Bishop E. W. Jackson gave one of his typical stem-winders at the PWCRC Convention this morning, and I was fortunate enough to have enough advance warning to be able to drag gear out of the truck and have it ready for him. The audio in this isn’t that great since I couldn’t tap into the mic feed, and with the crowd going nuts some of it is a little tough to hear clearly. Since most readers haven’t yet had an opportunity to hear one of these amazing speeches, it’s worth sharing despite any faults since this is such a fun candidate to listen to.
Don’t take this as an endorsement of his candidacy for U. S. Senate, however. As tremendous as Bishop Jackson is, he’s never held elected office before and as a rule I don’t support candidates for state-wide offices who haven’t got any record as an elected official. While it’s tempting to make an exception in this case, I just don’t see a U. S. Senate seat being an entry-level position in public service. He might yet change my mind on this, but not quite yet.
One thing this campaign has done is to raise his profile tremendously. A year ago no one in Northern Virginia seemed to know this guy. Now, when he shows up crowds of people who have heard of him, and that number is growing exponentially, flock to him asking if he’s going to speak. If he decides to take this energy into kicking Harry Blevins out of the Senate of Virginia, what he’s built in this race will serve him very well.
In the meantime, Jackson’s presence on the campaign trail makes events among the Republican candidates much more interesting than they otherwise would be. His participation in statewide politics as a conservative American (he wouldn’t want to be characterized in any other way, I think) who doesn’t look or sound like a typical conservative should drive race-baiting liberals absolutely nuts. This man has a bright political career ahead of him and I eagerly await the opportunity to see him do something like make Dick Saslaw’s presence in the Senate of Virginia extremely uncomfortable as he drives Don McEachen to utter distraction.
Keep an eye on this guy. Folks might be calling him Governor soon than you might think.
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