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Sunday News: “Virginia Way” a “euphemism for corruption”; Trump Takes on Pope Francis


Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, August 23. As for Donald Trump, just remember that he’s not an aberration, he personifies the Republican “base” – its anxieties, fears, hatreds, etc. – to a “t” (as in “Trump”).

*‘White power!’: Trump’s Alabama ‘pep rally’ brings out folks who want to shoot ‘illegals’ at the border (Yes, this is today’s Republican Party…”Party of Lincon” long dead and buried.)

*Photos: The Worst People In America Gather For Donald Trump Rally (“The rally descended into brain-numbing stupidity faster than you can scream ‘white power.’)

*Donald Trump, Alabama and the ghost of George Wallace (“The South rises for Trump, but only 20,000 of them.”)

*CNN Report: Joe Biden Meets Privately With Elizabeth Warren In DC

*Biden, Warren huddle amid 2016 speculation

*The courage of Jimmy Carter

*Kentucky GOP greenlights joint Senate, presidential run for Rand Paul

*Brent Scowcroft: The Iran deal: An epochal moment that Congress shouldn’t squander

*Joe Lieberman’s new betrayal: The transparent cynicism in his Iran warmongering (“The progressive reformer I met in the ’70s has morphed into a self-righteous fearmongerer” Very sad; what happened to this guy?!?)

*Not Just Anti-Hispanic (“The GOP could be angering Asian voters with its latest nativist turn and dooming itself to a repeat of 2012.”)

*Analysts see little electoral bounce from special session (“This election is going to be about the base for both sides”)

*The political mess Richmond has made (Some good points, but also “both sides” false equivalency drivel. Sigh.)

*Schapiro: 50 years ago, VMI valedictorian in 1961 was gunned down in Alabama

*Pay gap widens between VRS, other state workers

*Thomas: ‘The Virginia Way’ is a euphemism for corruption (So true!)

*Editorial: Virginia needs merit selection of judges (Fortunately, in this case, Judge Roush has a great deal of merit.)

*Is Virginia trying to turn the carpool lane into a ‘cash cow’?

*Pulaski scrambles to explain dumping of raw sewage

*Giant Panda At National Zoo Gives Birth To Two Live Cubs (That’s great, but what we really need to be doing is protecting pandas and every other species in the wild.)

*Nationals get boost from struggling veterans in win against Brewers

*D.C. area forecast: Superb Sunday with more splendid weather to come

  • See here.

    The GOP is reaping what it has sowed. Donald Trump is the Frankenstein that is now turning on the party. Why is this such a mystery?!

    For at least a decade, Fox News has created an environment where facts don’t matter, only a consistent narrative of victimization and conspiracy.

    Republican primaries have become a winnowing process where the Party is pushed farther to the right. Endless investigations on Benghazi, shutting down the government, threatening the debt ceiling, and the endless gridlock in Congress have all added to this brew.

    Add in the fascination with reality TV and the dumbing down of news organizations and ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Republican nominee for President.

  • GBrandon

    Or, to be more charitable, does it just look the other way, which is hardly the definition of “leadership”?

    SI’s stated non-partisan mission is to . . .

    . . . strengthen and enhance the quality of government at all levels throughout Virginia.

    It appears to have failed.

    Furthermore, SI’s adulation of the “Jeffersonian tradition” sounds like a perpetuation of that ultimate Virginia Way custom of tradition for the sake of tradition.

    Let’s look at a few things about Jefferson, courtesy of the website, U.S. History at http://www.ushistory.org/us/20

    Jefferson’s most fundamental political belief was an “absolute acquiescence in the decisions of the MAJORITY.”


    Stemming from his deep optimism in human reason, Jefferson believed that the WILL OF THE PEOPLE, expressed through elections, provided the most appropriate guidance for directing the republic’s course.

    That’s all well and good in a brand new republic that had just two censuses under its belt but in this age of gerrymandering SI’s cherished “Trust, Civility and Respect” are casualties.

    Although one of SI’s principles is that it “does not take positions for or against issues, causes or proposals” I think it needs to make an exception for the cause of an independent, objective and transparent redistricting process as advocated by http://onevirginia2021.org/.