Four likely gubernatorial candidates spent part of last Saturday wooing dozens of bloggers at Christopher Newport University. Why’s that? “The people who read these blogs are the ones who are going to vote,” conference organizer Jim Hoeft pointed out.
Virginia’s ever-gracious Republican Lt. Governor Bill Bolling reminded bloggers of the importance of civility.
Republican Attorney General Bob McDonnell paid tribute to free enterprise and called for rolling back the prosperity-busting hobgoblins of excessive taxation, over-regulation, and frivilous litigation.
Democratic Senator Creigh Deeds was more partisan, predicting that his party would pick up four seats and take control of the Virginia Senate.
Democratic Delegate Brian Moran was equally optimistic, touting the party’s strategy of running against George W. Bush and Dick Cheney as the key to turning Virginia blue.
Surprise speakers included two of the three candidates for chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. Former Lt. Governor John Hager praised blogging as a form of free enterprise. And Chairman of the Virginia Beach GOP Chuck Smith advocated returning to what has consistently won elections for Republicans: core values.
One of the best speakers was Jack Holt from the Department of Defense. Mr. Holt criticized the MSM for blasting the troop surge as a failure while ignoring the fact that surge operations began only three weeks ago.
Special thanks are due the taxpayers of Virginia for the magnificent facilities at Christopher Newport University. My college student center looked nothing like this one!
Most of all, sincere thanks are due Jim Hoeft for all the hard work in putting together such a successful conference.
I fell in love with travel on a trip to Mexico when I was nine years old. Since then, I’ve travelled the globe from Israel to El Salvador. I’ve skied the Swiss Alps and hiked national parks like Acadia, Zion, Shenandoah, and Virgin Islands. I’ve marvelled at masterpieces in the Prado, the Uffizi, the Huntington, and the National Gallery of Art. I’ve stayed in a cabin on a mountaintop in Norway and on a kibbutz along the Sea of Galilee, and been kicked out of the Ritz at the Place Vendôme. I’ve taken cooking classes from New England to the Caribbean, and watched a chef prepare traditional shakshuka in the kitchen of his restaurant in Tel Aviv. I weave historical research and my personal experiences together in writing this blog. I hope you find it helpful. Read more …