Virginia is a state that is moving from purple to blue. It has been a bumpy ride, but that trend shows no sign of slowing up for the foreseeable future. In the world of politics it is an important state for many reasons. For one, many if not most of our federal elected officials, their staff and career bureaucrats live in the home state of our first four presidents. With all respects to Philadelphia, the principles and ideas on which the nation was founded were born in the state of Virginia. The symbolic significance of which is immeasurable. Republicans are rightly upset that they can’t turn that trend around, but lying about their political victories or lack of is hardly a way to win back the confidence of the people, RNC Responds to Elections
Republicans in Virginia retained control of the Virginia House of Delegates despite the best efforts of Governor Tim Kaine and an enormous spending advantage by the state Democrat establishment.
Spin is what Republicans do when the truth isn’t useful on any particular day, Kaine Hails ‘Balance’ in New Political Landscape
RICHMOND, Nov. 7 — A day after the Democrats took control of the Virginia Senate and gained seats in the House, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) said he now has “some friends” in the General Assembly and has achieved his goal of bringing “more balance” to a political landscape that was dominated by Republicans just six years ago.
The governor said he hoped the change will mean that the parts of his agenda that stalled during his first two years in office might advance in his last two. He listed additional investments in education, mental health and environmental protection as programs that might move forward.
So to translate “Republicans in Virginia retained control of the Virginia House of Delegates” means ignore the fact that Democrats picked up three seats. And Democrats gained control of the Commonwealth’s Senate. If Republicans are going to spin they might want to take some lessons from Sen. John W. Warner (R),
“The Republican Party of Virginia has drifted from the time-honored principle of the big tent,” he said in a statement last night. “In my judgment, yesterday’s election results demonstrate that Virginia voters value greatly political leaders who are willing to reach reasonable solutions and tackle big issues ranging from the budget to immigration to the environment and transportation.”
At least Warner’s statement has some tiny grain of truth in it. The fact is that Virginia Republicans politicians have, whenever given the chance run the state much like Bush has run Iraq. They’ve run the gamut from corrupt to lazy to inept to deeply weird,
…Republican Sen. D. Nick Rerras (R), who was criticized for once tying mental illness to demonic possession.
…Republican Patricia B. “Tricia” Stall, who once advocated for an end to government involvement in education.
Tricia, much like Karl Rove knows that an ignorant population is one that is the easier to manipulate.
Faux Fox News made the Republican Congressman Mark Foley, who had a penchant for coming on to teenage Congressional pages into a Democrat. Then the Associated Press did it too – First on Fox, Then on AP! Although At Lleast AP Had the Decency to Issue a Correction! . Maybe one’s politics is organic if I had to spin 24/7 I’d be nauseous, but it doesn’t seem to bother the RNC or Fox at all.