Monday Morning Ruminations 3.5.2012

A few things come to mind this AM…

GOP overreach in Richmond is unfortunate and somewhat predictable.  The last time the GOP had a GA win similar to the Quasi-regain in 2011 was after the 2001 elections…and in the wake of that blowout we had the GOP staff eavesdropping/Wilkins harassment scandals.  Hubris strikes.  This year the GOP, rather than push on kitchen table issues, has mistaken the nature of the electorate and gone all social issues.  They seem to forget that social issues resonate only when fundamental matters like security and the economy are in balance.  Alas, and to paraphrase, those who fail to learn the mistakes of history are doomed to repeat them.

Despite the crowing at Blue Virginia over GOP tomfoolery, Obama’s relection chances, Timmy over George, etc., they are downplaying a small bit of hubris and ego in the Democratic Party.  Retired USAF General John Douglass has been gearing up for a shot at Frank Wolf in Va-10 for some time.  Now redistricting has moved him into the 5th district, and Douglass has decided he needs to gear up for a shot at Robert Hurt, despite there already being a democratic candidate out and about in the district.

Lowell and the Diaries has chosen not to comment on the front line Democratic candidate planning to challenge Congressman Wolf not running against him, the potential for Wolf to get a free ride in 2012, or the fact that Douglass in running in Va 5 has revealed himself to be a man of ego and ambition who is without party loyalty who simply wants to run for Congress this year.

The Democrats in Richmond are back to their old tricks.  They vote against the GOP budget because they want more seats on Senate Committees…yet they do not offer an alternative budget.  I wonder how this will play long-term.

I understand why everyone is upset with Gregg Williams and his bounty system.  But I played HS football back in the day, and you knew your chances of winning improved if you could neutralize the best players on the opposing team.  Headhunting has been going on for generations, and will continue no matter how Williams is disciplined.  By the same token, the decision by The Danny not to hire him as head coach when Joe Gibbs II ended now seems like a really good idea.

UPDATE: One day after I note the lack of Va-5 chatter on Blue Virginia, the place goes crazy with chatter…

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