Today’s Washington Post had a good article about Bill Bolling and how he came to his decision to bow out of the race for Governor of Virginia. In many ways it was a sad story. Many normal Republicans feel a great sense of loss with Bolling’s decision. They should also feel a sense of betrayal and revulsion at what really happened to shut them out.
For starters, Bill Bolling was betrayed by Ken Cuccinelli. Cuccinelli knew it was not his turn. He knew he needed to run for Attorney General again or at best, Lieutenant Governor, a part time position. The Cooch is not only an extremist, he is also greedy and he and his supporters strove to get what they wanted and now. They seized control of the party and turned a primary into a convention to limit who took place in the decision making process. That process perhaps is why the Republicans got to where they are now.
Had Mitt Romney won, much of this scenario would have been different. But he didn’t and we have to look at why. Virginia very well might have played a key roll.