Monday, October 13, 2008



Sorry to bring politics to the “pure” world of collegiate athletic endeavors, but we couldn’t let this one go by…

Virginia may well play a critical role in the upcoming election for the first time in a long time. The kind folk of Ol’ Virginny, who consistently elect Democratic Governors, have voted for a Republican in every presidential election since FDR.
But, this time around, the state is seen as a battleground. Part of that equation is a large population of “moderate” Republicans who have supported, and will continue to support, extremely popular business-friendly Democratic Senate candidate Mark Warner. Warner is predicted to defeat Republican Jim Gilmore in a landslide. So McCain is on a slippery slope here in the Commonwealth.

Enter, Virginia Republican Party Chairman Del. Jeffrey Frederick, a member of the young, conservative group of GOP members who charged into Richmond in 2004. Yep, the chair of the Republican Party has been in the Virginia General Assembly less than four years…

To prove our theory that certain members of the Republican party are out to doom John McCain one way or the other, Del. Frederick has made news this week by comparing Barack Obama to Osama Bin Laden because of the Illinois Senator's past association with Bill Ayers, who has confessed to domestic bombings as a member of the Vietnam War-era Weather Underground.

According to a report in this week's Time magazine, Frederick told Virginia volunteers working for GOP nominee that Obama and bin Laden "both have friends that bombed the Pentagon."

For what it’s worth, Obama was a child (he was 11) and hadn't met Ayers when the Weather Underground planted a bomb at the Pentagon in 1972. Ayers, who’s was no peach in those days (he did not participate in the bombing at the Pentagon but admitted to involvement in other blasts), is now a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a community activist who lives in Obama's Chicago neighborhood. Obama has said they have had cursory interactions over the years, including serving on the same board.

Now mind you Frederick’s comments were directed at folks partisan enough to go out canvassing the neighborhood for McCain – a classic case of preaching to the choir and a staple of presidential politics. None the less, drawing on his years of experience, yesterday, Frederick said he stood by the comparison.

Speaking of Washington, how about those Redskins?

(Photos courtesy of the Washington Post and

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