While we here in VA-10 didn’t have a primary on Tuesday (Frank Wolf is our nominee) there were other districts in Virginia that did. One of the most notable was VA-11’s fight between Pat Herrity and Keith Fimian. The barbs ran sharp and many during the campaign with plenty of accusations of… well, pretty much anything except inappropriate physical relationships. (We left that one for South Carolina.) Fimian won the primary on Tuesday and there’s been the traditional calls for unity, for Republicans throughout the 11th to get behind Fimian for the general election in the fall. But anyone who’s backed a candidate for an office during a primary (or canvass or convention) and seen that candidate lose knows that one does not simply snap one’s fingers and become an avid supporter of the guy or gal who just yesterday you were claiming was poison for the party.
I know time is of the essence in politics and campaign coffers depleted during a contentious primary fight need to be replenished quickly to carry the fight to the real opposition in the other party, but there’s still something grating about being asked to write a check for a guy that you’ve been fighting for months on the day after your candidate loses to said guy. So I had to ask myself, when I saw this post over at Too Conservative, what’s a decent interval to wait before putting your hand out for your just-yesterday-opponents to put out cash? Like I said, I know it’s important but – seriously? – this couldn’t have waited a bit longer than 24 hours? I’ve got no dog in that fight (or at least not a big one) but I doubt strongly that I’d have a very positive viewpoint of Fimian asking me to pony up a check this week.
Good luck to him. Republicans will rally to him but this kinda smacks of rubbing salt into open wounds.
Update: OK, so I just got an e-mail update from the RPV Network with a news item titled, “In Unity Lies Liberty.” You know, when you’re writing a post urging people to look past deliberately spiteful words thrown in their direction telling them they just need to let go of any hard feelings over “misspoken” words, you might want to avoid telling people “don’t sulk.” Aside from the generally insulting tenor of using that kind of word, it completely belittles the positions of those people who offered honest, legitimate support to a candidate who just so happened to lose the nomination. “Sulk” refers to having/displaying a bad mood over something trivial, inconsequential. It’s what immature children do and what their elders have to scold them into getting over.
It’s precisely the kind of language that will prolong disunity and possibly even fuel opposition. I’d have hoped experienced members of the VA GOP would have known better than to use it in this instance.