THE YEAR: 2015.
THE CAMPAIGN: A GOP field led by a millionaire businessman who has never been elected to public office, chased and attacked by senators and other elected, established Republicans.
THE RESULT: The outsider candidate wins his party’s nomination and, after uniting the party while battling back the liberal media and the progressive liberal complex, flips votes in rural blue counties and goes on to beat the Democrat candidate to secure a general election victory.
FAST FORWARD TO 2017… Ed Gillespie is now the outsider candidate.
Oh, Ed Gillespie is no Donald Trump. Truth be told, NO ONE is Donald Trump except the president himself, and those who have tried to act like him have been shut down by voters nationwide. Look no further than the beating Paul Nehlen took at the hands of Paul Ryan in the Wisconsin house race. Trump had name recognition, his own money, and an ability to tap into a specific feeling of despair felt by the voters who have been left behind by BOTH parties.
No, Ed Gillespie is Ed Gillespie. He’s an outsider candidate in the sense that he has never been elected to public office (like Trump). Of course he’s a politician, as was Donald Trump (the Donald was a primary source of money and influence from BOTH parties in local and nationwide races for decades). He’s made his fortune as a capitalist in our great country (again, like Trump). And now, as the outsider, Gillespie finds himself as the front-runner in name recognition and money, being attacked by the elected state senator and supervisor who continue to fall behind in endorsements and funding. He’s being attacked for many of the attributes that put the president in the front-runner position in his own GOP primary.
The comparisons between Mr. Gillespie and Mr. Trump end where winning Virginia begins. Winning the national election was a proverbial miracle, but Donald Trump lost Virginia by five points to the worst candidate ever to seek the presidency. There’s no question that in order to win Virginia, one must appeal to ALL Virginians, not just a Trump-focused electorate. Ed Gillespie’s senate run in 2014 proved that he has that wide-range appeal. Expected to lose by double digits to a well-known, well-liked, established and incumbent senator, Gillespie’s less than one point loss was a testament to his hard work, discipline, and engagement. If his lack of name recognition and minimal GOP support kept him from winning that senate seat, he certainly has overcome both of those obstacles this time around. His focus is sharper than ever before.
Yes, Ed Gillespie has been in politics for a long time. He’s “established” in that sense. He found his way to the Republican party early on, much the same way Ronald Reagan did. He’s been in the business of advising and leading Republicans for decades. He’s built a successful career from his public service knowledge and experience. This “outsider” may never have been elected, but, Ed Gillespie is likely the most experienced candidate to ever run for Governor of our Commonwealth. His establishment credentials are what Donald Trump sought in his Chief of Staff (Ed was also a Republican National Committee chairman) and Vice President (Ed has a close relationship with Mike Pence and a similar career background). And, most importantly, Ed Gillespie is 100% conservative.
In 2017, the choice is clear, as it was in the presidential election. The outsider candidate is the BEST choice to lead Virginia into the next decade.
Gillespie = Bush and Rove.
No thanks I’ll stay home
LOL – Gillespie the outsider….BAHAWAHAWAAA….thanks for the laugh this morning, anyone who votes for Ed, is voting for the establishment swamp — plain and simple to anyone who has been paying attention…
The question and worry is who is really funding Gillespie? He’s a DC insider who elbows with Globalists. Check out some of his tweets and his bragging about his political buddies – ones that should be part of the swamp draining.
OMG.. What the heck is this article praising Establishment Ed as an OUTSIDER??? WHOA … I guess the FAKE NEWS has hit now BULL ELEPHANT!
I want a candidate who is going to stick up for our state and conservative values, not someone selected to be as bland as toast and whose slogan is “a governor for all Virginians”.
That slogan is a lot like “Stronger Together”. Translation:
Do not take any controversial stands. Do not rock the boat (ie: standing against sanctuary cities, cracking down on illegals, gangs, or stopping the vendetta against Virginia’s heritage). Do not disagree with anything, least you get attacked by the left.
PS: It is the fault of self-righteous Virginia Republicans that Trump didn’t carry Virginia. They determined early on that he wasn’t going to win, and bailed on him, just as they did on Cuccinelli in the last governor’s race. Thankfully, in 2016, other states saved the day for us, and we have a REAL PRESIDENT.
Now it is time for a REAL Governor – Corey Stewart.
Well , I don’t know about Corey Stewart, however
See Gillespie as tired , end of the road , perpetual
Campaign of cliches.
A long long journey to get 48% .
Virginia Republicans did not have the imagination
To see someone like Comstock running for Governor
So they will get what they get.
Sadly Riggelman did not stay in …would have
Made Gillespie seen as an empty suit.
My word…”A Governor for all Virginians”..zzzzzzz
If Ed Gillespie had a radio show would
Anyone listen, would anyone advertise ?
Enron would advertise on the Establishment Ed Radio Show, I’m sure.. LOL!
Mussolini and Clinton copied it
It’s a Globalist Slogan.
Ed Gillespie, the “outsider” candidate. The authors on this site get more and more ridiculous week by week. Open borders Ed, sanctuary city Ed, traditional conservative Ed, alas, I’m being redundant. Too bad he will never conserve our borders, American jobs, or Americans safety from the foreign invaders.
Have another glass of Koolaid.
I think its refreshing that differing opinions are allowed here. Submit a guest post….maybe you’ll get selected too!
I agree Johnny J… The Bull Elephant seems like it should be called “BULL RINO”…LOL!
LOL WHAT a streeeetttch it is calling entrenched-establishment Ed an, “outsider”. Gillespie, former lobbyist, President Bush-advisor, TARP architect, Karl Rove buddy, Romney campaign advisor. Let’s see .. what else? Oh right, former RNC head!!
Gillespie’s been on the inside – the elites – for DECADES! He helped make the swamp that Trump is now draining! Enron Ed is running because in the grand tradition of the Establishment, “It’s HIS turn now!” Gillespie is being rewarded by Establishment/big business interests.
Why didn’t you mention globalist Gillespie’s open borders views, his previous support for the ‘Gang of 8’ amnesty, Romneycare (single-payer) or his marked lack of enthusiasm for GOP Presidential nominee Trump?
Trump almost won Virginia, but for Liberal NoVA. Corey Stewart keeps winning his Board of Supervisors seat in liberal NoVA Prince William County.
Stewart’s an up-and-coming populist like Trump. Establishment Gillespie is yesteryear’s Bush and Romney redux.
Entrenched Elitist Ed Gillespie LOST his earlier run for state office – the ONLY SEAT he’s run for!
Stewart’s a proven winner, AND a populist.
At least Stewart is real, like Trump. I don’t enough about Wagner’s issues. I appreciate his long-standing service to the Commonwealth.
Yeah…Stewart is real alright. i saw him at the forum at Goochland High school yesterday. If’ he’s “like Trump”, he’s a poor man’s version of Trump. I do love Trump, but trying to act like him isn’t helping Stewart in Virginia. He seems disingenuous to most people I know and wasn’t well-received in Goochland – VERY conservative Goochland – yesterday afternoon. Right now, he’s not making thoughtful statements and he’s not acting thoughtfully either. His campaign needs to do some soul-searching.
Have you even paid attention to all he has accomplished for PWC? If you have, you would realize Corey is the ONLY candidate with a PROVEN track record of enforcing illegal immigration laws, reducing crime and taxes.
No politician cares about any of that. Heck, even Trump doesn’t care about any of that stuff. Corey is fighting last year’s battles after the war is over. It ain’t 1815 New Orleans and Corey Stewart sure isn’t Andrew Jackson. Or even Stonewall for that matter.
Last years battles? Really? High Taxes and Illegal Immigration/High Crime Rates have been and are still very relevant issues in Virginia! There are 3 Spanish-speaking radio stations in my area and we are over 1000 miles from the Mexico border! Heroin and Gang violence are hitting even rural communities in Virginia – I know people in Social Services in several areas across this state. Not to mention the fact that the last time I had to go to the Social Security office almost half the occupants in the lobby room didn’t speak English (this was about a year ago).
Arlington and Fairfax
Really? Which wall did Corey build? There’s plenty of Spanish stations in Virginia. There are also stations in Arabic, Korean, Chinese, and several other languages. Do you want to kick the Koreans and Chinese out? Chances are they might be citizens.
As far as the drugs go, most of that in the sticks has been because rural out of work young people are taking up where your grandfathers left off. Instead of cooking holler hooch for cash, they cook meth in their car trunk and sell it to help pay for their own habits. It’s easy to tell who they are, they are in their twenties and look 60.
Oh and down Mexico way there are several English stations. For all the Americans that have been moving down there away from this increasingly crap country. And your Sam’s card works down there too!
Face the facts. These politicians aren’t going to fix any of your problems. Hell, entire local generations of teachers, police, social services, preachers, and other everyday citizens have devoted their lives trying to fix the unfixable. They end up old, broken, and screwed over by a bankrupt retirement system. For all that work, a few kids make it, others escape through the military, or migrate to the city only to end up in an urban hell hole.
Remember it takes a village? Clinton was wrong. Most of the villages are just like the one I came from. A soon to be ghost town with worn out 1910 era houses, no jobs, no stores, and most of all… NO HOPE. We don’t need a nuclear bomb to kill what’s already dead in the heartland. The politicians already took care of that job.
Hey Bud, I never said Corey built a wall – why are you putting words into my mouth? He deported thousands of illegal immigrants in PWC and as a result crime dropped by 1/3 of what it was. Is it just me or does anyone else get the feeling that BULL ELEPHANT was just purchased by ENRON?
Wagner bright guy
Wagner is in bed with Dominion Power and HRTAC… damaged good – Establishment Ed is well… Establishment, too.. Corey actually deported Illegals – Establishment Ed helped to IMPORT illegals for Tysons…
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I agree with most of what you say. However, Trump now wants a billion dollars in the budget for his Wall. Screw him, he said Mexico would pay for his Wall. Now, if Trump wants money to track down and lock up employers who hire illegals, that would be great. Let’s deport the bastards who hire illegals. Trump lied about repealing Obamacare, lied about cracking down on Communist China. Lied about……..
Trump just is not doing what he said. But, on the other hand, he is the best the Republicans have. The Democrats suck.
But the triple dippers love Virginia and Ed
Well said Rick and welcome aboard
Let us not reach so far as to compare Ed to Donald, what has Ed ever built? A golf course, a hotel, a mall, a skating ring….
What experience except losing does Ed have with a elected office. Stewart on the other hand even appeals to minorities. Winning 4 times is closer to the Donald wouldn’t you say.
Stewart’s airplane ad at the Shad Planking complete with the confederate flag showed his lack of judgment. How does THAT appeal to minorities or bring our party together in any way at all?
Stewart didn’t place that ad. The Flaggers did it. I was a little in shock too, and laughed so hard I nearly spit out my coffee. But maybe it is time to go back to just seeing the CBF as a the Southern cultural symbol that many of us grew up with (ie: Dukes of Hazard, Leonyrd Skynyrd etc)”.
well, Stewart is ultimately responsible for the airplane debacle. Common Core in our schools isn’t teaching the history we learned. Our kids are finishing high school not knowing that socialism isn’t a good idea. History text books starting in middle school give a skewed version of American history and our kids believe that our country is bad and need to apologize to everyone for everything. Our education system is really the issue we need to face head on, or we’re doomed. The progressives took over the text book writing job decades ago and now we’re paying the price for that.
Ann, So it sounds like you are agreeing with me in the broader sense of we need to restore a balanced teaching of history in our schools and that this is part of the reason Americans (not just the younger generation) get hysterical about every perceived offense. Symbols are blamed for what is in one’s heart. We need leaders who are not afraid to start resetting the narrative.
I don’t believe that Stewart can be elected statewide. I felt the same for Ted Cruz. Virginia is blue now and its economic growth and job creation are plummeting. We need someone to pull the state together, not divide us.
Nothing like an ESTABLISHMENT GLOBALIST LOBBYIST to make us sing KUM BY YAH ? That’s all we have had and it isn’t making things better for us, has it?
Corey won in VERY BLUE Northern VA – Gillespie has lost several elections, Wagner is a sell-out. Corey is the only one with a REAL CHANCE!
Wow the Disinfo on this site is UNREAL. Is this a CNN or MSNBC SITE? It’s sure beginning to feel like it!