What is wrong in the republican party in Loudoun County
It would seem that being Republican in Loudoun is far from an assurance of political victory. That would be rather hard to believe a while back. The county used to be firmly republican. Did the people in the county change that much? Or was it something else?
If you ask me, I'd say it was something else. In fact, I'd say that the problem is with the people that run the party in Loudoun. First, the move from a primary to a convention. The argument is that Democrats were voting in the primary and putting in people that are easier to defeat.
I don't buy it.
The real issue I think is the issue that moved the party to go to a convention. What is that? The people in power were seeing the rank and file Republicans looking not at putting them in office, but having real issues they cared about. A convention allows fewer people to have a larger say. If the nominee were done by primary, there would be absolutely no assurance the old boy network would be able to put up the winner, and the people might actually have a say in government. (They just don't get it -- DPM got kicked out of office, not gently, but with force. Her politics are dead -- and the nail was solidly placed in her political coffin this go round.) The old boy network has firmly in mind that the purpose of the party is to elect candidates. That is not what rank and file republicans feel. The rank and file want the issues they want. We don't want to be democrats with a different party tag. We are not about just getting people elected, we are about principles.
The people in power think the party is them. "I've been working for you in the trenches" is one of the things I heard at the convention -- and I couldn't think of anything that is more anti-Republican in principle. Do we really want power without substance? No. What is really sad, is that I see no any real difference between the Republicans in Loudoun and Democrats (in many cases, not all -- Eugene, Guerin and some others are solid issues and hard workers, not just figureheads).
What do I want to see out of this? I'd love to see the party reborn. If the old dead blood can get out of the way, admit defeat, and retire, we might just be able to get the right people running, get unity within the ranks, and work to get what we all wanted.
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