Virgil Goode Reflects

Or; His 35 Years in Politics, was 35 Years Too Long for Me!

In the decades of outsourcing, I often found myself wishing that there was a way to outsource former 5th Congressional District representative Virgil Goode. As a resident of that legislative laughingstock’s district, I found Goode to be a total embarrassment at time. O.K., he was an embarrassment all the time.

Today’s Martinsville Bulletin has a story in which Goode “reflects” on his 35 years in politics. I would have titled it “How Not to be an effective Congressman”, but so much for editorial license.

Lawmakers should be independent thinkers and not merely follow a leader, according to (defeated) 5th District U.S. Rep. Virgil Goode Jr.

“I never was a big follower,” said Goode, R-Rocky Mount. Having been both a Democrat and a Republican, he noted that he was not afraid to voice opinions that differed from other members of either party, as well as the president.

For example, Goode said he did not support free trade policies that most Republicans supported and the recent financial sector bailout, which was supported by President Bush.

Goode has been a lawmaker for 35 years, first in the General Assembly and later in Congress. He recently lost a bid for a seventh term in the House of Representatives to Tom Perriello, a Democrat from Albemarle County.

He said he thinks most of his colleagues on Capitol Hill respected him. Yet being an independent thinker “can hurt you” in politics, he said, because it affects a lawmaker’s ability to deal with colleagues.

Some lawmakers are impressed, he said, but “some want you to do what they want, regardless” of what is right or wrong.

It is true, Goode never did play well with others, just ask Minn. Representative Keith Ellison.

The article continues:

Goode was not surprised that he lost the election. He said that he and his supporters thought it would be a close race.

“This was a bad year to be running as a Republican,” he added, because many people have lost faith in Bush or think Republicans have gained too much power in Washington.

If he could turn back time and campaign again, he said there is “a laundry list” of things he would change, but he would not elaborate.
Goode said he feels no animosity toward Perriello.

Notice how Goode, like all defeated Republicans, blames other reasons for his defeat, instead of owning the loss?

As for his laundry list, let's add things like; running a truthful campaign, being prepared to debate, instead of blaming Nancy Pelosi and "anchor babies" for the countries ills.

Or maybe, just maybe if his voting record on issues was more in-line with all of his constituents thinking, it is conceivable Goode would be headed back to D.C. instead of Rocky Mt.

Thankfully, 727 voters were the deciding factor. If anyone ever doubts that their vote counts, they need look no farther than the 2008 5th CD race for proof that it does!

Republican re-branding

Yes, no Republican has blamed their increasingly rightward slide, their devastatingly rigid "free market" philosophy, their racism, and their fancy anti-government mindset for the demise of their party. Moreover, they are now engaged in trying to spin the election and have in most cases decided that they lost because they weren't conservative enough. Out of touch, out of sight. Mired in the past, they actually imagine that tweaking the window dressing will fool the electorate into returning them to power, even while the horrible results of their incompetence and crony capitalism, their "pay to play" kleptomania form of government is crashing around our ears. Fine with me, the more mistaken they are the better for us when it comes to winning elections. Boohoo, Virgil.

Here's a little Goode humor

Back in the late 80's the Virginia Senate purchased new furniture for its members, I think this was after the GAB was renovated. Goode refused to accept the furniture (a desk, chair, credenza and a bookcase, as I recall) so he brought, from Franklin, a childs wooden school desk, a tree stump and set on the tree stump as his chair and the childs desk as his desk. It was a hoot.