The Silence is Deafening, Mr. Brat

This past Sunday, the Freedom Caucus allowed Virginia Congressman Dave Brat (VA-07) to represent them on Meet the Press.  Brat’s performance was widely panned, but there was an editorial from Virginia political writer and prognosticator Jeff Schapiro that provided desperately needed criticism.

“Brat, one of 40 Republicans who make up the Freedom Caucus that undercut Speaker John Boehner and his would-be successor, Kevin McCarthy, was paired on the chat show with Pennsylvania’s Charlie Dent, among the few centrist Republicans left (pun unintended) in the House.

Theirs was not a conversation between peers. It was a hissing match between a realist and a rhetorician.

Brat defeated Cantor by harnessing tea partyers and libertarians. For them, the primary came down to ABC — anybody but Cantor.

Though Brat behaves like they are, they are not Brat’s only constituents. The 7th District is Republican and conservative, rural and suburban. It is home to highly educated professionals and hard-knocks proletariat.

It is not a district that demands much from Washington. It expects its representative to be constructive, not obstructive. For Cantor, this required constantly juggling many balls. Brat is bobbling just one.

And in case anyone was wondering, Representative Brat’s claims that Representative Dent wished to kick out members of the House Freedom Caucus were blatantly false. You can find the full interview here.

I could not agree more with Mr. Schapiro’s assessment. Mr. Brat seems to represent only the far right fringe in his district (and for that matter around the country), but has consistently neglected to represent the other 85% of his constituents. Yes, I am fully aware that he received more than 15% of the vote in the 2014 primary, but it would be ignorant to suggest that his entire constituency is waving Gadsden flags. Trust me, there are plenty of common sense Republicans in Virginia’s 7th District who despise the tactics employed by Congressman Brat in the U.S. House.

Mr. Brat’s ideological inconsistencies are obvious. His frequently repeated concern about our future “financial default in 11 years,” resulting from entitlement spending is fair, but is he not concerned about the financial crisis that would occur if we default on the debt next month? If he is so concerned about this impending “financial crisis,” then why doesn’t he find ways to work with fellow Republicans and Democrats to address entitlements – something that most elected officials on both sides of the aisle recognize is necessary?

Probably because that’s not as easy as getting on Meet the Press and yelling at the House Leadership. It requires someone to be a leader, not just a rhetorician. If we measure success by Meet the Press appearances, Eric Cantor should still be in the House – he’s appeared dozens of times.

No one laid out the argument against Congressman Brat’s pandering attacks on House Leadership better than Jonathan Capehart at Washington Post:

The Speaker of the House is not just the leader of the Republican conference in the chamber. That person, along with the Senate Majority Leader, must guide the legislative branch in its vital duty as a co-equal branch of government with the executive. But thanks to the presidential succession act, the role of Speaker of the House is even more important. The 1947 statute stipulates that if neither the President nor the Vice President is able to fulfill the duties of the chief executive then the speaker of the House would lead the nation.

Contrary to Brat’s assertion, this means that whoever the next speaker is should be someone who understands that his or her responsibilities to the caucus or constituents may necessarily have to give way to the demands and compromises required to govern an enterprise as important as the United States. That person must be a leader and be seen as a leader. More importantly, folks have to see that person as a potential President.

Hugh Hewitt asked the second best question of the interview on MTP. Mr. Hewitt laid out a litany of problems in the world. “The world is on fire,” proclaimed Mr. Hewitt, and he asked Congressman Brat for a solution. Can Congressman Brat support a consensus candidate like Paul Ryan? Brat dodged the question by laying out principles that he demands the new Speaker to uphold. When it came time to answer the question, silence.

The silence is deafening, Mr. Brat.

When Mr. Brat lists the principles he would like the new House Speaker to have, these principles read like a ransomer’s list of demands, and Mr. Hewitt was right to call them such.  Government-by-hostage-taking seems to be Mr. Brat’s recipe for success.

The problem is that it rarely works.

This leads me to another question from Meet the Press, this time asked by Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post. Mr. Robinson brings up the point that the United States House of Representatives doesn’t set the national agenda. So, why isn’t Dave Brat working to elect a Republican President instead of ramming his head into a wall? And, as before, Brat had no straight answer, instead choosing to dodge the question.

There is no way that 54 Republican votes in the United States Senate will turn in to 60 votes overnight.  Under no circumstances, even if Dave Brat were magically made Senate Majority Leader, could that happen.  Knowing that’s the case, why continue on this path? The same can be said of the Presidential veto – short of a veto proof majority on both houses of Congress, which does not exist, much of what Brat wants is completely out of his power.

His solution?  Complaining.

My point is simple: Mr. Brat spends much of his time complaining about the constitutional system of government he claims to love so much. He shouts from the rooftops demanding others abide by the Constitution, yet complains loudly and publicly when powers properly conferred by the Constitution are used to block his agenda. He is quick to judge, call others names, and extol his own merits in a carnival barker’s voice, all while accomplishing nothing.

Shucks, sounds like the guy who lives at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, don’t it? 

Now the past few paragraphs I have just written will go unnoticed by Brat supporters. In one ear and out the other. I will be pronounced a Communist who sympathizes with the enemy (never mind the little fact Brat himself has voted with Nancy Pelosi on TPP and DHS funding). In the mindset of Brat supporters, one is either a fiercely loyal supporter of Dave Brat or he/she is simply a RINO establishment Commie Nazi sour grapes Cantor supporter.  There is no gray area in the minds of Brat supporters. If you aren’t with Brat, you are complicit in the liberal conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.

We, as common sense Republicans, must do all that we can to reject this Alinskyite rhetoric.  Mr. Brat is no conservative. He screams about free markets, but opposes free trade. He wants to make the government more fiscally solvent in a decade, but doesn’t mind if we default on our debt limit next month.  He demands instant gratification and success from Republican leadership, while accomplishing nothing himself.

It is time for Mr. Brat to understand that he was elected to lead, not to be a partisan hack. The United States House of Representatives has one job, and that is to represent the voice of your constituents while governing efficiently. The power of the purse should be used wisely and responsibly, which involves working with Democrats and Republicans. Compromise is not a dirty word. Compromise is what separates us from the autocratic dictators of the world.

I hope that the voters of Virginia’s 7th Congressional District will see through this charade and, come next year, exercise their right to vote by choosing a real Republican with real attainable solutions to represent them in Congress.




  • David A.

    Well said.

  • Justin Smith

    Brat is doing a fantastic job representing the 7th. Voting for him was one of the proudest votes I’ve ever cast. It sounds like the author is a bitter Cantor supporter who still can’t get over his primary loss.

    • There are a lot of folks in the 7th who would disagree with you.

      • Craig M Kilby

        Then one of these “lot of folks” needs run against him and get elected, wouldn’t you say? Maybe you can move in there and take a shot at it.

        • Last time I checked, BD was a website, not a person. Websites can’t run for Congress.

          • Craig M Kilby

            Yes, BD is a website. And it is run by real persons with real names. In this case, one of the approved BD editors (Matt Hall), wrote this (see above):

            “I [Matt Hall writing on BD] hope that the voters of Virginia’s 7th Congressional District will see through this charade and, come next year, exercise their right to vote by choosing a real Republican with real attainable solutions to
            represent them in Congress.”

            So, if BD via Matt Hall wants to get rid of Brat, and replace him with “real Republicans” offer an alternative instead oIf spouting off with no solution, which is what Hall and the BD crew at are so upset about, which is what the articles asks us to do. So, what’s the alternative here?

          • We can’t force anybody to run. Someone has to decide they want to run against Brat and then announce. If they do, and they’re not worse than he is, then we can talk. I’d be fine with Shaun running against him, but I don’t think he’s in the 7th.

          • Patrick Murphy

            He wouldn’t have to live there. For example, Griffith lives in the 6th and represents the 9th.


          • I know – anybody who lives in the state can run. It’s just bad form.

          • Craig M Kilby

            See “ABOUT US” at

          • Matt Hall

            Legally, I cannot run. I’m 23, the Constitution says I have to be 25.

          • Craig M Kilby

            So, when you turn 25 come back and tell us why we should vote for you.

        • rstantonscott

          How about a populist Democrat?

      • Bert Nye

        Especially the Cantor team and followers of the Republican leadership team.

        • They’re Brat’s constituents, too. They didn’t leave because Cantor lost.

          • Bert Nye

            Nobody suggested they left. They are what is generously called the “loyal opposition”. Unfortunately their opposition is similar to that of the Tories during the Revolutionary War. They are loyal to the Republican Crown.

          • Not hardly.

      • rstantonscott

        I am, of course, one of them.

        What annoyed me most about Brat’s comments in that interview were his claims that “The American people” elected Freedom Caucus members to pursue their preferred policies. This is, of course, ridiculous. That a small number of extremists in gerrymandered districts did manage to get 40 far-right-wingers into Congress does not mean that Americans want to destroy the economy and shut down the US Government in order to repeal the ACA, defund Planned Parenthood, and cut Social Security.

        Americans by and large want centrist government that protects the middle class. Non-partisan redistricting is the best way to get this. Make Congressional districts competitive and we’ll see government focused on practical solutions and compromise rather than ideological extremism.

        This isn’t really that complicated, and conservatives, of all people, should support this very democratic (small d) policy.

        • Bert Nye

          Let’s test the accuracy of Rstantonscott’s claims about how all resistance to his flavor of government comes from 40 jerrymandered districts of radicals. Let’s look at the relative approval rankings nationwide for establishment style politicians that he likes vs. the radicals opposed to them. Amazingly the candidates aligned with those 40 freaks of bigotry combined leave his candidates combined very far behind. Perhaps he needs to reexamine why he sneers at that large majority of voters who think his philosophy is a loser.That doesn’t negate the argument that “competitive” districts could improve the performance of Congress.

          • rstantonscott

            I did not claim that “all resistance to [my] flavor of government comes from 40 gerrymandered districts of radicals.”

            I made two specific claims: First, that a small number of extremists in gerrymandered districts elected 40 radicals to Congress but that this does not mean that the “American People” want to destroy the economy and shut down government in order to achieve a certain set of policy goals. And second, that Americans mostly want a centrist government that protects the middle class.

            I am prepared to defend these statements. For example, a Quinnipiac poll recently found that 69% of Americans don’t want to shut down the Federal government in order to defund Planned Parenthood. Even 56% of Republicans oppose this course of action.

            Defending the second claim requires a definition of “centrist government that protects the middle class.” To me this means incremental change to the status quo that protects and grows the economy, strengthens proven social safety net programs (e.g., Social Security), finds a regulatory balance (e.g., making sure health insurance companies don’t drop coverage when their customers get sick), and ensuring we have clean air to breathe and water to drink.

            Your mileage may vary with respect to this definition, and it certainly will with regard to how best to achieve these goals. But shutting down government to satisfy a very small House caucus damn sure doesn’t fit.

            Finally, I would point out that Republican House candidates won 52% of the vote – 52% of a very small subset of voters, by the way. This is hardly a “large majority of voters” that “leave his candidates combined very far behind.”

            And Americans generally support liberal policies: 63% think money and wealth should be more evenly distributed, more than 90% support background checks for all gun buyers, 65% want to fund Planned Parenthood, 57% support legal abortion in all or most cases, 68% support raising taxes on people earning more than a million dollars a year, 69% believe climate change is a very or somewhat serious problem, 55% support allowing same-sex couples to get married, 73% think the benefits of Social Security are worth the cost of the program to taxpayers.

            I could go on and on, but I think this makes the point. There is no “large majority” of voters who oppose liberal policies.

          • Bert Nye

            Glad to see a well argued defense of your position vs. name calling and shouting. Well done. Polls vary but that’s not my issue. I foolishly assumed you must at least be some flavor of Republican to be commenting so much on a blog the purports to be the Voice of Conservatism in Virginia. You said above that you are a Democrat so I’ll remember that perspective in discussions. My point had to do with the Republican candidate field. BD writers mostly are strong supporters of the current Republican leadership team that conservative Republicans think has been doing a very bad job resisting the Obama onslaught and promoting the values found in the Republican Creed. They believe, like you, that the “establishment” Republicans are overwhelmingly supported by Republicans in general and conservatives are “a small number of extremists in gerrymandered districts” that can only muster enough votes to elect 40 radicals to the House. (Interesting you believe less than 10% of the House, most with low seniority, can control the House. Could the truth be more 35% of the total House votes like Dave Brat and therefore is able to exert some influence? ) My point is that looking at the polls we see the combination of outsiders like Trump, Carson, Cruz, Fiorina, etc. poll far above the combination of “establishment” Republicans like Bush, Christie, Kasich, etc. The Republican rank in file solidly rejects the record the establishment Republican leadership has provided. That establishment record is what you as a Democrat applaud. That probably explains why regular Republican voters disagree with their titular leaders.

          • rstantonscott

            Thanks for the kind words. But…

            I never said these 40 radicals “control the House.” Again, I made only those two specific claims.

            That said, these 40 radicals seem to have hijacked the Speaker selection process. They have just enough votes to make credible threats in order to get their demands met by other House members.

            Let me also say that the Republican Party as a whole has been radicalized since 1980, so I’m not sure what you even mean by “establishment record.” But I haven’t applauded anything Republicans have done since Nixon began using racial dog whistle politics to attract Southern voters.

            The central problem in my view: Conservatives since Reagan have demonized government as not only incompetent but corrupt as well as actively seeking to steal their money, criminalize religion and in general destroy the American way of life. They then began to frame every issue as an existential one – abortion is murder, taxes are theft, gun control is tyranny, and homosexual rights attack religion. This shifted the median conservative voter far to the right of where he was only fifteen years ago – so far in fact that this new and more radical median conservative voter rejects the very legitimacy of elections that place power in the hands of those they disagree with. It was the Republican “establishment” you criticize, after all, that promised to make Obama a one-term President by obstructing him at every turn – never mind what this would mean for the nation.

            They question the very legitimacy of the Constitutional system the Founders created, simply because it sometimes fails to deliver the results they demand.

            I’ve studied politics both formally and informally for more than 40 years and I find this electoral environment extraordinarily fascinating. If nothing else, we can all say we live in interesting times.

      • AnninVA26

        None that I know. People are waking up and really understand that the United States is in grave danger of survival. Brat isn’t afraid to speak the truth. He is amazing, honest, and represents more of us than you realize.

        • We are not in grave danger of surviving. Why do you guys say such indefensible things?

          • AnninVA26

            “you guys”????? Aren’t we ALL republicans. Look inward…we’re $20 trillion in debt and our defense is being cut daily. We have 3 branches of government that are not operating the way our Founding Fathers intended. We have an executive operating beyond his Constitutional limits. This country is definitely in grave danger of surviving as a republic. If you’re a “progressive”, admit that at least.

          • Again, that’s ridiculous. Defense isn’t being cut daily, and while we’re $20 trillion in debt, as a percentage of our GDP, the debt is not in a danger zone, and most of it is owed to ourselves. Our branches of government are operating based on what the founders enacted, and there are a lot of parts of it that are functioning differently than the founders intended because we’ve changed it over time.

            We are not in grave danger of surviving as a republic. You could have been correct if you’d said this in 1860, or perhaps in 1939. You’re completely wrong and hyperbolic saying it today.

            I’m not a progressive. I’m also not a chicken little Republican, either. The sky isn’t falling. We’ve got things to fix, but we always do.

          • AnninVA26

            I – and many like me – disagree with you 100%. With 12 to 15 % of our population unemployed and more and more dependent on the government for survival, we are at a dangerous fork in the road. Whether you believe it or not, those are the facts. During our lifetimes, there won’t be one penny to fund anything but entitlements…nothing….that is scary enough. You are living in some sort of progressive fog.

          • Your unemployment numbers are off, and I know that many like you disagree with me 100% on this, and you’re completely impervious to any facts to the contrary or to the obvious strength of our country you can see if you just look around.

            We are at the same fork in the road we’re in every four years when we choose our next president.

            At some point, during my lifetime at least (I have no idea how old you are, but probably older than I am given your pessimism) we will reform our entitlement system to keep it solvent, just like we did in the 80s. That’s a problem to solve, it’s not the end of the world.

            We have problems to solve. We aren’t on the precipice of disaster. Enough with that nonsense.

          • AnninVA26

            time will tell. you and people who think like you are part of the problem. you’re in denial. The unemployment figures reported by the government no longer include people who are no longer seeking employment.

            again, time will tell.

          • I’m not in denial. I’m looking at history and I’m looking at the world around me. We have none – absolutely none – of the warning signs that we’re in an impending crisis that could threaten the viability of the United States. The things you’re concerned about are legitimate issues, but they’re not unsolvable and the rhetoric you choose to use about them isn’t helpful. All it does is turn people off when they look around like I do and see a country that’s a pretty great place to live.

            The unemployment figures reported by the government never included those no longer looking for work.

            Yes, time will tell, but I won’t hold my breath and wait for you to tell me I was right.

          • Craig M Kilby

            “The unemployment figures reported by the government never included those no longer looking for work.”

            Denial is not a river, Brian. Are you really this clueless?

          • No, and since I worked at the Labor Department and was responsible for helping release the unemployment numbers, I think I have a better idea what’s included in them than you or Ann.

          • Brian Brian Brian…. the problem with arguing with idiots is that from a distance you can’t tell who is who….. yes the country could be in a better place but it’s not the end of the Republic, I believe Craig and Ann mean well but this type of rhetoric is why our leaders can’t focus on the economy, taxes, education and trade….. they have to instead the silly squirrel running around the yard….. the Republic is becoming more of an Idiocracy than a Tyranny….

          • Downstater

            Our military is being decapitated by the Obama administration. We are being invaded by foreign nationals in search of social welfare benefits. Traditional values such as that boys should use the boy’s restroom, and girls should use the girl’s restroom are ridiculed as being whatever-phobic, and the Fed. gov. threatens to withhold “Federal” funds from school systems that don’t fall in line. Marriage has been contorted to be whatever the left thinks it should be this week (after Obama came out in support of traditional marriage back n ’07/08). Every group considers themselves a member of some hyphenated American sub-group first, American second. I something wonder if we do not even have a country anymore. There is certainly adequate hostility emanating from where I live in N. VA towards the part of the country that one would term “Real America”. And you say we are not in trouble as a nation?

          • No, we’re not in trouble as a nation. That you have a problem with a lot of things that have no impact on you directly is just the typical generational complaining that always happens as you get older.

            The more I see these complaints, the more I’m thinking it’s just generational angst.

          • Craig M Kilby

            “while we’re $20 trillion in debt, as a percentage of our GDP, the debt is not in a danger zone, and most of it is owed to ourselves.”

            And people who spout this nonsense are the “real” Republicans….RIGHT.

          • It’s not nonsense. It’s true. But don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story.

    • I’m in the 7th, pushed for Brat, worked the Polls for Brat, an I have buyers regret…..

      • AnninVA26

        How is that possible? His candidacy and what he promised are exactly what he’s delivering as a Congressman.

  • Reinhardt Reganbacker lll

    What you failed to point out is that Cantor actually represented less than 1% of his constituents.

    Write about that, Bubba.

  • Bert Nye

    Let’s see if I understand. A “real” Republican knows that since the job of reforming the Federal governments policies is impossible because there isn’t a veto proof Congress and Obama will veto anything not fully supporting his agenda, what a “real” Republican should do is relax, stop arguing for the Republican Creed, compromise with Democrats only to advance the Democrat agenda (anything else is impossible you see), and be sure to fully fund every Obama priority (after all, the co-equal function of Congress is to fully fund the Executive initiatives, constitutional or not). Sounds like a great plan if you are a Democrat, not so good if you aren’t a “real” Republican.

    • DavidH

      You obviously don’t understand. Govern constructively. Reform incrementally, as compromise and elections make it possible.

    • The problem is when you define any kind of progress as being part of the Democratic agenda. Funding the government isn’t some kind of sinister liberal plot.

      • Bert Nye

        Fully funding unconstitutional power grabs is sinister. The psychological description is co-dependent or being an enabler. It requires only suspending right and wrong and doing was is easy.

        • Most unconstitutional power grabs don’t come with a price tag attached. What exactly did you want us not to fund? The executive amnesty that didn’t require appropriations?

  • I literally could have written this piece. Great job hitting all the points. This “freedom caucus” has hijacked the party. as a marginal speck of the party they have found a way to generate support from the loudest, crudest populist statist I’ve ever met. They all claim to want less Government yet use the Government to explode grenades at every opportunity we have to get things done. Brat who I’ve had the pleasure to meet is a nice guy, but he’s not leading. As an economics professor he promised that his 1st priority was going to be the economy…. Well Brat you’ve lied to me, Other than the TPP I see very little for our economy, I have seen you draft or co-sponsor few ideas to boost our economy. You and your entire Caucus are more interested in deconstruction that being constructive…. IF you love the founding and framing soooo damn much try using it. They designed processes to use, USE them….. If you aren’t willing to represent 100% of the 7th then GET THE HELL OUT OF OFFICE……

    • Bert Nye

      Brat was part of the Budget Committee. The committee devised a budget back in the spring. The leadership failed to get it passed and broke its promise of “regular order” so we now face another “crisis” of more CRs to protect Obama’s agenda. Now we’ll simply cave and pass another increase in the debt ceiling because “that’s all we can do, and we MUST fund the entire government”.
      How does any representative represent 100% of the constituents? Simple logic says you disagree with the people who elected Brat who ran on a promise to do what he could to uphold the Republican Creed. That’s not what you are about so he can’t represent the Cantor wing of the Republicans. Presumably most Democrats would disagree with both you and Brat. Seems like demanding 100% satisfaction is a bit silly, don’t you think?
      Incidentally, how should a representative elected on a platform of fiscal restraint and smaller government footprint accomplish anything simply doing as he is told when the leadership doesn’t have the same goal? Should he go back to his constituents and say you elected me but the leaders told me just to shut up, so you won’t hear anything from me for the next two years? Seems like the 7th district threw out a guy who followed those rules by a large margin in the primary.
      You don’t really want Brat to use the processes to get something done. He did that with the Budget Committee and what happened. The leadership threw away the product and went back to CRs. Newt Gingrich used processes to foil the Democrat agenda when Republicans were the minority. The current majority leadership can’t even use processes to accomplish anything because “Obama would veto”.

      • looking for a bill from budget committee with his name on it……

        • Bert Nye

          I believe the budget is a committee product, not an individual project.

          • so… did he sponsor any appropriation bills. Didn’t see those either m

          • Bert Nye

            The regular order with appropriation bills sputtered to a halt early on and the leadership went back to CRs. So you think the test of a first term Representative in the first half year of his term is whether he is the sponsor for appropriation bills that are the product of committees. Seems like the most he could do would be to offer amendments if amendments were allowed by the Rules Committee. Makes no difference actually since that process got abandoned.

          • Read Brian’s response.

          • Brat wouldn’t sponsor Approps bills – those come from the subcommittee chairs. But I’m looking through the lists of amendments and he didn’t put any of those up, either. The only amendment I see him sponsoring was on the NIH reauthorization bill, which failed, and then he voted against the underlying bill.

            All of those approps bills were put up under modified open rules – anybody who got their amendments in and preprinted in the Congressional Record could have put amendments on those bills. There were 116 amendments on the Interior Approps bill alone. There were dozens and dozens of amendments allowed on the other bills. Brat didn’t put a single amendment up.

            Nobody expects much from freshmen Congressmen, but come on. This is almost less than nothing.

      • “That all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice, and opportunities and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society,” I’m just gonna leave this here for a bit…..

        • Bert Nye

          Are you saying someone erred by restating the vision of the Founding Fathers?

      • The budget passed. What didn’t pass were the appropriations bill. Brat’s work on the budget committee, if he did any, means nothing if we can’t get the appropriations bills done. They did not break down because regular order failed, it broke down because people were trying to lard up the Interior approps bill with a bunch of Confederate Flag nonsense and refused to back the bill if it wasn’t in there, and that pissed off the Democrats who gummed up the works – all done through regular order. Those amendments would never have seen the light of day if Boehner hadn’t allowed an open rule for that bill.

        What parts of the Republican Creed do you think Brat is upholding we he gets nothing accomplished?

        The 7th District threw out a guy who spent more time focused on Washington and national politics than paying attention to things back home. He took his reelection for granted and learned the hard way not do that. Cantor WAS the leadership. He wasn’t telling himself to shut up, so that point makes no sense.

        I don’t understand why folks praise Brat. He’s not doing anything, and given his attitude, he isn’t going to be in the House long enough to get able to do anything, anyway. It’s a waste of a Congressional seat.

        • Bert Nye

          Do you listen to yourself. YOU say Brat did the job he was supposed to do producing a budget in committee. Your distaste for him lets you imply he didn’t have a role although you admit you have not a clue. Then you say the leadership you support was paralyzed by amendments to the Interior appropriations bill that promoted respect for the Confederate flag and lost total control of the appropriations process. What a condemnation of the leadership and you apparently think that is a valid excuse for failure to lead.

          • I have no idea what role Brat played on the committee. It was Tom Price’s budget – if Brat got to help craft it, good on him, but I doubt he did much besides attend hearings.

            You’re changing the goalposts. You guys (and I include Brat in this one) criticize leadership, claim they’re iron fisted and refuse to let anybody have any say in the process. I point out where you’re wrong, and show you an example of what happened on a bill they allowed what Brat is demanding to happen and you criticize them for not being able to control the process. Which do you want?

            It’s not a condemnation of the leadership – they did what you wanted them to do and it didn’t work. That’s more a condemnation of your idea what process should look like than anything else.

          • Bert Nye

            How does competent leadership completely lose control of the entire appropriation process because some people offer amendments?. Who runs the Rules Committee that can define how the amendments are debated, how long to debate, how long a vote can last, etc.? Nancy Pelosi would have handled that administrative problem and kept focused on her goal. To me the Republican leaders sound like Flip Wilson’s character Geraldine; “The Devil made me do it!”

          • When the people offer amendments that drive the Democrats insane to the point that they are willing to resort to every procedural move to muck things up and force bad vote after bad vote, these things happens. That’s the result of open rules and regular order – what Brat and you claim to want.

            It’s not always pretty, but that’s what happens. You can’t very well demand open rules and then complain when the result is messy.

            Nancy would never have allowed an open rule – even a modified open rule – on an appropriations bill. That’s one of the Republican complaints against her leadership and why Boehner wanted to return to regular order when he became Speaker.

  • Patrick Murphy

    4.92% of Brat’s constituents voted for him in the primary against Cantor.

    20.16% of his constituents voted for him in the general election.

    • Craig M Kilby

      Gee, and he’s in Congress! That must mean his two opponents got ever fewer votes. Do math much?

      • Patrick Murphy

        Don’t be dumb.

        “Mr. Brat seems to represent only the far right fringe in his district (and for that matter around the country), but has consistently neglected to represent the other 85% of his constituents. Yes, I am fully aware that he received more than 15% of the vote in the 2014 primary, but it would be ignorant to suggest that his entire constituency is waving Gadsden flags.”

        There’s a difference between winning an election and representing constituents.

        • Craig M Kilby

          Like I said, do math much? Pretty hard to represent one’s constituents if one isn’t elected to do so. Like I also said, if you don’t like him, run against him. That’s what elections are for.

          • Patrick Murphy

            Right. Win the election, then represent your constituents. Two separate things, dumbass.

            I don’t like or dislike Brat. I don’t care. You’re pushing me toward dislike, though.

          • Craig M Kilby

            Well, dumbass, how do you plan to get yourself elected if you don’t represent the voters who elect you?

          • Patrick Murphy

            That’s like asking someone how they’re going to do the job if they don’t get hired.

          • Craig M Kilby

            Poor Patrick.

          • Patrick Murphy

            Obviously, you don’t understand the difference between appealing to enough voters to win an election and representing the constituents who live in a district. When you were a State Representative, did you believe your only constituents were the folks who voted for you?

          • Craig M Kilby

            Obviously, you’ve never run for office, won office, and certainly haven’t held office. But go ahead, dig your hole deeper.

          • Craig M Kilby

            And stop and ask yourself why Cantor lost to Brat in the first place. It wasn’t because of the Tea Party, trust me.

          • Craig M Kilby

            BTW, what the hell are you smoking and where I can buy some?

  • MattJ

    There is no chance 46 Democratic Senators will turn into 50 overnight. Given that fact, why does the President continue vetoing or threatening to veto any budget that passes that does not give him his priorities?

    • The President makes a lot of veto threats, yet he’s only actually vetoed 4 pieces of legislation, none of which was a budget (the CR he vetoed was a backup that wasn’t needed). Why wouldn’t he try to shape legislation by threatening a veto?

    • Bert Nye

      Obama threatens vetoes because it is a winning strategy with the Republican leadership. Why wouldn’t Republicans force him to make very public vetoes where they can argue the Republican position publicly to inform the public? We are told they don’t do that because they have to “govern”. Therefore it’s better to leave the public in the dark about Republican ideas, and simply go with Obama’s agenda. Works great for the Democrats. They don’t even have to show up, just badmouth the “do nothing” Republican Congress. How would the vast majority of the public that isn’t political activists even know there is a Republican Party in Washington?

      • We would do that, if we could get to 60 votes in the Senate to pass legislation. Unfortunately, Harry Reid doesn’t want to make Obama pull out his veto pen, so he just ensures there aren’t enough votes for cloture so bills never make it to the floor.

        But hey – don’t let that fact get in the way of blaming Republicans for what Reid is doing on the President’s behalf.

        • Bert Nye

          That’s where you need the courage to call the Democrats on their behavior and eliminate the 60 vote cloture rule just like the democrats did for judicial appointments. If the Republicans can’t do anything without Harry Reid’s permission shame on them. They need to be replaced.

          • Why would we do that, knowing we may not always be in the majority? What happens if we eliminate that rule and end up like we were back in 2009? You saw what the Democrats can accomplish when they only need 50 votes in the Senate – Obamacare. Why would we screw ourselves long term just to send some bills to the President for him to veto?


          • Bert Nye

            Is the only alternative the current largely invisible Republican Party that the public clearly sees as doing nothing when they control both houses of Congress. The answer can’t be “let’s hope the voters forgive the Republicans for dropping out whenever there is a Democrat President.” Somehow Republicans were able to advance almost all the Gingrich era “Contract With America” when Clinton was President. Gerald Ford vetoed a lot of bills sent up by the Democrat congress but the Democrats ran on the charge he was blocking good legislation. Only with Obama are the Republicans afraid of their own shadow.
            Harry Reid had to know the Republicans were going to win the Senate this last election. Didn’t make him afraid of changing the rules to get a bunch of Obama judges rubber stamped.

          • 1) The Republican Party has done plenty this year – especially the House. That the Senate does not have the votes to get things advanced is the nature of that body. The stuff the House is doing isn’t bipartisan enough to get Senate Democrats on board, so it goes nowhere.

            2) The Contract with America was great for getting us elected, and almost none of it ever got enacted into law. Of the three bills out of ten that actually passed, one was held unconstitutonal, the other two were vetoed and only one of those vetoes was overridden. So we got a whopping 1 bill out of ten – and we controlled both the House and Senate then too.

            3) Democrats had 57 votes in the Senate at the start of Ford’s presidency (93rd Congress), and in the 94th Congress, they had 61 votes. They could pass anything they wanted unless Republicans did an actual filibuster. Ford had no choice but to veto things.

            Pretending that this Senate is somehow scared of Obama is ridiculous. Reid has the power to stop things, and he’s using it. This isn’t McConnell’s fault, it’s Reid’s.

  • Craig M Kilby

    I know this is off topic, but speaking of Deafening Silence, how is that a Republican candidate for President holds a huge rally in Richmond, and not a word of this unprecedented event is mentioned on Bearing Drift? Do you think ignoring him is going to make him go away? Just curious as to the mindset here.

    • Downstater

      I was wondering ahead of time why there was no mention of this on “Virginia’s conservative” blog. To answer your question, yes, I think that the planned Rep. party is fuming that Jeb isn’t the heir apparent, and Trump’s campaign was supposed to have disintegrated by now.

    • What part should we cover? The protest? The woman screaming white power at a black protester?

      As I noted to Downstater, we didn’t have anybody in attendance, to my knowledge, so we didn’t write about it.

      • Craig M Kilby

        Brian, this is supposed to be a website for (mostly) Republican politics. A Republican candidate goes to Richmond–RICHMOND???–and draws a huge crowd, takes it straight to enemy lines, makes national news out of it, and “you” don’t think it deserved coverage? Wake up buddy. BTW..he’ll have no problem getting the signatures to get on the ballot. My guess is that only he, Bush and Cruz are thinking that far ahead. News on the petition efforts would also be a welcome article on this blog.

        • I don’t have any information on his petition effort. I don’t have any information on any of the candidates petition efforts. If there’s news, I’m happy to report it, but I don’t have access to the information you want to read.

          Given the actual news that’s happened over the last couple of days – Obama keeping troops in Afghanistan, the fundraising numbers for the 3rd quarter coming out, the Democratic debate, the continuing fall out from McCarthy’s drop out last Friday, and the impending elections in less than a month, the last thing I’m worried about is reporting about a Trump rally where he didn’t actually create any news. That’s why nobody else is covering it, either. I have no idea what the TBE folks did – I don’t read that blog anymore.

          • Craig M Kilby

            Nobody else is covering it? It was all over Richmond TV, RTD (which was already noted) and FOX news and CNN ALL DAY LONG. You really have your head in the sand. I fail to see how this compares to the RPV convention (which get very little press outside of Richmond) to a rally. But, all that said, I think as Virignia Republicans we should be covering visits by Presidential candidates that at least register on the political richtoscale (sp?)….I think if Jeb or any other candidate could draw a crowed of “just 5,000” people you’d want to report on that. In fact, I’m certain you would.

          • If everybody else covered it, why do you want us to? Did you not get enough information about it? Did you go? Want to write something up?

          • Fitzgerald Chesterfield

            I was there! What’s your free lance rate?

          • I’ll pay you double what we pay our other contributors.

          • Fitzgerald Chesterfield

            Soooo, you’re either offering hazard pay, or you pay your contributors in “exposure dollars.”

          • We pay in the joy of sharing your thoughts with tens of thousands of people who will mock you in the comments.

          • Downstater

            I think what he is saying is “0 times 2 = 0”.

          • Craig M Kilby

            “Tens of thousands” x 0 = 0.

          • Downstater

            I just wrote it up. Read my posts. Yes, there were petition sign-up tables. Yes, there are many news stories going on in the world and in the U.S., but this is a Virginia so-called conservative blog. I do not expect it to cover every event nationwide or in the Middle East.

          • Craig M Kilby

            But you’d think it might cover Republican politics in Virginia. I don’t visit this site to read world news events.

          • Bert Nye

            Brian reminds me of the old NY Times mantra, “All the news that’s fit to print”. I think his actual selection process is more like ” All the news that fits!” Nothing wrong with that according to the 1st amendment. We just need to understand where he is coming from in order to calibrate our interpretation of whatever he decides to say is important.

          • The Trump rally just wasn’t newsworthy. We didn’t have anybody there, and other than the bad behavior of his supporters, there’s no story. Sorry.

          • Bert Nye

            Thanks for verifying my point on your priorities. That’s all we need to know. Carry on.

          • What do you think our priorities are?

          • Downstater

            To only promote the very moderate (Jeb!) branch of the party that you agree with, and ignore or attack the other branches. I understand that you may feel that given Romney’s loss last time, that this is in the best interest of the party, but I thought BD is supposed to promote a conservative voice.
            The recent “blog war” regarding the N. VA TP event was another good example. Even John Whitbeck said he routinely goes to TP functions in other parts of VA all the time. Although many of DT’s positions are not all in line with the TP, his immigration stance is hard-lined, and therefore you have decided to pretend it is an irrelevant news story.
            I am actually surprised that this article is still in play and was surprised to see more comments added to it in the last 24 hours.

          • We promote all of the branches of the party. I’m a RINO, we have other far more conservative voices than mine. We’ve offered more libertarian and Tea Party folks to join as contributors. You’ll see a variety of center right articles here.

            The issue with Whitbeck attending that particular Tea Party rally was the way they were billing it – trying to save the party from the establishment. It had nothing to do with him going to Tea Party events. It was that event in particular.

            As for Trump, my issue with him is simply that he’s not a credible candidate. His lack of any policy expertise or understanding is the issue, not his applause lines about immigration.

          • Craig M Kilby

            Here you go again Brian: “As for Trump, my issue with him is simply that he’s not a credible candidate.” Define credible, Brian. He’s leading every poll and Jeb! is at what, 5%?

          • Credible is defined as someone who is competent to do the job, can articulate that competence, and has demonstrated experience in public life that backs up their competence.

          • Craig M Kilby

            Nope. No story at all. If Jeb Bush pops in to shake hands with 50 people, THAT’S news on BD and “well played.” But a rally of 5,000 people in Richmond–nah, it never happened and even if it did, so what? I cannot wait until primary election day, and I was not going to vote for Trump but you’ve just pushed into it. And I don’t think I’m alone here.

          • Stop whining.

          • Craig M Kilby
          • I’m not. That’s one of the 14 Bush posts. How about linking to the 34 Trump posts?

          • Craig M Kilby

            Thank you Brian. You’ve answered my question. You really do think ignoring him will just make him go away. Not so sure Jeb would agree with that assessment after Trump just said the simple truth that 9/11 happened under a Bush president. Oh well. Now I get where you’re coming from.

          • I wish that it were only that easy.

        • Jerel C. Wilmore


        • Marta

          They can’t stand the fact that Trump will be our nominee because they’re in the bag for “Jeb!”…

          • Craig M Kilby

            I’m not so sure he’ll be the nominee (but it’s looking that way). What they can’t stand is that none of them are going to get jobs in a Trump White House. That’s their big freak-out. They can’t buy him.

          • Marta

            For sure!

      • missgc

        You dont know they were actual Trump supporters. Probably Bush plants as we have seen before. Oooops.

        • The Bush plants ask questions. They don’t shout f- you and white power at other protestors.

          • missgc

            You dont know who these people are so move along.

          • Of course we know who they are – they’re Trump supporters at a Trump rally. We don’t need their drivers license information to understand what happened there. The video’s pretty clear.

          • Downstater

            And there have never been any other protesters at any of the other rallies who yelled something objectionable. I recently saw a BLM facebook post promoting killing cops. Statues are defaced by various leftist groups – there was one in Richmond of Columbus that was vandalized for Columbus Day. The agitators seemed to come loaded for bear from the media reports.

          • Craig M Kilby

            I think Brian is having a Maccacca moment, but just doesn’t remember why.

          • As I tell my son, two wrongs don’t make a right. Just because somebody else behaved badly doesn’t give these guys a free pass for doing so.

          • Craig M Kilby

            Maccacca Calling!

          • Stephen Spiker

            Please provide a link or a screenshot of the BLM post.

          • missgc

            I will say it again. You don’t know it for a fact but it “looks” that way.

          • Occam’s razor applies here. The simplest solution is the right one. They were at a Trump rally. They were attacking anti-Trump protesters. Fill in the blanks here. This isn’t a court of law.

          • Bert Nye

            Brian. Your filter is showing.

          • Bert Nye

            Brian tells us “Black Lives Matter” are part of the Bernie Sanders support cohort. They were there and on video. Same for Martin O’Malley’s campaign. O’Malley even acknowledged they were part of team by apologizing to them very publically for making the error of saying “All lives matter.” Funny, Trump seems to ignore the loons who try to disrupt his appearances but to Brian that indicates they are part of the team.

          • Craig M Kilby

            So, there is a “Bush Plant” manual you’d care to share with us?

        • Marta

          Check out this hilarious video about the Bush plant from the Stump for Trump Ladies Doakond and Silk!

      • Downstater

        What about the black guy’s T-shirt with the “f” word on it? Why is this always one-sided. Oh, and there were black people near me cheering for Trump. Not the majority, okay.

    • Matt Hall

      Because I’d rather stay at Gitmo for an extended stay then listen to Trump for 5 minutes. TBE can quote me on that.

      • Downstater

        That can be arranged (LOL).

      • Bert Nye

        You share Brian’s filter. We known how to calibrate what you say. It’s protected by the 1st amendment so you are welcome to keep shouting all you want. Knock yourself out. Cheers.

      • Craig M Kilby

        I’m looking forward to your next BD article from Gitmo. I think the change will do you good.

    • Jerel C. Wilmore

      It was eastern Henrico, not Richmond. There is a difference.

      • Craig M Kilby

        Not really.

  • Downstater

    Big Virginia News: Trumps Rallies Richmond Raceway – this is basically the biggest thing that has happened in VA this year, but BD has yet to cover it. They did not even post an announcement about it. The revive website (TBE) did, although I had several other notifications. Also, who elected Jeff Shapiro to anything? He is hired hack.

    • We aren’t going to run stories every time a presidential candidate comes to Virginia. If we did that, we’d do nothing else. If we have a contributor who attends and wants to write something up, that’s one thing. I’m not aware any of our supporters went to the Trump rally or were invited. Some of our contributors have attended other rallies and have been invited, and those got coverage.

      As for the biggest thing that’s happened in Virginia? Yeah, no.

      • Craig M Kilby

        Oh please Brian. If Jeb even flies over state lines it’s a news story on BD.

        • We’ve written tons of articles about Trump, maybe six about Jeb. Come on.

          • Craig M Kilby

            I can only recall one article about Trump, where he was bashed. Six on Jeb. And how many on any of the others? NONE.

          • I just went back through our archives from July 1 to today. Here’s the breakdown of total stories by presidential candidate – these are stories where they were mentioned. As the Donald can tell you, all press is good press:

            Trump – 35 and 2 discussions on the radio show or podcast

            Bush – 14

            Walker – 8

            Hillary – 8

            Sanders – 6

            Fiorina – 4

            Webb – 3

            Cruz – 3

            Rubio – 3 and 1 discussion on the podcast

            Gilmore -2

            Paul – 2

            Carson – 2

            Kasich – 1 and 1 discussion on the podcast

            Huckabee – 1

            Graham – 1

            Perry – 1

            We haven’t written anything about O’Malley, Chafee, Jindal, Pataki, Santorum, or Christie.

            Trump has gotten more than double Bush – by far the most articles written on him.

          • Craig M Kilby

            Articles ABOUT and MENTIONS OF in comments are very different animals. The one article ABOUT Jeb Bush I recall here was that he showed up at a legislative conference of about 50 people and the end line of that (don’t recall who wrote it) was a gush “WELL PLAYED MR. BUSH!”

          • These were all articles where they were either mentioned in the headline or were the subject of the story. You’re free to scroll back through the archives and verify what I did, if you want.

          • Matt Hall

            I’ve written at least 4 trump articles. Dude calm down.

          • He just wants to complain. Brian has now hit him with facts (which he was obviously incapable of looking up himself).

          • Craig M Kilby

            You have! they are (1) Rick Perry Skilfully Smacks “The Donald” on Immigration (2) I stand With Megyn Kelly; (3) I wonder if Donald Trump Will Start Mean Tweeting Larry Sabato and (4) Now He’s Attacking Fiorina. Is this your idea of cutting edge political coverage?

          • Matt Hall

            No, its called bashing a xenophobic misogynist jerk. That’s what he is and he deserves every bit of criticism.

          • Downstater

            Well, the fact is that he’s (DT) getting huge crowds, and many of us are fired up about his taking stands in our interest vs. foreign interests. As I said, it doesn’t hurt that he IS Donald Trump, but Dave Brat was an unknown ordinary guy, who also wasn’t afraid of the name calling to take a stand.

          • Craig M Kilby

            Yeah, this one by Shaun Kenney was YUGE news to BD: “Bush To Fundraise for Virginia Senate Republicans” and ended with the conclusion of

            “Smart play… absolutely great play. Total frontrunner move, one might add. ” As if this was going to bag him the nomination. DOH!


            So that’s roller-coaster world rocking news, but a rally in Richmond with 5000 people is snoozeville. You guys are charicatures of yourselves and don’t even see it.

          • Bush was fundraising for Republican candidates in this years elections – that’s actual news. Have any of the other Republican candidates hosted events to benefit Republicans in Virginia? No. Trump shows up at a rally to tout his own campaign, not supporting the candidates we have running this year.

            Do you get the difference?

          • Stephen Spiker

            Craig, what happened at the rally that you think was newsworthy? Just the fact that it happened? Everyone who reads this blog knows that it happened.

      • Craig M Kilby

        It’s certainly the biggest Republican rally–in RICHMOND!–this state has seen in a long time, and certainly this cycle. I doubt Jeb could round up 500 if he tried.

        • 5000 people at a rally? Great. We have more people for almost every RPV convention in Richmond. The fact that we’re not covering it is the best thing we could do for Trump. If we covered it, I’d be focusing on the bad behavior of the attendees, as noted in this article in the NY Daily News.

          • Craig M Kilby

            Only 5000 people at a rally in RICHMOND… are supposed to be a knowledgable pundit? We have to pick up news stories from the New York Daily news to highlight some off -scene skirmishes? You are really losing it, Brian.

          • You act like nobody ever goes to Richmond. Like I said, we get more for RPV conventions. He’s as much a celebrity as he is a candidate. Five thousand people is great, but it’s not like he filled Yankee Stadium or something. Like I said, him giving a speech that none of us attended isn’t really newsworthy.

            The NY Daily News was the first thing that came up when I googled it.

          • Downstater

            RPV conventions are planned months in advance. I only found out about the Trump rally on Monday, and already had to work around other commitments earlier in the day in Fabulous FFX Co. According to the press, there were people who traveled from N.C. for it. Of course events scheduled months in advance are gong to garner more turn out.

          • What is the story? Trump holds rally? That’s a sentence. What else is there to cover? Did he say anything we haven’t heard before? If he has, I haven’t heard about it.

            Again, we didn’t have anybody present. If we did, we’d have written about it. The other rallies that we have covered – Walker and Bush – we had a contributor present who wrote about it. I don’t know why this is such a difficult concept.

            As for the rest of your nonsense about illegal immigrants, we’ve heard it all before. Brat did not win because of illegal immigration, Corey Stewart has walked away from his hard right stance, Ken never really talked about it, and the rest of us are tired of your xenophobia.

          • Jerel C. Wilmore

            Actually, it was in EASTERN HENRICO.

          • Craig M Kilby

            It’s on Laburnum Blvd. which true, I guess in not just barely in City Limits of Richmond. So what’s your point here? It was “in Richmond” was it not?

          • Congressman Eric Cantor had more than 5,000 at his Republican Roundups.

          • Craig M Kilby

            Congressman who? Rounded up from where? Certainly not his constituents. This whole article said that Brat was not “a real” Republican. But last I checked, he’s the Congressman, not Cantor.

          • Downstater

            I was there. Unfortunately, there were some immigrant activists who booed Trump, but the entire atmosphere was still very positive. When I drove in, a guy in the car behind gave me a thumbs up, and everyone in the crowd where I was was very polite. Several people got out of the way so that I could take pictures. It was a very different crowd than the usual political stuff. Many families – many age ranges. Teens and young people were really enthusiastic.

          • Bert Nye

            I’ve attended several conservative rally’s in DC, the latest the anti-Iran deal rally. Every time the participants were happy, very polite, and attentive to the speakers. After every event the Park Service had essentially no cleanup to do (tons of trash left by every left wing demonstration) as the conservatives policed the area themselves. Never a problem for the security forces. Also, always a group of left wing protestors trying to disrupt but ignored by the conservatives. The conservatives included people of all ages, young families, etc. Like Brian, the news media searched ouut the tiny group of obscene protestors to label the rally and excuse themselves from covering the event like a journalist would do. No problem. We know Brian’s priorities are highly partisan, but that is clearly permitted by the 1st amendment.

        • Matt Hall

          Craig, I understand your frustration. I wrote about a Scott Walker event only because I was there. I don’t want to write 2nd hand about a political rally. Also, all of our BD guys have jobs and lives outside of the blog. Sometimes we can make it, sometimes we can’t.

        • missgc

          Maybe 50 if he were fortunate.

      • Craig M Kilby

        Newsflash, Brian. There is a Presidential contest going on. Most news outlets are actually covering it.

        • Newsflash – there are Virginia elections in a month. The presidential race is months from the first ballot being cast, and we’ve spent plenty of time on it already.

          • Craig M Kilby

            Newsflash. The off-year VA elections are boring as hell. Hardly any contested races. Your job here is to attract readers, not put them to sleep.

          • We’re not Buzzfeed. I’m not going to throw up clickbait about Donald Trump to score some cheap hits. We have a responsibility to fill in the gaps the MSM leaves in their coverage. That means we cover the off year elections, because somebody has to do it.

      • Downstater

        (a) Trump is currently the Rep. front-runner. (b) Most mainstream media outlets covered it, even the RTD, CNN, Fox, etc. (c) Biggest thing this year at least on the Political front. Okay, that is an opinion, I did go. The real biggest thing in VA this year would be the horrible shooting in Roanoke as far as a News Story, and I suppose it was political too, so not to diminish that story.

    • Zach wrote a piece and let TBE run it.

  • Craig M Kilby

    “I hope that the voters of Virginia’s 7th Congressional District will see through this charade and, come next year, exercise their right to vote by choosing a real Republican with real attainable solutions to represent them in Congress.” — is he being Primaried?

    • We can only hope.

      • Fitzgerald Chesterfield

        Establish residence in Central Virginia, Brian. You could be the man for the job.

        • I am never moving again.

          • Fitzgerald Chesterfield

            No need to move. How much can a one bedroom apartment in Bumpass cost?

          • Downstater

            So would that be Brian’s principle (legal) residence? Would he still be registered to vote in the N. VA co. he is residing in, as well as “Bumpass”. And where exactly is “Bumpass” VA?

          • Fitzgerald Chesterfield

            Don’t make the mistake of taking anything I say too seriously.

            But Bumpass is in the 7th district. It’s on the other side of the state from Onancock.

          • Downstater

            Maybe I’ll move there, because I’m sick of the beltway mentality. Too many liberal elites. Places like “Bumpass” are real America. Places like Fairfax Co., ….well. The crowd at the rally was, well, more like ordinary people, yes. I mean, it was held at a NASCAR venue.

          • Craig M Kilby

            That it was held at there at all is the point I was really trying to make. Whether it is in Richmond City or Henrico County is not the point. It was “in Richmond” — a “YUGE” reach out to normal people. The folks here at BD just are clutching their pearls that anybody could do this, without their permission. Just freaks them out. They are NOT IN CONTROL OF THIS! Not a nice little wine and brie coffee-klatch sort of thing at all. Just blows their minds.

          • Craig M Kilby

            That reminds me. Was it you or Shaun Kenney who moved in order to run for political office and end up losing anyway?

          • Neither of us. Shaun’s been in Fluvanna forever, and I moved because we wanted a bigger house. That my supervisor retired after I moved in was coincidence. I would have preferred he waited another four years. 🙂

  • Way2GoSassy

    Who would have thought there is still some rational and sane Republicans still in the Party. Good!

  • Craig M Kilby

    Who is Matt Hall anyway? His name is not even on the list of BD contributors, which, by the way, is almost entirely white males.

  • … and the beat goes on

    What, did Hall draw the short straw this time ?

    La de da de de, la de da de da

  • We were at the TRUMP RALLY and it was a wonderful experience. It was the most peaceful and respectful crowd ever. The protesters were looking for trouble and did everything possible to provoke and start a riot. They should have been beaten and then jailed, convicted and sentenced. They did not represent any sort of lawful expression of free speech. They were not invited. This was a private rally ONLY for TRUMP supporters. Everyone knew that. It was not a general event where everyone was invited. You were supposed to register and get tickets and then behave yourselves as you would in anyone’s home. This was not on public property, and no one had any right to disturb the purpose of the event. Anyone who condones the violent behavior of the so-called protesters is acting like a criminal.

  • AnninVA26

    Brat represents a lot more of us that the “far right fringe” – more than you realize and obviously more than you want. Wake up Republicans! Our party is in the bag with the progressives in Washington. Since when is following the constitution, not spending more money than you have, and following the laws in place “radical” and “extreme”????

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