Helping grow government

Split by libertarians and Republicans gave Democrats a governorship

  • Follow Editorials

Democrats should’ve won this one going away.

But perhaps they shouldn’t have won it at all.

Democrat Terry McAuliffe, a Clinton confidante who had the power couple’s public backing as well as the sitting president’s, and who spent three times as much as his opponent, won the Virginia governor’s seat Tuesday by the slimmest of margins – after once holding a double-digit lead.

Two things turned this race, one that hurt the Democrats and one that helped them even more.

What hurt them was no doubt the Obamacare disaster – which may have unfolded just a little too late to put Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli over the top.

But what helped Democrats was the libertarian vote: Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis took 7 percent of the vote, most of which likely would’ve gone to the Republican Cuccinelli. Without Sarvis in the race, Cuccinelli is probably the next governor of Virginia.

Fact is, some believe the Obama Democrats were quietly promoting the libertarian’s candidacy.

While Democrats should be very concerned about how close Obamacare made this race, libertarians and Republicans should be even more worried.

The ironic truth is that while they think they’re voting for more freedom, libertarians – by splitting the conservative vote – are voting for less freedom by electing Obamacare-supporting, big-government-backing Democrats.

That’s voting against one’s self-interest.

This is not an attack on libertarianism. This editorial page is among the most sympathetic in the nation to the libertarian cause. It’s simply acknowledging reality. By siphoning votes away from conservative Republicans such as Cuccinelli – the first and fiercest warrior to go into battle against Obamacare – libertarians are inadvertently throwing their support behind bigger government.

So-called “establishment” Republicans – whom many conservatives have long derided as “country club” Republicans and RINOs, Republicans In Name Only – have to share some of the blame for Cuccinelli’s loss.

“Reports that the Republican National Committee spent $3 million in 2009 to help the Republican nominee, compared to $1 million this time, tells the story,” Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator for Tea Party Patriots, was quoted.

“Even against such extraordinary odds, Cuccinelli came within roughly 50,000 votes and 2 percentage points of McAuliffe. Just think what would have happened if the business and donor classes of the Republican Party would have helped.”

The national Republicans “totally blew it,” one unnamed Cuccinelli adviser was quoted, while Cuccinelli adviser Chris La Civita asks, “was leaving Cuccinelli alone in the first week of October a smart move? We were on our own.”

Democrats laughed all the way to the governor’s office. A Democratic Party memo stated:

“Despite laws in Virginia that allow for unlimited financial contributions and complete coordination between the campaigns and outside groups, the RGA tried to run a different campaign than their own candidate – a puzzling strategy that made both the Cuccinelli campaign and the RGA less effective.”

This is no way to win elections – and yet, a fractured and unfocused GOP nearly did.

Those who believe in our founding principles of limited government and individual liberty had better look past their labels and differences, and get over themselves and get together – for the good of the country.

Comments (43) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
deestafford
31922
Points
deestafford 11/09/13 - 01:47 am
10
4
All of what is said in the editorial is true; however, there is

an additional factor that swung the election in VA. That is the single females. The went to the carpetbagger about 65%. Why? Because most single women now believe that the purpose of the government is to take care of them...provide free contraceptives, free abortion, and other goodies that will let them run wild like the "playboy" male is allowed to do. Anything they want the government, not a man, will provide.

Now, married women and married men went for Cuccinelli. It was the parasites who went for the carpetbagger. That swung the election.

Young Fred
21054
Points
Young Fred 11/09/13 - 05:24 am
8
3
old news, old tactic

The old “support the best” candidate doesn't apply in my opinion!

The reasoning? They refuse to make a stand. “Oh, they have their “reasoning”, but the “reasoning” is week!

RINO's and pretenders will not get my support.

In 2014, I'll vote for true conservatives only, and all others will get a skip/blank.

Graham is a traitor and will not get my, or my families vote.

ymnbde
10669
Points
ymnbde 11/09/13 - 06:47 am
6
1
a libertarian is the "theory" part of a Republican

a Republican is the "practical" part of a libertarian
cause like the old saying goes
"in theory, theory and practice are the same thing
but in actual practice, they're not"

Riverman1
93694
Points
Riverman1 11/09/13 - 07:22 am
8
2
Socialist Party Would Siphon Democrat Voters

Since we have the Libertarians siphoning votes from Republicans, we need to encourage the Socialist Party of America to once again run candidates for national, state and local office. They quit running candidates in the 50s when the nation as so anti-communist, anti-socialist. The climate in America has unfortunately changed and they would draw votes from Democratic candidates.

seenitB4
97562
Points
seenitB4 11/09/13 - 07:35 am
6
5
Wait a dang minute guys

Yes..the female vote did go to the Dem...no doubt about that..BUT they are NOT all onlife support...one day the Reps will learn that you can NOT dictate to a female ....one size does not fit all..please LEARN this before we are socked senseless again....get out of a woman's body & let HER make decisions for herself... GEEZ yall are driving me crazy!

Riverman1
93694
Points
Riverman1 11/09/13 - 07:45 am
8
2
Most Married Women Vote Republican

Most married women actually vote Republican. It's the unmarried women who vote Democrat by a large percentage and that can be due to many factors. They are probably poorer, may have children and dependent on government support.

seenitB4
97562
Points
seenitB4 11/09/13 - 07:52 am
4
5
A woman

All single woman are not on welfare...all single women are not looking for gov help....some are smart & working at high paying jobs.....many women wait to marry in todays world......believe it or not but they can handle most problems on their own......one of the biggest problems in the Rep party is that they fail to see this......if the Reps don't get a clue & get it soon they will be saying "Hello President Clinton".imho

Riverman1
93694
Points
Riverman1 11/09/13 - 07:57 am
6
2
Yeah, yeah, yeah, that too

Yeah, yeah, yeah, that too, but we could also play to our strong point, married women, and encourage them to vote in greater numbers. I am not denigrating single women in any way. I'm simply pointing out they are probably not as well off as married women.

KasparHauser
368
Points
KasparHauser 11/09/13 - 08:07 am
0
0
Why Unmarried Women Vote Democrat
Unpublished

Who else seems to care about them after the Free Bird trash leaves town in search of their Patriotic Individuality, free from the gummint's grasp, and their Bible-thumping, religious bigot parental units turf them out for offending whatever biblical flavour-of-the-month Jehovah suits their pocketbooks?

It's not like the 'Publicans have ever shown any compassion, and once the child is born, the Man the Barricades, Anti-Choice crowd's need to engage rapidly recedes as their wallet now gets tapped to support the situation their religious franchise created. That's why we have Social Security; people used to starve relying on church ladies & pillars of the community to put their money where their mouths were (for something other than blue rinses and supporting them 'Dawgs).

BTW, was this driveling editorial written by the same Augusta Chronicle Nameless Staff who wrote the editorial blaming Woodward and Bernstein for not stopping Nixon?! Both seem to be recreating history to place the blame on the Democrats for a momentous failure of the GOP, giving more examples to reference in the definition of DoubleSpeak... Sounds like a child blaming society when it gets caught with its hand in the cookie jar.

seenitB4
97562
Points
seenitB4 11/09/13 - 08:08 am
3
6
Dirt nap

Stop putting your head in the sand & wondering what happens at election time....the females are not liking what ya are saying....take that to the bank...I said this before on here & I was pooo poooed.....well the election results proved my point though...I'm not wasting any more time trying to convince white haired --pompous know it all congressmen or men in general.....if you get a licking again...YOU asked for it!

Move on with the times....bye bye

teaparty
11313
Points
teaparty 11/09/13 - 08:16 am
8
1
Riverman1 said, "Since we
Unpublished

Riverman1 said, "Since we have the Libertarians siphoning votes from Republicans, we need to encourage the Socialist Party of America to once again run candidates for national, state and local office. They quit running candidates in the 50s when the nation as so anti-communist, anti-socialist."
The 'communist, socialist and Marxist are already running, only they are running as democrats.

Riverman1
93694
Points
Riverman1 11/09/13 - 08:22 am
8
1
Teaparty, yep, and THAT'S the

Teaparty, yep, and THAT'S the problem.

deestafford
31922
Points
deestafford 11/09/13 - 08:39 am
6
2
Teaparty,

I wish what you're saying could happen; however, it won't happen because the socialists have taken over the Democratic Party and are out there in the open. Just look at Bernie Sanders of VT and Maxine Waters who openly admit they are socialists. Ex congressman West says over one-half of the Congressional Black Caucus are communists. I bet if there were a "socialist identification exam" over 75% of the Democrats in Congress would identify themselves as socialists.

SB3
3934
Points
SB3 11/09/13 - 09:07 am
6
2
Points

It wasn't what the AC says it was. Read the whole thing.
http://thefederalist.com/2013/11/06/no-robert-sarvis-did-not-cost-ken-cu...

It wasn't the shutdown either.
http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/governor-races/189503-exit-polls-shu...

McAuliffe won because he was a huge money-raiser for the Dems, especially the Clintons. That ability enabled him to "flood-the-zone" near election time. The stupid GOP establishment withdrew most support in the weeks leading up to the election. By the time Cuccinelli’s campaign could raise cash, McAuliffe was able to buy up most of the ad space in those last critical days.

Also, much as some would like to deny it, the dependent single females went to the entitlement candidate. Saying it out loud may make them angry, but denying it won't change their votes, so we may as well face the reality. The solution isn't to spare their feelings, it's to help them become less dependent and more secure so they can vote their conscience instead of their self-interest (or rather, vote a different self-interest.)

teaparty
11313
Points
teaparty 11/09/13 - 09:49 am
7
1
destafford said, "Ex
Unpublished

destafford said, "Ex congressman West says over one-half of the Congressional Black Caucus are communists."
I believe Mr. West is correct. In the fifties, sixties and seventies the communist party recruited blacks. They used young stupid white girls to seduce black men into joining the communist party.

t3bledsoe
14291
Points
t3bledsoe 11/09/13 - 10:20 am
1
7
Republicans

Republicans are never going to be as competive as they should be without The Tea Party coming much more toward center!!

dichotomy
37479
Points
dichotomy 11/09/13 - 10:27 am
7
1
Republicans seem to have

Republicans seem to have mastered the art of shooting themselves in the foot. And when that doesn't absolutely kill them, there always seems to be a Libertarian candidate that finishes them off.

Republicans have GOT to stop with the abortion and birth control thing. I'm sorry, it's a LOSING issue that is ALWAYS decided by the courts. Focus on Obamacare, the economy, the fact that half of the people are not paying federal taxes, and the fact that the Democrat/Obama economy has the LOWEST percentage of people WORKING in 50 years and the highest number of people on FOOD STAMPS.

And Libertarians never win an election. They cause a lot of Republicans to lose an election, but they never win. In fact, the Democrats funded the Libertarian's campaign in Virginia, while the RNC stupidly only gave token funding their candidate. So Libertarian candidates, regardless of their big talk, are suspect and as corrupt as the rest of them. ANYONE who votes for a Libertarian is simply wasting their vote, maybe because of some warped "principle", or maybe they are a Democrat in disguise. Libertarians have every right to run...but when they do they never win, only split the conservative vote, and usually cause the Republican to lose....therefore I can only conclude that they and the folks who vote for them are really Democrats or are more mentally challenged than a Republican running on an anti-abortion platform. Either way, if nothing changes start practicing saying President Hillary Clinton, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.....all in one sentence while kissing another 25% of your income goodbye.

t3bledsoe
14291
Points
t3bledsoe 11/09/13 - 10:35 am
4
4
dichotomy @ 10:27

"Republicans have GOT to stop with the abortion and birth control thing. I'm sorry, it's a LOSING issue that is ALWAYS decided by the courts. Focus on Obamacare, the economy, the fact that half of the people are not paying federal taxes, and the fact that the Democrat/Obama economy has the LOWEST percentage of people WORKING in 50 years and the highest number of people on FOOD STAMPS."

This paragroph could not be any more correct!! It is a sad thing that being absolutely against abortion hurts the Republicans, BUT unfortunately, it is the truth!

t3bledsoe
14291
Points
t3bledsoe 11/09/13 - 10:42 am
1
5
Deestafford @ 1:47

"Now, married women and married men went for Cuccinelli. It was the parasites who went for the carpetbagger. That swung the election."

The Republican voters have got to figure a way around this so-called "buying votes with the free-bees"! Is there ANYONE that thinks politicians DON'T lie?? Maybe, for the sake of what is good for this country, Republicans are going to have to make promises "just to win votes"!!

t3bledsoe
14291
Points
t3bledsoe 11/09/13 - 10:46 am
1
5
Republicans' best hope

Criss Cristy IS THE BEST HOPE for the Republicans!! The only way that I can see a "cross-over" Democrat is the "pro gun" Joe Mansion!!

t3bledsoe
14291
Points
t3bledsoe 11/09/13 - 10:49 am
1
5
Editorial

"But what helped Democrats was the libertarian vote: Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis took 7 percent of the vote, most of which likely would’ve gone to the Republican Cuccinelli. Without Sarvis in the race, Cuccinelli is probably the next governor of Virginia"

The third parties ARE NOT GOING AWAY! The Republicans have got to literally get into some-sort of "war-room" to calculate how these trird parties can be won over!

t3bledsoe
14291
Points
t3bledsoe 11/09/13 - 10:54 am
1
4
Absolutely down the middle

Someone once told me, in this comments section, that I needed some back-side cream for all of the fence sitting that I seem to be doing! IF WE ALL don't do a little more fence sitting then these devides in our government WILL ONLY GET WORSE!! It is time for US voters to demonstrate our abilities to compromise!!

t3bledsoe
14291
Points
t3bledsoe 11/09/13 - 11:01 am
3
3
Obamacare

Even though I have been a fan of Obamacare untill lately, my wife and daughter would rather pay the fine for this first time in order to give this thing a chance to either go good, or fall flat. As long as i can't even get back into the website, EVEN THOUGH I FINISHED the first part of the application, even I have serious doubts!!

SB3
3934
Points
SB3 11/09/13 - 11:03 am
4
2
We agree on a lot dichotomy

But a couple of quibbles. Don't forget there are big-L "Libertarians" and small-l "libertarians" who are often radically different. Libertarian Party (big-L) candidates are usually either part of the legalize drugs crowd who will often advocate isolationism, or as you say, are vote-splitters by intent. People who are small-l libertarians are generally smaller-government advocates. Both can be a little crazy (big-L's more than small IMO), but many are decent people. Most Tea Party folks lean a bit libertarian.

In this case (see the above link), the "Libertarian" wasn't really a factor. Most of the people who voted for him had McAuliffe as a second choice anyway, so he ended up drawing votes away rather than helping. The county breakdowns suggest that McAuliffe would have done better without him. Strange, I know. It usually works the other way.

Second quibble is about throwing away a vote. I respectfully disagree. Voting at all is a net plus. Add in that protest votes of any type affect subsequent campaigns because candidates want to capture those stray votes in the future and I would contend that no vote is thrown away. If I can't bring myself to vote for a balloted candidate I usually write-in "Zombie Reagan" rather than leave it blank for someone to possibly 'interpret' it like we saw with hanging chads in Florida. (Yes, we have electronic ballots here, work with me, lol)

SB3
3934
Points
SB3 11/09/13 - 11:09 am
4
1
T3bledsoe,

As I've said before (copied verbatim, one-time only I promise):

Never take political advice from the opposition party. Most of the country is conservative. Not that you'd know it if all you see is the liberal media carrying water for the Democrats. The GOP establishment needs to get a clue and get behind an unapologetic conservative who will not bow to racial, fiscal, and PC attacks. Running moderates has been a losing strategy twice in a row. Why would conservatives come out to vote for Dem-lite? We've already seen they would rather stay at home.

Running another moderate will mean the end of the Republican party. That might be a good thing except I'm not sure we have the time to recover from the Democrats disastrous economic, foreign policy, and domestic social agenda. We need to primary our RINO incumbents who are more interested in reaching across the aisle than doing what their constituents elected them for. If they don't have the courage of their convictions, then they're not really convictions... they're talking points to get elected. Get rid of them and elect people who can get our country back on track.

SB3
3934
Points
SB3 11/09/13 - 11:14 am
4
1
In short,

Primary, Primary, Primary!!

Get rid of the country-destroying RINO's before the general election, then vote against the most statist candidate. Stop letting the McCain/Graham mentality undermine what the true majority wants. Put the leeches and moochers on notice that the gravy train is becoming derailed.

SB3
3934
Points
SB3 11/09/13 - 11:22 am
5
1
Oh,

And let's not allow the Dems and MSM (but I repeat myself) pick our next candidate again like we did with McCain and Romney. Looks like they want to push Christie on us who will keep many conservatives home rather than vote for Dem-lite. We need simultaneous primaries like the general election.

rmwhitley
5547
Points
rmwhitley 11/09/13 - 11:35 am
0
0
Our government,
Unpublished

in my opinion, is the largest employer in the country. 800,000 "working" employees and more than 15,000,000 welfare, medicaid employees who vote for a living and their present bosses, democrats.

t3bledsoe
14291
Points
t3bledsoe 11/09/13 - 12:36 pm
1
5
SB3 @ 11:09

Isn't it just possible that I would like a moderate Republican to give me a reasonable choice at the polls? I believe the next president should either be Crissty or Mansion. Both of these are close enough to the middle that I believe either one would be able to get rid of this terrible grid-lock!

faithson
5527
Points
faithson 11/09/13 - 12:39 pm
2
4
as to the point the libertarian took votes...

anyone remember the election of 2000. Had Ralph pulled out, GWB would NOT have been elected, period.

Back to Top

Top headlines

Census: Augusta young adults struggling

A new report shows that young adults in the area today are better educated and on average, earn more money than 30 years ago, but are far more likely to be unemployed, unmarried and living with ...
Search Augusta jobs