Turning Virginia Blue
Virginia, political wise men from all sectors of the media have been telling us, is a battleground state for the presidency, something those of us who live in the state have trouble believing save for fact that Gov. Tim Kaine is a Democrat and so is Sen. Jim Webb, thanks to macaca.
Tim Craig reports today that since 2004, the state has added almost a quarter-million registered voters, with many of them coming from the Washington suburbs of Northern Virginia, which does elect lots of Democrats in local races. But voters do not register by party in Virginia, so there's no real way of knowing exactly what's up until the votes have been counted.
Our Readers Who Comment are having a lot of fun with this story, cheering for one party or the other and calling each other's reasoning fallacious. Those who sound like Democrats (we don't ask those who comment to register by party, either) seem confident; those who sound like Republicans say wait and see. There are also a few uncivilized remarks that find their way into comment streams.
We'll start with la-mute, who wrote, "I'm flying over from Europe and precisely to Virginia to be there for the election and to witness Obama carry the state and the country along with it."
But AlbyVA predicted that "Virginia will remain (RED). Not this time you sneaky liberals."
FairlingtonBlade, presumably writing from Alexandria's solidly blue Fairlington neighborhood, said, "I'm one of um, baby. Kaine. Webb. Warner. Obama. Time for the Heffalumps to sing the BLUES. Nuthin sneaky about it."
birvin9999 observed that "Yes, there are a good number of handwringing Starbucks diaper wearing liberals who haved moved to Northern Virginia, and that might sway an election. Still, and polls reflect this - the bloom may be coming off the rose for Obama..."
mscmsc said, "I'm working the neighborhoods in Western FFX county everyday. 90% of the people I run into are either big Obama supporters or leaning Obama. All are registered to vote and enthusiastic..."
morningglory51 wrote," Getting people to register is one thing-- actually getting them out to vote is another."
And Honest_Abe responded that "The Obama campaign has a very sophisticated, well-oil GOTV (get out the vote) machine that worked great during the primaries... They will do the same to McCain."
But indep2 said, "...the VA GOP always gets out to vote for the presidential elections.... And with Barack on the ticket, they will be doubly sure of getting out to vote. I would be willing to bet right now that Barack will not get more than 40% of VA simply because the voting masses are not being paid to vote by the special interests like they are during the local and state elections.."
Now we'll get into some comments that make old-line journalists wonder why we permit anonymous comments:
The article's first paragraph said "Virginia has added nearly a quarter-million registered voters since the 2004 elections, and about half of that growth came from increasingly Democratic Northern Virginia," which prompted waterfrontproperty to say, "It looks like NoVA's policy of welcoming and condoning illegal immigration is working for the Dems."
AlbyVA joined that line of reasoning by writing, "All those registered Democrats left town when Prince William and other NoVA Counties started hunting illegals..."
kmccorma said, "These stats are a joke. McCain will easily win Virginia in a landslide. Virgininans do not hate their country and will not hand the keys over to an empty suit like Obama and his racist wife and associates."
walker1 said, "Virginia is a Blue State get used to it kmccorma. More US troops are registered for Obama than for "Hanoi McSame's" commie GOP and their traitors in the media and White House..."
And we'll close with sam51, who, in reviewing the preceding comments, observed, "..gee whizz what is the voter to do? now it's a choice between a "radical muslim" and a "gop commie", who has time to vote when the circus is in town..."
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