AN INTRA-PARTY SCUFFLE

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On Sunday, I noticed an article in the Washington Times that actually surprised me, Sharp Elbows in Republican primaries, but first a little background.

Supposedly, Barbara Comstock is the front-runner in the GOP’s firehouse primary to replace Congressman Frank Wolf.  Her problem? She has the GOP Establishment’s blessing. Check out her endorsements and judge for yourself. Some look good, but many do not.

Does that mean Comstock is the worst candidate and we should not support her if she gets the nomination? No, but there is no point in expecting her to resolutely fight big spending government. Establishment candidates don’t rock the boat. That’s why they get all the money.

So what struck me as odd? This paragraph.

“They feel she’s the anointed one and no one should stand in her way,” said Howie Lind, a former Navy commander and one of Comstock’s opponents. Lind has blasted Comstock for voting for President Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary, as well as for supposedly supporting expanding Medicaid eligibility, which Comstock has voted against multiple times.

She really voted for Obama? Well, supposedly she had an excuse.

The campaign defended the vote for Mr. Obama by arguing that it was part of Operation Chaos, a movement spearheaded by conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh in late February 2008 as Mr. Obama’s campaign was picking up steam and had won several consecutive primaries over Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The Fairfax Republican “had participated in Rush Limbaugh’s 2008 ‘Operation Chaos’ to keep the Democrat primary going and nominate who she thought was the weakest candidate who Republican John McCain could beat,” campaign managerSusan Falconer said in a statement.  (from here)

The problem is that if Comstock was participating in Operation Chaos then she should have voted for Hillary Clinton (see Rush the Vote: Operation Chaos). In any event, if you don’t intend to vote Democrat in the General Election, it is really not ethical to vote in the Democrat Party’s primary. As much as I like Rush, I still don’t think every idea he has is a good one, and voting in the other party’s primary is just plain dishonest.

Is Comstock in favor of expanding Medicaid as Lind suggested? Yes and no.  Here is a link to Howie Lind’s radio ad, but various folks point out Lind seems to be distorting the issue. Here are a couple of examples.

Nonetheless, Comstock effectively supports Medicaid expansion.

Delegate Comstock supports Medicaid reform before trying to expand what is currently an inefficient and broken system that does not serve those intended as well as it should. (from here)

That is from her website. Comstock just insists upon reforming Medicaid first. What is the problem with that? Look at our government’s track record. After decades of gross mismanagement — an ever more expensive health care system — what reason do we have to believe anyone can reform a government-run healthcare system? Isn’t about time we accepted the fact that private healthcare, with all its evils, still works better than government-run healthcare (that is, socialism)? Yet here is Comstock, another establishment candidate who promises to make government-run healthcare work.

On his website, Bob Marshall just promises to dismantle and defund Obamacare. There is no baloney about fixing what we all know is a ridiculous mess. If we want to get rid of Obamacare, what is the point in sending someone who is double-minded to Congress?

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