That being said (and ever being the cynic), I can’t help but wonder if there might be an ulterior motive here. In a word: 2010. After all, Tom has the cover of a significant Democrat majority in the House. Politically expedient votes can come in handy in a tough election cycle. Consider the fact that he won by less than 1% last
NovemberDecember, and he didn’t have a voting record for Goode to attack last time around, and the picture starts to become pretty clear.
But, hey, that’s politics, right? Yep. Sure is. DC politics as usual (that everyone thought they voted to change). “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Oh, well. 2010 awaits…I'm concerned with the logic pattern that has emerged here, nevermind the exemplary and textbook straw-man therein. Bradley attacks Perriello when he disagrees with Perriello, and Bradley attacks Perriello when he agrees with Perriello. When Perriello votes over and against Bradley's desires, Perriello is dead-wrong, or logically, a partisan idealogue (1, 2, 3). But, where Perriello and Bradley do agree, Perriello is just playing politics. Sure, one time does not a pattern make, but twice a pattern emerges. Saith Bradley on Rep. Perriello's vote against re-funding TARP:
While I applaud my Congressman for voting against this new bailout, I must, as a rational human being, call his motives into question.Bradley, you can't have it both ways, and this strategy devalues your likable voice; you can't pick and choose from these possibilities to suit your campaign agenda.
I'm reminded of the second Danville debate between then Rep. Goode and Perriello. A question was asked to the candidates about 2nd Amendment rights, and both Goode and Perriello were talking up their strong NRA credentials. Goode kept blasting at Tom, even though the NRA gave Tom the highest rank possible for a challenger. Tom stopped Goode and asked him, "Why can't you just admit that on this issue you and I agree?" The admission of agreement, left there, was adult-style politics, and the crowd loved it. At that moment, Goode looked small, weak.