Eliane Luria came into Congress on a wave of anti-Trumpism, and left on a wave of anti-Bidenism. That’s how it goes most of the time.
The bottom line is that Luria was a fine Congresswoman that should have breezed into into a third term, however, the moronic Democratic Party gave her enough rope to freely tie her own noose.
Her accomplishments were great for the Shore–she brought money and attention, would have fitted the last mile of broadband, would have put even more eyes on Wallops.
Her best work was as the House Armed Services Committee’s Vice Chair for the 117th Congress.
To local shipbuilders here in Coastal Virginia, and sea power supporters, she’s an ally; to the Navy, she’s both a supporter and a skeptic. She led a bipartisan coalition to boost defense spending, and she often used her military experience to grill officials on both the size and readiness of the Navy’s fleet, and whether those factors were enough to win a war against China. Luria was making up for 20 years of the Navy being underfunded or under-resourced.
This should have resonated in the 2nd district whose local economy is tied to Naval Station Norfolk, home of the most U.S. Navy personnel, and to Norfolk Naval Shipyard, which services nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines on the East Coast.
But then came the January 6th Committee, and Luria was tapped as a member, and in many ways, became the face of it–she was a regular guest on national news shows.
Luria emphasized her role on the Jan. 6 committee in her closing television ad, and told Vox that she felt it was ultimately a good decision. “If it’s not popular with voters and I don’t win reelection, I’ll be able to sleep at night because I know I did the right thing . . . in the long run, I think I’m on the right side of it, and the economy will recover,” she said earlier this month. “Democracy may not.”
This was a big miscalculation. People, especially on the Shore, and across the Bay are struggling, and we are all pretty sure what policies are driving the pain. The Jan. 6th stuff tied Luria directly to Biden and Pelosi, and she was viewed as just another partisan politician up in Washington, out of touch with what the working class is actually going through.
Essentially, the January 6 Committee ruined her brand. The committee has been broadly mocked, and is even deemed the real threat to Democracy by many of the ordinary people.
It’s a shame, she had much more good work to do for the US Navy, and the Defense Department in general. There are many in the DoD that may be glad to see her go. Whether Kiggins will pick up where she left off is story yet unwritten.
J Wheaton says
From your own writing above it wasn’t the Democratic party that did her in – it was you, the voter. It has nothing to do with Jan 6. She is a Democrat, Democrats are evil. Nothing but a bunch of sheep. You ate the golden goose. Watch the progress whither and acknowledge the fact you did this to yourself.
By the way, the only ones mocking the Jan 6 committee are those who still believe the election was stolen and Trump is somehow a victim.
Note: Speak for yourself. You sound sillier than usual, maybe it’s the change of seasons??
Paul Plante says
Democrats are evil?
Nothing but a bunch of sheep?
What did you do, J Wheaton, take some truth serum by mistake?
As to the UN-AMERICAN WITCH HUNTERS Committee Elaine Luria associated herself with, on September 27, 2022, Monmouth University published these poll results, to wit:
* One in 4 Americans (25%) say the House investigation of the Jan. 6 incident at the U.S. Capitol has helped to strengthen American democracy, while slightly more (34%) say it has actually helped to weaken our democracy.
* Another 35% feel the investigation has had no impact on American democracy.
In a CNN poll reported by Jennifer Agiesta, CNN Polling Director, on July 26, 2022, the following statistics were published, to wit:
Roughly 4 in 10 overall have been closely following news about the select committee’s hearings (41%), with attention concentrated among Democrats (55% of Democrats are following at least somewhat closely, compared with 40% of independents and 28% of Republicans).
So make of that what you will, J Wheaton, but I think those polls go to prove that your statement that the only ones mocking the Jan 6 committee are those who still believe the election was stolen and Trump is somehow a victim is misguided and well, let’s be truthful and factual, quite false.
As to the downfall of Elaine Luria which she was the architect of, and of course, in the end, her downfall did come at the hands of the voters who rejected her toxic brand of partisan politics, speaking as a combat veteran, I think she did herself in in roughly two minutes in the televised Virginia Elections 2022: Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria and Republican Jen Kiggans full debate @
where at 1:28:14 into the show, in her closing arguments, Elaine Luria seemed to go a bit berserko and seemed hysterical when she started hollering at the audience all the reasons they should not vote for her.
I think personally that that really turned veterans off, seeing a former Navy officer so out of control as that, which brought back to the minds of many the fate of LCDR Philip Francis Queeg in The Caine Mutiny after he went zippy on board ship during a typhoon and had to be relieved of duty by his crew who were concerned about the fate of the ship being left in his hands when he was so cleary unfit for command.
So back and watch those two fatal minutes, J Wheaton, and then ask yourself, is that someone you really would want representing you in congress?
And while you obviously would, obviously, not enough other voters shared your opinion to make it happen.
And it is known as DEMOCRACY when that happens, when intelligent voters reject someone they feel is unfit to lead.
Do you hate democracy for that reason, J Wheaton?
Daniel Burke says
The Republican Party of Virginia did a great job of associating her with Biden and Pelosi. I’ve heard her referred to as ‘Little Nancy’. She took the bait and was rewarded with a seat on a major committee. She was a bright young star in The Democrat Party. Ultimately, it did her in.
The whine and do nothing, out of touch, Republican Party could learn a lot from Virginia Republicans.
A nation of over 300 million has only 2 political parties. Germany, one-fourth the size of the USA, has 6 major parties. Your favorite sportsball league would fold if it only had 2 teams. There must be hundreds of flavors of ice cream to choose from. Your vehicle probably had close to 10 color choices from the factory and 3 or 4 different trim levels.
American politics has become basic game theory from the field of economics, see The Prisoner’s Dilemma.
Paul Plante says
There are third parties and I always vote for at least one if not several of them.
I do not vote for anybody on either the Democrat line or the Republican line.
They need a certain percentage of votes to stay on the ballot, as opposed to having to petition their way on, which would strip them of considerable political power, which is my goal for not voting for them.
Scrapple Buffet says
I had heard that Elaine Luria is a part of the Cape Charles Pickle Ball crisis. Paul, you are a well spoken and erudite individual. Can you lead a panel to get to the bottom of this?
If we are lucky enough CNN will have daily coverage of this tribunal during the daytime hours. Personally, I would like this to be a little more intense. Sort of like the Nuremberg trials. No need for any hangings just bring the truth of who these Pickle Ball Rogue Warriors are to the forefront. Once they are exposed these vagabonds will stew in their own juices of public ridicule.
Sir, I am thanking you for your service in advance. Godspeed and make us proud.
Paul Plante says
I’m on it as we speak, and I have my people messaging all the various network’s people, the biggies like NBC, CBS, ABC and CNN, to see if they can get together and conference about some prime-time network TV coverage for the hearings, as well as daytime coverage.
In the meantime, what I would like to hear from Elaine Luria is just how many tens or hundreds of millions of OUR taxpayer dollars have now been squandered to date by the WITCH HUNTERS COMMITTEE she is a member of.
Back to this nefarious pickleball crisis Elaine Luria is alleged to be a ringleader of, likely for partisan political purposes, what my people are picking up on right now is that the origins and underpinnings of this pickleball crisis are murky and not at all transparent, with one conspiracy theory being that it has its beginnings in some lab in Wuhan, China, where they do experiments on mind control and thought control and manipulation of people’s minds, which is the essence of pickleball as we understand it, reminiscent of the stuff the CIA was doing with MKULTRA back when.
So there are national security implications at play here, is my thought, especially if the CIA jobbed MKULTRA out to the Chinese as subcontractors to save the government some money, so stay tuned, because this pickleball crisis looks to be a real blockbuster story in the making, especially if Hunter Biden is found to also be involved, which would mean Joe was involved as well.
Scrapple Buffet says
I new I could count on you. Well done! I have in roads to the CIA and my operatives tell me that Hunter Biden has a weak back hand and Joe can barely walk onto the court.
For the pickle ballers affected by the Wuhan Labs I suggest they go to Rayfields and speak with a trusted pahamacist for something to ease the delusions and pain.
I commend you for your excellent thoughts and commentary. At this point with CC Pickle Ball being on the brink of total destruction as the USA and Russia were during the Cuban Missile Crisis, cooler heads will prevail. Let’s hope these Pickle Ball Rogue Warriors blink as Kruschev did and this madness comes to an end.
Paul Plante says
Scrapple Buffet, you are a true patriot and public-spirited person and that is a fact!
A modern day Hiawatha seeking peace among the warring tribes!
And let us hope that there is such a thing as cool head among the pickleballers who are said to have aggressive dispositions that are a cross between a hockey player and somebody competing on Roller Derby to heed your words and comprehend their meaning!