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Ed O'Keefe reports on what Northern Virginia Democrats and Republicans think of this week's political developments. (Ed O'Keefe / washingtonpost.com)

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 11, 2008; 7:20 PM ET
Categories:  Battlegrounds , Video Report  
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We're one of the best educated states, and close enough to DC to see first-hand the pathetic ineptness that has passed for government over the last eight years. So watch for Virginia to role blue, like it has in the last two state-wide elections.

Posted by: drossless | September 12, 2008 1:44 AM | Report abuse

arent they borderline red blue?

Posted by: yona loriner | September 12, 2008 12:35 AM | Report abuse

On November 4th, we will watch as Virginia turns red..as always.

And thank goodness they are that smart! I hope Pennsylvania and Florida are,too.

Posted by: Red is Beautiful | September 11, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

I take it you're not a fan.

It's clear that Republicans still can't contain themselves. It's going to take more than parsing out her answers to ABC's questions to derail the Sarah express. To wit:

http://thebrewdogblog.com/2008/09/my-wife-has-a-girl-crush-on-sarah-palin/

The Democrats trying to fight a phenomenon with talking points.

Posted by: Mike | September 11, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

From:
Head of State
http://tinyurl.com/6lbfdv

Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Palinism: Politics as The Content-Free Violation of Expectation

What is Palinism?

What is it about?

What policies?

What ideas?

What positions?

Even in the Lincoln-Douglas debates, while no doubt many were motivated by regional partisanship, local prejudices, and "the measure" of the candidate, one suspects that at least a rough rendering of the issues--secession vs. Union, free vs. enslaved--was carried in and animated the crowds.

Now, it is pure reaction to pattern. To one impulse expectation violated by the provocation of another impulse, that feels--good.

We have reached the content-free phase of American politics.

A form, an image--glasses, hair, a voice, what it suggests--is enough. She could be speaking the words to the airport timetable, the swearing-in speech of Ferdinand Marcos, the ingredients of a
box of Sizzlean--the image, the sound, and the gathering impulse, the bare stirring from dull lack of novelty--is sufficient to awaken the crowds to angry perturbance at...the stimulus to be perturbed, and the bare sense of actual directed action and purpose that comes with doing so.

Palin herself wears a glazed, slightly confused look in her eyes--what is it that has unleashed this roar, this approbation. Being used to herself, and having been among those who are well used to her, she is unaware of the novelty that her mere form releases in the dazed electorate, yearning for a pretext for expression. Soon, she'll believe it herself.

And, after all, isn't that what democracy is all about? The ability to choose to decide without knowledge? Better yet, to choose your knowledge, irrespective of fact, in correspondence with the liberating, confirmation-free impulse?

This is what today's moment stands for.

These are our satisfactions and securities in this golden age.

Cite:
Head of State
http://tinyurl.com/6lbfdv

Posted by: Marie Stewart | September 11, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

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