The Washington Post’s 2016 endorsement was a triumph for Barbara Comstock. She is a self-described social conservative who, the Post claimed, was a better candidate for the moderate VA 10th District than Democrat LuAnn Bennett.
Why was she better? According to the Post, Barbara Comstock:
- made a few anti-Trump statements early in the campaign;
- supported some obvious issues important to the region (Metro funding, for example), and;
- used the word “bipartisan” on her website instead of the word “Republican”
Clearly, the Post needs a new calculator.
She voted the GOP party line 212 out of 212 times. You can see this record on ProPublica. That’s Comstock showing 99.5 percent support for the Freedom Caucus and mindless 100 percent support for the GOP party-line.
Or, to put it another way, the Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus cast more bipartisan votes this year than Barbara Comstock.
Ironically, Comstock criticized Democratic candidate LuAnn Bennett in 2016 by saying she would be a “rubber stamp” for Hillary Clinton. Turns out that Comstock is the rubber stamp…for Donald Trump and the hard-right wing of the GOP.
Is Comstock living up to the Post’s hope that she would not wage partisan warfare?
Not at all. In just the first 88 days of Trump’s presidency, Comstock has already supported efforts to:
- defund Planned Parenthood;
- block key internet privacy protections;
- block efforts to release Donald Trump’s tax returns and investigate Russian campaign meddling, and;
- ban Muslims from entering the country, with a minor exception for existing green card holders
Comstock’s hard-right record is so far removed from the Washington Post’s misplaced bipartisan 2016 hopes that you can’t see one from the other.
So, the next time you find VA10 voters trying to shame Comstock into holding a town hall meeting, or you read about another Comstock vote in support of Trump and the House Freedom Caucus, think about that Washington Post endorsement.
Maybe they should take it back.