Dan Catalano



Virginia's new top dog takes center stage

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 […]

The Salahis aren't the only ones

The Salahis aren't the only ones

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 […]

The Republican Party of Virginia sharpens its claws

The Republican Party of Virginia sharpens its claws

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 […]

The winners are losers

The winners are losers

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.

Creigh Deeds crawls toward the finish line

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 […]

Congressman Eric Cantor mouths off

Congressman Eric Cantor mouths off

Suffice it to say that this will not go down as Rep. Eric Cantor’s finest moment. Appearing at Richmond Times-Dispatch “Public Square” healthcare forum, Virginia’s most-photographed congressman was confronted by a Virginia voter with an all-too-common tale of woe: One of her relatives had recently lost her job and her insurance, leaving her without the […]

McDonnell, Deeds and…Bacon?

McDonnell, Deeds and…Bacon?

We know it’s hard to believe, but there was once a time—way back when polling places had hitching posts and no legislative chamber was considered complete without a spittoon—that political races were completely ignored before Labor Day. No, really—there were no early opinion polls, no third-party attack ads, no nothin’! In fact, a fellow could […]

Beyond the fringe

All right, we might as well state our position up front, so that anyone who disagrees with us can throw the paper down in disgust right now: It is the official position of the Odd Dominion that President Barack Hussein Obama was born in Hawaii, the 50th star on the United States flag, on August […]

Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s a-VA gubernatorial primary voting we do go

Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s a-VA gubernatorial primary voting we do go

Mmmm, can you smell that? Yes, dear readers, that delightful effluvia of half-punched chads and grease-smeared touchscreens can mean one thing and one thing only: It’s election day! And not just any election day, either — we’re talking about the sort of seismic, epoch-defining, life-changing face-off that comes along but once in a generation. Yes, […]

Virginia politics must be over-stimulated

Virginia politics must be over-stimulated

If you’re anything like us (and honestly, our condolences if you are), you probably spend way too much time following the vagaries and vicissitudes of Virginia’s preening political class. And if you’ve been watching closely over the past few weeks — while completely ignoring that insignificant little thing we call real life—you could be excused […]

In politics, as in life, it’s all about the Benjamins

In politics, as in life, it’s all about the Benjamins

  By funneling his sea of cash into his organization, The Macker (i.e. Terry McAuliffe) secured the top spot on the Democratic gubernatorial primary ballot. It’s certainly no coincidence that so many hackneyed political catchphrases have a decidedly financial slant. From “dialing for dollars” to “the buck stops here,” there’s not a single part of […]

Old McDonnell flies below the radar

You know, when it comes to politics, sometimes it’s good to be invisible. Sure, most elected officials dream of having Barack Obama’s charisma, JFK’s sex appeal, Hillary Clinton’s smarts and Ronald Reagan’s hair—but then, most of them also dream of being president, and we all know how often that fantasy ends in tears. But the […]

Virginia GOP + technology = high comedy

You would think that, following the notorious e-mail escapades of page-pawing Congress-creep Mark Foley (a scandal which featured our all-time favorite non-carpentry-related use of the phrase “get a ruler and measure it for me”), Republicans would be at least slightly circumspect when using (and abusing) these newfangled intertube technologies. But, with the national GOP currently […]

Cantor leads GOP attempt to steal prom-king crown

Cantor leads GOP attempt to steal prom-king crown

There’s an old joke among political journalists that Washington, D.C. is Hollywood for ugly people. To that delightful adage, we would like to add our own observation that it’s also like the world’s biggest high school, only with the exalted position usually reserved for the football team given instead to the debate club. Republican Rep. […]

Cringe-inducing Cantor, Connolly and Moran

Look, we know that Thomas Jefferson set a pretty high bar, oratory-wise, for Virginia’s vote-chasers. And so we certainly don’t expect every single utterance from our elected officials to reach the prosaic level of the Declaration of Independence (or even “A Summary View of the Rights of British America”). But come on, people! Whatever proud […]

Where there’s smoke…

Where there’s smoke…

You remember November 2008, right? That magical time of hope and rejoicing for Virginia’s once-beleaguered Democrats, who rode a wave of Obama-inspired optimism to record gains,