As we’ve previously pointed out, Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA05) was one of the most conservative members of Congress, so you certainly can’t accuse him of being a closet liberal or whatever. But he’s also reality-based enough to know that the Republican Party of Virginia is a bad, pathetic joke. For more on that, check out this new WaPo story about the VA GOP’s “byzantine internal nomination process that has bred confusion and suspicion among the party faithful.” After reading that story, former Rep. Riggleman weighed in (see his tweet here and below) that it’s “SOP [Standard Operating Procedure] for the VA GOP” on their upcoming, May 8 nominating convention, the point of which – as Riggleman explains – “is to disenfranchise as many people as possible and tilt it toward the candidate of choice for that committee.” Utterly pathetic party with horrible, extremist candidates and a corrupt nominating process. Sounds very Trumpian, eh? Gross.
P.S. Also, below Riggleman’s tweet, check out a few highlights and top-rated comments to that WaPo story. Enjoy…and, of course, make sure you vote Democratic up and down the ballot this November!
- “Some rank-and-file Republicans, a former Republican congressman and one contender for governor have publicly complained the whole thing has been rigged to favor one candidate or another. Most of the finger-pointing has been at candidate Pete Snyder, whose team pushed for a nominating convention over a primary.”
- “While those rejected may appeal to the state party, the system is notoriously ripe for abuse.”
- “…several State Central Committee members who voted for a convention have campaign or business ties to Snyder…One person who voted repeatedly for a convention is Eric Wilson, who in August 2019 tapped Snyder to lead an advisory board for his new business, Startup Caucus.”
- “The party’s general counsel, Chris Marston, who made critical parliamentary rulings in committee meetings, is also a lawyer for Snyder’s campaign. Marston declined to comment.”
- Top-rated comment: “Rs still loyal to the traitor will emulate him, and do anything to “win.” Their motives? The usual…greed, power, status. Notice that Rs never campaign on specific things they would do to better the lives of potential constituents. They use vague generalizations intended to drum up the support of the white supremacists and christofascists, but they don’t say what exactly they would do for actual people. Just for once I would love to see an R get up and say straight out what they stand for.”
- Another highly rated comment: “The Virginia GOP hasn’t won a state-wide election in more than a decade The party that once produced the likes of John Warner now nominates Trumpian ideologues and anti-tax dingbats.”
- And: “It is sad and scary what has happened to the GOP. I don’t want to be a straight ticket Democrat I am not as liberal as some things are heading fiscally. But the choices are liberals who want to govern, and racist nutters yelling at the rain. It ain’t a hard choice.”