A potpourii post for a rainy Sunday – Tito, Djou and ham-handed attempts at spin

By Brian S

32085_1374665299396_1614726848_857371_5223305_nI’ve had a couple of ideas floating around in my head for a post today, but there’s so much to talk about that instead of doing multiple short posts, here’s one long post with a variety of topics for your reading pleasure on this rainy Sunday (at least in Fairfax).

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1. Tito “the Builder” Munoz’s new radio show – Friday night, my wife and I attended a fundraiser for Tito Munoz’s new hour long conservative radio show specifically targeted at an Hispanic audience.  I’ve known Tito for a while now and was happy to come out to support his show.  The turnout was great, with folks coming from around Fairfax and across the state, including my friend Tom White from VARight.com who lives in Hanover county.  Del. Tim Hugo, Springfield Supervisor and 11th District Candidate Pat Herrity and 11th District Candidate Keith Fimian also attended the event.  Delegate Hugo, who is a big fan of Too Conservative, managed to extract a promise from me to stop blogging for a few weeks once my son is born, so if you miss me around the end of next month, you’ll know who to blame!

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I’m happy that Tito is going to be doing this show because he understands – as I have been advocating for a while now – the critical need to expand the Republican party and educate those who only hear the Democratic talking points about Republicans and diversity.  Tito’s outreach to the Hispanic community is going to play a critical role in educating the next generation of Republican activists in Northern Virginia, a large portion of whom will not be the old white male stereotype Democrats love to sell to voters.  Keep up the  good work, Tito!

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UPDATE:  I forgot to mention – if anyone is interested in donating to help Tito, please feel free to send checks to the Conservative Hispanic Coalition, PO Box 3845, Reston, VA 20195.

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2. Charles Djou (R) wins the HI-1 Special Election – The spin coming out of the Democratic party over the last week has focused on what Democrats claim is a Republican inability to win special elections, despite the bad environment for Democrats and incumbents right now.  They point to a number of races, particularly the NY-23 debacle, and their recent victory in PA-12 as proof that November isn’t going to be that bad.  Keep telling yourselves that, my Democratic friends.  Yesterday, Charles Djou, a Republican, won a special election for the Hawaii-1 Congressional seat vacated by Neil Abercrombie (one of my favorite Democratic Congressmen – he is hilarious and was a strong advocate for the maritime industry), who is running for Governor.  This is a big deal, if only because it represents the first time a Republican has held a Hawaiian federal elected position since the 70s.  This is the district in which President Obama was born (I expect Dan, RichmondDem or some of our other liberal commenters to make a snarky Kenya reference to this line), and went for the President by over 50 points.

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What does this mean?  Well, it means exactly what the NY-23 race means: when one side that has an overwhelming majority splits their ticket between two candidates (one an insider, one an outsider), it allows the other side to squeak out a victory.  We just did to the Democrats in HI-1 what Democrats did to us in NY-23.  But don’t expect to see the massive coverage of the Hawaii race we saw of the NY-23 race on TV.  And don’t expect to see anyone calling out DNC Chairman and former part-time Virginia Governor Tim Kaine for his nonsense about Republicans not being able to win special elections either.  No one seems to want to point out to those who argue that PA-12 was a debacle for Republicans a major reason why:  there was a hugely contested and controversial Democratic Senate primary between Specter and Sestak at the top of that ticket that drove Democratic turnout.  We’ll see if Critz can hold Murtha’s old seat in November – just like we’ll see if Djou can hold his seat in November in Hawaii.  My bet for both is no.

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But, for now, I think it’s pretty clear that Democrats better recheck their attempts to downplay the potential disaster awaiting them in November.  If things keep going the way they’re going, there’s going to be a lot of incumbents (hopefully Gerry Connolly is at the top of that list) who get retired this fall.  I remember seeing the look on many of my colleagues faces as we watched the 2006 returns – I’m hoping to see similar looks on the faces of my Democratic friends this year.

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3. Blue Virginia is still saying really dumb things – Despite being banned for presenting an opposite point of view (and thus cutting into Lowell’s profit margin), I still visit Blue Virginia occasionally just to see what kind of left-field nonsense they’re putting up this week.  Today, Lowell is reporting on and repeating a transparent spin attempt by Fairfax County Democratic Party Chair Rex Simmons and Prince William Democratic Party Chair Pete Frisbie to claim that the 11th District Republican Committee canceled yesterday’s convention because party leaders are afraid the candidates will have a “Rand Paul” moment and say something extreme on tape.

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And the Democrats attack us for out-of-left-field conspiracy theories?  “Rand Paul moments?” Seriously?  You’d think Simmons and Frisbie aren’t aware of the fact that Connolly’s campaign has had guys with video cameras following Herrity and Fimian around for months now to public events hoping to catch a Macaca moment.  And you’d also think they’d never considered it might be a good idea to cancel an expensive, time consuming, and resource draining convention when it’s not necessary, as this one wasn’t.

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As a member of the 11th District Committee, I was ecstatic to have the convention cancelled, as I am sure most of my colleagues were.  All of us have heard Pat and Keith speak at least a dozen times in the last six months and there aren’t a lot of activists left who have not chosen sides.  One more convention with both sides preaching to their respective choirs – especially in a primary that has already been as divisive as it has been – isn’t a good use of either candidates’ time.  You don’t spend all morning on a precious Saturday speaking to a couple hundred folks who have already made up their minds.  That’s just a waste of resources and time.  Becky Stoeckel, our Chair in the 11th, is smart and capable and I’m completely confident in her leadership, as I hope the rest of our committee is.  She made the right decision here and it had nothing to do with “Rand Paul” moments or any other Democratic wishful thinking.

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But hey, I can understand why Simmons and Frisbie are spinning.  When early polls show Connolly getting beat by both Fimian AND Herrity, they are going to say or do anything they can do to try to marginalize either candidate.  But, unfortunately for them and fortunately for us (and the rest of the country), it’s probably not going to make an ounce of difference.  Connolly will have an exceedingly difficult race, particularly for him considering he’s shed “buckets of blood” for the unpopular Obama White House and Speaker Pelosi over the last two years.  He better keep praying our nominee has a Macaca moment – otherwise he’ll be looking for work come November.

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Comments

  • Basically, RD….you’ve been somewhat reserved in your quest to go over the cliff in the past. It appears that you’ve been sucked in – hook, line and sinker — (as they say) in presenting this “bounce” in the economy as anything but the “blip before the plunge”.

    Go ahead– pull up the depression’s market/economic rendering, and overlay it with this latest info. The immediate pre-Depression economy “blipped” , too…. Right before it headed south.

    Look, O’m in business for myself, and I want to believe that my “bump” on business is going to last…but I also have to remain realistic and grounded.
    I put it no jars and burried it for the long haul…. because it’s coming.

  • Call Me George says:

    [The Bulletproof Monk wrote: "George….. The concept of a real job, where you actually have to ……(gasp) …work….is a foreign concept to 40% of us. That is the very ROOT of the problem."]
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    A bunch of govies, eh?

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