Tonight’s little event of “The Brigades” featuring Ben Tribbett (of Not Larry Sabato), Chuck Caputo (representing the 67th HOD District), and our own Jeanette Rishell ended up being a whole lot more interesting than I ever could have imagined. I really wish I could have had video there, because the things coming out of the mouths of these candidates are truly unreal and would have made for absolutely great video. Instead, I’ll just have to tell you about the absolute inanity on display tonight.
After Ben’s presentation of the doom that awaits Democrats this election cycle, Chuck Caputo had fifteen minutes to dig himself further into the hole he finds himself. After admitting that without crossover support he can’t win, and that voters in his district are furous with the Obama administration and he’s getting some anger from his constituents, he got a chance to take some questions. One of those was a question about restoring voting rights to felons, and Caputo jumped all over this idea. He then attacked Republicans for opposing the idea, saying “Republicans don’t want felons to vote because they know they’ll all vote Democratic.“ Really. So all felons are Democrats? I guess Caputo is in good company. What a blithering idiot.
Jeanette Rishell followed, being introduced by the same Harry Wiggins who had been fired* by Paul Nichols for attacking the School Board, who said Rishell’s opponent was a “right-wing extremist” parroting Rishell’s ineffective and ridiculous rhetoric from 2006 and 2007. Rishell claimed to be the “family values candidate” (albeit not referring to her campaign claiming ownership of pictures of used condoms discarded in toilets, or hiring people who have advocated putting hard-core porn in university libraries) and claimed to have knocked on 22,000 doors in the district. She only started on July 15th, so she’s been knocking a thousand doors a day? Yeah, right. You can’t even throw literature out the window of a moving vehicle that fast, and we’re supposed to believe she’s bloodying her knuckles on over a hundred front doors an hour, ten hours a day, seven days a week?
The kicker came when Rishell got the same question about felon voting rights. Jeanette Rishell (who attends the Bull Run Unitarian Universalist “church”) trotted out that as a christian, her faith requires her to restore voting rights to felons, and that’s after Caputo pointed out that all felons are Democrats. She didn’t dispute that evaluation one bit, but went on her typical impression of a rich bleeding-heart liberal from Manassas Park. Yeah, felon voting rights is something I’m sure she’s willing to talk about within her own district, to the people she’s actually asking to vote for her. No wonder Ben Tribbett said that evening that the 50th District will never be won by a Democrat. Rishell has poisoned the waters so badly that it’ll take decades at least to detoxify the Democrat brand in Manassas.
After that it was all downhill. Rishell was asked how she differs from her opponent, and her response was that she didn’t want to give away her “game plan” by responding to the question. Sort of the “I’d tell you where I stand on the issues, but I’m afraid to” strategy. Yeah, like we don’t know what Rishell stands for. Cripes.
Where does DPVA dredge up these folks?
*UPDATE: Harry Wiggins e-mailed to complain that he wasn’t fired, demanding a retraction. Since neither he or Paul Nichols would ever characterize how Harry left as a “firing”, it’s worth mentioning that Harry left Paul Nichols’ staff at precisely the time when a big controversy erupted about some of Harry’s statements regarding the School Board that got quite a few in the school system rather upset. I don’t believe the timing here was a coincidence, which is the basis for me saying “fired”. What actually happened behind closed doors that day isn’t clear.
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