Tuesday’s vote in Henrico County Virginia provides a cautionary tale about 3rd Party efforts

10 Nov

It is a well known fact that third party challenges always fail.


Teddy Roosevelt, once an extremely popular president, couldn’t win with his Bull Moose Party.  Ross Perot’s third party candidacy elected Bill Clinton as president in 1992.  History is littered with countless examples of the futility of such efforts.

But don’t tell that to the Republicans in Henrico County, VA, including Henrico resident and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Matthew Geary was the Republican nominee for Commonwealth’s Attorney, but after securing the nomination it was revealed that he was a flawed candidate that had moral issues involving an extramarital affair.  And when the party swells asked him to withdraw his candidacy he refused.  I don’t know the details about the affair or the confrontation, nor do I care. 

But, in high dudgeon, the Republican party grandees decided that Geary was unacceptable, so they violated their own Party rules in order to mount a 3rd party bid with a candidate of their chosing and a sitting delegate to the General Assembly was selected as the candidate.

Eric Cantor and the Republican establishment invested thousands of dollars to make sure that Geary would not be the Commonwealth’s Attorney.

And they won, I guess, because Geary lost. 

But they allowed the Democrats to take the seat the R’s had held for 24 years.

Final vote tally?  Democrat 25.897.  Republican 9,036.  Third Party 21,435.  Over 31,000 votes were pissed away in this futile effort, giving the Democrats the victory and the bragging rights, foolish as they may be, that the County is changing.  The assertion that the county is changing is pure, unadulterated BS and wishful thinking on the part of the reporters  Democrat cheerleaders at the Richmond Times Dispatch.

There is plenty of blame to go around in this story, but the thrust of my point is to highlight the pitfalls of pursuing flights of fancy as opposed to political reality. 

The moral to the story?  No matter how righteous your cause, it always boils down to this basic tenet.  Politics is the art of the possible.  Third party efforts are simply impossible, no matter how deep the pockets or how much support there seems to be from the knowledgeable insiders and true believers.

For those supporting a candidate for president in the Republican primaries, if that person is to lose and a horrible candidate is selected to run against Obama, entertaining notions of a third party will most certainly lead to Emperor Zero’s triumph and an unfettered Obama administration no longer concerned about the electoral implications of his actions.  Essentially, Obama’s reelection will usher in a dictatorship in America.

Thanks to the Republican establishment for reminding us how third party efforts turn out.  It was a service to the nation because of its predictable outcome.


Posted by on November 10, 2011 in politics


2 responses to “Tuesday’s vote in Henrico County Virginia provides a cautionary tale about 3rd Party efforts

  1. Todd Vander Pol

    November 10, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    I agree wholeheartedly with your comments about 3rd party challenges. But you should get some firsthand information about the Republican candidate. From my conversations if was not the moral indiscretions but how he responded to questions about them.
    It seems he was off his meds so to speak. And unfit for the position. Sad but from what I was told the citizens are better off with the Dem.

    • P. Henry Saddleburr

      November 10, 2011 at 11:31 pm

      Like I said, I don’t know of the details. Nor do I care. That the Republicans spent a lot of time and money, that they thrust their full weight behind this effort and still failed says a lot about 3rd party efforts.

      Always a fail.


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