Elephant Ears

This blog is dedicated to the political happenings in the Valley and Southwest Virginia. As the the name implies, this blog will have posts based on what is heard by this elephant's (GOPer's) ears. It is also a great treat to get while at the county fair or a carnival.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Chairman Sean the Political Guru

Over at Too Conservative, they have a post about Sean Connaughton's opinions as to the past election. He has some good comments about how alot of GOP strongholds went democratic this time and how the GOP needs to pay more attention to NOVA. He says he will have his analysis of what the GOP can do to avoid this problem again next week.

One thing I want to point out. Alot of people in the GOP are in panic mode as a result of us losing Loudoun, PWC, Henrico, Chesapeake, and Va Beach. If you look at the returns, Kilgore is the only one who lost those locales. Bolling lost Loudoun out of that list, but won the rest. McDonnell won them all. I don't think the GOP has lost its suburban appeal, just had a bad candidate. Also, as a result of Kilgore's weakness the downticket guys probaly lost votes in those areas. One more thing, Henrico is the political barometer in Virginia. The election has went the way of Henrico County in every statwide race since Gilmore in '97 (that included downticket races).

I personally do not think this governor's race was an accurate assessment of the political leanings of the Commonwealth. I think it was an isolated event that resulted as a "perfect storm" for the dems. Also, we had two candidates win statewide even after losing Fairfax county big. Granted, it was against a communist and a guy from Bath county, but it still shows that GOPs can eek out a victory statewide even when losing NOVA.

In the future we certainly need to address the problems that face NOVA in order to get their vote, but rest assured that the Virginia GOP is still strong and has a relatively strong political position statewide.


  • At 11/19/2005 11:34 AM, Blogger too conservative said…

    Nice incite yourself.

    Great blog btw, added you yesterday.

  • At 11/20/2005 1:09 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    Thanks. I really like having you NOVA guys to read, since I never hear anything about that part of the state.

  • At 11/24/2005 5:09 PM, Blogger Lauren O'Neil said…

    I completely agree that the GOP isn't losing its strongholds, and that we just had a candidate that the average voter couldn't find themselves to vote for. Here in Prince William, Tim Kaine won by a razor thin margin (he won by less here compared to the state as a whole) and Bolling and McDonnell won here in Prince William. So if Virginia was REALLY losing its strongholds and was REALLY turning blue (or "purple" as some may say) the Governor candidate would have carried the rest of his ticket. This election shows that Virginians vote by the strength of a given candidate - but still have Republican leanings.


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