"Republican" Schtick

Monday U.S. Senator Mark Warner's re-election campaign announced, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch that:

16 former Virginia Republican elected officials have endorsed his re-election bid, including 14 former state legislators as well as former U.S. Sen. John W. Warner and former Gov. Linwood Holton.

Maybe the line should've been written to read, "16 Virginia former Republicans . . . " After all, is there anything new here? Does the media in Virginia have so little to report that it literally regurgitates whatever clap comes from Democrat campaigns?

We're still a free country (though the Left is working on that), so people are free to label themselves as they choose. My favorite comedian, Judah Freedlander, calls himself "The World Champion." Of what, he never specifies, but he makes a convincing case for himself. The schtick works. But that's comedy. This is politics.

While politics can be funny, it shouldn't be schtick. This annual recycled list of "Republicans" who endorse Democrat candidates is exactly that — schtick, by definition a trite, redundant, dubious routine with limited humorous value.

The list is headed by former Governor Linwood Holton. 'Nuff said. He got elected running to the left of his Democrat opponent in 1969. His son-in-law is U.S. Senator Tim Kaine. Mr. Holton has endorsed every Democrat statewide candidate for decades. This is news? He is a Democrat. It has about as much value as if former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli decided to call himself a Democrat but decided to endorse a Republican.

Others on the list? Former U.S. Senator John Warner, who, since his retirement six years ago, has not been shy about shafting Republican nominees. Make that, shafting them more since his retirement — it's not like he was a full throttle partisan while in office.

The others on the list do make the informed laugh out loud. They all are out and out liberals and/or have made a reputation for themselves by their accommodating orientation to Democrats. It comprises tax increasers, pro-abortion advocates and rabid environmentalists. Labels mean nothing. Votes and actions do. For example, two on the list, former Delegates Preston Bryant and Robert Bloxom, Sr. served in the cabinets of Kaine and Warner during their gubernatorial terms. Perhaps the biggest laugh comes from Katherine Waddell, a same-sex marriage and abortion-on-demand fundamentalist who left the GOP and served one term in the House as an independent.

Former GOP Senate boss John Chichester, a former Democrat who expediently became a Republican in the late 1970s when the GOP began to dominate statewide elections; and the two peas-in-a-pod former Senators Russ Potts and Fred Quayle also made the all-in-for-Warner list. The only shock would be if they had endorsed Warner's Republican opponent Ed Gillespie. If the heat hasn't tipped you off, that these guys are out touting their support for Democrats should let you know it's June.

The ironic thing here is that the Left (including these former officeholders) claims the GOP is not "open" or "diverse." But here are a dozen-plus "Republicans" who oppose almost the entirety of the party's platform. How can they still be Republicans if the party doesn't tolerate them?

Now, it's understandable why they want to remain "Republicans." If they ever officially switch parties, they won't get their annual reaffirmation of relevance. One wonders if the Democrat Party of Virginia has a permanent file of the news release template . . . insert Democrat candidate's name here above the list of the perennial publicity seekers. Because of Virginia's constant influx of new voters from other states, who may move here for our storied history but aren't familiar with our recent past, it sounds pretty impressive. There's a definite PR value in that to the uniformed.

Then again, Judah Freedlander is on a roll, too. He's the world champion. He says so.

The World Champion: Judah Freedlander's claim is every bit as valid as those of former Virginia Republicans endorsement of Mark Warner.