On the surface the race to fill the seat of retiring GOP Frank Wolf looks especially commonplace. The Democratic candidate is a county executive judge and the Republican is a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. What makes this race especially delectable for the Republicans and causes visceral pangs among Democrats is the inconvenient fact that the Republican candidate, Barbara Comstock has a past. And what a past! Starting as aide to Senator Wolf, Comstock worked, and worked compulsively, her way up the ladder to become the lead investigator of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
The thought of having the one of the world's foremost authorities on White Water, Travelgate, Vince Foster, and Monica Lewinsky in a high profile position and at the beck and call cable television just as Hillary is anticipating her coronation as Queen of the Democrats keeps Clintonista Democrats awake at night. Governor Terry McAuliffe whom Comstock discovered was inviting big Democratic donors to White House sleep overs is raising funds for her opponent. She hauled McAuliffe before the House committee to explain the infamous Lincoln Bedroom Memo. In her roll as chief legal counsel for the committed she deposed both John Podesta and George Stephanopoulos.
The election has become a sort of proxy war among Washington insiders. Comstock enjoys the supports of Karl Rove, Ken Starr, Dan Burton and David Bossie of Citizens United while her opponent is the new found darling of practically the the entire Clinton administration.
“If she wins, she will no doubt practice the same politics of personal destruction she and her ilk practiced in the Clinton days,” whined Paul Begala, a noted Clinton hack.
One would certainly hope so.
Aside from being able to handle herself on television Comstock made herself the Genghis Kahn of congressional investigators with her ability to consume reams of subpoenaed documents and chart out patterns of facts and falsehoods. She worked relentlessly. Her friend, the late Barbara Olsen who died in the crash at the Pentagon on 9/11 offered this account in Hell to Pay: The Unfolding Story of Hillary Rodham Clinton, “We changed our locks; not even the cleaning crews had access to our tiny room, I generally arrived at 6:30 a.m. and tried to leave for home before 8:00 p.m. My colleague Barbara Comstock continued the vigil and wouldn’t leave until 4:00 a.m.”
She maybe just what House Democrats fear most; another Trey Gowdy.