The folks who hijacked Republicanism in Virginia can’t deal with Northern Virginia because they have no ethic of providing the best possible governance product to all the citizens. Their ethic is to have a little society where they babble the same old platitudes to each other. To actually address the problems of the Commonwealth is simply too challenging, and not nearly as entertaining as having a little echo chamber that is of increasingly diminishing relevance to the real world up here. I don’t think they particularly mind losing at the polls so long as they can get together and control who the voters have to vote against.
This wouldn’t be a big problem if it weren’t so corrosive of democracy. Republicans discourage and drive away competent candidates. The public officials who are willing to take the time to actually solve real world issues are pilloried on ephemeral ideological grounds.
If it is true that RPV is collapsing into a ROVA-only strategy, it’s because the real world is too hard for them.
Yeah, that pretty much sums it all up right there. What more is there to say?