The Frustrating Frederick Affair
I am SO sick of this. RPV and the Republican establishment as a whole continues to be held hostage by no more than a few hundred fringe hardliners. In what should have been a positive piece on McDonnell’s campaign kickoff (I know I shouldn’t expect too much there, but why give them free ammo) the WaPo gets to work in the Frederick affair into its coverage, based on a whopping TWO people holding I Love Jeffy signs (I guess Frederick Admirer #1 Willie Deustch’s campaign didn’t turn out so well!). If Jeff Frederick truly cared about RPV and its candidates, he would have stepped down when nearly every elected Republican leader called for him to do so. Instead we have this mess as he selfishly clings to “power”, which he will have none of even if he survives the SCC vote. He is effectively neutered for the remainder of his term if he sticks around that long. Frederick has always been out for Frederick, as so presciently forecasted by Jason Kenney last year. You know how wacked out these Frederick supporters are when they consider the Kenney brothers to be RINO establishment types.
Now the wingnuts who make up much of the NoVA State Central Committee membership have issued a decree stating that they’re behind Frederick (posted as comment 1). All of those listed couldn’t get elected to office in their respective jurisdictions. This is the problem with RPV – its “leaders” are too out of the mainstream. It’s crazy that the RoVA SCC members seem to be the ones with the most sense in regard to Frederick. In a related matter, Kathleen Parker (I know – you wingnuts consider her a whiny RINO) discusses the case of a big RNC donor who’s flipped to the Dems because of Republican wingnut intransigence. You people can whine about “principles” all you want, but it does you no good whatsoever if you don’t get elected in the first place. Real moderation isn’t the end of the world. America is much more of an incremental change state than one given to massive changes in direction. Until the “silent majority” of Republicans wakes the F up and takes back the party from these Puritans, RPV is doomed to failure. These Puritan types simply scare the crap out of too many voters. Virginia simply doesn’t have the critical mass of hard Rs to elect their types of candidates anymore. I’m sure it’s disconcerting to hear, but it’s the plain simple truth.
UPDATE: 16 Unit Chairs call on Frederick to resign – letter provided in comment #50.