"Now it is up to Virginia lawmakers to shake themselves from their gauzy complacency and prove to Virginians that they have absorbed the lessons of the McDonnell debacle. If they fail to act, they will only compound Virginia’s disgrace." Washpost editorial 5 September 2014
One of the enduring phenomena of the Washington scene with its Washington Post sub-culture is the newspaper's unending hostility to the Commonwealth of Virginia. When I arrived here from the Deep North in 1958 this animosity quickly became apparent to me. I had never seen anything quite like it. Washington sits across the river, the city built on a swamp. It is now, as it has always been, bloated on federal government and lobbyist money and it looks with disdain to the south.
I was once on a plane making a southern approach on short final to Reagan National. The Masonic Memorial to George Washington was visible out the window. It looms over my Alexandria home. The New York City female transplant to DC sitting by the window said, "I wonder what it's like out there..." "Out there?" I responded. "You know," she said, "among them." I am now one of "them," and that anecdote sums up rather well the kind of attitude toward Virginia, the South, and "them" that has infested the Washington Post for a long time.
These days the creatures who inhabit the Washington Post staff have an unending chance to preen on MSNBC while riding their favorite hobby horses. The percentage of homosexual activists driving the choo choo train for "marriage rights" goes up and up on MSNBC as does the number of crazed feminists like Mika B, and the just flat crazy and ignorant like Chris Matthews and his buddy Mike Barnicle. The editorial staff and columnists of the Washington Post fit in just fine in that group. Ah, yes, and now the Washpost has found its conscience about the Redskins.
If the McDonnells had been tried under state law they would never have been convicted. You don't like that? Well good for you, son, good for you. pl