Doug Wilder’s fit of pique helps illustrate why Democrats can’t consolidate power, even when conditions favor them. They don’t understand the concept of unity (something the Republicans understand, even to their detriment).
Even though Democrat Creigh Deeds has campaigned for months for an endorsement from the former Virginia governor — and even though President Obama personally intervened and asked Wilder to endorse Deeds — Wilder refuses, saying he won’t endorse anyone. Why? He thinks Deeds is too far to the right on guns. Deeds has endorsed repeal of a Virginia law restricting gun purchases to one per month.
“The present law [in Virginia] permits anyone of sufficient age, who is not a felon, to be able to buy one gun a month; twelve a year, twenty four a year for couples, etc. Mr. Deeds thinks that’s not enough and signed a pledge to repeal that law. This action would allow the truck loads of guns to come back in exchange for drugs from those Northeastern states where gun