While party loyalty may require shunning candidates running outside of what the party supports, in no way does it require its members from actively blocking – or attempting to block – those who wish to stand up and offer themselves as candidates for public service.
If that’s what partisanship requires, none of us should want any part of it
My op-ed in the Virginian Pilot is a very, very nuanced look at whether LG Bolling should run for governor as an independent.
As Carl said in his column, our party is heading in a very strange-and largely unfortunate-direction; it remains to be seen whether that new direction is going to bring us success at the voting booth. A Bolling/Cuccinelli fight, either at a convention or in a primary, would’ve have settled our future. Yeah, it would’ve been ugly, but that’s what we need right now. We need to be ripped apart, so we can come together stronger.
I don’t know if Bolling can win as an independent, but far be it for me-or anyone-to tell someone they shouldn’t run for office just because they may pose a threat to someone within my party. That Bolling would be a good governor is not the question; away from the guise of partisanship, most would agree with that statement. If he feels a run would be good for him and Virginia, he should jump in.
That is not, however, an endorsement for Bill Bolling to be governor. Since, for better or worse, the guise of partisanship is inescapable, that needs to be made clear. As much as I talk about RPV these days, I’m sure there’s some who will make the case to drum me out over this. If you feel so compelled, bring your A game; this isn’t the Matt Geary/Bill Janis race. where actual endorsements were handed out.
Bolling will have to win me over to his side if he runs, just like Cuccinelli will have to convince me to stay on his. Hurts to say this, but as I write this, I’m not 100% sure that’s gonna happen.
I suppose we’ll find out next week how this ends.