Life at Tranquility Base Rehab continues, and therapy on the knee is done…I have been discharged…it is now completely up to me and my own energy, wiles, and plans to keep strengthing it in prep for knee #2 later this summer. The cane has been tucked away for a summer rest, as will be the elevated bathroom seat (more on that at another time).
I have noted with interest that another Kaine, our Gov, is out there talking smack about how the GOP will be showing their true colors if they don’t agree with his transportation plans.
Dang, what a blowhard.
The truth is that Kaine really has no plan to address the TRAMOB issues facing the commonwealth beyond raising taxes. He wants to do it in an even larger quantity and using the same means that were rejected by the public in the 2002 referendum, but he doesn’t have the stones to go back to the public and really try to build support.
Kaine is long on rhetoric and short on action. What he should have done in the 2006 and 2007 sessions was have the democrats offer up their own transportation plan. They didn’t, being content to either stonewall the GOP or sign onto a GOP proposal. Had they made a record in those legislative years, then the 2007 statehouse races would have revolved even more around the GOP majority failure on transportation.
Shoot…even this year the Demos could not come up with a plan that could pass the Democratic Majority state senate…so how, when the dems cannot agree on a plan themselves, are they going to successfully float the canard that the GOP should be the target of all transportation finger pointing?
Now, had they established that record in 2006-2007, and had they had the courage of their convictions and voted against the 2007 GOP plan-well, that would be one thing. But in this reality, I don’t think DasGov will be able to create the huge GOP backlash he wants.
Good thing they are out trying to create it themselves!
The GOP convention, with its near nomination of Bob Marshall and overwhelming selection of Jeff Frederick as GOP state Chairman has caused the same high decibel wails that normally are reserved for public canings or executions. Many of those describing the events make it sound like a cross between the Super Bowl, Armageddon, and Judgement Day all wrapped into one.
My attention has been elsewhere, so I have limited my comments. But now a few things need to be said or reiterated…
a) John Hager, a really nice guy, had to go. Often organizations keep folks in office because they are nice or have held other positions. John Hager’s contributions are appreciated, but his time is past. The GOP is in the dumps now in no small part because we have surrendered the technolgy edge to the democrats, and because we have allowed them to edge ahead on numerous fronts. If Jeff Fredericks platform is enacted, then that edge will be eliminated.
b) Jim Gilmore is now a weaker version of Tom Davis in the senate race. It has been ten+ years since he ran for office, six since he held office. And…despite the lack of money, general conditions, etc., Gilmore has a problem that really cuts against him unless he is leading. I suggest that despite his indomitable determination, Gilmore has never really struck a chord with the GOP. He won his AG nomination race as the eastern suburban guy v. the valley guy, won his AG race in the Allen landslide in 1993, and won his gov race with the “No car tax” issue. Gilmore has been successful, but I never detected the deep well of emotional support for him. Consider Dick Obenshain, Wyatt Durrette, George Allen…each of them in their day had a huge base of support for them that would come out come hell or high water and keep them competitive and more than alive. Mark Warner and Jim Webb have it in the Demo side-LB3 has it in spades.
Gilmore doesn’t have it, which means he has to be able to win on some kind of issue or argument…and since Marshall outflanks him on the right, Gilmore has to argue electability-[Irony alert!] which is the same type of argument Tom Davis was ready to offer back when Gilmore was the “issues candidate”.
Ah, the sweet irony…almost having his petard hoisted by becoming the man he was afraid, scared, terrified of running against in a primary.
c) I don’t understand the whole problem imputed to the manner in which ballots were tabulated. Back in the day the different congressional districts did all their tabulation at their district table/hq in the convention hall with out sending them up to a central spot and then back to the districts…and we didn’t have computers or the whole array of wireless tools available in 2008. A bad show all around from planning to execution, and item #1 showing the technology deficit of the current RPV.
I was going to comment on the latest permutations in the NoVa congressional races, but I am out of time…and will save that for later.