Normally a US Senate race happening more than a year from now wouldn’t get a whole lot of attention from me. We have more immediate concerns in Virginia, and it doesn’t please me a whole lot that with a battle that would decide the balance of power in the Senate of Virginia we’ve got Senate candidates siphoning off campaign funds for 2012 that we need right now. The recent outrageous effort by George Allen’s folks to take down what has been a very minor challenge being posed by Jaime Radtke can’t be ignored, though. This is utterly disgusting.
Late on Wednesday a story broke on RedState alleging that Jaime Radtke gave a rambling, drunken introduction to the director of the new film featuring Sarah Palin at the RedState conference that happened two weeks ago. Heck, any allegation that you’ve got a drunk Senate candidate letting it all hang out in front of about 400 bloggers and the story managed to stay out of the news for about two weeks sure got my interest. With an audience like that there sure had to be someone who wrote about it, or captured it on video, so I set out searching to find what surely had to be easy to find corroboration on this one. Heck, if it was true it would make one heck of a story and I wanted it.
Strangely, there was nothing. No one posted about it, and there’s no video. So just how then does Eric Erickson say that the speech he didn’t watch, and reports on with nothing more than comments from anonymous attendees be true? There’s got to be some sort of trail at least on twitter from bloggers snarking to each other than Radtke is acting like an idiot and crashing her campaign into the ground somehere, right? So here’s what I finally manage to find:
This is what happens when a drunk rambles on in front of a crowd of national political bloggers? No. Not in a million years does this happen. What the heck is going on here?
It turns out that Eric Erickson has been pressured by his RedState employers at the Eagle Publishing, who are big George Allen supporters, to back off from supporting Jaime Radtke. Erickson then starts slamming Radtke with posts that have no evidence whatsoever to support them, and George Allen’s allies at Bearing Drift go to town declaring that Radtke’s campaign is over. What a load of crap. And here I was thinking that Bearing Drift was actually interested in supporting their stories with some level of proof about what they’re saying. Instead they’re just peddling patent bullshit here, and they have to know it. They can’t be that stupid to not realize they’re peddling lies, especially when the guy doing so is a former press spokesman for the Republican Party of Virginia.
What is really enraging here is that had they just left Radtke alone, her campaign would have likely folded. Radtke has more debt than cash according to her last campaign finance report and I have no idea how they could possibly continue to operate a statewide campaign on volunteer efforts alone. Radtke isn’t even breaking into double digits in the polls, while Allen has a comfortable if not utterly overwhelming lead. Why try to destroy someone who isn’t posing any serious threat at all? Left to her own devices, Radtke’s campaign is on life support already and not likely to survive much longer.
That should change, if there’s any sense of decency left in Virginia politics after Allen has been crashing through it this cycle. I’m sick of seeing the George Allen crew pull this kind of sick stunt against anyone with the temerity to offer themselves as an alternative. So far this cycle we’ve seen precious little of the kind of decency and Virginia genteelness that Allen talks about on the campaign trail, and a whole lot of venomous, low-ball garbage as Allen swats at political flies with howitzers using surrogates. One of these victims is going to rise up and hit him back hard for this, and perhaps Jaime Radtke will be the one to do it.
I hope people in Virginia start to understand what’s going on here and start getting behind Jaime or some other alternative to George Allen like E. W. Jackson. This kind of garbage can’t be allowed to stand as Virginians deserve a whole lot better than the George Allen we’ve seen this cycle. For what the Allen crew is trying to pull here, it deserves to see Jaime Radtke pull in a bunch of cash and start actually posing a real threat to the heir-apparent who for some reason thinks he deserves, rather than has the right to earn, the Republican nomination next year.
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