That is the word I've seen thrown around a lot about Del. Barbara Comstock run for Congress. A picture is trying to be painted that party bosses and big money donors are trying to tell the every day conservatives of the local party who to vote for. They want to shove her down our throats! THE HORROR! Of course, this is the script that has been mastered by any ambitious sock puppet politician out there to gin up the masses. In many cases, this particular paradigm has been accurate. Nearly every 2010 tea party victory was in this vein and we know the rundown of races that are now legendary. We saw more of the same, but with much less success, in 2012. The Tea Party turned five today, and it seems sadly that the script hasn't changed or matured since 2009. Conservatism needs to grow and mature instead of allowing our issues to be stolen by charlatans and sock puppets who will use our emotions and beliefs to acquire power.
But back to the 10th. The are many a tooth being gnashed across the conservative spectrum of those who do not support Comstock. This idea of a coronation and establishment bullying has been in the forefront of the kamikaze conservative reaction to her Maybe its because they don't want a women in charge, who knows? But sometimes facts are a funny thing. The "establishment" in the 10th district is not what you might be led to believe it is.
Facts: The last two 10th district chairman are John Whitbeck and Howie Lind. In 2013 two incumbent "establishment" delegates were defeated for renomination in primaries by more conservative candidates. In 2011 a significant portion of the 10th district nominated Dick Black as its state senator, and then elected him in the general election. Allies of Ken Cuccinelli took over the 10th district committee in early 2013. The Loudoun County BOS went 9-0 Republican last time. Some of the most conservative parts of this commonwealth run up 66 West.
The fact of the matter is within the GOP the elected officials and local party leaders ARE conservatives, not establishment squishes. "But Chris, what about Frank Wolf?" First off, I am a huge fan of Frank Wolf, but anyone around here will tell you that Wolf cared very little about building any kind of political machine. He had a well oiled operation to keep himself elected and would often venture out to support other Republicans, but Wolf never got involved or threw money around to sought to control the local party the way someone like Tom Davis did. So while his endorsement is nice to have for Comstock because Wolf is respected across the district, it is by no meas a guarantee of any success.
The 10th congressional district is a hotbed for conservatism. In primaries, conventions, and general elections conservatives have won over and over. Its local leaders are conservatives. Its bloggers are conservatives. The fact that Barbara Comstock is leaps and bounds ahead of the pack speaks not to the establishment, but to her record and ability to win the support of a diverse group of Republicans. It speaks to Comstock as a conservative. It is as if for some people any candidate that appeals to anyone outside of our little clique must be destroyed, damn the consequences. Bloggers accuse Comstock supporters of "using tactics of the Left" (more unoriginal talk radiospeak), while their candidates in this race will make certain The Left will win this congressional seat. That's probably why for the first time since the 60s Republicans do not have any statewide office both federal and state.