I had a feeling yesterday’s post would stir something up. And boy was I right. STD and SWAC Girl both lashed out at me. Check it out: http://swacgirl.blogspot.com/ and http://www.spankthatdonkey.com/.
I knew the blogosphere was a rough and tumble place. The nastiest remarks ever made about me as an elected official were made in the blog world, by fellow Republicans in last year’s primary. And yet, I am still surprised that many of the comments and criticisms on this blog are directed at me personally and not at my ideas. Chris Green, I mean STD, is one of the worst offenders. He tends to focus more on who I am and less on what I say. At least I have the courage to post as myself and not some made up screen name. Then again, that personal touch has given many the opportunity to attack me.
So it seems SWAC and STD completely missed the point of my post. Some how they have determined that I was slamming party volunteers. Get real. Of course I wasn’t. It’s the grassroots party members who are suffering through this mess. I was slamming some in the Augusta County GOP leadership for their lack there of.
NEWS FLASH: Emmett Hanger won the Primary
NEWS FLASH: Emmett Hanger brought more people out and won the Chairmanship at the Mass Meeting
Oh, I know, those people aren’t “real” Republicans. Hogwash. In fact, they are the Republican majority—that’s why they won. But the vocal minority (STD, SWAC, etc) cannot accept defeat. They continue to feed the flames of discontent. Instead of accepting the outcome and committing themselves to healing the wounds within the party, they keep on picking at the scab.
Some have said Senator Hanger declared war on the grassroots. I don’t know if that’s true. After my primary loss last year, I personally decided to work with the party faithful, not against them.
What happened in Augusta is a black eye for us all. Hopefully RPV will intervene and oversee a new mass meeting. Maybe then the results can be accepted and this can be put behind us.