Republicans in Virginia can’t decided on which racist, bigot and liar they want to support to run against popular Sen. Tim Kaine.
Will it be Corey Stewart, the self-proclaimed “mini-Trump” or former Trump foreign policy adviser and retired major-general Bert Mizusawa or evangelical pastor E.W. Jackson, who admits “winning with Trump” is more important than allegiance to God.
Stewart, who almost knocked off Ed Gillespie in last year’s lame GOP attempt to beat Lt. Gov. Ed Northam for the governor’s job last year, is an avowed racist. So is Trump, his hero.
Interesting pattern for Virginia Republicans: Align themselves with self-style “winner” Donald Trump and lose an election. A new poll from the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University finds Trump’s approval rating at 37 percent among voters with 52 percent saying they “strongly disapprove” of his performance as president.
I know Republicans who are not racists or bigots and I wonder why they continue to align themselves with a party run by those who despise those of other skin colors or hate still more because of their beliefs. I worked for the Republican Party long enough to know the strong racist undertones of the party leadership that backs a corrupt racist like Donald Trump.
State races in 2017 showcased the decline of Republicans and the party’s blind adherence to their reality-show host president in Washington. While those who live in the past in rural areas of the old dominion cling to their cult-like swoon over Trump, the more educated and more aware voters in Northern Virginia and Tidewater control the state through their votes and continue Virginia’s march toward a more progressive agenda.
Trump lost Virginia in the 2016 presidential election debacle, proving the Old Dominion is a bastion of hope amid the gang mentality that seized the nation in that fateful year. Polls show Trump would lose easily if the election were held today but voters who want change will have to depend — for the time being — on a course-changing outcome in mid-term Congressional elections in November.
More statehouses may change as well in upcoming elections. Virginia came up one-vote short in wiping out the GOP majority in the general assembly. Democrats could complete the task the next time around. They control the governorship and the attorney general’s office and both of the U.S. Senate seats.
Even in Floyd County, a worm-hole of GOP dominance, two independents now sit on the Board of Supervisors.
Former television anchor Chris Hurst sent incumbent Republican Joseph Yost packing in nearby House of Delegates District 12. Elsewhere in Virginia, transgender Danica Roem beat homophobic Bob Marshall in another district.
This, of course, sends Virginia’s “evangelicals” into convulsions and transces while crying “sinner” to the heavens. As one who has been long skeptical of those who call themselves evangelicals, I have yet to find one who can clearly explain how they now support a thrice-married president who brags about his multiple affairs, faces many charges of sexual harassment and brags about “grabbing their pussies” when he wants to have casual sex with young women.
Guess the bible belt is unhooked and too many flies are unzipped in GOP back rooms and car back seats.
Yet there seems to be hope and the times, they are a-changin’ here in the Old Dominion.
Damn right it is…and not a minute too soon.