Since Halloween is right around the corner, we thought it might be a good time to revisit one of the cardinal rules of politics
Remember when you used to play “opposite day” as a kid? You don’t? O.K., what about Kris Kross, those early ’90s pre-teen rappers who wore their clothes backwards—surely you remember them? No? All right, fine, whatever. The point we’re trying to make is that there are times, especially in the topsy-turvy world of politics, when […]
When our illustrious ex-governor (and current head of the Democratic National Committee) Tim Kaine recently appeared on “The Daily Show,” he was probably hoping for 15 minutes of jocular banter and a few pointed jabs from the left-leaning Jon Stewart. What he got instead was the kind of intense grilling that the acerbic host […]
We’d like to kick off this edition of the Odd Dominion by offering our most sincere congratulations to Justice Cynthia Dinah Fannon Kinser, who was recently elected to serve as chief justice of the Virginia Supreme Court. This marks the first time a woman has held the post, and follows the equally historic tenure of […]
Well, look who’s in the news again. Never one to let a week go by without controversy, last week our indomitable Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli went for a bit of a two-fer. First, his office issued an opinion stating that Virginia’s police and conservation officers “may, like Arizona police officers, inquire into the immigration status […]
If there’s one member of Virginia’s congressional delegation who intrigues us the most, it has to be James Henry Webb, Jr
A few weeks ago, Governor Bob McDonnell got to indulge in one of the most satisfying acts of log-rolling available to Virginia’s chief executive: the appointing of friends, campaign contributors and the occasional unqualified alum to the state university system’s various governing boards. Now, this quadrennial packing of the Boards is never a pretty sight—it’s […]
Of all the tiny bits of electoral arcana hidden in the Code of Virginia’s candidates and elections section (24.2-520, for those playing along at home), the most amusingly named has to be the so-called “Sore Loser” law. This little-known provision, probably inserted at the behest of a disgruntled candidate on the losing end of a […]
As we ease into this year’s post-primary, pre-election lull, we can’t help but gaze back at the first half of this eventful year. And as we do, we’re struck by all of the curious and outrageous news items that we somehow failed to cover the first time around. So, as a public service to Virginia’s […]
Wake up, sleepy heads! Tuesday is primary day, 2010, and you know what that means!
O.K., so Virginia may not have been founded as an overflow saucer for English debt prisons (unlike certain peach-lovin’ southern neighbors we could name), but we’ve certainly had our share of miscreants and malefactors over the long history of the Commonwealth. And while things aren’t nearly as bad as they could be (this year’s blockbuster […]
Way back in our very first column we promised that, at some future date, we would explore the obscure origins of our commonwealth’s dominatrix-themed flag (which features, as we so amusingly put it, “a half-naked virgin stomping on a chain-wielding dead guy”). Three years and three months later, it looks like that time has finally […]
Is it just us, or does it seem that the entire four years of Bob McDonnell’s governorship has somehow elapsed during his first four months in office?
At some point, Bob McDonnell’s high-wire balancing act is going to come to an end.
For anyone who thought that last week’s climactic vote on the healthcare reform bill would reduce the toxic levels of partisan rancor in Washington, think again! If anything, President Obama’s hard-fought victory has only served to blow the lid off the Republican party’s boiling cauldron of rage, releasing a vast cloud of crazy that seems […]
Well, it looks like it’s kind of a bad news/good news situation for newly elected Governor Bob McDonnell. On the downside, his carefully cultivated campaign image—which presented him as a sensible, well-coiffed, middle-of-the-road pragmatist—is in complete tatters, destroyed by a series of mean-spirited, politically tone-deaf moves against Virginia’s lesbian and gay community. On the plus […]
Although you’d be hard-pressed to prove it, the Old Dominion’s Democrats still maintain control over one branch of Virginia’s three-headed bureaucratic Hydra.
All things considered, Virginia’s minty fresh new governor Bob McDonnell had about as good a first few weeks as any pearly toothed pol could ask for. He gave a platitude-filled, well-received inauguration speech, threw himself a million-dollar party, and then settled into his big comfy governor’s chair and got down to the business of reversing […]
You know, sometimes a story comes along that’s just so exquisitely absurd that it feels like someone has secretly fitted us with electrodes during the night and recorded the most outrageous of our feverish political dreams. “I was honored to be invited to attend the First State Dinner hosted by President Obama & the First […]
Remember, kids: Political momentum, like Parcheesi leads and poker hands, can turn on a dime. Even the most irreversible-seeming trend can evaporate overnight, given the right combination of party complacency, candidate incompetence and voter disgust. Tea Party Patriots, as they call themselves, threatened to burn Tom Perriello, seen here at an August 11 town hall […]
Believe us when we tell you this: Even the most pessimistic member of Creigh Deeds’ beleaguered campaign staff didn’t think it was going to be this bad.
Well, here we sit, just a week away from Election Day, and things are certainly not looking up for the good ol’ boy from Bath, Creigh Deeds.
There’s little doubt that would-be governor Creigh Deeds is currently stuck between Barack and a hard place. Long known as a genial, gun-lovin’ Democrat, Deeds has been forced to fight his current battle against Bob McDonnell—a slick, well-coiffed conservative Ken doll—well outside his comfort zone. Consider this: In their previous match-up, a hard-fought 2005 campaign […]