I goes without saying that the 24th District Primary has become a wild affair in the VA blogosphere.
Republitarian (Myron Rhodes, in case you read about this elsewhere and see his name) pretty much conceded to me that I was right to think that his recent avalanche of stories, sentiments, and opinions against Scott Sayre were not necessarily because he didn't like the candidate or was a fan of Emmett Hanger. It was because of the fact that many of the Bloggers4Sayre group attacked him for what they felt were pro-Hanger sentiments.
It was revealed by Republitarian, and then confirmed by The New Dominion, that Scott Sayre's wife has 2 DUI convictions on her record, on in 2003 and another in 2006.
I do agree with SWAC Girl and Cliff Garstang, among others, that this issue really has practically NOTHING to do with the upcoming primary between Sayre and Hanger. This information is also inappropriate, and not the kinds of things I want to read about when it comes to deciding who a better candidate is. If Sayre's wife was running, maybe then it would be an issue. Nonetheless, it does cast Sayre in a bad light.
Where I somewhat defend Republitarian is on the issue that he was trying to remain neutral, and when he wasn't necessarily pro-Sayre in his commentary (nor was he pro-Hanger, either), he was taken to task by the Bloggers4Sayre. Spank That Donkey told me that he was taking Myron to task because up to this point, Myron had been against taxes...and that by not supporting Sayre, he was "swaying" on this issue.
However, I figured that the attacks on Republitarian were what drove him to start publishing dirt on Sayre, since it was his supporters that denigrated him for quite a while. Turns out I was right.
While Republitarian's "dirt" barely affects my view of Scott Sayre, I can't say I totally blame him for going on the offensive, considering he was initially gang-tackled by Sayre supporters even though he was remaining neutral between the two. I'm surprised that the pro-Sayre bloggers are so surprised at the backlash against what their supporting.
Personally, I have plenty of ideological similarities with the pro-Sayre/SWAC bloggers. That's why when they go on a massive swarm against someone who is remaining neutral...I'm shocked, because I didn't think that being neutral about a race that is not in your district was such a bad thing.
What I wish is that both sides could simply "cut the crap" and get back to the bigger objective of promoting solid, sensible conservatism, which is what the Republicans should be doing.
Unfortunately, I don't know if that will happen any time soon.