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Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, who suspended his campaign for the GOP gubernatorial nomination on Wednesday, is angry. He prefers to say that he’s not an angry or bitter guy, and that instead, he is “disappointed” in the Republican party leadership, and the direction they have chosen to take the organization.

Whatever his emotional state, Mr. Bolling has nursed the idea that he could run as an independent candidate for governor. In his Two Minute Drill, Jim Hoeft says it amounts to sour grapes: “He may garner enough support to derail Mr. Cuccinelli’s plans, but he certainly will not become governor. If anything, he will allow the Democratic nominee to waltz into the governor’s mansion with a plurality of the votes.”

  • pinecone321

    In other words- If I can’t be Governor, no other Republican can either, Cuccinelli or anyone else. I guess we are about to see just how much he is willing to throw away both personally and party wise. Hopefully he won’t be willing to purchase his political coffin prematurely. Isn’t there anyone close to Bolling that has the guts to ask him to please have his meltdown in private, before he does something he will truly regret later?

  • oldgeezer

    Personally I think that Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling could serve Virginia best by serving four more years..

    Only a month to go before we fall off the “Obama Fiscal Cliff”….
    Wonder how people will like the ” Obama Tax Increases ” ???

  • http://www.facebook.com/rick.boyer.771 Rick Boyer

    The whole flap over Bill Bolling pulling out of the Governor’s race
    and threatening to run as an independent has stoked emotions on both
    sides. To me, it reveals the blatant hypocrisy of folks who savaged
    Virgil Goode for running against Mitt Romney (never mind that Virgil’s
    differences with Romney were very significant, and we’re all told that
    Bill Bolling actually is a conservative and not that different from Ken
    Cuccinelli).

    But what’s more important to me than which individual is right or
    wrong, is that this whole flap sets out in sharp relief two of the
    greatest things WRONG with the modern incarnation of the Republican
    Party – certainly at a national level and perhaps even more exaggerated
    in the Republican Party of Virginia. I think each deserves our
    attention.

    1.We tend to idolize individual politicians. I believe our Founders
    would have warned us against this. We ought to look to the American
    people for direction, not to self-anointed leaders. Perhaps this was
    best expressed by one longtime Republican activist who stated that with
    Bolling’s withdrawal, she would just retire from politics.

    Are we serious? Are our years of effort really so tied up in the
    worship of a single man or woman that the person’s defeat leaves us
    without a cause for which to fight? There is no candidate out there,
    Bolling, Cuccinelli or otherwise, who deserves that level of idolatry.
    Many of us in the “party activist” ranks are the folks most susceptible
    to the clearly false idea that “Congress stinks, but MY Congressman is a
    great guy.” This attitude of “politician worship” leads us to judge
    what is right or wrong on the basis of our preferred politician’s
    actions, instead of judging our politicians with an honest yardstick of
    objective right and wrong; that is, we measure truth by a man instead of
    measuring a man (or woman) by the truth. That’s why it’s “wrong” for
    Virgil Goode to challenge Romney, but “right” for Bolling to do the same
    thing to Cuccinelli. We become a nation of men, not of law.

    2.We look at public office as something to be “deserved” because the
    politician has “paid his dues,” or “put in his time.” Now “it’s his
    turn.” This attitude is cancerous. In truth, public office is a high
    honor, and more importantly, a sacred trust. PUBLIC OFFICE IS NOT
    SOMETHING A POLITICIAN DESERVES; IT IS SOMETHING HE HOLDS IN TRUST,
    RESPONSIBLE TO SERVE THE WISHES OF THE PEOPLE WHO PUT HIM THERE. No one
    “deserves” four more years on the taxpayer dime because they have
    already been granted twenty. No one “deserves” a promotion to the
    highest office in the state because he has been blessed to hold the
    second-highest. It is destructive to believe that I, as the citizen, owe
    some allegiance to an elected official because he’s been there. We are
    not far removed from the “divine right of kings” theory.

    As a party, we MUST reverse our thinking. Our elected officials are NOT
    our rulers; they are our servants. Being on the taxpayer dime is a
    privilege, not a guarantee of tenure for life and automatic promotion.
    They are our REPRESENTATIVES. WE are the rulers; THEY are the servants,
    who serve at our pleasure. We owe them nothing; they owe us everything.
    We have lost all concept of government of, by and for the people, and
    we must reverse our thinking.

    How do we address both these problems? By a paradigm shift in our
    thinking. Today we view a “Party” as a group of folks bound together by a
    blood oath to “elect Republicans,” and then to serve and re-elect those
    incumbents basically for life. If we are to move forward, we MUST view a
    “Party” as a group of folks bound together by a basically shared set of
    IDEALS, PRINCIPLES – sworn to find folks who subscribe to those ideas
    to support at election time, to hold them accountable once elected, and
    to REPLACE THEM if they “become destructive of those ends” for which we
    elected them, as the Declaration put it. WE MUST BE DRIVEN BY IDEAS, NOT
    POLITICIANS.

    What are those basic ideas? For simple starters, our elected
    officials MUST believe in Life and Liberty. They must stand without
    apology for the simple understanding that unless we ALL have the right
    to life, everything else is but window dressing. The “Republican” state
    senator who bottles up pro-life legislation in committee, who “reaches
    out to single women” in a craven bid for power, with the lives of
    innocents as the 30 pieces of silver he trades for votes, is as shameful
    as the openly pro-partial birth abortion Democrat. Secondly, our
    officials MUST understand the government is too big, and be committed IN
    PRACTICE to making it smaller. Not “smaller growth,” but making it
    smaller. Almighty God only demands 10 percent; government already
    demands 40-50%. How DARE we consider “raising revenue” or raising debt
    ceilings? EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD IN THIS COUNTRY IS ALREADY IN DEBT
    $250,000! It is UNCONSCIONABLE for a Republican, yea for an American, to
    support allowing unelected groups of bureaucrats to have the authority
    to tax us. Yet our Governor, Lieutenant Governor and most “Republican”
    Congressmen and state legislators supported the creation of unelected
    taxing authorities. We used to have one of those; his name was King
    George III. We had to fight a war to get rid of him. A politician who
    votes us back to 1775 shouldn’t get another chance!

    If we will swear our allegiance to Life and Liberty, and make our
    politicians run the gauntlet of Principle before they “earn” our votes,
    we will, as party activists, rebuild the trust in this party that 2012
    proved we have so manifestly lost. If we continue to put “Truth upon the
    scaffold and Man upon the throne,” we deserve the contemptuous title of
    “party hack.” We are, like it or not, accountable for the votes we cast
    and the folks we help elect. If they betray our Ideals and we wink at
    it, we too have become Judas. We too have broken faith with the folks
    who trust us, as activists, to present them with leaders who earn their
    trust.

    This “Bolling’s Charlie Crist moment,” as Richard Viguerie puts it,
    is a Moment of Truth for us as a Party, and as its activists. Will we be
    content to be hacks, or will we determine to be a new breed of freedom
    fighters, rebuilding from the ashes of 2012 the dream our Founders
    bequeathed to us. Forget Bolling vs. Cuccinelli; I call us to choose –
    Are we in service of Men, or in service to Liberty? IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO
    BE BOTH!