He won’t be at the Republican Convention this weekend, but that doesn’t mean Tom Davis is keeping quiet:
Rep. Thomas M. Davis III, R-11th, who once hoped to be the Republican nominee for Senate, will not attend this weekend’s nominating convention in Richmond.
Davis, 59, says it’s not a jab at anyone, noting, “I’ve got work to do.” But the retiring congressman doesn’t mince words about the Virginia GOP or its chances to beat Democrat Mark R. Warner in November.
“I don’t know how you stop him. He’s got all the money in the world. He’s got the wind at his back. We’ve got a weak candidate,” Davis said in an interview.
Unfortunately, I think Davis is probably right, and that it really doesn’t matter which candidate the GOP chooses this weekend. In fact, I’d bet that Marshall would do worse against Warner than Gilmore but, when you’re likely to lose anyway, the margin of defeat really doesn’t matter to much, does it ?
Davis goes on:
Davis said the party’s decision to have a nominating convention, instead of a more inclusive primary, is emblematic of its disconnect with the fastest-growing part of the state — Northern Virginia — and, by extension, moderate voters who are turned off by values-based politics.
“People aren’t paying higher gas prices because somebody had an abortion or registered a gun,” he said.
University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato said the party’s convention decision clearly was directed at Davis.
“The Virginia Republican Party would rather be right than be president, senator or governor, and I mean ‘right’ in an ideological sense,” Sabato said.
Davis, who served for four years as the chairman of the Republican congressional campaign committee, said that aside from a few party leaders, the state GOP is missing a chance to be Virginia’s dominant party.
“My argument to the downstate folks: Henrico and Chesterfield [counties] are becoming more like Northern Virginia than they are like the rest of the state,” Davis said.
“They don’t seem to understand that if you come out of [Northern Virginia] down [200,000 votes], it doesn’t matter. You can’t make it up,” he said.
That is a less you would have thought the Virginia GOP would have learned in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Now, they seem hell bent on repeating the same mistakes again.