You love Corey Stewart. You fought for years to see someone like him get elected. You’ve battled the libertarians, the establishment, the softies in the social conservative movement too afraid to play hardball, for years. Now is your chance to rub it in their faces. Everyone told you that your populists couldn’t win. Everyone told you that the little people didn’t count. Everyone told you that you were a racist or a bigot or a xenophobe. Now is your chance to rub your victory in everyone else’s face. Now is the time to threaten politicos who don’t support Stewart. Weed ‘Em Out! Throw ’em out of the party! Threaten every politico and elected official that isn’t 100% Trump and Stewart. Run out everyone who isn’t you from the Republican Party.
You love Corey Stewart. You want him to win in November. You decide to swallow all the gnashing of teeth and human misery amongst those who didn’t support Corey, just as they must now swallow the gloating of the Corey folks. You decide that now that Trump and Stewart represent and control the Republican Party of Virginia, John Whitbeck and John Findlay, that now is the time to try to bring the other factions into the fold. You have no idea how many conservative, libertarian, and moderate activists would kill for a job right now. They will give you all their data, all their contacts, all their inside baseball knowledge for a shot at being apart of the Stewart Campaign. There are Republican who would rather die than see a Democrat elected. So, you take the opportunity to mend fences, build bridges, and expand your coalition. You work your butts off to get Barbara Comstock, Scott Taylor, Rob Wittman, Morgan Griffith, Ben Cline, Denver Riggleman, and Dave Brat elected.
You are uncomfortable with White-Identity politics, but you want to hold the party together. You come out in favor of Corey Stewart. You support him in order to support the entire ticket. You talk about unity and winning and defeating the Democrats.
You are horrified by Stewart’s victory, but you want to see the Republican Party live on. You go to work for your Congressional candidates and do everything in your power to make sure that every Republican shows up to vote in November. You don’t support Stewart, but you support the party or you support your Congressional nominees and you don’t want to see them defeated just because you disagree with one person on the ballot. If your Congressional candidate of choice wins and Corey Stewart is sent to the United States Senate, that’s OK by you.
You quit the Republican Party. You concede power to Corey Stewart and to White-Identity Politics. You spend hours on Facebook trying to convince your fellow Republicans to stay home, despite the fact that your allies running for Congress need those very voters. You talk about leaving the Republican Party, ensuring that the Republican Party no longer has your voice in the mix. You decide that it is better for Democrats to hold office than Republicans. You make erudite and impassioned Facebook posts virtue-signaling your way to oblivion. You accept defeat as something permanent, not temporary. In November, you comment that the Democrat’s victories were all Corey’s fault. You pay higher taxes. You can’t find a doctor. You can’t get insurance. You get laid off. Your kids go to school and learn that the reason they are poor is because of capitalism. They vote Democrat.
At 21:05 last night, did Congressman Dave Brat become less of a liberty candidate? Did Denver Riggleman become less exciting? Did Ben Cline, who has served us for years in State Government become less important to your movements? Did Rob Wittman’s leadership position in the House of Representatives matter less?
Did Nick Freitas stop fighting for liberty in the Commonwealth?
I have watched all morning and afternoon as Corey Stewart’s supporters have threatened every elected official, party leader, activist, and aspiring candidate. Either you are 100% pro-Corey or they are going to f’ing destroy you. You are to submit and surrender or they will go after you with everything they have.
Friends, these are people who have fought for years to get a statewide candidate. This is the first one they ever had. They are passionate and scared to death that the entirety of the Republican Party is going to leave Corey Stewart out to dry.
How does responding to their attacks help the Republican running for Congress in your district?
How does engaging in social media nastiness get Dave Brat, Ben Cline, or Denver Riggleman elected?
I am miserable and depressed that Nick Freitas didn’t win – but that doesn’t mean that I’m not going to fight like hell for Dave Brat, Rob Wittman, Morgan Griffith, Denver Riggleman, Barbara Comstock, Ben Cline, and Scott Taylor. If all the voters I get to the polls in November help Corey Stewart, fine. That’s not my fault, or your fault. Corey has several months to reach out to Jackson and Freitas Supporters to gain their trust and support. Corey Stewart even has the opportunity to try to bring Shaun Kenney back into the fold. Let’s not decide November in June. Let’s all support who we support and accept the fact that those we didn’t support are going to be on the ballot whether we like it or not. Let’s win. We don’t have to love each other. We don’t have to like each other. Hell, we can flat out hate each other.
But I want Rob Wittman and Denver Riggleman and Dave Brat in the United States Congress next year. Don’t you?