Friday's debate among most of the candidates for the Republican nomination in the 5th District provides a clear message for conservatives in the district: Join, or Die.
I am increasingly worried that the field is too divided to defeat Robert Hurt in the primary. Verga has the money to win, but does he have the grassroots support? McPadden has the grassroots support, but does he have the money? Morton has a network of supporters from the conservative establishment, but can she translate that into being a serious contender. Boyd has a record of experience at the local level fighting for conservatism, but he still can't break through and get people to take him seriously.
This is one reason why I support the calls for Virgil Goode to run, either in the Republican primary or as an Independent. He would combine the best attributes of all the other candidates. He'd have the name recognition. The conservative credentials. The reputation as a serious candidate. And the ability to raise money.
The Washington Post has already covered the possibility that GOP division could save Perriello's reelection chances. But like all of the Post's takes on politics, it gets the details wrong. The Post would like you to think that the attacks on Robert Hurt will weaken him and potentially cost him the seat. More than likely the division among conservatives will allow Hurt to win the nomination, which will cost conservatives and Republicans the seat. A united front against Hurt will ensure a conservative nominee, a nominee who will be able to defeat Perriello. Don't blame the conservatives for making this difficult for Hurt. Blame the conservatives for making this difficult for themselves.