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New WaPo Virginia Poll: Clinton-Kaine Lead by 14 Points Over Trump-Pence

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With this new poll by the Washington Post, the last three polls of Virginia have shown the presidential race as +12 (CBS poll), +13...

Was I Wrong About Conservatives?

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This piece will be running in newspapers in my conservative congressional District (VA-06). I’ve always been politically liberal, because – like my parents, who came...

Video: Trump Running Mate Mike Pence Speaks in Favor of War...

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So let me get this straight: Donald Trump did not - repeat, did NOT! - oppose the Iraq war (although he falsely claims that...

Trump, Pence, Comstock: The GOP Anti-LGBT, Anti-Choice, Anti-Immigrant Ticket

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From the LuAnn Bennett for Congress campaign: Donald Trump’s VP choice has direct ties through Anti-Abortion Group to Rep. Comstock McLean – Today, presumptive GOP Presidential nominee...

Sunday News: European-Style, Far-Right, Ultranationalist, Extremist Party Prepares to Meet in...

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by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, July 17. Also, check out Trump's incoherent, bizarre "speech"...

Friday News: Terrorist Attack in Nice; Pence “Boring, Incoherent, and Inept;”...

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by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, July 15. Also, check out that haunting, disturbing ad...

The Lady Doth Protest Too Much, Methinks

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Sarah Palin sets the bar for chauvinism high. It is shrouded in an appeal to Americans' pride in their nation's accomplishments and position in the world. It hijacks a concept its originator would not recognize. "American exceptionalism" is being recast to excuse any requirement for intellectual rigor or personal achievement.

In today's Washington Post, Karen Tumulty describes the battle within the Republican Party to claim the mantle of patriotic messiah by painting President Obama as a betrayer of American destiny. Clearly it is much easier to portray an accomplished scholar or executive than to be one. And while every day is another day President Obama gains on executive experience and accomplishment over any potential Republican opponent, none of them have demonstrated his scholarship. So they conveniently shift to protestations that rattle personal demons borne in their constituencies' darkest fears, stoking misperceptions.

With a more intellectual sheen than the false assertions that Obama is secretly a Muslim or that he was born in Kenya, an argument over American exceptionalism "is a respectable way of raising the question of whether Obama is one of us," said William Galston, a former policy adviser to President Bill Clinton who is now a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.  - from Tumulty's WaPo piece