Ed Gillespie is the Republican nominee for Governor in Virginia and a thoroughly decent guy. I’ve had the privilege of chatting with him in my old life as a Republican. He represents an older, sane wing of pragmatic conservatives known for placing public interest over partisan squabbles.
Gillespie is the poster child for the dilemma facing so-called ‘rational’ Republicans. When your political party goes rancid, compromise is collaboration. In a post at Forbes I outlined the impact of the party’s corruption on those who still want to operate within its structure. Gillespie has been forced to make peace with Neo-Nazis in order to achieve his political goals. There will be no return to normal, healthy politics until the Republican Party has been thoroughly defeated, and either reformed or replaced. Such a realignment is hard to imagine in the near term, and almost impossible to achieve without some very worrying political disruptions. In the meantime, “nice” political figures like Gillespie are on the wrong side of a nasty moral divide.