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EDITORIAL: Another sore loser (Republicans look to blow a chance to take Virginia’s Senate)
The Washington Times ^ | 30 December 2013 | OpEd

Posted on 12/30/2013 6:47:43 AM PST by COBOL2Java

Edited on 12/30/2013 6:49:36 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

Some Virginia Republicans have perfected the art and science of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. With control of the state Senate up for the taking in a special election on Jan. 21, Joe T. May is running as an independent for an open state Senate seat, which almost certainly ensures that Democrats will win. Republican votes will be split between Mr. May, an outgoing Republican member of the House of Delegates who lost a primary, and the Republican nominee, John Whitbeck. Jennifer Wexton, a liberal Democrat, will likely win with a plurality, almost by default.


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1 posted on 12/30/2013 6:47:43 AM PST by COBOL2Java
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To: COBOL2Java

Ah the ego of those who have ‘power’…. they will sink the ship just to say they were the captain


2 posted on 12/30/2013 6:50:24 AM PST by Nifster
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To: COBOL2Java

Exactly as I thought - Democrats will need a strong independent or libertarian to win an election for the next decade.


4 posted on 12/30/2013 6:55:02 AM PST by struggle
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To: COBOL2Java

The RINOs would rather have radical Democrats elected, than support the winner and take control. Let’s face it, the Whigs have no desire to govern and if it is forced on them, will do everything they can to run away from it.

The elephant is dead, long live the tea blossom.


5 posted on 12/30/2013 7:00:29 AM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners. And to the NSA trolls, FU)
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To: NTHockey

Don’t know why this fact keeps getting removed on the thread, but the fact is, this special election is going to fill the seat which is being vacated by the incoming Attorney General, so it’s an important election on January 21.

Right now, the Virginia Senate is split 20/20 Republican/Democrat, and the edge is important. The new Lt. Governor is a Dem, and he’s going to sit as the tie-breaker.

We need a GOP win in this seat. Unfortunately, thanks to the sore-loser Joe T. May, this is probably going to go to the Democrat, so bye bye, GOP control of the Virginia Senate.


6 posted on 12/30/2013 7:12:11 AM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: NTHockey

I remember years ago when I got politcally involved after clinton’s gun ban. Trent Lott was so gung ho and I thought, “yea, this guy’s going to fight this back.” Then it came to the impeachment and how it seemed like a softball to knock out of the stadium. Trent Lott was on a Sunday morning show speaking so mealy-mouthed I thought WTF? I’ve come to believe it’s all a one party system. Pat Toomey is another example.


7 posted on 12/30/2013 7:21:07 AM PST by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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To: COBOL2Java

He was probably urged and/or bribed to run by the Dems. Anytime the Dems want to win, they put up a strawman as a third party candidate. Either they get someone to run as an Independent, or put up a faux to help seal their Dem victory. That’s not counting all the fraud and cheating they do. That’s how the governorship was lost in Virginia by Cucinelli.


8 posted on 12/30/2013 7:25:36 AM PST by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: NTHockey

The Pubs didn’t blow anything. They cannot control anyone who decides to run third party. Not possible.


9 posted on 12/30/2013 7:28:26 AM PST by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: NTHockey

It's a long road, but worth it.

10 posted on 12/30/2013 7:30:16 AM PST by cizinec ("Brother, your best friend ain't your Momma, it's the Field Artillery.")
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To: struggle

As long as the Republicans keep running CINOs, it is not one whit worse for the public or for the cause of freedom when they lose.


11 posted on 12/30/2013 7:37:10 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Nifster

They need sore loser laws like Texas does to keep this from happening.

Look what happened with Scozzafava in New York.


12 posted on 12/30/2013 7:56:40 AM PST by thetallguy24
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To: stevio
I posted a very similar thought about Trent Lott being a slug in a bad rug, and was attacked by another FReeper who said that Lott couldn't have gotten enough impeachment votes, and how he did the right thing, needed to focus on other agendas, etc.

I agree with you - Lott was a wimpy loser who came on strong and suddenly "grew in office", as liberals like to say of Republicans who become RINO's after election.

13 posted on 12/30/2013 7:56:44 AM PST by Hardastarboard (The question of our age is whether a majority of Americans can and will vote us all into slavery.)
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To: COBOL2Java

Democrat, Republican...How can you tell the difference?


14 posted on 12/30/2013 8:12:45 AM PST by lewislynn (What does the global movement and te Fairtax movement have in common? Disinformation)
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To: lewislynn
Democrat, Republican...How can you tell the difference?

Democrats will stab you in the back and enjoy every minute of it. Republicans will stab you in the back, feel guilty about it, and tell you it was necessary to get them into the driver's seat so they can do things better.

15 posted on 12/30/2013 8:58:22 AM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: thetallguy24

we can work towards it…. I get sick of these politicians that are convinced that THEY are more important than the voters who put them there in the first place. We might be better off if we just picked names out of a hat and strict laws about lobbyists


16 posted on 12/30/2013 10:23:33 AM PST by Nifster
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To: COBOL2Java

The GOP media delights in highlighting GOP failures.


17 posted on 12/30/2013 10:32:49 AM PST by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: COBOL2Java

The GOP did not go on the attack until the end of the election. That was the mistake.


18 posted on 12/30/2013 10:35:02 AM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: thetallguy24

It isn’t sore loser. May was to run in a primary, apparently. The “party” decided not to have a primary but to choose the nominee at a get-together. May said he would have won a vote by voters but not by party insiders.

So, he decided to go for a vote by voters as an independent. It’s a complicated mess. It does appear that he is a conservative businessman/engineer employing hundreds and having a couple dozen serious patents to his name.

As I read some of the background, it sounds like the gop-e might have undercut a conservative. I’m not certain about that yet.


19 posted on 12/30/2013 12:00:43 PM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: COBOL2Java

Don’t get too upset about this, folks. The chances of conservatives picking up this seat were pretty slim to start with: it’s a solid ‘rat district.

The real contest is in tidewater in the 6th district that used to be ralph northam’s seat. It’s a more or less purple district. No spoiler in the race.


20 posted on 12/30/2013 12:03:43 PM PST by RKBA Democrat (Having some small say in who gets to hold the whip doesn't make you any less a slave.)
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To: xzins

“It isn’t sore loser. May was to run in a primary, apparently. The “party” decided not to have a primary but to choose the nominee at a get-together. May said he would have won a vote by voters but not by party insiders.”

The Virginia gop changed the rules to get away from primaries and weak candidates. The caucus system can and usually is dominated by conservatives in the VA gop, not the “party insiders,” although the sore losers (i.e. the gop-e who got kicked to the curb) will claim otherwise.

Getting away from primaries was one of the few things conservatives trying to work within the gop have won in VA in recent years. Otherwise it’s been pretty much a disaster.

The gop-e in VA is a microcosm of the gop faction of the uniparty for the country: they would far rather lose a general election than see any conservative elected.


21 posted on 12/30/2013 12:11:47 PM PST by RKBA Democrat (Having some small say in who gets to hold the whip doesn't make you any less a slave.)
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To: flaglady47

Does T May call himself a Republican? Does not matter what line he runs on. The problem is he is a Republican and a relatively high one considering he was elected to office. The problem is high ones like him are responsible for destroying the influence of conservatives trying to reform the GOP.


22 posted on 12/30/2013 12:12:16 PM PST by sefarkas (Why vote Democrat Lite?)
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To: thetallguy24
They need sore loser laws like Texas does to keep this from happening.

Which would work if Virginia had a primary. But it appears that the candidate was chosen by party insiders and not by the rank-and-file.

23 posted on 12/30/2013 12:17:56 PM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: COBOL2Java
I assume that Joe T. May, the “independent” candidate, is a center-left RINO.

Is that correct?

According to links, John May was Chairman of the Transportation Committee and was seeking to increase tax revenue.

In fact, another link condemns Virginia Republican legislators in general for their tax and spend policies.

I assume the Republican nominee John Whitbeck is more Conservative.

Is that correct?

The links on Whitbeck weren't very helpful.

24 posted on 12/30/2013 2:06:52 PM PST by zeestephen
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