Cancel the Culture of Democracy

At times, we are moved to shake our heads in wonder at the adaptability of politicians, especially right wingers, and more especially Republican conservatives (if, in fact, there is a difference in those terms), to coopt a concept for their… Read More ›

Special in Virginia

By Frank Blechman Virginia likes to be special. First at this. Last at that. We take (too much) pride in doing things our own way. We don’t play well with others. We don’t learn well from others. We don’t have… Read More ›

Republican Rapture

Michael Steele, former RNC chair and now an MSNBC political commentator and staunch anti-Trumper, in a recent interview observed that Virginia was a bellwether model of the wave of political changes occurring in southern states such as North Carolina, South… Read More ›

Proportions of Political Power

Since adoption of the US Constitution, the nation’s electorate has quietly sustained a national gerrymander known as the Electoral College (EC). It was inserted into the document to “balance” the interests of less populous states with those of the more… Read More ›

Am I Blue?

By Frank Blechman Just this once, I am going to give away the answer right at the beginning. Question:  IS VIRGINIA BLUE (solidly Democratic)? The national pundits certainly think so. My Answer:  NO. Explanation: Virginia voters have given statewide majorities… Read More ›