Leahy: The Time for Ed Gillespie’s ‘Buckley Moment’ Has Arrived

Is it time for Ed Gillespie to cast Corey Stewart out of the GOP?

The rioting in Charlottesville over the weekend has made one thing very clear: Virginia’s Republican party needs an exorcism.

And the only person who can do that is Ed Gillespie, the party’s gubernatorial nominee.

As with most of Virginia’s political class, Gillespie has strongly condemned the hatred and violence that erupted in Charlottesville.  But there was a notable dissent: Republican Corey A. Stewart.

As The Post’s Laura Vozzella and Fenit Nerappil reported, Stewart, “blamed ‘half the violence’ on counterprotesters and criticized fellow Republicans who condemned the white nationalists.”

The story continued: “ ‘All the weak Republicans, they couldn’t apologize fast enough,’ Stewart said in an interview with The Washington Post. ‘They played right into the hands of the left wing. Those [Nazi] people have nothing to do with the Republican Party. There was no reason to apologize.’ ”

Read the rest of Norm Leahy’s column at The Washington Post.

  • mezurak

    Wait a minute. Isn’t Stewart running in the race for Senate? And you want a mere candidate running for a completely different office to throw Stewart out of the party? Where is the RPV in all of this? Shouldn’t such an action be bound by party doctrine?

    • MD Russ

      I think that your white hood is on a little bit too tight.

      • mezurak

        So Ed isn’t going to perform an exorcism? Then why plaster this in the WaPo?

  • Chris

    Let’s set aside whether this is a good idea or not… This is in the realm of fantasy, with Unicorns and Dragons.

    Ed Gillespie is no William F. Buckley. He lacks the respect and standing to speak for a majority of the Republican party and the Conservative movement.

    His primary showed he is completely out of step with Republican voters and in no position to unite them or speak for them. And certainly no position to run anyone out of the party.

  • JayD

    Gillespie takes easy way out of the monument question, and you expect him to do a Buckley on Stewart?!?! Seriously?

  • Biscuit

    I think that there may be a thimble full of white nationalists within the Republican Party, maybe, who really knows. But, there are not enough of them to get anyone elected to the neighborhood HOA. Now the hoard of Republican trip over themselves to apologize for something for which they had zero responsibility. Wasn’t the organizer an Obama supporter and Occupy Wall Street member? It was a set-up.

    The Establishment runs like a herd of buffalo over a cliff being lead by the Democrat operators every time; these people have no scruples. When will the block-headed Republicans ever learn.

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