George Allen: Corey Stewart’s “Lashing Out” at Him is “Laughable”

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    I also find it interesting that George Allen says America is “declining.” If a Democrat said that, he or she would be blasted as “defeatist,” “anti-American,” or — worst of all! — “not a believer in American exceptionalism.”  Yet it’s ok for a self-described “Reagan Republican” to assert that America is declining, and everybody yawns?  Bizarre.

    As for Allen’s assertion that Prince William County Board Chair Corey Stewart’s characterization of him as a “mediocre” Senator was “laughable,” I’d say that Allen’s response is what’s “laughable.” Recall that as U.S. Senator, Allen was bored out of his mind, called the place a “wounded sea slug” and pined to get the heck out of there. Other than that, can anyone remember a single piece of legislation with George Allen’s name on it? Anything he led on?  Any time he voted against George W. Bush, as Bush turned surpluses into deficits, kept us addicted to foreign oil, got us mired in a “double strategic mousetrap” (to use Jim Webb’s phrase) in Iraq, etc., etc?  

    In short, if you’re a Republican who’s a George W. Bush fan, I guess you’d be happy with George Allen, who voted with Bush 97% of the time. If you’re not a George W. Bush fan, well then, perhaps you’d say Allen was “mediocre” or worse. All I can say is, this is going to be a fun primary to watch, I’m stocking up on popcorn kernels in anticipation. How about you?

    h/t: Ryan Nobles, who consistently gets interviews with the most newsworthy figures in Virginia, and also has a knack for eliciting interesting quotes from those newsworthy figures. Keep up the good work!

    • aznew

      While I agree that about the best thing that can be said of Allen is that he’s an empty suit, quite apart from the substance of his tenure as Senator was the perception of him as coming from the hard-Right.

      I found Nobles’ question, therefore, about him being attacked from the Right and Allen’s pretty defensive answer pretty instructive. GOP primaries are always about which candidate can be more reactionary, but Allen’s apparent vulnerability in this is a real indication of how far to the right the GOP has lurched in recent years, since Allen has last been in a competitve race.

    • Tom

      With as many as six GOP candidates vying for the nomination, assuming that Tom Davis decides to run, this primary campaign and the results will be fun (for Democrats) to watch.

      I am convinced that Corey Stewart will run now that Allen is publicly laughing at Corey’s “intelligence”. Corey thinks he can “outsmart” Allen, when in fact they will be trying to “out-stupid” each other.

      I still can’t figure out why the GOP decided to have an open primary. Maybe they don’t realize that they will “out-stupid” themselves if they don’t understand that there will be a large number of Democrats and Independents voting in their primary for whomever is perceived to be the weakest candidate. Of course, if Webb doesn’t run for re-election (I think he has already decided to run) it’s likely that they will have more than one candidate so most Dems. would be expected to vote in their primary, but that still leaves a lot of uncertainty as to who will win the GOP nomination. I don’t think even with just four candidates any one of them is likely to win a majority, so I assume that means a run-off election (or can they simply go with a plurality rather than a majority ?). In any case, whichever GOP candidate does ultimately win the nomination he/she will be starting the general election campaign with little or no funds remaining.

      IMHO, Tom Davis would be the most serious threat to Jim Webb, or any other Dem. candidate for that matter. Davis certainly has the contacts to replenish his campaign funds after the primary, and I’m not so sure that Webb can generate enough money to compete with Davis in the general election campaign.

      BTW, I read Brian Moran’s broadcast message after he was elected DPVA chair and what caught my attention was his comment about working hard for Webb’s re-election in 2012, which I guess means one of two things: Either Brian spoke with Webb before he put out the message and Jim confirmed to him that he will run, or else Brian is just assuming that Webb has decided to run again, which is not exactly what a new chair should do (assume anything).

                              T.C.

    • Tom

      By “like”, I mean that Lowell’s comment makes the most sense in terms of why I think Davis will enter the race and why I think he is by far the most dangerous for any Dem. Davis is really the only GOP candidate who thinking republicans and voters who are not hard-core Democrats bent on nominating the weakest GOP candidate have as a choice in the GOP primary, which could well be a majority of those likely to vote in the primary unless there is no Dem. primary. But even if there is a Dem. primary, what I worry about the most is that even some Democrats who like Davis might turn out in large enough numbers to get him nominated.

      I also think Davis may be waiting until Webb makes a decision so he can adjust his announcement statement/speech according to whether he’d be running against an incumbent or for an open seat. Webb and Davis have a lot of personal and political respect for each other, and how Davis frames at least the beginning of his campaign statements may depend on whether he is running against Webb. But I don’t think Webb announcing that he is running again will in any way affect whether Davis will run; he can always point to things Webb has done and said during his first term without making it a personal and excessively negative attack on Webb. Just (selectively) comparing his Congressional record against Webb’s Senatorial record would be more than enough talking points for Davis to give Webb a very challenging race, which is not the case for any of Davis’s GOP opponents.

      Just some rambling thoughts following the “split the vote” comments. I just wish Webb would make up his mind and announce his decision.