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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..."

All comments on this article are here.

By Doug Feaver  |  August 18, 2008; 8:00 AM ET
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Posted by: Alex | August 26, 2008 7:25 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Alex | August 25, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: pspxvd4rw6 | August 25, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Kenny B, hate to bust your chops, but if it weren't for Northern Virginia, the rest of Old Dominion wouldn't have any cash for schools and other life luxuries.

In other words, the rest of the state is mooching off Northern Virginia.

Posted by: Mimi Schaeffer | August 19, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

New VA Voter,

Why, if the people in DC and MD have "had enough with how much they screwed up their own state," would they go out of their way to screw up VA in the same way?

And the communism comment demonstrates a serious lack of comparative ability. My guess is you have read neither of the platforms in full. And as long as we're comparing American political parties to defunct political ideologies, how about we say that the Republican platform mirrors the fascist platform to a "t".

And as long as we're talkink VA, I'm sure you're hoping McCain's VP pick will be good ol' Jeff Davis.

Posted by: Kenny B. | August 19, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I have a very conservative side of the family, and frankly they're not excited about McCain and said they could live with Obama being elected. Consider that against the fact that they said if Kerry had won they'd move to Canada, I think you're seeing a lot of Republican's not too excited about McCain. Only one factor is keeping McCain alive in this campaign, and that's abortion.

Also, I've been down in Roanoke for the summer working before school, and frankly I've seen 15+ obama TV adds (on local channels only), and 10+ obama stickers on cars here, and I've seen 2 McCain TV adds and no McCain bumber stickers. Say what you want, either Obama has serious ground around here or McCain isn't trying hard in this area; either way it spells trouble

Posted by: C-vileGuy | August 19, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Everyone in Northern VA forgets that the rest of the state is rural and very conservative. Obama will take N. VA, but not the rest of the state.

Posted by: Nuke | August 19, 2008 8:14 AM | Report abuse

You think Virginia is turning "Blue?"
Well! Slap on several "GO OBAMA" bumper stickers and start driving west from Richmond.

Posted by: Tom M. | August 19, 2008 7:14 AM | Report abuse

""If you look at political platforms, the Democratic platform actually mirrors the communist platform almost to a "c." You should do research before throwing out dumb comments.""

Talk about a dumb comment, eh, !!!!

Posted by: New VA voter | August 18, 2008 12:47 PM

Posted by: delantero | August 18, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Another reason VA might turn blue . . my father (Retired Capt) and brother (current LCDR), both Naval Academy Grads, are not going to vote for McCain . . . .

This would have been impossible 4 years ago, but thanks to Bush, Rumsfeld, etc . . . the tide is turning

Posted by: Vamos Obama! | August 18, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

First, isn't calling someone a "GOP commie," an oxymoron? When it comes to McCain, someone who actually fought communism as a soldier, it seems doubly insane. If you look at political platforms, the Democratic platform actually mirrors the communist platform almost to a "c." You should do research before throwing out dumb comments.

Second, I am concerned about VA's chances of remaining Republican this year. If you look at the number of people who have moved into NOVA over the last few years, it has been people from Maryland and DC who finally had enough with how much they screwed up their own state and the District. Now they have come to VA to try and screw up this state with their liberal social policies that bankrupt economies. I wish they would go back to Maryland and live with what they have helped to destroy. I really don't need my taxes increased anymore so that the liberals can throw more money at a problem, rather than trying to come up with a realistic solution.

Posted by: New VA voter | August 18, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

David, you asked, "why all the nasty comments from the "Virginia as red-state" posters?"


Posted by: Edward | August 18, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

I've already commented once--I'm the guy from the Lynchburg area who is surprised at the popularity of Obama down here--my question is, why all the nasty comments from the "Virginia as red-state" posters?

Posted by: David | August 18, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

What's interesting to me about this story is the total absence of DNC Chairman Howard Dean's visit to Virginia on Saturday to help get out the vote. He stopped in Fairfax and Alexandria to register as many people as possible. One particular emphasis for the party is in the Virginia Beach/Hampton Roads area.

Posted by: cab91 | August 18, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

I live in very Red southern VA (Lynchburg area) but surprisingly, a lot of my very Republican neighbors and friends are saying they are voting for Obama. There are days when I am shocked at who and how many people say to me that they are either voting for Obama or seriously considering him. The consensus down here is things are "really messed up" and its the Republicans who have made the mess. I don't expect a landslide for Obama in this part of the state, but his higher than usual numbers here, combined with the numbers in the more urban parts of the state, may put Virginia in the blue column this November.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 18, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

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