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The criticism, coming from moderate Republicans such as former State Sen. John Chichester and outgoing U.S. Rep. Tom Davis, suggests that the party has done itself no favors by harping on taxes and divisive social issues to the exclusion of so much else.
The good advice is coming a bit too late, though, and will probably bounce off most GOP hardheads anyway. Del. Jeffrey Frederick, R-Prince William, the
In 16 days, voters will have the opportunity to repudiate these many years of Republican rule, and help put the nation back on track.
Troubles with each of the country's Big Five issues--the economy, the wars, health care, education, and the environment--can be traced to the GOP's control of the White House for 20 of the past 28 years. Why anyone would want to extend that I don't know.
The current economic crisis and the presidential election should close out an era that began with the inauguration of Ronald Reagan in 1981.
We were relieved when the Cold War began to come to an end under President Reagan. But he also brought us tax-cut mania, trickle-down Reaganomics, deregulation, and record budget deficits.
When Reagan took office, his plan and cowboy demeanor were considered salve for a nation in turmoil. But the GOP refuses to understand that economic policies must change with the times.
The only respite we've had from tax cuts and federal deficits was
George W. Bush's tax breaks to rich corporations and individuals are cheating the middle class and poor out of a brighter future. Attempting to make those cuts permanent is insane. Basing an economy on them spells economic disaster. The proof is all around us.
I have long subscribed to the concept of the political pendulum, which prevents the nation from leaning
I don't wish humiliation on anyone, but the current administration has brought it upon itself. With the McCain-Palin ticket now grasping at straws, the party is acknowledging the need to overcome Bush's many "blunders." They will burden America for years to come.
He mishandled Katrina, underfunded his own education plan, and ignored the science of climate change.
And then there is Iraq.
Like a used-car salesman with a leftover lemon--his father's unfinished business trip to Baghdad--President Bush sold a vengeful nation and its leaders on the need to go
In the meantime, under the guise of homeland security, Bush 43 turned constitutionally guaranteed liberties into his personal list of rejected recommendations.
Bush has somehow escaped impeachment, but on Nov. 4 Americans can punish his party. Virginians can do that by voting Democratic for president for the first time since 1964. They can also choose, for the first time since 1973, to make Virginia's Senate delegation Republican-free.
To be sure, this political sea change in no way diminishes the long and distinguished career of fellow Washington and Lee graduate Sen. John Warner, whose voice of reason the GOP and the Senate will dearly miss. No one has earned the "maverick" label like the retiring senator from Virginia.
Without John Warner calling the issues as he sees them, however, the partisan head count in the Senate becomes more important. In the race between former governors, Democrat Mark Warner is leaving Republican Jim Gilmore in the dust.
THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
As Election Day nears, the polls show more Americans favoring Sen. Barack Obama. But not only is his message of change resonating with the voters, Americans are seeing just how ugly some elements of the Republican Party faithful can be. Only on Election Day will we know that Americans are really supporting a black candidate
Perhaps we would be better off now if Sen. John McCain had been president rather than Bush. But today, his military valor notwithstanding, McCain is an unappealing candidate who has run an uninspired campaign. Failing to distance himself from the Bush administration's toxic legacy tops the list. With nothing fresh to contribute, McCain has been dismissive of Obama's candidacy while distorting the Democrat's platform.
McCain may have sealed his defeat before the convention by making Gov. Sarah Palin his running mate. She may be perfect
Believe it or not, the term "gobbledygook" was coined in the late 1930s by none other than the late U.S. Rep. Fontaine Maury Maverick,
Richard Amrhine is a writer and editor with The Free Lance-Star.