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Two Twenty-Year Incumbents Primaried Out

From the Washington Post:

Two 20-year veterans of Virginia’s House of Delegates lost their seats Tuesday, falling to GOP primary challengers who assailed their support for a tax-heavy transportation funding overhaul.

Del. Joe T. May (Loudoun) and Del. Beverly J. Sherwood (Frederick) lost to political newcomers who railed against the transportation plan, which imposes a $1.2-billion-a-year tax increase.

Two twenty year GOP incumbents beat in a primary...in Virginia. It goes to show you that if enough people are paying attention and really care about the direction of their country and state, the largest tax increase in a state's history can actually have electoral consequences, even if every elected Republican in the State backs the tax-hiker.  Viva la taxpayer!

Washington Post Sees Angle in Virginia

In the Virginia race for Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General this November, the Democratic Party sees an angle to effectively distract from the fact that the Democratic Governor candidate (former DNC Chairman Terry McAulliffe) is about as much of a Virginian as Jesse Ventura.

E.W. Jackson

From the Washington Post:

...Jackson’s words — sometimes eloquent, sometimes raw, often impassioned — are causing anxiety for many Republicans as the resurfacing of his past statements about homosexuality and abortion have threatened to disrupt the campaign.

Instead of promoting their new ticket, Republicans have answered for Jackson’s once calling gays “perverted” and “sick” and saying Planned Parenthood has been “far more lethal” to blacks “than the KKK.”

“The Republicans I’m talking to are saying, ‘What the hell are they doing in Virginia?’ ” said Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee. “Is this, ‘101 ways to lose an election’? You’re coming out of the gate with comments everyone has to explain. You’re wasting a lot of time and energy batting that back when you should be doing other things to get the guy known.”

Now, the validity of the concern -- substantively and politically -- notwithstanding, what it's REALLY all about is this:

That said, the Democrats could face a difficult political climate by fall. Low-turnout, off-year elections have strongly favored the GOP in recent cycles. At the top of the ticket, McAuliffe has to overcome criticisms that he’s not a “real” Virginian, but an ambitious, national figure who’s seeking office in the commonwealth because he happens to live in McLean.

The outlandish language from the GOP’s No. 2 candidate gives the Democrats an unexpected opening to counterpunch.

In other words, "Thank God, we have a good bit of ammunition to distract voters from the real issues on which the Democratic candidate has nothing really to say.  It would have been terrible if we didn't have the ability to throw around "war on women" ads like we did in 2012. Whew."

(The Virginia Conservative Party has not yet endorsed any candidate for statewide office for 2013; so stay tuned in the coming weeks.)


Who Really Loses in South Carolina?

A fully fledged political battle is underway in South Carolina. To spectators and pundits, this is what politics is all about. The race is down to a politician with baggage in pursuit of a political comeback versus a popular candidate, with a famous comedian brother, battling it out in a Republican state, in a conservative congressional district. Who will win in the end? The answer is probably the Republican.

Since Mitt Romney carried the district by 18 points back in November, it is likely the former Republican South Carolina governor, Mark Sanford, will beat Elizabeth Colbert Busch (D) by a 1-2 margin.

The better question to ask, though, is "who loses in the end?"

When conservative voters are forced to back an eccentric and flawed Republican candidate just to keep a congressional seat out of Democrat hands, conservatives lose.

In a Republican district, with a 20-point advantage, and a race is settled by 1 or 2 points, conservatives lose.

Of course, one cannot blame conservatives for backing Sanford. Against a probable liberal democrat, Sanford truly is the lesser of the two evils. But has it really come down to this? Need it stay that way?

It all depends. There are alternatives. Conservatives could stay home on Election Day, which would defeat the purpose. They can hold their noses and cast their ballots for a candidate they don’t like and probably don’t trust.

Then there is a third way. Conservatives could ditch the demeaning process, choose one from among them, and run a candidate that conservatives can endorse and support without the dread and disgust. It is conservatives, after all, who hold all political power in this country.

Conservatives deserve conservative candidates. Conservatives deserve a party of their own. That is the purpose of the American Conservative Party, to provide a home for conservatives, to put politicians like Mark Sanford out of business, and give conservatives a chance to choose their own destiny.

Support the American Conservative Party today and help us stop the madness.


November is Looming

We know that the Presidential election is sucking up all the political breathing space (and for good reason), and it's an easy case to make how important it is that Obama not get another term.

Since we were here before the Obama administration, and will be here when it's gone, Tireless Advocacy for Limited Government at all levels means whoever wins the Republican nomination will probably benefit from our getting like-minded souls to the polls for the candidates we support.  Tell us what you think...