A Vote for Comstock is a Vote for… Obama?

Somehow I missed this, but Barbara Comstock apparently doesn’t even deny having voted for Barrack Obama in the 2008 Virginia primary. It’s a little confusing because, apparently, she was following some plan laid by Rush Limbaugh, but Limbaugh’s plan seems to have shifted goals at some point. Regardless, she voted in a Democratic primary in some kind of twisted effort to help John McCain be elected president. That, however, didn’t work, and the guy she voted for went on to win. Twice.

Knowing this, as we slog onwards to the nominating contest the Republicans are holding later this month, it seems to me that, if you are a Republican, you have two choices here: disapprove of Comstock’s attempt to game the system and support a candidate with a better record of integrity, or approve of her attempt to support the conservative agenda by any means necessary and support a candidate with a better record of knowing how.

By either reckoning, I think the choice for honest and loyal Republicans is rather clear…

The War on Women Words Continues

Making this a News Brief because, really, does anyone still care? Did anyone ever? If you do, Del. Barbara Comstock has weighed in with a letter of her own, responding to Sen. Chap Petersen’s letter, which followed Elizabeth Miller’s letter, which deconstructed Mike Turner’s letter, with everyone saying someone else was playing games with legislation.

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Let FirewallNOVA clear this up for you: Comstock is running for Congress as a Republican at a time when Republicans are trying to court more of the women’s vote. She tried to put through some half-baked legislation that would make her look friendly to women, and the Democrats stopped her.

That is all.

Latest Blogola Controversy Shows Need For Transparency

Call it the St. Valentine’s Day Inferno. An argument and the threat of a lawsuit between prominent Virginia political bloggers Brian Schoeneman, Greg Letiecq, and Shaun Kenney, over who is getting paid to write about an historic primary battle, will likely open a discussion about how to balance political advocacy and the pretense – upheld by many blogs – of presenting objective news reporting.

The question must henceforth be asked: Is this a blog, or blogola?

Brian Schoeneman, Greg Letiecq, Shaun Kenney
Key players in the current blogola controversy (l-r): Brian Schoeneman of Bearing Drift, Greg Letiecq of Black Velvet Bruce Li, and Shaun Kenney, also of Bearing Drift.
 
Having arisen from the opportunity afforded by content management system Web technology, in part as a supplement or “antidote” to the ideologies of traditional media outlets, political blogs generally represent a cross pollination between political pamphleteering and news reporting. Many, probably most, Virginia blogs are unabashedly ideological, and most are blatantly partisan.

Which tends to be all fine and good, except during the primaries.

The present controversy began on Thursday when Brian finally told us what he really thinks about Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall.

Brian’s appraisal of Delegate Bob is harsh in the same sense St. John’s depiction of the beast is harsh. Brian wants him to leave the House of Delegates, to renounce his ways, and most certainly to bow out of the primary contest for the Republican nomination to replace 34-year Congressman Frank Wolf in the 10th district election in November.

Delegate Bob is one of approximately 47 others currently announced to challenge Barbara Comstock, Frank Wolf’s heir apparent, for the GOP nomination …. and therein lies the rub.

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