The far-right, flat-earth, nativist Constitution Party has nominated Virgil Goode, the political chameleon defeated by Tom Perriello in 2008, as its candidate for president in November. In his dubious political career, Goode morphed from being a rational Democrat, to an Independent who was the reason the Republicans got a good deal when the State Senate was last evenly divided, to an ultra- conservative Republican Islamophobe, and now to the presidential representative of a fringe third party.
The one thing I hope is that Goode will pull a few hundred nutcake votes in the 5th that would have gone to Williard. However, his presence on the ballot is not good news for any Democrat running against empty-suit Robert Hurt. Far too many good ole boys in Franklin County still love Virgil and just might come out and vote because he’s on the ballot.
The Constitution Party believes life begins at conception, that education cannot be separated from religion (read that “Christian religion”), that the Voting Rights Act should be repealed, that private property rights trump environmental protection, that laws against “offensive sexual behavior” are fine, that the U.S. should not participate in any international organizations, that illegal immigrants should be identified and deported, etc., etc.They seem to be a perfect fit for the latest edition of Virgil Goode.
It’s just a shame that the first modern Virginia politician to end up as a national presidential candidate would be somebody as nutty as Goode, representing a political party just as nutty as he is.