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.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

23rd Anaylsis

It sounds that part of Harrington's loss was related to strategy. With such a high turnout election, I think the GOP underestimated what effect it would have. That coupled with Shannon Valentine supposedly being the coordinator for both Kerry and Kaine in the area should have aided her in knowing what to do to get out the vote for her people. Even so, this is not a super conservative area (even though it's Jerry Falwell's home base) and Preston Bryant voted accordingly. The area is still conservative and they will not accept a flaming liberal as their representative either. Valentine claims she is a moderate, and I imagine she better act that way in order to stay in the seat. It will be interesting to watch how she votes in the upcoming session.
I suggest the GOP start recruiting and grooming someone right now, to setup a campaign against her in two years.


  • At 1/12/2006 8:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well you have to consider the fact that Ralph Reed's right-hand man (Tim Phillips) was running the show and I am sure that Tim gave the same kind of attention and thought he always does in the races he works on: NOT MUCH! Like his boss - make the money and hit the door - no original thought, just hit FIND/REPLACE in old campaign plan and run another race into the ground. These brilliant minds are even running ole' Ralphie Boys Lt. Gov race in Georgia into the ground.


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