looking for.
Please stop posting your garbage on this blog. I'm tired of trying to start conversations about politicals races that have nothing to do with Loudoun County and you keep coming on bitching about Sharia law and all this. Its BS, BVBL put it to bed, and please stop trolling this blog and others trying to smear a guy with lies. Get over yourselves.
Alright, I think I've got it down. Here are the for-sure primaries already announced.
3rd: Sen. Tommy Norment, Mark Frechette
13th: Bob FitzSimmonds, Dick Black
20th: Sen. Bill Stanley, Doug Dunlap, Jeff Evans
22nd: Brian Bates, Thomas Garrett, Mark Peake, Bryan Rhode, Cynthia Tucker
37th: Steve Hunt, Jasan Flannery
39th: Miller Baker, Scott Martin, Andre Muange
This doesn't include the potential priamries lingering out in Hampton Roads where Republicans look to pick off Ralph Northam and John Miller, and in Northern Virginia where both Jeff Frederick and Tito Munoz are looking to take on Toddy Puller.
I'm glad that Jeff Frederick is thinking about a comeback, and I think NLS has it right that this Senate district is made for a guy like Frederick who has a real proven track record within that district. And I'm not trying to be insulting, but you really need to look and compare how Frederick really can literally outwork Toddy Puller - and its not as if Puller has some tremendous record in the state Senate.
But what I want to know . . . how much support from Richmond and specifically from the Governor will Frederick get consideirng they were behind his ouster as RVP chairman? Will we see full support for Frederick should he decide to get in this? Does he even need it? I'm fully confident that Frederick, with the full support of the party, could oust Sen. Puller. But will get it?
He's a brightest mind in the field, but has the potential do be our most self-destructive candidate if the past is any indication. I can very easily see myself supporting Newt Gingrich because of his politics and his brilliant policy-oriented mind. The way to beat Obama to expose is prove the emperor has no clothes. Obama has convinced the world he is somehow a brilliant man above all else, but its largely fluff fed to him by a staff through a teleprompter. Gingrich, in a debate, would go toe-to-toe on policy and specifics and I think would blow the president out of the water.
BUT . . .
Is 12 years long enough for folks to forget his incredible 1998 meltdown that almost cost Republicans Congress? Are the Clinton wars sufficiently behind him? What about his two divorces? His conversion to Catholicism?
Gingrich might be our most thorough candidate out there, but can he overcome some of his glaring problems of the past?
I'm currently working on changing some things in my professional life to match the changes in my private life and it has taken up a lot of my time. Luckily we've been in the "Phony War" phase of campaigns waiitng for the district maps to be approved and candidates to emerge. My lack of content has mirroed the lack of interesting things to happen.
That should change soon, and I'm getting things organized so I can get back to blogging regularly.
Those of you familiar with Superman are aware of the bizarro world, where everything is opposite of the current reality. Watching Herman Cain's brief, but very charismatic, performance last night at the first GOP debate, my mind immediately compared him to Obama.
While Barack Obama spent him adult years in academia, rabble-rousing, and in local elected office; Herman Cain spent his youth in companies like Coca-Cola, Pillsbury, and then as CEO of Godfather's Pizza and he was also a president of the Kansas City Reserve Bank. While Obama was essentially living off the public dole as a professional politician - Cain was creating jobs all over the country and running big, major businesses. While Obama relied on his ability to read a prompter to get farther ahead in politics than any normal person with his credentials ever could; Cain was painstakingly building business, adding to the economy, and creating jobs.
Cain's never held public office. With the problems we face and how inept the President has been, I'm beginning to think its a plus never holding public office.
Everyone who's worked on this over the last four years deserves all the credit. From Presidents Obama and Bush down to the CIA worker at the bottom of the totum pole and all in between. Big ups to Obama, too, for not telling the Pakistanis (and members of Congress) about this operation so nobody would get tipped off. That was a crucial decision.
All eyes now turn to Pakistan. How can the government not see someone who lives in a hilltop mansion over city slums not and figure its someone probably important. More and more we need look at them and away from Iraq and Afghanistan for anti-terrorims efforts.
Bin Laden is a symbolic kill, but nobody in any level of government better not take too long a victory lap because there are a thousand maniacs behind him now ready to prove they should be the leader of this movement. We need to stay focused as a country on this.