Yesterday, this column reported that Executive Director of the Richmond Tea Party Larry Nordvig had credited Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli's trailing in the polls with him not being conservative enough, regardless of the fact that over half of Virginia voters consider Cuccinelli to be "too conservative."
It shouldn't have been surprising, but was still very much jarring to witness, when Maggie Gallagher, founder of the National Organization for Marriage, argued the exact same thing.
According to Gallagher, Ken Cuccinelli has not adequately advocated for his ultraconservative views on social issues in his campaign.
Speaking with radio host Steve Deace last night, Gallagher insisted any shift in the party's right-wing platform would be "suicidal" and criticized the social issues "truce" proposed — to much Religious Right resistance — by then-Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels in 2010.
"The truce strategy is the stupidest of all possible strategies," said Gallagher, who also attacked party "elites" (also known as "sane people") for "adopting a suicidal political strategy" (also known as "moderation").
Back in reality, the fact that Gallagher has added her voice to Nordvig's has not made their criticism any more valid. When more than half of Virginia voters refer to their candidate as "too conservative," swinging even further to the right is not going to save the campaign.
More likely than not, Cuccinelli is being abandoned prematurely by hardline extremists who have foreseen a Cuccinelli defeat and are already washing their hands of responsibility for it.
If Cuccinelli truly is not conservative enough for them, who will be?