Tales from the Trail

A battleground is a battleground is a battleground – or is it?

August 3, 2012

It isn’t really surprising that there are widely varying theories for the best way to win the battleground states – those considered neither firmly Democratic nor Republican – in the Nov. 6 election. After all, if they were easy to win, they wouldn’t be battlegrounds.

Blunt says to keep an eye on Virginia

June 25, 2012

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt, a Republican who is Mitt Romney’s point person in Congress, doesn’t think Ohio or Florida will be the main states to watch on election night. He will have his eyes on Virginia.

Fan-in-chief Obama draws popular basketball coach for Virginia rally

May 4, 2012

President Barack Obama’s big re-election campaign rally in Virginia on Saturday will feature a speaker who could be the most popular man in the battleground state.

Romney casts “Virginia” Gingrich as Lucille Ball

December 27, 2011

Republican White House hopeful Newt Gingrich has termed his failure to make it onto the presidential primary ballot in Virginia, the state where he lives and is leading in the polls, in pretty grandiose terms, comparing the weekend events to Pearl Harbor. That allowed rival Mitt Romney to get off a zinger on Monday as he prepared to leave the friendly confines of New Hampshire for three days of tough campaigning in Iowa.

Webb’s retirement could loosen Democratic grip on U.S. Senate

February 9, 2011

Things just got a lot harder for Democrats.

First-term Senator James Webb announced on Wednesday he will not run for re-election in Virginia next year, making Republicans the early favorite to recapture the seat the Democrat narrowly won in 2006. MYANMAR-USA/

Former Senator Allen trying for a comeback, but he’s got competition

January 24, 2011

Former Republican Senator George Allen is trying for a comeback for the Senate seat from Virginia that he narrowly lost to Democrat Jim Webb in 2006, following comments that critics said were racist.

Traffic complaint? You travel by motorcade!

December 22, 2009

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Virginia Governor Tim Kaine was surprised on his “Ask the Governor” monthly radio show on Tuesday when caller “Barry from DC” turned out to be a particularly well-known “Barry” from Washington, D.C. — U.S. President Barack Obama, not a listener he was told was telephoning to complain about traffic, a laughable suggestion given the president cuts through Washington’s notorious gridlock with the assistance of a multi-vehicle motorcade and heavily armed security detail.

The First Draft: off-year election day could spell trouble for Obama

November 3, 2009

It’s been a year since Americans have gone to the polls, but as they do on Tuesday President Barack Obama may be less excited than he was last year, particularly in Virginia and New Jersey where his fellow Democrats are facing trouble.

The First Draft: Preparing for a fall?

October 23, 2009

Are Democrats trying to soften the blow for President Barack Obama if the Democratic candidate for Virginia governor, Creigh Deeds, loses in the November elections?OBAMA/

The First Draft: Showdown in Virginia

June 10, 2009

No major events are on the calendar today in the Federal City, but on the other side of the Potomac River there’s plenty to chew over.