As we begin a new year together, I offer you these resolutions for 2009. This year, I resolve:
- To not take any reporter seriously who tries to convince the rest of America that Virginia’s 2009 election is a harbinger for the 2010 midterms. Virginia has a long history of voting on one way in state races and another way in national races. When the two coincide, it’s helpful to remember that correlation does not equal causation.
- To hold Barack Obama accountable for what he promised us in the 2008 campaign. It will be easier said than done, but I’m going to do my part.
- To do what I can to ensure that the GOP remains the opposition party, but a loyal one. All of those Republicans who lectured me about George W. Bush being “our” president, better get ready. And those idiots who called Barack Obama a socialist who palled around with terrorists, I’ve not forgotten about you.
- To point out the hypocrisy of politicians regardless of party. This should be easy to keep, no?
- To bring attention to innovative ideas in government. (I know that’s boring to some, but isn’t that the point of politics? To win elections so you can govern?)
- And finally, to do what ever I can to point out why Terry McAuliffe would be a horrible Governor of Virginia. He can run for state party chair, because Lord knows he’s a great fundraiser, but I don’t want that hack as my governor.
Arlington Memorial Bridge symbolically reunited North and South.
When the Arlington Memorial Bridge was completed in 1932, the bridge instantly became one of Washington, D.C.’s great symbols as it connected the Lincoln Memorial with Robert E. Lee’s former home, Arlington House, which now overlooks Arlington National Cemetery. Many saw the bridge as a reunion of North and South. Continue reading
Rebecca Sinderbrand with CNN’s Political Ticker describes the irony of the McCain rally in Springfield, Va. better than I can. Afterall, it was only 2 weeks ago that my muse Nancy Pfotenhauer said Northern Virginia wasn’t Real Virginia.
But now Nancy’s boss wants the votes of Fake Virginia and he came to Springfield to grovel. This was after the boss’s brother called our part of the Commonwealth, “Communist Country” and dropped the F-bomb in a call to our 911 dispatcher in a complaint about traffic.
Well “my friends”, I’ve already cast my very real vote and it wasn’t for Nancy’s boss. So I guess I have one more question about today’s McCain rally in Springfield, was Nancy there?
The Washington Post’s Marc Fisher will hold a live chat about his latest column, “What’s Real About the Split In Virginia” at noon ET on Thursday, Oct. 30.
My take is that ALL Virginians want a decent job, affordable healthcare, good schools, lower and fairer taxes, a government that works for them, safe streets and society where anyone who works hard and plays by the rules will succceed.
That’s not a Democratic value or a Republican value — that’s an American value. What do you think?
Harrisonburg’s Daily News Record has a well written op-ed about “Real Virginia” and editorial about Barack Obama’s visit to Harrisonburg and what it says about Virginia Democrats. Check it out.
Hat tip to Amanda Terkel at ThinkProgress.org. who found this video of Rep. Virgil Goode with state Del. Don Merricks talking about “Real Virginia.”
Rather than repudiate Del. Merrick’s claims about Goode representing “Real Virginia” and calling for a unified state, Rep. Goode takes a certain delight that the state legislators from Fairfax County are not a monolithic voting bloc in Richmond. (Um, Virgil, over a million people live in Fairfax and a third of Virginians like in “Fake Virginia.”
Here’s the video:
And if you want to see Rep. Goode at his demogogic best, take a look at this Fox News Clip from Dec 2006 where Rep. Goode explains why we shouldn’t allow more Muslims into this country.
I’m not sure if there is a more nativist, xenophobe in Congress.
It’s that kind of cynical politics that Virginia voters will reject on Nov. 4. Say hello to Congressman Perriello.