OMT One Man's Trash...from Norman Leahy

Tuesday, October 25, 2005 :::

Throwing It's Hands in the Air

The WaPo editorial page gives up on voting today:

WE WOULD LOVE to write an editorial assuring voters in Virginia that their votes matter and that they should, therefore, resist apathy and get out to the polls on Election Day. This is true enough for the statewide races. But for the 100 races for the commonwealth's House of Delegates, well, get out and vote anyway -- but don't kid yourselves. Most of your votes won't matter a bit.

So easily discouraged. So deeply wrong.

Normally, the Post just ignores Virginia. Anything south of Columbia Pike is terra incognita. But it's still amazing to me that the Post would ignore the competitive House races in Northern Virginia -- some of them extremely so -- in order to make a general point about electoral competitiveness.

I suggest the writers take a closer look at what's happening in the races in Fairfax County, Prince William, Loudoun, and elsewhere on their side of the Rappahannock. They might be surprised to see that not only is there competition, but the real possibility that seats could flip from one party to another.

That might take some work -- and a stop or two for directions, no doubt. But it's worth the effort folks. There are some good stories out there just waiting to be written.

::: posted by Norman Leahy at 10/25/2005 8 comments


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