[UPDATE] Welcome, Instapundit readers.
(This post has been updated to reflect a conversation with Matthew.)
Matthew Berry. Not the ESPN guy: the former Clarence Thomas clerk/DoJ/FCC guy. He’s running on a fiscal conservatism/national security/ethics platform; and opposing the infamous Jim Moran, believer in Israeli conspiracies. His statement about Moran’s blathering* on the NYC show trials works for me:
“It is wrong for Congressman Moran to question the patriotism of the millions of Americans who believe that terrorists such as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed should be tried by military commissions rather than in civilian courtrooms. Furthermore, Congressman Moran’s comment reflects a basic ignorance of American history. Military commissions were used to try war crimes during the Revolutionary War, Mexican War, Civil War, Spanish-American War, and World War II. The use of a military commission to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed would have been entirely in keeping with American history and tradition.”
For those wondering: VA-08 is a D+16 district that includes Arlington, Virginia, which makes Matthew’s oppositional stance on the hot-button topics of the stimulus, cap and trade, and the health care rationing bill all the more notable. He’s also supportive of the Tea Party’s objectives of more citizen involvement in government, particularly from a fiscal point of view. Lastly; Matthew happens to be gay, and is making no attempt to hide his sexual orientation. Which, given the way that minority conservatives routinely get viciously targeted by the Other Side, deserves particular mention.
The race itself is in its early days; Matthew appears to be the first candidate to declare for the primary (the VA GOP**, while not involving itself in primaries, did note that “it would be of great benefit to the Commonwealth of Virginia if Jim Moran were to lose his seat;” they look forward to supporting the eventual candidate). All in all, a fiscon and natsec hawk sounds like a definite trade-up to the guy that we have in there now.
*Apparently, objecting to show trials in NYC is now somehow un-American. I’d note the irony, except that I’m more bemused at the irony that a ‘show trial’ has become the best possible outcome for this administration.
**Who did a nice job with the last election, by the way.
Crossposted to RedState.