Ha-ha! Virgil Goode loses

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Finally, the election has been settled in VA-5, and Rep. Virgil Goode has been unseated by Tom Perriello. For Virginia Democrats, this has to be the cherry on top of the sundae, or simply a binge on the salty tears of the defeated.

Goode, who was a Democrat until 2000, and accepted all the support that a state party will give, turned his back, went independent, then later ended up formally switching to the GOP. At the time, the state executive director, overhearing a conversation on the matter, said, “Oh, you mean that great fucking American, Virgil Goode?” He was a little irritated.

At the DPVa offices, where there were framed pictures of Virginia’s Democratic congressmen, Goode’s picture underwent some interesting changes, including adding a nice, curled mustache. It was eventually taken down.

Goode later earned national infamy by attacking Rep. Keith Ellison, who is Muslim and wanted to be sworn in on the Koran. Since there is, oh, a Constitutional amendment that mandates that the government can’t establish a religion (and believed by many that the government can’t be overly favoritive of a religion), Ellison should have been able to be sworn in and gone about his business (BTW — he was reelected). And, damn, it was even Thomas Jefferson’s Koran.

In a letter to constituents in 2006, Goode unleashed this:

When I raise my hand to take the oath on Swearing In Day, I will have the Bible in my other hand. I do not subscribe to using the Koran in any way.

The Muslim representative from Minnesota was elected by the voters of that district and if American citizens don’t wake up and adopt the Virgil Goode position on immigration there will likely be many more Muslims elected to office and demanding the use of the Koran.

We need to stop illegal immigration totally and reduce legal immigration and end the diversity visas policy pushed hard by President Clinton and allowing many persons from the Middle East to come to this country.

I fear that in the next century we will have many more Muslims in the United States if we do not adopt the strict immigration policies that I believe are necessary to preserve the values and beliefs traditional to the United States of America and to prevent our resources from being swamped.

The Ten Commandments and “In God We Trust” are on the wall in my office. A Muslim student came by the office and asked why I did not have anything on my wall about the Koran.

My response was clear, “As long as I have the honor of representing the citizens of the 5th District of Virginia in the United States House of Representatives, the Koran is not going to be on the wall of my office.”

Oh, my. That’s some tasty bigotry. It didn’t matter, supposedly, that Ellison was born in the U.S. and has been an American since Day One. Guess the whole “live and let live” bit passed Goode by. In one statement, he managed to make Americans, Virginians, Congress, Christians, and just about everyone else look bad. And he refused to apologize when the letter came to light. Nice.

Now he’s gone, and there will probably be a couple parties in Charlottesville tonight.

Perriello declares victory over Goode [Politico]


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