I wasn't calling for every incumbent to get primaried in yesterday's post. I was just trying to point out there are lots of good options out there- so no more of this "We have no bench, let's get someone from the Republican Committee to run as a Democrat" crap needs to go on.
That having been said, I offered this list in the comment section of who needed to be primaried and who didn't (with some changes after a good discussion). This is Fairfax County Democrats only:
Needs a Primary
No Primary Now
I could go through and explain my rationale for each one of them, but we can save that for another time. The key in my opinion are three questions. 1) When they disagree with the party are they doing it for their own gain, or to represent their constituents? (i.e. Do they say "That was a tough vote for me to win with, or is it "My district needed that vote for this reason..."). 2) Are they going around like party thugs in other primaries, and specifically are they attacking other Democrats in primaries? and 3) If safe are they doing all they can for other candidates?
Anyway, those are my criteria, and if anyone has any specific questions about who is on what list, you can email me, or ask in the comment section (I'm not afraid to answer publicly).
I would like to also promote this comment from "Sam" who had some good thoughts about this last night, which I have a lot of common ground with:
" NLS, sounds good. Now, I don't live in any other district, obviously, so I'll leave it to the residents there to say if they think their delegate needs to be primaried, but in general, I don't like hte idea of a primary against an incumbent unless a) we're near-certain the seat will remain with us regardless of candidate, and b) the incumbent did something so aggregious, outside of just voting record, whether it be personal misconduct or statements, both politican and non-political, he/she has has made, such that the incumbent's remaining in office harms the party.