Last night Robert hurt won with 48.4% of the vote followed by McKelvey with 25.8% and McPadden with 9.7% Some have complained that it’s all the Tea Party’s fault. Well I can’t see how that is the case. How could we have done anything different? Short of kidnapping some of the losers. We held debates and still the delusional 3 wouldn’t go. We cited over and over the reasons for their departure yet they stayed. If you were to add up the votes for McK and McP you’d only get to 35% still not enough to pull out a hat trick. But if you added the delusional 3 (Ferrin,Morton,Verga) you 44.1% still not quite enough to pull it off…but close. The reality is that Robert Hurt and his team ran a fantastic campaign. No doubt that some Democrats voted for him as they were told to do by the DNC but he won.
Lets rewind a little and go back before the filing deadline. Before the Mass meeting in Campbell County. Lets pretend 3 crazy people stayed home and dropped out like they should have. I have every confidence that you would have seen a leader pull forward in this race if you were just looking at Boyd, McPadden, and McKelvey. It would have been much easier to get this down to a 2 man race and the laggards would have left. It would have been easier to get voters engaged in the process with just 2 maybe 3 candidates. Unlike yesterday where my wife, when voting was behind a man who asked the voting officials “you got any info on these guys?” ( good thing I wasn’t there I think I would have smacked the back of his head )
Yes there is plenty of blame to go around. Want someone to blame? Look to the 92% of the idiot voters that stayed home. Or the establishment that wanted a primary that cost the voters +$1 million. Or Tucker Watkins for loosing the race for Goode in 08 to Perriello. Or there is the problem of the delusional 3. But, while so many were sleeping the area Tea Party groups were instrumental in replacing 11 GOP unit chairs and the 5th district chairman. We got people engaged in the process as well.
So what is next. The prevailing wisdom is to “get behind the winner, so we can beat Perriello”. If by “get behind” they mean vote against Perriello then that is what most people will do. But you don’t win hard races with that tactic. Robert Hurt needs to give people reasons to get excited about him and to vote FOR him, not against the other guy.The concern I and others have, is that its going to be really hard to get people to go door to door for Robert Hurt in an effort to defeat Tom Perriello. TP has access to 5 Billion dollars of George Sorros money if he needs it. He can flood the district with calls,ads, and boots on the ground to topple his opponent.
How can we compete with that? Give us a reason to vote for you Robert.
I like Robert Hurt. I’ve said so many times. He is a conservative. He’s not the constitutional conservative I’d like to send to Washington. He as a lawyer, will look at legislation that crosses his desk in light of case law, not in the historical constitutional context that he should. Could he do differently. Maybe.
So what should the Tea Party groups do? Should they endorse Robert Hurt? Not likely. More on that later.
I had the privilege over the past few months of spending a lot of time with Mike McPadden. His family was a blast to hang out with and my kids just loved visiting with his Wife Meggan and they still talk about how they made cupcakes with her. He was everything I would want in a representative. He was Honorable, Funny, and understood the constitution like no other candidate I’ve seen. He was nothing but a gentleman with me, despite the lies that a certain individual was perpetrating throughout the fifth. He was a solid pro life and pro family candidate. He was, and remains, the better man. I am proud to call him my friend.