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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