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black columnist who grew up in Southeast Texas (see thumbnail bio below) no less ... we (the US) could well do with more of her kind being published and read ... seems the MSM, that's Mainstream Media, doesn't quite what to do with 'em.
Sylvia Thompson is a black conservative writer whose aim is to counter the liberal spin on issues pertaining to race and culture.
Ms. Thompson is a copy editor by trade currently residing in Tennessee. She formerly wrote for the Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley California Newsletter and the online conservative blog ChronWatch, also out of California.
She grew up in Southeast Texas during the waning years of Jim Crow-era legalized segregation, and she concludes that race relations in America will never improve, nor will we ever elevate our culture, as long as there are victims to be pandered to and villains
to be vilified. America is better served without victims or villains.
Enough with the Victimhood: Millionaire Athletes and Their Lost Cause By Sylvia Thompson on 1 October, 2017
I must admit I have never in my life purchased
a ticket to a sports event. I am not a sports enthusiast. But I am an American black citizen, and I have had it up to the gills with black people who embrace victimhood. I also highly resent my being expected to do the same in order to affirm my “blackness.”
Black victims these days, for the most part, are the product of decades of Black Americans being used primarily by white progressive leftists to advance an anti-American agenda.
The current brouhaha surrounding the despicable behavior of NFL athletes toward the National Anthem and the American flag is a prime example of what the Left has done to my race.
One must assume these players and their guilt-conflicted white coaches and owners (and victimhood-inflicted black coaches) are being manipulated by the Left, because no intelligent, thinking people would deliberately cut themselves off at the knees.
Essentially, what these young misguided mostly black men are doing is ensuring the demise of their lucrative paychecks. Further, I would wager that if
these teams consisted of all white athletes, none of this idiocy would be allowed. We are witnessing this travesty because the vast majority of players are black and can whine “oppression” if appropriate action is taken against them for their unconscionable behavior.
The twisted reasoning that claims these protests are to highlight “injustice” and “police brutality” is a laughable crock. What they do in fact is dishonor valued symbols of this nation’s heritage and cover over truth about black crime.
Black males bear the brunt of police encounters because black males commit disproportionately more crimes. Police encounters with black
men are so often confrontational because so many of these men, especially the young, don’t think “compliance” applies to them. They foolishly assume they are above the law and disrespect for police officers is an act of honor.
These young blacks, sadly, took much of
their direction from racists Obama and Eric Holder during Obama’s destructive, eight-year regime and Holder’s corruption of the Justice Department. These two men, abusing their federal powers, gave young blacks the impression they need not heed the law, because laws are somehow unjust when they are applied to black Americans. The NFL lot, and any other athletes taking a similar stance, are also influenced by Obama’s and Holder’s disdain for law and law enforcement.
I am not familiar with one case where a black suspect to a crime was not proven legally to have caused the behavior against him, particularly in cases where the police officer involved was exonerated by facts. Michael Brown of “hands up, don’t shoot” infamy is one good example. Blatant lies were spread to cloud the truth about Brown’s case.
Back in the day when I was growing up in the racially segregated South, the opposite prevailed in many cases. There was much injustice particularly toward black men, but not today. Today, too many blacks have been fed the notion that it is now “pay-back” time, and they can flaunt their lawlessness because some whites flaunted theirs during an earlier time in our nation’s history.
Although Obama and Holder no longer wield power in this country, some of their minions continue on the pernicious path of “paying back” American whites for wrongs, real or imagined..But as the saying goes, there is a new Sheriff in town and he is not guilt-conflicted. He expects fair play under law and tolerating pay-back is not part of his agenda. Black Americans, when they break the law, can no longer claim victim status simply because they are black. Those days are over.
American laws and law enforcement personnel will be respected in America, again; our
traditions and values will not be impugned in America without consequences, again.Anybody unsettled about this turn of events is welcome to leave this country. I suggest all the black players try a country in Africa, and see how successful they will be at making millions playing games. They will all soon learn what oppression really means.
Some self-directed, independent-thinking
blacks (and there are many of us) have offered that if these millionaire protestors want to tackle some real problems, they might consider the thousands of black children killed in abortions annually (by the progressive Left), or perhaps the many, many young blacks murdered routinely on inner-city streets by other young blacks (in cities run by progressive, leftist Democrats), or the downright criminal state of education of black inner-city children, orchestrated by the progressive leftist National Education Association (NEA). The NEA’s aim is to produce unintelligent pawns to feed the cause of progressivism.
I am annoyed by the expressions of “sincerity” gracing the faces of the NFL protestors—as if to convey the “hallowedness” of their cause.
In actuality, they provide a picture of grown men allowing themselves to be made fools of by the progressive Left. I don’t doubt, however, that some of these men have been coerced into compliance with this lost cause, either through threats of violence or shunning (from coaches and players). Alejandro Villanueva of the Pittsburgh Steelers and former Army Ranger is very likely a victim of such threats. He was publicly castigated by his leftist coach for his patriotism. The coach demanded unity behind an ignorant cause.
And finally, this issue has nothing to do
with First Amendment rights. President Trump’s speaking out against the clownish behavior of the athletes, on behalf of the majority of American citizens, does not mean he can or would stop any of these misguided people from making fools of themselves. To restrict them, as a government entity, would indeed be a violation of the First Amendment. But their employers, if they were to develop even a modicum of testicular fortitude, could and should fire them for doing major damage to the bottom line of the business.
The rest of us non-millionaire “Joes” would certainly be pink-slipped by an employer if we dared to be so clueless about the necessity of profits and so disdainful of the sensibilities of customers.
I will wait patiently for the true sports enthusiasts to vent their rage by simply boycotting the games. It will be sweet revenge to witness the slain goose cease producing its golden eggs.
Just so you know and understand where he's coming from...this is the oppression that mediocre ex-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been forced to endure...
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ...
Election Cycle political donations, as reported by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Price Club/Costco donated $225K, 99% went to Democrats
Rite Aid donated $517K, 60% went to Democrats
Magla Products ( Stanley tools, Mr. Clean) donated $22K, 100% went to Democrats
Warnaco (undergarments) donated $55K, 73% went to Democrats
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia donated $153K, 99% went to Democrats
Estee Lauder donated $448K, 95% went to Democrats
Guess, Inc. Donated $145K, 98% went to Democrats
Calvin Klein donated $78K, 100% went to Democrats
Liz Claiborne, Inc. Donated $34K, 97% went to Democrats
Levi Straus donated $26K, 97% went to Democrats
Olan Mills donated $175K, 99% went to Democrats
Wal-Mart donated $467K, 97% went to Republicans
K-Mart donated $524K, 86% went to Republicans
Home Depot donated $298K, 89% went to Republicans
Target donated $226K, 70% went to Republicans
Circuit City Stores donated $261K, 95% went to Republicans
3M Co. Donated $281K,87% went to Republicans
Hallmark Cards donated $319K, 92% went to Republicans
Amway donated $391K, 100% Republicans
Kohler Co. (plumbing fixtures) donated $283K, 100% Republicans
B.F. Goodrich (tires) donated $215K, 97% went to Republicans
Proctor & Gamble donated $243K, 79% went to Republicans
Southern Wine & Spirits donated $213K, 73% went to Democrats
Joseph E. Seagrams & Sons (incl. Beverage Business and considerable media interests) donated $2M+, 67% went to Democrats
Gallo Winery donated $337K, 95% went to Democrats
Coors & Budweiser donated $174K, 92% went to Republicans
Brown-Forman Corp. (Southern Comfort, Jack Daniels, Bushmills, Korbel Wines, Lenox China , Dansk and Gorham Silver) donated $644 K -- 80% went to Republicans
Sonic Corporation donated $83K, 98% went to Democrats
Triarc Companies (Arby's, T.J. Cinnamon's, Pasta Connections) donated $112K, 96% went to Democrats
Pilgrim's Pride Corp. (chicken) donated $366K, 100% went to Republicans
Outback Steakhouse donated $641K, 95% went to Republicans
Tricon Global Restaurants (KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell ) donated $133K, 87% went to Republicans
Brinker International (Maggiano's, Brinker Cafe, Chili's, On the Border, Macaroni Grill, Crazymel's, Corner Baker, EatZis) donated $242K, 83% went to Republicans
Waffle House donated $279K, 100% went to Republicans
McDonald's Corp. Donated $197K, 86% went to Republicans
Darden Restaurants (Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Smokey Bones, Bahama Breeze) donated $121K, 89% went to Republicans
Heinz Republicans $64,000 Democrats $21,300! John Kerry's wife's company!!!
Traveling and/or Dining
Hyatt Corporation donated $187K of which 80% went to Democrats
Marriott International $323K, 81% went to Republicans
Holiday Inns donated $38K, 71% went to Republicans
Please forward to your conservative friends
"What it means to be IN HARM’S WAY during WWII"
Subject: Aircraft #13 on the Doolittle Raid
This is a really excellent firsthand account by the pilot of aircraft #13 on the Doolittle Raid off the Hornet in 1942.
Take the time and enjoy a bit of history.
My name is Edgar McElroy. My friends call me "Mac". I was born and raised in Ennis, Texas the youngest of five children, son of Harry and Jennie McElroy. Folks say that I was the quiet one. We lived at 609 North Dallas Street and attended the Presbyterian Church.
Dr. Jeffress sermon at St John's Church
"When God Chooses a Leader"
Message at St. John's Church, Washington, D.C.
Inauguration Day - January 20, 2017
President-elect and Mrs. Trump, Vice-President-elect and Mrs. Pence, families and friends, it’s an honor to be with you on this historic day.
President-elect Trump, I remember that it was exactly one year ago this weekend that I was with you on your Citation jet flying around Iowa before the first caucus or primary vote was cast. After our Wendy’s cheeseburgers, I said that I believed that you would be the next President of the United States. And if that happened, it would be because God had placed you there.
As the prophet Daniel said, it is God who removes and establishes leaders.
Today-one year later-God has raised you and Vice-President-elect Pence up for a great, eternal purpose.
When I think of you, President-elect Trump, I am reminded of another great leader God chose thousands of years ago in Israel. The nation had been in bondage for decades, the infrastructure of the country was in shambles, and God raised up a powerful leader to restore the nation. And the man God chose was neither a politician nor a priest. Instead, God chose a builder whose name was Nehemiah.
And the first step of rebuilding the nation was the building of a great wall. God instructed Nehemiah to build a wall around Jerusalem to protect its citizens from enemy attack. You see, God is NOT against building walls!
And the Old Testament book of Nehemiah records how Nehemiah completed that massive project in record time—just 52 days.
Why was Nehemiah so successful in building the wall and rebuilding the nation?
1. Nehemiah Refused To Allow His Critics To Distract Him
Someone has said there are three guaranteed ways to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.
Any true leader is going to face criticism.
President-elect Trump, you have had your share of critics from the day you announced you were running for President, but you’ve confounded them at every turn. First, they said you couldn’t win the nomination, but you ended up garnering the most votes of any Republican in history. Then they said that was a fluke, but you couldn’t win the election. And you handily defeated your opponent. And now your critics say you can’t possibly succeed in your agenda.
Nehemiah had his own share of critics. Two of his chief antagonists were named Sanballat and Tobiah. They were the mainstream media of their day. They continued to hound and heckle Nehemiah and spread false rumors while he and the Israelites were building the wall.
At one point, they said, “Nehemiah, you need to stop the project and come down from the wall and have a meeting with us.”
Nehemiah’s response was classic: “I’m doing a great work . . . why should I stop the work and come down to you?” (Nehemiah 6:3)
President-elect Trump, you, Vice President-elect Pence, and your team have been called by God and elected by the people to do a great work. It is a work far too important to stop and answer your critics.
2. Nehemiah Refused To Allow Setbacks To Stop Him
As you read through Nehemiah’s journal, you’ll find that he faced tremendous obstacles as he attempted to rebuild the nation: an economic recession, terrorist attacks from enemies, and discouragement among the citizens.
But none of those setbacks was enough to stop Nehemiah.
Some years ago two sports commentators on television were discussing the late Hall of Famer Walter Payton, the running back for the Chicago Bears. One commentator said, “Can you believe that during his career Payton has run more than nine miles with a football?”
The other commentator replied, “What’s even more amazing is that every 3.8 yards of those nine miles Payton got knocked down by a guy twice his size! But he got back up every time and kept moving forward in spite of those bruising hits and hard knocks.”
President Trump, you, your team and your families are going to face some bruising setbacks. But remember . .
The true measure of a leader is what it takes to stop him. And knowing you, I believe it’s going to take a lot to stop you.
3. Nehemiah Sought God’s Help To Empower Him
Nehemiah was a gifted leader, but he knew he could not succeed without God’s divine help. And that is why as he began the great work, Nehemiah knelt before God and prayed:
Mr. President-elect, I don’t believe we have ever had a president with as many natural gifts as you. As you know, the reason I endorsed you within weeks of your announcement that you were running was because I believed that you were the only candidate who possessed the leadership skills necessary to reverse the downward trajectory of our nation.
And beginning with Vice President-elect Pence-a great and godly man-you’ve assembled an unbelievably talented group of advisers around you.
But the challenges facing our nation are so great that it will take more than natural ability to meet them. We need God’s supernatural power.
The good news is that the same God who empowered Nehemiah nearly 2500 years ago is available to every one of us today who is willing to humble himself and ask for His help.
God says in Psalm 50:15 “Call upon Me in the day of trouble I shall rescue you and you will honor Me.”
When President Ronald Reagan addressed the Republican National Convention in my city of Dallas in 1984 he said, “America needs God more than God needs America. If we ever forget that we are “one nation under God,” then we will be a nation gone under.”
President-elect Trump, you had a campaign slogan that resonated with tens of millions of Americans because it spoke to their heartfelt desire: “Make America Great Again.”
Psalm 33:12 gives us the starting point for making that happen: “Blessed— great—is the nation whose God is the Lord.”
May God bless President-elect Trump, Vice-President-elect Pence, their families and advisers. And may God truly bless the United States of America.
REMEMBER this from high school?
JUST ONE ELECTION DECIDES OUR FATE....
WE ARE ALMOST THERE
There are 8 levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a socialist/communist State.
The first is the most important and 5 OF THE 8 ARE DONE - THE LAST 3 ARE ALMOST THERE. Our liberty depends on upholding the Constitution, not allowing Sharia Law, or these Socialist/Communist controls to take over the USA.
1. Healthcare: "Control Healthcare and you control the People.” DONE !!
2. Poverty: Increase the Poverty level as high as possible." Poor People are easier to control and will not fight back if the government is providing everything for them to live. DONE!!!
3. Debt: Increase the National Debt to an unsustainable level." That way you are able to increase Taxes, and this will produce more Poverty. DONE!!!
4. Gun Control: Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a Police State - total local control. ALMOST THERE!!!
5. Welfare: Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Livestock, Housing, and Income). DONE!!!
6. Education: Take control of what People read & listen to; take control of what Children learn in School. ALMOST THERE!!!
7. Religion: Remove faith in God from the Government and Schools. ALMOST THERE!!!
8. Class Warfare: Divide the People into the Wealthy against the Poor. Racially divide. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to Tax the Wealthy with full support of the voting Poor. DONE!!!
The bases are all covered! We are ripe for take-over!
REGISTER TO VOTE and enlighten your conservative friends as well; exercise your rights while you still have them!
Truman was right...
Another relevant point:
Not bad...considering his salary as president is $500,000 a year!
Barack Obama never had a real job, outside of government.
Good old Harry... He knew what he was talking about
Now let me see if I have this right.
There's no guidance or discipline in the home. The family situation is so unstable; 'Junior' doesn't even know where to send a Father's Day card. Junior gets dumped into the education system where he is socially promoted because the overwhelmed school district can't deal with the undisciplined whelp. Junior's major formative influences are 'gangsta' rap videos and a corresponding peer group of gangsta wannabes.
At age 18, Junior is turned loose on society carrying a bad attitude, a broken compass and no respect for authority. Junior gets himself in big trouble with the law because he is illiterate, unskilled, unemployable and his only source of income other than Government assistance is illegal and meets dire consequences. Then, the situation diagnosis is that the police need more training, compassion, sensitivity and understanding?
Pardon me for asking, but do you really believe this
SHARIA LAW and DEMOCRACY cannot co-exist; a film clip from 2011 shows what is happening in Belgium in 2011, are we far behind?
Do you not see the Trojan horses entering our country?
Don't kid yourself!
I’ve been saying that 2015 is the year of pushback, and this might be the most significant act of pushing back so far: A group of legal scholars, most of them university professors, have declared that the Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage this past June 26th is not “the law of the land,” and they are calling on all office holders, together with all presidential candidates, to join them in rejecting the Court’s decision. Read the Full Article HERE
You have to love James Wood ...
James Woods is a conservative actor who dropped out of MIT, just before graduation, while majoring in Political Science, in order to pursue acting as a career.
To go to college in America you take the Standard Aptitude Test (SAT).
The highest score possible is 1,600; the US actor scored 1,580, and a perfect 800 points in the verbal section.
He also studied linear algebra at UCLA while still at high school.
He has a reported IQ of 184. Probably a slight cut above most of Hollywood.
20 August 2016, Large Crowd waits 8 hours for Trump Rally in Fredericksburg, VA
...You can't get any more accurate than this!
WHO TOOK THE BUST OF CHURCHILL OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE ?
On Monday, Governor McAuliffe lashed out at the Supreme Court for daring to rule in our lawsuit that his executive order on felons was unconstitutional. McAuliffe called the Court “scared” and complained that “they don’t even talk about my authority.”
These remarks prompted a media firestorm. Calling it a tantrum, a Virginian-Pilot columnist wrote:
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SOLUTION TO GUN CONTROL
In 1865, a Democrat shot and killed Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States.
In 1881, a left wing radical Democrat shot James Garfield, President of the United States - who later died from the wound.
In 1975, a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at Gerald Ford, President of the United States.
In 1983, a registered Democrat shot and wounded Ronald Reagan, President of the United States.
In 1990, James Pough, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 10 people at a GMAC office.
In 1999, Larry Asbrook, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 8 people at a church service.
In 2003, Douglas Williams, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people at a Lockheed Martin plant.
In 2011, a registered Democrat named James Holmes, went into a movie theater and shot and killed 12 people.
In 2012, Andrew Engeldinger, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people in Minneapolis.
In 2013, a registered Democrat named Adam Lanza, shot and killed 26 people in a school in Newtown ,CT.
As recently as Sept 2013, an angry Democrat shot 12 at a Navy ship yard.
Clearly, there is a problem with Democrats and guns.
Not one NRA member, Tea Party member, or Republican conservative was involved in any of these shootings and murders.
It should be illegal for Democrats to own guns.
We don't need gun control, we need Democrat control.
Guns don't kill people, Democrats do!
I thought you might find this interesting. I sure did!
Next time you hear Hillary, or any other Democrat, ranting about Republicans wanting to disenfranchise minorities by requiring voter ID, keep the following in mind:
* In 59 voting districts in the Philadelphia region, Obama received 100% of the votes with not even a single vote recorded for Romney. (A mathematical and statistical impossibility).
* In 21 districts in Wood County Ohio, Obama received 100% of the votes where GOP inspectors were illegally removed from their polling locations - and not one single vote was recorded for Romney. (Another statistical impossibility).
* In Wood County Ohio, 106,258 voted in a county with only 98,213 eligible voters .
* In St. Lucie County, FL, there were 175,574 registered eligible voters but 247,713 votes were cast.
* The National SEAL Museum , a polling location in St. Lucie County, FL had a 158% voter turnout.
* Palm Beach County , FL had a 141% voter turnout .
* In one Ohio County , Obama won by 108% of the total number of eligible voters .
NOTE: Obama won in every state that did not require a Photo ID and lost in every state that did require a Photo ID in order to vote .
ARE WE THE DUMBEST NATION ON THE PLANET OR WHAT?
I believe Ronald Reagan was one of the very best presidents our country has ever had and among other talents, he had a good sense of humor. I hope you will enjoy this video --I did.
They don't make them like this anymore!
Just watch this short video and think back over the years.
This is an incredibly great video.
It humbles you down to your toes.
A Letter from a Floridian about Donald Trump
Like him or not, give the guy credit for his vision in seeing win/ win solutions in these situations. The country can use a few wins and people in charge who win for the USA.
Raising the Flag
His arrogance and unpredictable behavior may just prove a plus at this point and time in regaining our credibility of what we say as a nation to the rest of the world. At the VERY LEAST - he has shaken the very core of the political process for 2016 in a more positive than negative way.
Now it's "Land of the Freebies and Home of the Enslaved."
The Letter to the Editor THANK YOUs in conjunction with the Oct 22 event.
The Letter to the Editor
THANK YOUs in conjunction with the Oct 22 event.
11 YEAR OLD GIRL SHOOTS ILLEGALS
Shotgun Preteen vs. Illegal Alien Home Invaders.
Two illegal aliens, Ralphel Resindez, 23, and Enrico Garza, 26, probably believed they would easily overpower "home-alone" 11-year-old Patricia Harrington after her father had left their two-story home. It seems the two crooks didn't know two things:
Patricia was in her upstairs room when the two men broke through the front door of the house. She quickly ran to her father's room and grabbed his 12-Gauge Mossberg 500 Shotgun. Resindez was the first to get up to the second floor only to be the first to catch a near point blank blast of buckshot from the 11-year-old's knee-crouch aim. He suffered fatal wounds to his abdomen and genitals. Then Garza ran to the foot of the stairs, he took a blast to the left shoulder and staggered out into the street where he bled to death before medical help could arrive.
It was found out later that Resindez was armed with a stolen 45-caliber handgun he took from another home invasion robbery. The victim there, 50-year-old David 0'Burien, was not so lucky. He died from stab wounds to the chest. Do you ever wonder why good stuff never makes NBC, CBS, PBS, MSNBC, CNN, or ABC News?
An 11-year-old girl, properly trained, defended her home and herself against two murderous, illegal immigrants and she wins. She is still alive!!!
Now THAT is Gun Control!!!
Thought for the day: Calling an illegal alien an "undocumented immigrant" is like calling a drug dealer an "unlicensed pharmacist".
I like this kind of e-mail! American citizens defending themselves and their homes.
THIS IS A "MUST READ" ON GLOBAL WARMING
The Arctic Ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report to the Commerce Department yesterday from Consulafft, at Bergen, Norway.
Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the Arctic zone. Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice has been met as far north as 81 degrees 29 minutes.
Soundings to a depth of 3,100 meters showed the gulf stream still very warm. Great masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones, the report continued, while at many points well known glaciers have entirely disappeared. Very few seals and no white fish are found in the eastern Arctic, while vast shoals of herring and smelts which have never before ventured so far north, are being encountered in the old seal fishing grounds.
Within a few years it is predicted that due to the ice melt the sea will rise and make most coastal cities uninhabitable.
I apologize, I neglected to mention that this report was from November 2, 1922, as reported by the AP and published in The Washington Post - 93 years ago.
We've had climate changes for centuries before now, and will have them in the centuries to come.
There's not a darn thing us mere humans can do about it.
But those who want to control our lives are so arrogant they think they control the world.
The following is from the Bull Elephant--written by Steve Albertson. You'll see Rob Wittman is mentioned in the rumor-phase regarding a potential run for governor. It will be interesting to see how the Presidential campaigns shape these state candidates for their respective runs...
"Jeff Schapiro at the RTD reports that former U.S. Senate candidate Ed Gillespie is angling for another Senate run. After nearly scoring what would have been an historic upset of Sen. Mark Warner (widely regarded as the state’s most popular politician) in 2014, Gillespie has reportedly told a Richmond business advocacy group that he’s leaning toward another run in 2018, this time against Sen. Tim Kaine.
This revelation dispels speculation that Gillespie would run for Governor in 2017, a rumor that has persisted despite Gillespie’s public denials. As Schapiro says, this clears the way for Gillespie ally and former Attorney General candidate Sen. Mark Obenshain to make the 2017 run.
(BTW, Chris Leavitt may be a busy man over the next few years. After running Obenshain’s 2013 bid, and managing Gillespie’s 2014 campaign, Leavitt is now statewide coordinator for Obenshain’s pick for president, Scott Walker. That race will end in time for Leavitt to turn in earnest to the 2017 race, and then 2018.)
So, the big question is who might stand in the way of Obenshain and Gillespie for their respective nominations?
Schapiro suggests former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli may run for Governor again next year, though some speculate he’s more closely eying a Senate bid in 2018. The popular Rep. Rob Wittman (VA-1) has also been rumored to be looking at a run for Governor next year. So far as we know, no other potential Republican candidates have emerged for either office, but it is still very early.
On the Democrat side, Kaine will be a formidable incumbent if he runs again, which presumably he will. He is not as well-liked as Warner, which means the Republican nominee would likely have a pretty good shot, especially without a presidential race to boost turnout among Kaine’s base.
The funnest race next year will likely be the battle pitting the Attorney General and the Lieutenant Governor against each other as they both debase themselves in the hopes of getting a promotion to the top job. AG Mark Herring and LG Ralph Northam, who are former Senate colleagues, have both made no secret of their ambitions as they position themselves for the contest. Herring in particular has been a standout among the progressive base with his flamboyant lawlessness on hot button issues. Northam, in contrast, will come across as the much more level-headed and electable liberal alternative. Should be fun to watch that food fight play out."