One of the interesting ironies of 2013 election is that for awhile, ardent conservatives of the Tea Party kind have been saying that the reason GOP has been on a losing streak in statewide elections is that the candidates have been not conservative enough.
Chip Tarbutton, on the Roanoke Tea Party’s website, echoed this very notion last week. He didn’t call them RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) but rather Etch-A-Sketch Republicans “who will say the right things while getting the nomination and then immediately start moving to the middle in the general election.”
(FYI comments are closed on that post — and ALL OTHERS — on the Tea Party website. So much for their tolerance of other views).
Anyway, the putative cure for that in 2012 was a GOP nominating convention, rather than a primary. The TPers worked diligently behind the scenes to wrest control of the party machinery then sprang the convention on the establishment Republicans and basically froze them out.
Except that now we know that backfired badly. Those miffed establishment Republicans responded with WAY less money for the Cuccinelli-Jackson ticket than they normally would have put up in a statewide GOP campaign. Jackson got slaughtered and Cuccinelli lost to Gov.-Elect Terry McAuliffe, the most underwhelming Democratic gubernatorial candidate in years. Read more »