To the editor:

I ran into a Republican Party official Tuesday night as I was out collecting campaign signs and the analysis was already underway as to "what went wrong." Now mind you, the results were not yet in, and at the late hour of 7 p.m Cuccinelli had a narrow lead. This official noted as I listened that "had Bolling been the party nominee he would have cleaned the floor with McAuliffe." His assertion that Cuccinelli was too conservative to win statewide office was interesting since Cuccinelli had done just that four years ago. Didn't we run "moderates" in the 2008 & 2012 Presidential elections? Twelve million fewer turned out last year to vote and it wasn't because they were enamored with the job Obama is doing or the moderates in the race.

The Republican Party of Virginia would like nothing more than to use this loss as an excuse to distance itself, and disarm the TEA Party movement. They have resisted, as Rush Limbaugh pointed out, the push by the TEA Party to cut government spending and return to constitutional principles. As Limbaugh noted, "Republicans don't really want smaller government, they just want to take turns running it."

This loss was predictable months ago when the 6 billion tax increase passed, followed by McDonnell getting his hand caught in the Johnnie Williams cookie jar, then Cuccinelli himself caught "tasting the treats of higher office."

Perhaps as what occurred in 1992 when Ross Perot received 18-19% of the popular vote the question might be asked again. Why did 18-19% of voters abandon George H.W Bush in that election and go to Perot? Why did 7% of voters, many who had been Cuccinelli supporters themselves, cross over and support Sarvis Tuesday?

Keep raising taxes & expanding government, keep your ties to the crony capitalist masters, and this will be your reward. More conservatives are waking up to what must be done, that the badly needed reform of the Republican Party will indeed come, painfully, with more elections losses, until they recognize we won't stay obedient any longer to party labels.

Four years of Republicans running state government. School choice, Illegal Immigration, tax reform and Medicaid reform — we got nothing. We did get a gargantuan tax increase and new spending. Broken promises must carry a steep price .

Many still stubbornly cling to the notion that winning is a solution, when winning as Limbaugh pointed out, is defined as "taking their turn running it." Blame the TEA Party revolt if you will, but don't overlook this simple truth. We are the last voice of real reform left on the political landscape. We are no longer interested in hollow victories. We distinguish between winning and actually accomplishing something . We are not going anywhere, and rest assured we intend to fight.

Bob Shannon

King William