No Wonder Virginia Dems Are In Complete Meltdown

By Loudoun Insider

A viable opposition party is essential to democracy in my opinion.  The dangers of stranglehold single party control are well documented, from both sides of the aisle, and  Virginia government has enough ethics issues as it is.  But this year the Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA) is putting on a performance so bad that it boggles the mind.  Much of that blame must go to the “leader” of DPVA, failed gubernatorial candidate Brian Moran.

There was a ton of resistance to Moran being installed as DPVA Chairman from many in Democratic circles, including their primary bloggers, Ben Tribbett of Not Larry Sabato and Lowell Feld of Blue Virginia.  They were obviously right because DPVA has been an utter disaster since he took over.  Lowell ran a biting commentary last week about Moran’s latest actions leading up to this election, and this week we get a local Loudoun example of how clueless he is.  On November 5, three days before election day, Moran will be hosting an evening event for Loudoun Supervisor candidate Larry “Spirit Pot” Roeder, who no one gives a snowball’s chance in hell of beating Matt Letourneau.

Republicans will have a huge 2011 in Virginia elections.  Plenty of races were winnable for these guys but they have made just about every mistake possible and seem to be utterly without direction or common sense.  republicans can either take the gift they’ve been given and work to build a semi-permanent majority, or more than likely they will go crazy on fringe issues and insider deals and we’ll see another wholesale flip in a few years.  Of course the Dems will need to ditch Brian Moran to help make any such flip possible.


  • Fred says:

    My $0.02 – I think Moran has some responsibility as any leader should, but the issue with the Democrats is they are bankrupt on ideas. Running campaigns on pro-abortion and anti-guns as they have in the State Senate, or pro-unions and radical environmentalism, as they have at the county level just makes no sense. I wouldn’t be surprised if the GOP adds 10 more seats in the House of Delegates and 5 seats in the State Senate.

  • NateDogg614 says:

    We’ll see what happens. I’m reluctant to refer to any party as having a permanent majority (LI correctly refers to a semi-permanent majority, in my view) because nothing is permanant in politics — unless its a one-party totalitarian government — and even that can’t last forever.

    That having been said, the Virginia GOP is in an excellent position for a good election cycle and will (hopefully) win back control of the State Senate.

    I also agree if they focus on continuing to strengthen the economy and job creation, they will be of great benefit to the Commonwealth and themselves, instead of focusing solely on social issues. We will see what happens with that, though, as I think it will be a combination of the two (with the opposition focusing on the social issues).

  • Fred, you are assessing the commitment some candidates have to their principles in terms of whether that commitment makes for good campaign strategy. There are other reasons candidates can have for being true to their values.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    LI, THANK YOU SO MUCH for the link to the campaign website. Is the banner photo the guy of the “jingle” linked on the same page?


  • NateDogg614 says:

    To this day, I have received only one mailing from Roeder’s campaign (and only seen two signs out while driving, one on US 50 and one in a yard).

    Not a great deal of promotions, if you ask me.

    For that matter (at least on my commute) I have seen very few signs for any Democrat candidates. I’ve seen Republican signs for miles on end.

    Leaves little room to doubt which side has the money and the momentum.

  • Sanity says:

    Or it means that the Republicans are a lot better at stealing the Democrats signs.

  • Bwana says:

    As I have noted time and again at my joint, the DPVA and the Democratic GA delegation spent years hiding behind Chichester and not advancing their own agenda.

    Since 2007 and becoming the majority in the state Senate, they have failed to offer a vision or an agenda for what they want to do in Virginia.

    The first manifestation of this failure was in 2009 when Creigh Deeds had nothing to run on as a positive output of the Warner/Kaine years except a tax increase that based in bad information and not as necessary as Warner claimed.

    It appears the next manifestation of it may well be next month…

  • NateDogg614 says:


    Kinda hard to steal a sign if no one bothered to put it out in the first place!

    I have seen no evidence that any signs were even put out (at least along my daily commute). Granted, I’m only on a couple of major roads (neither of which is VA-7), but nevertheless, I have seen limited evidence of any Democrat signs.

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