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Barbara Comstock Voted for Barack Obama in 2008 for No Comprehensible Reason


Over the past few years, there have been several cases of individuals running for the Democratic nomination despite a track record of voting for Republicans. For instance, Chris Wade ran for the Democratic nomination for Braddock Distric (Fairfax County) Supervisor in 2011 despite being a “strong” McCain-Palin supporter in 2008. And recently here in Arlington, we had a candidate (Cord Thomas) running for the Democratic nomination for County Board, despite having voted in the 2012 Republican Presidential primary (he told me he voted for Ron Paul). My attitude is generally that unless you have a da** good reason for voting Republican,  or at least a convincing explanation as to your (sudden) political evolution, to me it’s an almost automatic disqualifier for the party’s nomination.

Anyway, now we have a case on the Republican side which is simply bizarre. According to this morning’s Washington Times:

Delegate Barbara Comstock’s congressional campaign attempted to stiff-arm reports Monday that she voted for Barack Obama in Virginia’s 2008 Democratic primary by claiming it was part of a conservative bid to affect the Democratic presidential primaries six years ago.

The campaign defended the vote for Mr. Obama by arguing that it was part of Operation Chaos, a movement spearheaded by conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh in late February 2008 as Mr. Obama’s campaign was picking up steam and had won several consecutive primaries over Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Just one problem, though: Rush’s effort was “meant to ensure Mr. Obama got ‘bloodied up’ politically…in May 2008 as Mr. Obama was on the cusp of securing the nomination.” So, if “Operation Chaos” encouraged Republicans to vote for Hillary Clinton to “bloody up” the likely nominee, Obama, why would Barbara Comstock have voted for Obama? It makes absolutely zero sense as far as I can tell, and it would piss me off big-time if a Democrat did something like that. Perhaps Republican primary voters will be more forgiving? Regardless, I think it’s a fascinating window into the way Comstock thinks, and I don’t see how it’s particularly flattering.

  • TimeisTight

    She may have been confused. Chaos can be confusing. How did it become clear that she voted for Mr. Obama? Did she say that she did? If so, seems that she’s still confused.    

  • demomatic

    Great- another candidate who takes her marching from Rush! Just what we need in Congress! * snark *

  • Elaine in Roanoke

    I have seen media reports that call Comstock a “mainstream conservative.” How in the world could anyone come to that conclusion? Is is because she doesn’t foam at the mouth?

  • ir003436

    Honestly, you don’t expect reason, logic, and consistent rational behavior from Republicans???

  • Remember, the 2008 Virginia Democratic Primary for President took place on February 12th and was part of 12 consecutive victories for then-Sen. Obama over Clinton. It was after these victories that Limbaugh called for “Operation Chaos.” The bigger question is why was she voting in the Democratic Primary in the first place when there wasn’t any sort of campaign at the time to screw with the whole process? Really strange on Comstock’s part. I mean, I did vote in the GOP Primary for President for Ron Paul only because I liked him better than Romney and to hopefully help prolong the nomination process, but fully intended to support Obama and vote for Obama in November no matter what. The only difference is, I’m not running for Congress. Well, not as a serious candidate at least.

  • ASHBURN, Va. (April 8, 2014) – The 10th District Republican primary gets curiouser and curiouser.

    The Washington Times reported today that Barbara Comstock voted in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary.

    Comstock’s campaign manager was quoted by the Times as saying voting in the Democratic primary was part of Rush Limbaugh’s “Operation Chaos.” The Times described “chaos” as a “movement . . . meant to ensure Mr. Obama got ‘bloodied up’ politically” prior to the general election.

    “The last thing any of us needs in Congress is a politician who takes her marching orders from Rush Limbaugh,” 10th Congressional District Democratic Chair Charlie Jackson said.

    “Comstock’s campaign manager Susan Falconer described Comstock’s vote as having been ordered by Rush Limbaugh as part of his plot ‘Operation Chaos.’ While this immature ‘chaos’ plot sounds like a plan from a comic book super-villain, the voters of the 10th District have a grown-up to vote for: Supervisor John Foust.” Jackson said.

    “When Comstock’s campaign dismisses her vote in the Democratic primary as ‘old news,’ she’s ignoring the real news: The voters of the 10th District have had enough of the rigid, winner-takes-all politics epitomized by Barbara Comstock. The ‘old news’ is that citizens are fed up with her kind of Congress and want a change.” Jackson said.