9:01 AM, Jul 16, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
With Barack Obama's job approval well below water these days, perhaps it's no surprise that Democratic candidates for Congress this year aren't jumping at the chance to have the president come campaign for them. Dave Weigel at Slate points out how remarkable it was last week when Democratic senator Mark Udall of Colorado declined to appear with Obama, despite the fact that the president won Colorado twice. "Members of the White House political team will grit their teeth and ask low-level campaign staffers if, you know, it would be OK for the commander-in-chief to show up," Weigel writes. "They will be told to call back in a few days. Often, they will be told, 'No thanks, but send money.'"
Now comes the news that even in Northern Virginia, the liberal region outside of Washington that's transformed the Old Dominion into a blue state, Democrats are shying away from Obama. The president appeared in McLean in Fairfax County (60 percent support for Obama in 2008 and 2012) on Tuesday to call for action on extending the federal Highway Trust Fund. But where was the Democrat running for McLean's open House seat? John Foust is a member of the Fairfax County board of supervisors and lives in McLean, but the Democrat and House hopeful was "noticeably absent" from the Obama transportation event. One Virginia-based blogger has more:
Noticeably absent was John Foust, Democratic candidate for Congress in Virginia’s 10th District where McLean is located. This despite sitting on numerous transportation boards as a member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and voicing strong support for just about every policy Obama has put forth.
So why would Obama’s would-be rubberstamp avoid a choice photo opportunity?
Perhaps, the blogger suggests, Foust was avoiding any embarrassment over the news Foust's wife, an OB-GYN, doesn't accept Medicaid at her practice. The Washington Free Beacon first reported this, noting that Foust himself frequently criticizes his Republican opponent, state delegate Barbara Comstock, for opposing the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare.
Foust and Comstock are both vying for the seat currently held by retiring Republican Frank Wolf, a longtime congressman for whom Comstock once worked.
1:02 PM, Jun 11, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Eric Cantor will step down from his position as House majority leader on July 31. The news of his resignation follows his failure to win the Republican nomination for his seat on Tuesday. The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza reports:
11:20 PM, Jun 10, 2014 • By FRED BARNES
With their misleading talk about passing an immigration bill this year, Republican leaders are partly to blame for House majority leader Eric Cantor’s defeat at the hands of an unknown college professor.
10:19 PM, Jun 10, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
On Tuesday, Eric Cantor, the Republican congressman from Virginia, became the first sitting House majority leader to lose a primary for reelection. The victor, political newcomer and college professor David Brat, won nearly 56 percent of the vote to win the GOP nomination for the Republican-heavy district around Richmond's northern suburbs and stretching toward Washington.
4:32 PM, Jun 2, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Dave Brat, a college professor challenging House majority leader Eric Cantor in next week's Republican primary in Virginia, has a 60-second ad touting his conservative credentials.
"I will fight to defund and repeal Obamacare. I will fight to stop the reckless spending in Washington. I will fight to stop amnesty for illegal immigrants," says Brat, matter-of-factly. "Eric Cantor voted to fund Obamcare. He voted to give President Obama a clean debt ceiling increase in this past January, and he is pushing for amnesty for illegal immigrants." Watch the ad below:
10:39 AM, May 12, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Good news for those of us – and our numbers are legion – who are abidingly and insatiably interested in the American Civil War and the large footprint it has left on our history: Mackubin Owens has published a splendid piece in the current National Review on the battles and maneuvers of 150 years ago that have come to be known as “The Virginia Overland Campaign.” In his treatment of
11:17 AM, Apr 27, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republicans in two Northern Virginia House districts selected their nominees Saturday, one of them a three-term female delegate and the other an African American Marine veteran. Barbara Comstock, a former congressional aide, won her firehouse primary to be the GOP nominee for Virginia's 10th congressional district. The seat was long held by retiring Republican congressman Frank Wolf, for whom Comstock once worked.
High-Occupancy Toll lanes: another nightmare from the suburbs-hating traffic planners Apr 14, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 29 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
Then deletes tweet and blames 'staff.'2:01 PM, Feb 13, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democratic senator Mark Warner of Virginia sent out a message on his Senate office's official Twitter account that claimed Republicans would blame this week's winter storms on Obamacare. Warner, who is up for reelection this year, deleted the message, though it remains recorded at Politiwoops, a website documenting deleted tweets from politicians.
4:56 PM, Jan 21, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, a Republican, and his wife were today indicted on corruption charges:
Jan 27, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 19 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Despite what readers may think, when people we never liked reach their expiration date, The Scrapbook tends to lean in the direction of de mortuis nil nisi bonum. (Loosely translated: Don’t speak ill of the dead.) It’s a little different, however, when political careers die—and so we freely confess to a quiet satisfaction at the news that Rep. James Moran (D-Va.) has announced that he will not seek a twelfth term in Congress. Good riddance.
"If I were Virginia's senator, [Obamacare] would not be law today."11:55 AM, Jan 16, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Ed Gillespie, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, has announced he is running for the U.S. Senate in Virginia against Democratic senator Mark Warner. He introduces himself and his candidacy in a new ad. Watch it below:
7:58 AM, Jan 7, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Barbara Comstock announced that she will run for the congressional seat (Virginia 10) currently being held by retiring Congressman Frank Wolf:
11:27 AM, Dec 19, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican state senator Dick Black of Virginia is considering running for the House seat currently represented by retiring Republican Frank Wolf. Black announced on Facebook he was forming an exploratory committee.