Virginia's RINO Lt. Governor Bill Bolling is in the middle of his meltdown, and has been since giving up his quest to become the GOP's candidate for Virginia's governor this year. In doing so, he went to the Democrat's propaganda organ, the Washington ComPost, to vent, much to their delight.
Until three months ago, when he dropped out of the race to become the Republican nominee for governor, Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling had to keep mum about his unhappiness with the GOP’s shift to the right.
He couldn’t say, as he did in an interview here Tuesday, that he thought the Republicans had become so extreme that they were alienating voters and blocking the commonwealth’s progress.
He couldn’t say, as he did Tuesday, that “not every government program is bad, and not everyone who receives a public benefit is a freeloader.”
Or that it’s “irresponsible” to take “absolute positions” never to raise taxes.
Or that last year’s Republican-backed fetal ultrasound bill was “an absolutely unmitigated disaster.”
...It’s not what Bolling wanted. But it left him in a unique position, rare among politicians, to say what he really thinks.
“Frankly, it has been a rather liberating experience,” Bolling said. “I have enjoyed the last three months . . . more than I did the prior several years.”
Some Republicans dismiss Bolling’s comments as the gripes of a sore loser, but they can’t ignore his stature in the party. He was elected twice on the GOP ticket to Virginia’s No. 2 executive position. As presiding officer of the Senate, he gives the balance of power to the Republicans in the 20-20 chamber.
“It’s just a challenging time for the Republican Party when a conservative, mainstream guy like me doesn’t really feel comfortable with his party,” Bolling said. “The party has moved too far, and it’s become too extreme and too ideological.”
Isn’t Bolling effectively conceding that in the past he hid his concerns about the GOP from voters? Well, yes.
“The unfortunate truth is when you are a political partisan, you are always worrying in the back of your mind about how your comments and actions are going to be perceived,” he said.
Bolling hasn’t yet given up hope of winning the governorship. He’s going to decide by March 14 whether to run as an independent. He would position himself as a moderate conservative between the right-wing attorney general and the likely Democratic nominee, Terry McAuliffe, a former Democratic National Committee chairman.Keep in mind, Bill Bolling was the guy who essentially forced the loser Mittens Romney on the Commonwealth's voters in the GOP Primary. Because he was Mittens' campaign chair in Virginia, Bolling refused to allow Newt Gingrich or Rick Perry into the primary because of a late rule change that disqualified signatures on Gingrich and Perry's petitions, they were disqualified. Bolling even chided Ken Cuccinnelli for trying to come up with a fix.
Bill Bolling calls himself a conservative, he's not. Bolling is a typical, good-old boy, country-club GOP establishment type. He's the kind of wimpish candidate Karl Rove would get behind. Bolling's atttitude is just reminiscent of the attitude of the Karl Rove supported establishment candidates...whine and don't support the party choice when you're denied your "next in line" status.