2013 Elections / Local / Politics / Virginia

Inside baseball part 9,999,876

InsideBaseball03xxNo, not that kind. This kind:

In modern usage, inside baseball is a figurative adjective meaning appreciated by only a small group of insiders or aficionados. It also serves as a noun denoting inside-baseball matters. The term is usually used in politics, where the inside-baseball business includes the sorts of things political strategists think about but which the public is not necessarily privy to or interested in.

The latest example has to be the Boyd Marcus situation.  It’s been in every newspaper in the state – just check VA News.

I’ll bet the average person is saying, “Boyd, who?”

The Virginian-Pilot’s Roger Chesley got it right today: the Virginia GOP’s opposition to ABC nominee is just a bunch of sour grapes.

Seems you guys would rather rerun last year’s election – instead of laying the groundwork to win statewide contests.

I know the GOP was mad with Marcus switching sides in the last election. For political insiders, it was a big deal. But the public? “Boyd, who?” Besides, it’s not as if he was the only one.

Several elected Republicans, including Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms, publicly backed McAuliffe. That played a greater role in the Democrat’s eventual victory than Marcus’ decision.

Plus, Cuccinelli won the GOP nomination in a convention dominated by party activists. Had the GOP held a primary, today we might all be saying “Gov. Bill Bolling.”

Exactly.

Unless we are willing to eliminate the 4,000 or so political patronage jobs – and, truthfully, I’d not be adverse to that – this situation has gone on long enough. Put inside baseball back where it belongs: in social media and on blogs, not in my newspaper.

It’s time to move on.

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