5CD Republicans will hold a primary.

The Fifth District Republican Committee has chosen a primary as the method of selecting their nominee against Rep. Tom Perriello, Janelle Rucker writes in the Roanoke Times. It was a 19-13 vote. That’s a significant blow for the backers of basically all of the candidates but Sen. Robert Hurt and Ken Boyd (my representative on the Albemarle Board of Supervisors), since the only scenario in which it looks like any of these other candidates can win is in a convention. It also shows how incapable and powerless these teabaggers are. They know how to stand around in a parking lot, wave signs, and shout, but actually getting shit done, they get an F.

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6 replies on “5CD Republicans will hold a primary.”

  1. Wow, I hadn’t even noticed that. I think he does well under a primary. I mean, I think that no matter what he loses to Hurt, but I think he’d fare better under a primary than a convention, in part because of the large population center up in central VA, and the fact he knows his ass from his elbow separates him from the rest of the Charlottesville-area candidates.

  2. Just conjecture, but it’s also possible that while Boyd would have been fine with a convention, he preferred a primary. And so to sate the tea party folks, and avoid appearing like a party hack or insider, etc., he signed on. Boyd’s smart. It’s good for him, and it’s good politics. Seems like it was well played.

  3. Verga doesn’t have to know difference between his and his elbow. He seems to be all ass to me

  4. It also shows how incapable and powerless are any group that protests just to hear themselves make noise. They know how to stand around in a parking lot, wave signs, and shout, but actually getting shit done, they get an F.


  5. The “getting shit done” critique is salient. It’s basically a variant of the popular (and, I think, true) liberal meme that the current hard-core “conservative” GOP base is not interested in actually governing.

    But what does that mean, if it’s true? After all, the GOP might win control of the House next year even though its loudest members apparently don’t care anything about making hard policy decisions. In that case, will they be revealed as an ineffectual faction of their party? Will competent people (in the current example, Robert Hurt) emerge who are not entirely beholden to fundamentalist simpletons who want only an ever-increasing number of Tax Cuts for Jesus?

    Or not?

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