Is The Party Over?
Wednesday, March 15, 2006 :::
A lengthy piece in Style Weekly looks at whether Virginia's GOP is headed for comity or collapse.
I tend to think it's heading closer to the rocks...and that is not entirely a bad thing. One of the points Ed Feulner raised in his talk last night was that conservatives across the country are telling him they may walk away from the Republican Party rather than continue to support what they see as a drifting, leaderless hulk. While his focus was at the national level, the same holds true to some degree in Virginia as well. Feulner was aghast at the possibility, and urged several possible corrective measures (none of which struck me as earth-shattering).
The Style piece does what Feulner's talk did not -- show the differences in approach and outlook within the GOP and how those differences may lead to electoral trouble. Is there a way out of this? Possibly. But the outcome of the current legislative stalemate will go a long way in determining whether there will be agreement or even greater discord. One legislator told me that he believes there will be a budget compromise which will please neither side very much. That's probably right. But that might not be enough to bridge the gap between the old and new guards.
::: posted by Norman Leahy at 3/15/2006