“Is there not some chosen curse, some hidden thunder in the stores of heaven, red with uncommon wrath, to blast the man who owes his greatness to his country’s ruin!” – Joseph Addison
The election is over, and the results have been tallied. By a shockingly slim margin, criminal-in-the-making Terry McAuliffe bested Republican rival Ken Cuccinelli in the race for Governor of Virginia. There is a lot of blame to go around regarding the reason for the loss on the part of Cuccinelli. National Republicans pretty much abandoned him, McAuliffe out-spent him by over 10 million dollars (with great help from Hillary Clinton and other prominent national Democrats), and the Libertarian spoiler, Robert Sarvis.
Sarvis received approximately 6.7% of the vote, almost all of which would have surely gone to Cuccinelli, had Sarvis not run. This is no surprise, considering alternative candidates (generally Libertarians) always serve the interests of Democrats by taking votes away from Conservatives. Because Conservatives and Libertarians are much more closely related than Democrats and Libertarians, Conservative candidates are always the loser, having votes siphoned off to a useless third Party.
The fact that this happened is nothing new. What is new, and quite interesting is the revelation that Sarvis would have never gotten in the race in the first place had it not been for a large donation from a prominent Liberal. According to Breitbart:
“Liemandt, a software entrepreneur from Texas who had a net worth of $1.5 billion in 2000, gave the Libertarian Booster PAC $150,000 in January 2013. Breitbart News searched Federal Election Commission records and discovered that Liemandt donated $4,090 to the Virginia Democratic Party just three months earlier on October 17, 2012.“
Wes Benedict, the President of the Libertarian Booster PAC was quoted as saying: “[w]e probably wouldn’t have spent the $11,000 on Sarvis if we had not received the $150,000 from him [major Democratic donor Joseph Liemandt].”
I’m aware that political donations such as Liemandt’s are perfectly legal, but when one considers that his donation was a major contributing factor in Cuccinelli losing the race for Governor of Virginia, issues of legality don’t matter much. This is an issue of legal election tampering. Liberals know very well that alternative candidates nearly always siphon votes away from Republicans. With this knowledge, Liemandt used his resources to rig the election.
Between them, Cuccinelli and Sarvis took 53% of the vote, a clear majority. This should serve as a wake up call to Republicans everywhere. Democrats will always fight dirty, maybe it’s time we did too. I’m not suggesting anything within the realm of law breaking, but there have been efforts in the past, such as Rush’s campaign to drag out the Clinton/Obama primary, that appear to have had moderate success. If Democrats want to play hard ball, I think it’s time we hit them back harder than they would ever expect.
Democrats see us as weak, because we are. Republicans enter the race optimistically, believing everyone is playing fair; meanwhile, the Democrats have already slashed their tires. Let’s chuck that optimistic attitude, and replace it with a little dose of reality. Once Republicans see the world for what it really is, they can enter the ring with a sledge hammer instead of a tooth pick.