Dan Catalano



In search of the McDonnell doctrine

In search of the McDonnell doctrine

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 […]

The naked truth about Virginia’s flag

The naked truth about Virginia’s flag

 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 […]

The healthcare war may be over, but the battle has just begun

The healthcare war may be over, but the battle has just begun

 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 […]

God, guns and gays

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 […]

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, […]