I’ve always appreciated the only meaningful liberal blog in Virginia, Blue Virginia, for their coherent strategy and measured attacks on Republicans. They have had so many opportunities to embrace Democratic Socialism, just as we’ve had to embrace nationalist populism on our side, and yet they rarely take the bait.
This is a problem for Virginia and for us.
Democrats in Maryland, New York, California, Kansas, and Illinois may be losing their minds and embracing socialism as their political religion, but Virginia, which is now a blue state, hasn’t.
And Blue Virginia has done a pretty good job at directing most of their energy, not toward socialist idealism, but toward defeating Donald Trump’s agenda.
This will make our job harder here in Virginia.
As Republicans, the national Democratic Party has served all our interests by pivoting hard left. I’m still waiting for the DNC to actively promote 20th century communist propaganda. What worries me is that we aren’t seeing this in Virginia.
With PF obliterating Stewart’s claim that Kaine supports the abolition of ICE, we’re left with two Democrat Senators that seem to refuse to jump off the same deep end that the rest of the Democrat Party has embraced.
The 2013 bill, for which Kaine delivered a Senate floor speech in Spanish, was the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, and it passed the Senate by a 68-32 vote. Although it ultimately died in the House, the bill would have increased the number of federal agents along the U.S. border with Mexico, required construction of 700 miles of border fencing and allocated money for aerial drones, among other border security measures.
Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner are playing a brilliant game of virtue signaling to the progressive left, while not actually saying anything damning them with the their center-left.
Kaine was Secretary Clinton’s VP after all and he understands the liberal wing of the party. Kaine knows how to speak to the socialists while not offending the liberals in the party. Blue Virginia seems to have adopted those skills as well.
While Republican Blogs move further and further “Right” or “Populist” in order to support Supervisor Stewart, Virginia Democrats are strategically securing the “middle” by acknowledging their populists and socialists, and essentially speaking directly to their liberal, center-left base.
I first became impressed with Blue Virginia’s strategy when they began trying to lump E.W. Jackson and Nick Freitas in with Corey Stewart. They had no idea that Stewart’s White Nationalism would win the day, nor did they have any reason to believe that we’d be so stupid as to place economic protectionism at the center of our party’s statewide platform. They were successful at turning off moderates from both Jackson and Freitas, leaving us to defend the very worst ideologies our party has to offer.
Now they are simply attacking our extremism. Every populist, ignorant tweet, post, or congressional statement is being used by Blue Virginia to paint a picture of the Republican Party that most Republicans would give their very lives to prevent ever being true. We can’t stop it. We have people who are saying, posting, and delivering messages that Virginia Democrats are able to share and use to their benefit.
We may be a blue state, in fact, but we’re a center right state that no longer believes that Virginia Republicans are “center-right”.
What our friends over at Blue Virginia are attempting to accomplish has nothing to do with Corey Stewart; and everything to do with Barbara Comstock, Rob Wittman, and Scott Taylor.
I thought the Democrats would throw all their money at Ben Cline and Denver Riggleman. They aren’t. They don’t even seem to care. They are going after the thrones of Republican Politics in the Commonwealth.
Their primary objective is taking out Dave Brat, because they know that after losing Hanover and New Kent, Congressman Brat depends on the very Cantorites he defeated four years ago. Cantor’s people long to see a Democrat elected in the 7th. They know that it will only last two years. They will all stay home. All of them. The establishment hacks in the 7th are going to do everything in their power to destroy Brat. Follow Shaun Kenney’s facebook account for hints and evidence.
Trump’s radical populists are most toxic in Northern Virginia and Virginia Beach, and the Democrats know that neither Comstock nor Taylor can embrace the White Nationalists and win, and have set in place a strategy to peal off intelligent Republicans from their party’s ticket by threatening to paint them with protectionism and nationalism and racism.
I keep waiting for Blue Virginia to go full communist, full socialist. I keep waiting for Kaine and Warner to screw up.
Kaine and Warner are going to advocate for the center-left and we’re going to lose…
Unless we do something to win back the center. Unless we become wonkish and focused on policies that affect most Virginians. We can turn Virginia RED if we focus on policy, but we seem utterly incapable of doing that. We’d rather attack everyone that doesn’t obey us instead, as if that was a political strategy. Shame on us.
I’ve seen only four Republican campaigns utterly focused on the economy, on taxes, on regulations, and on jobs. Why can’t I say that about every Republican running for office in Virginia? Everyone needs to focus on the economy and the fact that we’re all better off than we were under Obama and especially under Pelosi and her ilk.
It is hard to make that argument when, days away from August 1st, we’ve only passed 6 of 12 spending bills through the House of Representatives.
If we can’t accomplish the one job we actually have, how can we fight back against the liberals and socialists trying to replace us?
It’s a question that demands an answer.
It’s a question that demands a political party brave enough to carry such answers to the American People.
When are you and your buddy Kenney finally going to drive the nativists out of your party Tucker?
Please don’t let someone else describe us as nativist, we are American Loyalist.
I’m using the phrase that his good buddy Kenney used in a famous Bearing Drift article.
WHITE NATIONALISM? Really, Mr. Tucker?!?! White nationalists want their own country carved out in the Lower 48 that has been ethnically cleansed. You think Corey Stewart wants that? ON THE OTHER hand, there are those of us who do not wish to see our nation overrun with third world immigrants who are very, very difficult and costly to assimilate, and who will prove to be overwhelmingly reliant Democratic voters. That is what drives ME, not WHITE NATIONALISM. Just because many of us refuse to drink the “Diversity is a Strength” Kool Aid, does not make us WHITE NATIONALISTS. Richard Spencer is a WHITE NATIONALIST. Not Corey Stewart.
I just want some damn honest Nationalism , Patriotism , genuine concern for my neighbors and the working man in our Country not the Globalist that operate at the expense of Americans and America herself.
I can’t carry the torch for other Countries, their citizens or business who operate elsewhere. That would be a little bleading heart.
We are not the release valve for World Poverty or Corporate greed under the disguise of Liberty.
I agree with you. To the globalist puppets over at BD, identity politics is fine if you are a Democrat. Keith Ellison, the Deputy Chairman of the DNC, can be a Farrakhanite and not a word from the GOP. But ask that are borders be secure and the GOP “leaders” call you a white nationalist.
I find the BD POS the absolute worst of the political scumbags. They are advocating for open borders for their clients, just like the Establishment GOP does… using virtue signaling and calling everyone who wants a border racist. You are a racist if you don’t support amnesties… Not a corporation in the US that didn’t sign onto the last amnesty proposal. So it is in their interest to keep the corporate donations money coming… pays their salaries as political consultants.
There is no money in wanting to control immigration Jawsz…
Globalism is nothing more than Corporate Socialism at the expense of the worker and taxpayer.
Didn’t Lincoln say something like this?
capital is the fruit of labor, labor is not the fruit of capital
Make no mistake when Republicans loose it is no way the fault of Democrats. It is the fault of Republicans themselves.
Steven, I have read Blue Virginia several times and all it ever amounts to is vicious race baiting and baseless ad-hominem attacks on Republican leadership. Thanks, but no thanks.
Duh, the face of the Virginia Republican Party is Corey Stewart, who in the past two years has become increasingly “chummy” with white nationalists, neo-Nazis and pedophiles. When the face of your party is Corey Stewart, expect defeat for the short term. Stewart like Trump has abandoned several tradional Republican positions, resulting in a Party in chaos, where does the Republican Party stand on free trade, or bailouts(Farmers), who knows!
Tim, the Hildabeast, and many other democrats support the clan.. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c18b7c092fab207e18aa38689e2a921ba8d4ca50c87ef160270c678782526448.jpg
This article is ludicrous. Blue Virginia is not center left. It is about as far left as you can get. The blog’s creator Lowell Feld believes that all fossil fuels are evil and that their use must be stopped immediately despite the fact that renewable energy resources simply can’t provide the amount of energy we need. The other day Feld posted an article in which the author asserted that Russians gave millions of dollars to the NRA which then funneled the money to American politicians. I pointed out in the comments section that the actual amount of money taken in by the NRA from Russian nationals, in the form of dues, was $2,500. Did the article get removed? No.
This is a pretty good analysis, but it will almost certainly fall on deaf ears.
Yeah yeah… Blue Virginia can make Trump its bogeyman and win. But they would make your beloved Yeb Bush its bogeyman and still win.
Demographics are destiny. Virginia is now about 11-15 percent foreign born and with the chain migration that follows that, it will be higher than that in the coming decades.
Even with your and Kenney’s hated OMG WHITE NATIONALISTS!!! in Va, you are not going to win state elections anytime soon. The number of immigrants now tip the balance to the Democrats who are playing identity politics and here’s a secret Tucker… immigrants from Central America:
And I am not making this up… PEW polls have shown that 3 out of 4 hispanics in the US favor large government. And the one is an aging Cuban who knows the benefits of socialism first hand when they lost all their property. Those Cubans are dying off.
Trump yes used White Nationalism to win. So did Dave Bratt. That White Nationalism is a border.
But so far do we have a wall? The GOP Establishment saw to it that that didn’t happen. They could fund everything that Nancy Pelosi dreamed of, but somehow couldn’t manage 10-20 billion for a wall or rather a comprehensive border security system. Nor have those useless Bearing Drift followers done anything to enact legislation to do things like end birthright citizenship or chain migration.
Probably Kaine and Warner are done too… the Democrat majority marching across the border is socialist…
Brat used white nationalism to win? Bull! An anti-Eric Cantor, anti-establishment wave swept Brat to victory
Brat used Cantor’s open border agenda to win. That according to the GOP Establishment is white nationalism. Because it does not embrace the diversity that the GOP INC virtue signalers tell us is what the US needs (it is what their corporate donors want.)
I think the Virginia Democrats are following the rest of the Democrats to the far-left, but since Virginia is a former red state they’re just being incremental waiting for Loudoun and Prince William to become Fairfax clones.
I believe the wait is over… Look at the last electoral map.
Very sad. When I lived in Fairfax, back in the 80’s, Republicans dominated. By the time I left, Democrats controlled everything. I moved to Loudoun county where in 2011 every single seat in the HOD, the entire Board of Supervisors and all Constitutional officers, were Republican. Now Loudoun is turning blue, except for my district in Western Loudoun. The Democrats are like locusts and continue to spread west. Or perhaps I’m a jinx, wherever I go, Democrats go with me. Bleh
Stay out of Madison VA Jeanine… I don’t need a plague of locusts following you…
Follow Shaun Kenny’s evidence. Do you mean that Kenney is relishing Bratt’s loss and telling the nitwits who still follow the Establishment GOP to stay home?
No I won’t be following that Establishment Jagoffs Facebook.
He can shove his Drive the Nativists out of his Party up his fundament.
I have seen you send love notes to Kenney on that hideous Establishment POS website known as Virginia’s Voice of the Corporate Donor. So tell me what his Facebook says.
I remember a truly epic rant by Kenny on BD two years ago..
Yes it was his Drive Out the Nativist drivel that actually got national attention. The Daily Caller highlighted it, so I gave it a look. It was the largest pile of virtue signaling excrement ever coming from a GOP operative. Whose interest like that of his political client Eric Cantor lay with the corporate donors who never saw a border they ever wanted not to be breached.
Him and his buddy Schmuckman would pat each other on the back. Got myself banned from their POS website but that was for the best. I have never gone there again…
Schoeneman and Kenny very rarely post on BD, perhaps once or twice a year. Lynn Mitchell now runs it and readership has declined precipitously. Kenny was being paid to run The Republican Standard blog but his payments must have ceased because he doesn’t post there either.
I guess fat boy has gone back to just being a lobbyist as his political career seems to be dead. It was delightful that he lost in the GOP primary to an immigrant for the BOS in Fairfax county!!! And he’s probably not all that conservative anyway as a lobbyist for a union. And Kenney saw the GOP run into the ground in his time as chairman of the party, along with his major account (Cantor) going down in flames. Guess he’s gotta get a real job.