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Crucifying Conservatives For Fun And Profit

By Greg L | 27 February 2014 | RPV, Blogs | 22 Comments

As the Communications Arm of the Barbara Comstock campaign continues in their drive to crucify anyone who stands in the way of Comstock’s coronation, we might want to step back for a moment and consider just what the long-term impact might be of this new, leftist-style penchant for wanting to destroy good and decent conservatives with whom we might not always agree with.  I understand it when Bearing Drift trots out their usual name-calling and ad-hominem attacks against me when I express a policy difference with their political clients, but to level this kind of assault against someone like Bob Fitzsimmonds is just insane.

It is hard to find someone who has worked more diligently to advance life, liberty and civil rights within Virginia’s conservative movement than Bob.  He’s devoted an astonishing amount of his time and what fortune he has to reduce teen pregnancies in schools.  He’s worked extremely hard to promote legislation in the General Assembly that ensures that abortion clinics maintain at least the same level of safety as veterinarians maintain.  And he’s worked tirelessly for conservative standard-bearers like Scott Lingamfelter and Ken Cuccinelli.

If you look at party politics as if it were a chess match of sorts, this kind of behavior makes some short-term tactical sense, but only in the very short term.  If the Republican establishment has any interest in winning elections, collapsing the “big tent” by driving conservatives out of the Republican Party in an attempt to curry favor with “moderates” is a losing strategy.  Policy arguments, even if fought pretty hard, are fine and actually benefit the institution.  This kind of jockeying for power doesn’t.

When you get hit up for a political donation by one of the establishment candidates, you might want to consider that they money you’d give them is financing this war against conservatives.  It’s really not a good investment for anyone.

If you think I might not be right about this, here’s a way to prove the point:  Just watch who Barbara Comstock’s campaign wants to nail on the cross of her political aspirations next, and what manner they do it in.  Will it be a conservative, or a moderate?  Will they do it via a reasonable policy debate based on arguing points, or will they be characterizing another good and decent conservative as a knuckle-dragging racist, sexist, homophobic nativist?

If Bearing Drift is once again hanging out at the bottom of Graham’s Hierarchy while they try to destroy another conservative, you’ll know I’m right.

UPDATE: Jaime Radtke has penned an interesting op-ed for the VA Pilot that she summarized this way:

I have written an editorial defense of Bob Fitzsimmonds in the VA Pilot. It is completely wrong what we are doing to a Christian man who has served the GOP selfishly for decades. I have no doubt that most people are simply responding to the story based on how it has been presented, but I am actually privy to how this all went down and the motives behind it. It was not based on moral outrage. It was a politically calculated move to achieve a larger objective. I understand that most people were not privy to the inside baseball that took place behind the scenes, so they can only respond to what is presented on the surface. But for those of us who know how this really went down, it is a completely different story.

I’ve also seen some of the emails being forwarded by leaders from some of the Republican Women’s Clubs that are outright lying about what happened.  I suspect the falsehoods they’re peddling are a result of them being mislead, as they’re not known for engaging like this, but so far I haven’t been able to confirm who is pulling their chain.  Stay tuned…

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  1. James Young said on 27 Feb 2014 at 3:49 pm:
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    I’ve been active in this little imbroglio, as you know.

    The funny thing is, I support Barbara Comstock for the nomination.

    These people are doing her no favors.

  2. Doug Brown said on 27 Feb 2014 at 3:50 pm:
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    Too bad Bob just didn’t quickly issue an apology for mistyping a word. Call Barbara Comstock and apologize and Barbara quickly turn around and issue a statement along the lines of no harm meant, non taken. We’re becoming a really silly society.

  3. Brian L. said on 27 Feb 2014 at 4:17 pm:
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    The leftists we have pretending to be Republicans here in Virginia chased me away from the party years ago. I only need to be told “the government needs to raise taxes because it is running out of money” once to know where I DON’T need to be, FCRC.

    Feh. If only someone would put the GOP out of their spineless misery, so we can actually build a REAL conservative party for once.

  4. Jeanine Martin said on 27 Feb 2014 at 6:07 pm:
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    Doug’s right, except Bob did issue an apology and that should have been the end of it. It certainly didn’t merit two blog posts on Bearing Drift! Or have they posted more today?

  5. Stephen Spiker said on 27 Feb 2014 at 10:15 pm:
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    I’ll point out that the first post on Bearing Drift was by your BFF Brian Schoeneman, who wrote 1,200 saying it was an honest mistake.

    And I’ll also point out that, ultimately, this entire affair has nothing at all to do with Barbara Comstock. If you believe Fitzsimmonds (and I do), the comment he wrote wasn’t directed at her, and she was not a participant in the conversation besides. The suggestion that being anti-Fitzsimmonds (or anti-”twat”) is the same thing as being pro-Comstock is so obviously simplistic, and only going to call more attention, and throw more fire, on this.

    In fact, if you DO believe that it has anything to do with Comstock, which your posts mightily suggests, then that means that you DON’T believe Fitzsimmonds. You can’t have it both ways, Greg.

  6. Jeanine Martin said on 27 Feb 2014 at 11:04 pm:
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    Barbara had nothing to do with it, her ’supporters’ did. Unfortunately they have done her no favors with their actions. A bunch of men defending women who don’t want their defense. Women think this whole thing is much ado about nothing, other than the party leadership out to ruin a fine man for what they think will help him their quest for power in Richmond. Disgusting. I have yet to find a woman who was upset by what happened. The establishment in Richmond can stick their faux outrage on behalf of women who aren’t outraged. Women are smart enough to see right through those bozos.

    Just when I think my party can’t sink any lower, they surprise me again.

  7. Stephen Spiker said on 27 Feb 2014 at 11:25 pm:
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    Jeanine, please speak only for yourself. The comment that Bob was responding to–that women would automatically support Barbara because she is female–is as sexist as the thought of trying to speak for an entire gender, or trying to cast aspersions on another entire gender.

    Turning this absurdity into a proxy war for the 10th District nomination is about the absolute dumbest possibility.

  8. Jeanine Martin said on 28 Feb 2014 at 3:28 am:
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    It’s really much higher up than the 10th district. It’s not really about Barbara, she’s a bi-product. She’s not the goal of the establishment Repbublicans, it’s bigger than she. But it would have been nice if she had made a statement that she knew Bob Fitzsimmonds would never had something like that. It would have put an end to it, rather than have this foolishness continue to drag on for days.

  9. Doug Brown said on 28 Feb 2014 at 8:12 am:
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    What is needed is a shift from a Freudian slip to a Jungian archetype and a strong Matriarchal archetype needs to step up and tell the kids to cut the

  10. Jack Slimp said on 28 Feb 2014 at 11:52 am:
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    I have known Bob for many years.
    He is as honest as it gets.
    If he said it was a typo, that’s what is was.
    Furthermore, it is simply not his nature to use offensive words. It was a mistake, and that’s all there is to it.

  11. Anonymous said on 28 Feb 2014 at 12:41 pm:
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    If you want to know who is pulling the strings on this, look no further than Lynwood Cobb (Eric Cantor’s errand boy) and Ray Allen (Creative Direct, partner with Boyd Marcus). This is about party control. The only reason Bearing Drift is involved is because Shaun Kenny is aligned with these guys and trying to worm his way back into being a player in Richmond.

  12. Jeanine Martin said on 28 Feb 2014 at 6:41 pm:
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    What he said ^

  13. Stephen Spiker said on 28 Feb 2014 at 8:13 pm:
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    Interestingly, the guy who first blew the whistle on this is Chris Beer over at Mason Conservative, who is in league with… no one.

  14. Not Establishment Republican said on 1 Mar 2014 at 1:12 am:
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    I bet Chris regrets that now, it’s not doing his gal Barbara any favors.

  15. Stephen Spiker said on 1 Mar 2014 at 7:41 am:
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    You’re right its not doing Comstock any favors. It’s not doing Comstock any problems, either. It has absolutely nothing to do with Comstock, nor any other campaign, nor the 10th District.

  16. Not Establishment Republican said on 1 Mar 2014 at 10:55 pm:
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    Too bad Barbara didn’t put an immediate end to it the day after it happened. She could have, she didn’t. She let Bearing Drift run with it, making it into a much bigger deal than it needed to be. She could have taken the high road, she didn’t. Due to her lack of action, the whole thing blew up. Too bad her team lost the PR battle. It didn’t need to happen.

  17. Stephen Spiker said on 2 Mar 2014 at 12:03 am:
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    “Too bad Ted Cruz didn’t put an immediate end to it the day after it happened. Ted Cruz could’ve taken the high road, he didn’t. Due to his lack of action, the whole thing blew up. Too bad Ted Cruz’s team lost the PR battle. It didn’t need to happen.”

    That paragraph makes as much sense as yours. Marshall’s supporters who are trying to make political hay out of this are showing their desperation here, and they’re certainly not helping Fitzsimmonds, which is unfortunate because I’m sure they think they’re his friends. He needs friends that won’t use his unfortunate situation as a hackneyed political football.

  18. Not Establishment Republican said on 2 Mar 2014 at 12:09 am:
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    Will the establishment republicans encourage this silliness to be an issue at the next State Central meeting? Will they push for Bob FitzSimmonds to be their first grassroots victim and try to get him voted off State Central Committee? Or will SCC members realize they were elected to do something more important than police vocabulary errors on Facebook and refuse to to do the bidding of Shaun Kenney and Eric Cantor? Only time will tell how far they try to push his non issue. So far it’s been a PR nightmare for them. The sooner they abandon it, the better for all republicans.

  19. Faith said on 3 Mar 2014 at 2:55 pm:
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    I still call people “ass hats” without apology

  20. Anonymous said on 3 Mar 2014 at 3:24 pm:
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    Wow … you’re … cool … and funny …

  21. BlogDog said on 6 Mar 2014 at 3:48 pm:
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    “selfishly?” Surely she meant “selflessly.”

  22. TRD said on 8 Mar 2014 at 8:59 am:
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    As a non-Republican non-conservative, I’m laughing my a$$ off. You people can’t get out of your own way on what is otherwise a no-brainer election win for Comstock. And I’m to be persuaded that your lot is competent to govern? Small wonder the Dems win statewide seats.

    When are you fools going to grow a set, leave the Republican Party, and establish the Conservative Party of America? Time and time again I read about how the RINOs are doing this or that and not acceding to your obviously well thought out, Constitutionally true policies. It would make it easier to stay on point, have the right…er…correct candidates, and keep from having to spin your wheels over 3rd grade he said she said. Learn from the Tea Party’s mistakes shortcomings, commit to getting it done and get on with it!

    …but that wouldn’t be as entertaining as this stuff!!!

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