Since 2000, political analysts and Democratic strategists say, there has been a direct correlation between the worsening traffic in Northern Virginia, the debate over what to do about it in Richmond and the decline of the GOP in that part of the state.
"If you look at the gains Democrats have made in Northern Virginia . . . there is a lot of stuff in that powder keg, but transportation is what lit the fuse," said Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald. E. Connolly, the Democratic nominee for Congress in the 11th District. "It is the premier symbol of everything that is wrong with the Republican power structure."
That analysis seems dead-on to me. As does the following by Robert Lang, director of the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech:
"Suburban voters in Washington already fit the demographic Republicans are having trouble with nationally: ethnically diverse, and whites with advanced degrees," Lang said. "You throw in some local issues like traffic that also bother people, and it is a fairly explosive dynamic."
The end result of the Republicans' "my way or NO highway" attitude? Not good - even suicidal - if you're a Republican, certainly if you're a northern Virginia Republican. In fact, former Republican delegate Vincent F. Callahan of Fairfax expects "the GOP to become the minority party in Virginia within six years."
How about this; let's cut that to two years or four at most, elect a Democrat to the governor's mansion (and to the LG and AG slots) in 2009, and get this state moving again? Alternatively, we can stay with the "from my cold dead hands," extreme ideological/non-pragmatic school (NO TAXES EVER!!!!) of government honed to an art form by the likes of Republicans Kirkland Cox, Morgan Griffith, Bill Howell, and Jeff Frederick. We've seen how THAT has worked out; enjoy your gridlock, in other words! Man, is it ever time for a change. Farewell Frank! Go Judy! :)