On Saturday evening, I left a comment at The Mason Conservative (here). I was feeling melancholy and a bit confused. Nonetheless, I made a decision. To extent I am capable, I will support Bob Marshall, Ken Cuccinelli, and Bill Bolling in the upcoming election. Because I am a Republican, I will vote for Bob McDonnell, but that is about about as much support as I can or will give him.
When the State Central Committee began the process of voting out Jeff Frederick, I had mixed feeling about the matter. I wanted to believe the SCC was acting in the best interests of the party, but I could not see what the fuss was about. I looked in the newspapers. I could not find a good reason for Frederick’s removal. Some of the things Frederick was about did not look good, but Frederick’s opponents seemed much more interested in explaining why they did not like Frederick than explaining the gravity of charges against Frederick.
I checked out Deo Vindice. Jame Bowden ran a series of posts starting here, but this was the first one I noticed. Given I could not find sufficient cause to support Frederick’s removal, I had to agree with Bowden. The charges were cooked. In effect, I did the same flip-flop as The Mason Conservative (here).
When I first joined the Republican Party, I focused on the PWCGOP. Here were real, live people I could talk to and see what they were doing. Moreover, participating with the local party gave me the opportunity to meet and get to know our local elected leaders. So I learned a lot, and in general I have not been disappointed by either the local Republican Party or our local Republican Party elected officials (with the exception of one very disgusting episode).
Over the years since I joined the PWCGOP, I have tried to get more involved with the Republican Party of Virginia. Unfortunately, the removal of Jeff Frederick does much to undermine any incentive I might have had. However, my support for Bob Marshall, Ken Cuccinelli, and Bill Bolling will keep me involved.
Change, worthwhile change and improvement, takes time and patience. As Bowden describes it (here), there is a split in the Republican Party. There are Establishment and Constitutional Republicans. I am a Constitutional Republican. I cannot see what I or my fellow citizens gain by elevating either power hungry Democrats or Republicans to higher office. Both rob us of our wealth and liberty. The difference of degree, however, is important. So I will support those Republican candidates who demonstrate in word and deed that they can and will support and defend our State and Federal constitutions, and I will forebear the necessity of having Establishment Republicans on the same ticket.
Am I the ultimate arbiter of who is a Constitutional Republican and who is an Establishment Republican? Is the difference black and white? No, but I have to decide for myself which candidates care more about power and which care more about justice. So long as the removal of Jeff Frederick reeks of being a power play, instead of being a removal for cause, I will be suspicious of any candidate who supported it.
In time I hope Constitutional Republicans will win out. I don’t think the public wants power hungry leaders. The majority of Americans are Conservative. When Conservative candidates calmly explain their beliefs, the public agrees and votes Conservative.
The Richmond Democrat stirs the pot (here).
Shaun Kenney lays out the charges (here), the day before the vote?
This sort of thing, last minute charges, was predicted here.
Blue Virginia continues to have fun? Somehow I wonder how the party of compassionate people so much enjoys beating people when they have already been knocked down.
Roanoke Valley Republicans speculate (here).
From on High is unhappy with the wrong kind of publicity (here).
Crystal Clear Conservative will work for the entire ticket (here).