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Real Virginia?

Anita Kumar

In an interview with MSNBC today, Sen. John McCain's advisor Nancy Pfotenhauer says Northern Virginia isn't "real Virginia" and that the Republican presidential nominee still has a chance of winning the battleground state because of support in southern regions of the state, which she calls "real Virginia."

Northern Virginia, home to McCain's campaign headquarters and McCain's condo, has trended Democratic in recent years and voters there are expected to turn out heavily for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

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By Anita Kumar  |  October 18, 2008; 5:23 PM ET
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It is true that many Northern Virginians do not like to be associated with the rest of the state.
It is a mutual feeling and many Virginians outside of the North do not like the way they do things up there.
It is just a reality that things change when you cross the Rappahanock!

Posted by: Steve | October 18, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Truthfully, with recent comments from Palin, Bachmann and now Pfotenhauer, this has the remnents of the beggining of "Nazi Germany"! This is "blue eyes/white only" Christain supremacy, anything else is not American. We shall rule!

We are heading into dangerous territory. I would not be surprised if violence enters the picture soon.

Posted by: Russell | October 18, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

History tells us that pitting north against south is not a good idea. Virginia had a front-seat to that conflict.

When Democrat Ed Rendell won the PA Governor's mansion in the 2002 election, some Republicans showed a map of the state, showing the counties that voted for Rendell and the counties that voted for his GOP opponent, Mike Fisher. Most of the state's territory was painted Republican red. Rendell won only 10 of the state's 67 counties - but he won more total votes by a significant margin. The GOP's post-election commentary was not unlike Ms. Pfotenhauer's comments - that most of PA, that "real PA" voted for Republican Mr. Fisher.

But acres don't vote. And neither does history or culture. People do. And once political parties get into the game of trying to define "Real America" (as Gov. Palin has) or "Real Virginia" (as Ms. Pfotenhauer has), we tread in dangerous cultural waters (as Mr. King commented in today's Post).

Ours is a nation defined not by culture but by constitution. When political candidates resort to cheap culture war fear-mongering and name-calling, it is a clear sign of a desperate and failing campaign. The McCain campaign evidently feels that it must divide our country (so much for "Country First") if it is going to win in November. And dividing our country is not what we need at this time.

The danger of this "Real America" and "Real Virginia" hate language is that after November, the rage that is stoked by such divisive language will remain. The GOP's strategy is a scorched-earth policy targeting not candidates but voters, seeking to question the integrity, relevance, and legitimacy of large swathes of this country. Again, is this an example of "Country First"?

McCain and Palin should be ashamed of themselves for the harm they are doing to our great nation. May they lose, and lose big, in November with their reputations shattered and their embarrassment of a political party in shambles.

Posted by: Chris | October 18, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

TO ALL MY FRIENDS…
LIBERAL OR CONSERVATIVE…
FYI only.

George Bush has been in office for 7 1/2 years. The first six the economy was fine.
A little over one year ago:
1) Consumer confidence stood at
a 2 1/2 year high
2) Regular gasoline sold for $2.19 a gallon
3) The unemployment rate was 4.5%
4) The DOW JONES hit a record high– 14,000 +
5) American’s were buying new cars, taking
Cruises, vacations overseas, living large!

But American’s wanted ‘CHANGE’! So, in 2006 they voted in a Democratic Congress and yes–we got ‘CHANGE’ all right. In the PAST YEAR:
1) Consumer confidence has plummeted
2) Gasoline is now over $4 a gallon
And climbing!
3) Unemployment is up to 5.5%
(a 10% increase)
4) Americans have seen their home equity
Drop by $12 TRILLION DOLLARS
And prices are still dropping
5) 1% of American homes are in foreclosure
6) as I write, THE DOW is probing another
Low ~~ $2.5 TRILLION DOLLARS HAS
EVAPORATED FROM THEIR STOCKS,
BONDS & MUTUAL FUNDS
INVESTMENT PORTFOLIOS!

YES, IN 2006 AMERICA VOTED FOR CHANGE…AND WE SURE GOT IT!

REMEMBER THE PRESIDENT HAS NO CONTROL OVER ANY OF THESE ISSUES, ONLY CONGRESS DOES.

AND WHAT HAS CONGRESS DONE IN THE LAST TWO YEARS?
ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

NOW THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT CLAIMS HE IS GOING TO REALLY GIVE US CHANGE, AND HE HAS THE BACKING OF A DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS!!!!

JUST HOW MUCH MORE ‘CHANGE’ DO YOU THINK YOU CAN STAND?

Posted by: tillerylakelady | October 20, 2008 12:11 AM | Report abuse

A subtle racist comment by Pfotenhauer was left out above. She stated that all of these Northern Virginians had moved here from the District of Columbia.

That may be patently stupid on its face to people here in the Washington area, but people South of the Rappahannock and West of the Shenandoah wouldn't know that.

On another blog she was categorized as "typical of the conservative, Stepford Wife type of spokesperson. They are raised by rightwingers to be rightwingers and do it well. Mostly blond, blue eyed and wholesome looking, they spew venom like a snake."

There was a bit more hyperbole, but people like Pfotenhauer having senior positions in this campaign just have to make you think about the claim that we're looking at four more years of a Bush Administration. At least from a Karl Rove political perspective.

Posted by: NoVA | October 20, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

FULL DISCLOSURE. WHO IS SIGNATOR: OBAMA'S FRIEND, CONFIDANT, LOVER? The media has persecuted everyone associated with this campaign, even those not connected with the campaign, like Joe the Plumber. SO WHY THE SILENCE FROM OBAMA? IS THIS MAN HIS DRUGDEALER? HIS GAY LOVER? (Both of those conjectures have been fully revealed by bloggers seeking the truth.) Of course, you won't see these questions posed by the media to OBAMA, because he's "The One" and not to be investigated, questioned or even spoken to directly. Obama is too important, and too FAR ABOVE THE PUBLIC - FAR SUPERIOR TO HIS FELLOW PUBLIC SERVANTS to be so humanely examined. Butl on the other hand, it's just fine for Obama, the media, the sick sycophant bloggers to try to harm a woman of courage and conviction - a family woman, a loving mother, a HUGELY popular governor (imagine an elected official who has maintained their integrity while garnering 80 PERCENT of their public's approval). Silly me......... INTEGRITY IS A WORD NEVER ASSOCIATED WITH OBAMA

Posted by: DemocratForPeace | October 20, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, there's a "real" Virginia, a "pro-American" part of America, Presidential nominees who are "traitors" "terrorists" and "socialists." Yeah ... vote Republican? Remember what John McCain said in 2000 when campaigns get all negative, it's 'cause they got nothing else to say.
Folks, choose Hope, Not Hate: Obama/Biden '08.

Posted by: Did I Mention You're UnAmerican??? | October 20, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

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