Shaun Kenney’s brains and passion may be exactly what the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) needs right now, but after his first week as executive director it appears a shift toward the former ought to be among the next orders of business.
A check up from the beard up, so to speak.
A brilliant young man with a mien the size of Michoacan, Kenney nevertheless exhibits the cloistered mindset of a worldview fashioned within close circles and staid surroundings.
Under fire from the Can of Worms, Bearing Drift authors defiantly posted a series of theses yesterday to defend honor, blog and party.
Brian Schoeneman, on what it means to be a Republican, a point-by-point elucidation of the “Republican Party of Virginia Creed” which, if we are not mistaken, was penned after the Athanasian, yet prior to Maureen McDonnell’s shopping list.
Shaun Kenney, on what it means to be a conservative, the most ambitious essay of the three, tracing key tenets of modern conservativism through the history of Western thought. While overreaching in parts, overall, no papal bull.
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?
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.
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.