The battle between the ODBA and Joe Stanley, the Chairman of the Franklin County Democratic Committee and political consultant to Roscoe Reynolds and several other Democrats is continuing to boil, and about now we can start identifying the political casualties that are likely to result. I’ve noted before that in my few previous interactions with Joe, I’ve liked him quite a bit. His recent smearing an organization I belong to along the lines of “While the end product is far less repugnant than pedophilia, no fewer individuals are hurt by the [ODBA]” compels me to jump into this fray a little more, and take a far more personal interest in slapping down this despicable example of how far the Democrats have sunk from the ideals they have supposedly been dedicated to, such as slavery and Jim Crow.
You see, Mr. Stanley is one of those colorful individuals who consistently displays an odd sort of creativity. Sometimes he makes artful photoshops that make us laugh. Other times, he thinks it’s cute to hack into the payroll database of his employer and disclose employee compensation data, trying to embarrass folks. And then sometimes, he decides it’s a great idea to create a false link between his political opponents and an organization that promotes raping little boys, just for a laugh, and defend his atrocious behavior by saying that while they’re not quite as repugnant as these child molesters, they harm just as many people. How cute. And Democrats actually hire this guy, and in so doing endorse this sort of behavior.
That cuteness is not going to be received with the same jovial attitude it might receive within the far-left bastions of Northern Virginia politics, when it’s considered down in Southside Virginia. You mention NAMBLA there, and it gets you the same reaction as you might expect to obtain by mentioning the Aryan Nation in Alexandria. As a result, stories about Roscoe Reynolds that might never have gotten much attention are now starting to get some interest. Roscoe has had to add to his campaign staff to fend off an unexpected and growing challenge from Jeff Evans, and Joe Stanley’s other clients are reportedly getting concerned that their association with Stanley’s Yellow Dog Strategy may put them in serious jeopardy this election.
Southside politics generally move at a pretty glacial pace. Incumbents there are among the safest in the state, and it’s one of the few places in the state where long-term incumbent Democrats can safely represent Republican Districts. That dynamic could be changing as Jim Webb style political strategies start to infect this region, and this conservative electorate reacts to a strategy that was developed with a more liberal Northern Virginia in mind. Democrats are already mighty uncomfortable about their disconnect with the voters on immigration policy in Virginia, but to add a scandal like this starts to bring whole regions into play in the 2007 elections for Republicans in which they might never have otherwise been competitive.
The strategy this year for Democrats was to pretty much hold everywhere, and attack in Northern Virginia. If they get thrown on the defensive in Southside because of Joe Stanley’s stupid, indefensible and outrageous idiocy, and challenged in other areas in the state on their immigration policy, Democrats plans to retake the Senate are utterly doomed. If this is the sort of thing that Democrats think is cute, those plans should be doomed.
Live by “macacca”, die by NAMBLA.
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