Mike Signer: Lesson For Virginia Republicans is “you live by the sword, you die by the sword”

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    See Mike Signer’s op-ed in the Richmond Times-Dispatch for more. Here’s a short excerpt:

    In a few short weeks, Gov. McDonnell has abandoned his hallmark restraint and instead whipsawed all over the political map, delivering incoherent and incompetent governance in the process. Both Democrats and Republicans would do well to learn from McDonnell’s disastrous first 100 days.

    For Republicans, the lesson is that when you live by the sword, you die by the sword. At many Republican campaign rallies last fall, countless supporters waved the “Don’t Tread on Me” flag; McDonnell shouldn’t be surprised when he finds himself trod upon. For Democrats fearful of a midterm nightmare this fall, it’s instead their best opportunity in years to be seen by voters, once again, as the party that delivers results rather than rhetoric.

    • Teddy Goodson

      Republicans seem to get the results their base wants. McDonnell’s base certainly liked the tacit encouragement of anti-gay policies, the announcement of possible off-shore drilling, the special view of the Civil War. Sure, he had to mske a few corrections or backtrack aomewhat, but only slightly and obviously not because he wanted to,  but because of outcry from outliers (or what he considers outliers). We all know in his heart of hearts, Bob McDonnell believes he is Right. So does his base.