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Thoughts on the Historical Sources of Democratic Weakness

In the present fraught moment -- with the Democrats hesitating in dealing with by far the most impeachable President America has ever had --...

My Nostalgia (talking to conservatives about what’s happened to America)

This piece is running in newspapers in my very red congressional district (VA-06). ***************************** There’s much about how the world has changed in my lifetime for...

Malign Alignment: How an Alliance of America’s Darkest Forces Made the...

This piece has lately run in newspapers in my conservative congressional District (VA-06). ************************* As I am writing this, the Republicans in the Congress are trying...

Video: Ferguson Reid, First African-American elected to VA Gen. Assembly Since...

If you've never met him or spoken with him, you've definitely missed out. Dr. William Ferguson "Fergie" Reid, for those of you who aren't...

Comstock’s Resolution Honoring Bork Demonstrates She is Too Extreme for Northern...

Lately, Barbara Comstock has taken to declaring how she is focused on supposedly sensible, bipartisan solutions for Northern Virginia, a strange posture for the woman who headed the RNC’s effort to destroy Vice President Al Gore’s reputation and was a close associate of the infamous Monica Goodling – of DOJ US Attorney scandal. For details on this part of Comstock's history, see here.

But as we already know, Barbara Comstock is anything but a moderate. For the gory details of her extreme voting record, see here.

Upon closer scrutiny, Comstock’s record gets even worse: She has identified herself as a dedicated admirer of Judge Robert Bork, one of the most extreme arch-conservative legal thinkers, whose views were so far out of the mainstream that his Supreme Court nomination was rejected by a 58-42 vote in the 1980s. Comstock was the chief patron of a bill in the House of Delegates, HR 67 honoring Judge Bork – despite his reputation. See here

What makes Bork so extreme that it calls her judgment into question? Based on articles at ThinkProgress  and here, controversial stances Bork has taken include:

We’ve Lost a Leader for Justice

A daughter of Virginia, Dorothy Height, was laid to rest today. Born in 1912 in Richmond, Dr. Height, after moving with her family to Pennsylvania, was admitted to Barnard College after winning a four-year Elks scholarship in an oratory contest. She was denied the right to register for classes because the college had a policy of admitting only two black students each year. She didn't give up. Instead, she went to New York University with her Barnard letter of acceptance.

Height ended up attending New York University, earning both a bachelor's and a master's degree. Dr. Height first worked as a caseworker for the welfare department in New York City. Later, she became active in the YWCA. In 1957, she was named president of the National Council of Negro Women, a position she held for forty years.

Height was at the side of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the March on Washington in 1963. During the 1960's, Height organized "Wednesdays in Mississippi," meetings that brought together black and white women to work for peaceful change.

At her funeral mass, held today at the National Cathedral in Washington, President Obama said, "The lesson she would want us to leave with today - a lesson she lived out each and every day - is that we can all be first in service We can all be drum majors for a righteous cause. So let us live out that lesson."