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, December 30, 2005

The Fairfax Analysis

Too Conservative has an analysis of the Fairfax County turn to the left by former Delegate Chap Peterson. He has some good insight, but i am not sure I agree with his overall sentiment. His main points are that the boom in minority population, job shift from pentagon workers to technology families and the anti-Richmond sentiment are the 3 main reasons for its turn to the left.

I continue to believe that Fairfax County (and suburban areas everywhere) are still very winnable by Republicans. The main problem that has plaqued the GOP in Fairfax is the fixation on social issues. While many people perceive NOVA to be "socially moderate", the main problem is their main issue: transportation. While many in Fairfax may be against abortion and gay marriage; they are more worried about transportation solutions and getting their tax money back from Richmond. I believe a winning strategy for NOVA Republicans is stressing our tax and spend stances (limit gov't by limiting spending, therefore taxes) and also innovative transportation solutions involving mass transit. Talking about being socially conservative is fine, but we still need to have a good balance with the other issues.

The biggest disadvantage we have had in the past is that Republicans spend too much time promoting and defending their social stances, while seemingly never talking about transportation or taxes (when was the last time Bob Marshall made the news b/c of a tax policy idea he had?). That is a grave mistake that we cannot continue to make in suburban areas. Even so, we cannot use the Kilgore strategy of taking no stances on social issues. In order to keep the activists involved, we must be steadfast in our beliefs, but make sure to balance it with promoting our other ideals.
We must learn to stress different things in different areas: economic development in Southwest and Southside, social issues in the Valley and Piedmont, transportation and taxes in the suburban areas, education in urban areas. Until we use this strategy, the GOP will continue to lose seats in the General Assembly as well as statewide races.


  • At 12/31/2005 3:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Sadly, your stance is not tax and spend but borrow and spend. It is our children and thiers who will be paying taxes to cover what the R's spend today.

    Who knows though, that may appeal to NOVA, I say give it a try!

  • At 12/31/2005 3:40 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    I agree. Thats what we need to change. We need to cut taxes only if we have cut spending, or have a structural tax base increase, not just a temporairy surplus as a result of a good economy.

  • At 1/02/2006 1:15 AM, Anonymous Chris said…


    Your absolutley right that NOVA is still winnable. Alot of it is our candidate selection, too. Guys lik Golden and Craddock only appealed to the activists. Compare them to a guy like Cuccinelli, who has appealed to the voters.

    The key to this is a full budget policy, not just tax cuts. I think the answer might be an all out push for a TABOR, its the perfect time. With Warner's new budget and all its ridiculous spending, and with Kaine in office, I have a feeling we will be seeing some SERIOUS spending that will even make Chichester blush.

  • At 1/02/2006 1:25 AM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    Exactly, we need a full fiscal policy; not just a cut taxes philosophy that does not include something on the spending side.
    How is Israel by the way?

  • At 1/02/2006 2:14 AM, Anonymous Chris said…

    spectacular. I just went to the Holocaust Museum here. Incredibly moving. When you go there, you understand why there HAS to be a State of Israel. I should have plenty of stuff later


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