“Fairfax’s Own” Bob McDonnell

By VA Blogger

Signs touting Bob McDonnell as “Fairfax’s Own” and “NoVa’s Own” have begun popping up throughout the region (sorry, no pics yet). I think its a smart strategy—a daily reminder to commuters that Bob McDonnell has real ties to the region and understands their concerns—and would have been smart regardless of who is opponent was.


What do you think?


  • Alter of Freedom says:

    NOVA certainly is very different today than the place he graduated from in Bishop Ireton (Alexandria) in the early 70’s. Not sure his bio in reality backs up the claim though given once he headed off to college not sure he really had any real residence in NOVA after that. While I understand the strategy, he is more of a Virginia Beach native in my view given the adult years he has lived there and the fact he represented it in the House of Delegates. Maybe we could get some insight by asking him why it is he did not return to NOVA in the late 80’s but instead chose to make his home in Virginia beach. Just asking…

  • VA Blogger says:

    If it balances the equation at all, I was raised in Virginia Beach and made NOVA my home…

  • Alter of Freedom says:

    I was born in Fairfax (no hospital in Loudoun County where we lived back in the day) but moved to Chesterfield as a young lad and have now determined to raise my family here…..wonder if I could claim “Fairfax’s Own”? BTW maybe someone of you folks travel right on by the old farmland on Rt. 7 west of the Sterling thats now shopping mall after shopping mall…still can see the cattle out in those fields of my memories.

  • SAS says:

    How come McDonnell does not have his party displayed? At least Deeds’ (albeit very sparse) signs say Democrat. I think that a person’s political affiliation is more important than where they happened to have grown up.

  • Lovettsville Lady says:

    Bob’s family still owns a house in NOVA. His wife’s family lives in McLean. With both their families in NOVA, they’ve spent lots of time there since they left. All of their holidays, many weekends, and vacations. They are well aware of the problems we face in NOVA, they hear about the problems all the time from their families and they’ve seen the problems, up close and personal.

    How many weekends, holidays, and vacations has Deeds spent in NOVA? How much family does he have here?

    Alter, come on out to western Loudoun, we’ve still got plenty of cattle out here. Horses too. Not to mention, goats, lamas, alpacas, and buffalo.

  • Not John S. Mosby says:

    In Virginia Beach, is he putting up signs that say “Tidewater’s Own”?

  • VA Blogger says:

    Not John, I believe (but have not seen one way or another) that they are getting “Virginia Beach’s Own”, but not “Tidewater’s Own” or “Hampton Roads’ Own”. Also, Richmond/Henrico is getting nothing.

  • Dan says:

    This comes under the heading of harmless bullshit. And it is smart.

  • I saw a bunch yesterday on My way into GMU, I like it, It’s a good subtle reminder that McDonnell will will help Virginia, Not just “Deeds Country”

  • There are “Virginia Beach’s Own” and “Hampton Roads Own” signs that were delivered last week, some of them have been put up so far

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    This is a good strategy by McDonnell. It’s nothing new when those running for office claim several places as their “own” – think of Hillary claiming NY, IL and even PA where her grandparents (I think) had a cabin – as “her own”.

    McDonnell spent many formative years in NOVA and it doesn’t take much to keep up with the changes, particularly if you have regular visits to the area and it is your business to know what is going on in the whole state. He is AG you know, it is a statewide office.

  • NotAndySere says:

    While I think it’s a good strategy to focus on his ties to Northern Virginia, where people may not know about his background, I worry that if he’s also doing this with Virginia Beach, where people should know him, it makes him look a little silly and trying to be everything to everyone.

  • NoVA Scout says:

    SAS: we Rs have a lot to live down over the past few years and McDonnell is doing his best to separate from his and our past. Putting R on a sign in NoVA is an invitation to alienate a lot of votes. It’s a smart strategy. We have two months to see if it works.

  • edmundburkenator says:

    NoVA Scout, what are your thoughts on the Wapo thing regarding McDonnell’s position paper (or thesis paper)? Will is change the race? Does it matter to thoughtful R’s like you?

  • I Bleed Obama Blue says:

    Bobby Mac – Too Conservative, indeed.
    Regardless his attempts to drape the moderate mantel about his shoulders, it’s nice to see the “liberal media” calling Bobby Mac out for what he is: An intolerant, hateful right-wing bastard.
    Here’s hoping Creigh picks-up on this kernel of truth and uses it to split Bobby Mac’s main-streamdisguise wide open.

  • Alter of Freedom says:

    Oh what absolute bullshit and figures it comes from the keyboard of IBOB…If Bob is this “hateful, right-wing bastard” I wonder how in the hell IBOB would prefer Obama be described by the masses….oh wait we are not allowed to comment about our President or people like IBOB start breaking out the brushes and paint anyone with any criticism as hate-mongers or racists. I doubt IBOB as ever met Bob, for if he/she had it would be obvious just how ludicris and ridiculous the comment IBOB posted truly is.

  • edmundburkenator says:

    Alter, do you have any problem with the thesis he wrote?

  • Not John S. Mosby says:

    McDonnell keeps saying that we shouldn’t focus on social issues. Well, let’s see. “Elect me, I’m a cave man but I’ll sell the liquor stores and fill in 3 pot holes”. That’s pretty much his campaign at this point.

  • wolverine says:

    It would have been nice if we could have seen Obama’s thesis before the November 08 election. No dice — even now.

  • edmundburkenator says:

    Jesus, why does everything degenerate into a partisan flame war?

  • Alter of Freedom says:

    Look anyone who has ever written a thesis or dissertation undertands that in some instances you are tasked with the challenge of tackling an arguement or theory regarding a particular topic you do not believe in let alone endorse. My roomate in college for example was an African-American from South Carolina who had to tackle in his history thesis how the Civil War was not fought over slavery per se or for the preservation of the institution as well as addressing the enlistment of slaves in the Confederate Army in and around Richmond. It was a eye-opener and great piece and he made the arguement so convincingly that you would think that he believed in the thesis wholeheartedly. These papers are about “critical thinking” and BTW I will pass on casting any judgement on any other politicians thesis/dissertation abstracts until well we as a people get to see and read say our current and recent pasts Presidents papers as well as say Hillary Clinton’s. Funny how those papers never seem to make it out for review isn’t it?

  • NoVA Scout says:

    Edmund: I’m ambivalent about it. My first reaction was that I’m not all that thrilled with stuff I wrote when I was in school and wouldn’t want my fitness for public office judged by it. It seems that there are a lot of levels that one should examine before one ever gets to college papers. But, reflecting a bit more, this is the work of a 34 year old, not an 18 year old, and much of McDonnell’s career (at least everything up through the 2005 election) reflects a very consistent adherence to the ideas in the paper.

    I think we have this situation: McDonnell and Bolling were cookie cutter, cartoon Virginia parodies of conservatives right up through November 2005. They both came very close to losing, Bob to a very strong Democrat opponent, Bolling to a very weak one. It doesn’t take a three-digit IQ to figure out that they had come to the end of the line on the scamming-the-yobs approach to politics. So both have made a conscious effort to re-invent themselves this cycle, and, so far, it is working well. They are running as centrist pragmatists. They have completely Connaughtonized themselves, but without Connaughton’s intellectual acuity (which, by the way, I consider an asset, but not a necessity to be Governor) McDonnell’s campaign is making very few mistakes, McDonnell himself is an acceptable candidate in many ways and he has been very well prepared and handled. Unlike Bolling and a number of others, he does have something in his resume besides wanting to hold office. His military service provides a very credible element to his bio.

    We are really just beginning the campaign. No sensible, balanced citizen of the Commonwealth (that excludes most of us here, given how much time we spend in front of the glowing screen) has paid the slightest attention to this race over the past few months. Next week is the real kickoff. Conventional wisdom is that the voters’ memories are quite short. If so, Rs have a chance. If things like the Post article start activating long dormant memory cells for voters, the early double digit poll margins will melt like a sugar cube in hot tea.

    So I guess I don’t think the Post article is going to make a huge impact in its own right, but I wonder if it’s a harbinger of increased focus on how utterly silly Republican candidates have been in Virginia for so many years. When one examines that history, all three of our candidates are right in the thick of it. The voters will have to discern whether there has been a sincere epiphany that turned them away from the utter nonsense of past campaigns, or whether these guys have grown up, learned, gotten interested in the real problems of government, and really have a sincere interest in making Virginia as great a place as it can be. If one or all of our statewide candidates wins, I’ll wait futilely for recognition from our side that they did it by stepping away from a very dark, desolate period in the history of the Republican Party in Virginia.

  • wolverine says:

    Burkenator, you have the gift of making me chuckle. Without all the cuttin’ and shootin’ of a partisan flame war, you might not have a blog to go to. We’d all be playing dominos over a nice, warm cup of tea — or fast asleep. I must say though that the name-calling is getting to be a bit much. Perhaps we need some form of Marquis of Queensberry Rules here before some of these guys find out the location of that old field at Bladensburg.

  • Cato the Elder says:

    It’s catnip to the Democratic base. It won’t move the needle for the independents, digging up some school paper from 20 years ago doesn’t pass the sniff test. Kinda reminds me of how guys like Hannity were running around shouting “Ayres” and “Wright” during 2008. It might be good for a point or two, but that’s not going to cut it for this train wreck.
    Should be good for volunteer recruitment for team Deeds, though.

  • Aaron says:

    The attempt to put Bob in the mold of his thesis paper is about as lame as Deeds attempt to say that Bush and Bob McDonnell are linked in terms of the economy.

    Deeds voted for 98% of McDonnell’s legislative proposals when he was AG and now he says that he created the bad economy. Deeds campaign is pathetic.

    I also love how Deeds is now trying to be the pro-business candidate. Have tax increases and more regulation ever made a state more pro business? I think not…ask california.

  • Thanks NoVA Scout.
    Wolverine, you touch on what I was thinking… I’m good with a vigorous debate, but lately it’s been a bit personal.

  • Not John S. Mosby says:

    A school paper? You guys make it sound like a book report he wrote in 8th grade. This was a graduate thesis – effectively a short book – that he wrote when he was 34 years old. Not exactly “a school paper”.

  • NoVA Scout says:

    don’t get discouraged Edmund. You’re a mainstay of reasonableness around here.

  • Linda says:

    Mr. McDonnell is the one who handed “The Washington Post” his thesis. I think he was probably proud of it and didn’t think for a moment that it might offend people. I’m 60 years old and, though I’ve matured, my views today are consistent with my views at the age of 34. McDonnell was a husband, and a father when he wrote his thesis–not just a student. His views on women in the workforce, birth control, and the right to privacy are frightening at best. On pages 7-8 of his thesis, he suggests that all forms of birth control should be banned for married and unmarried couples. On page 9, he actually refers to people who don’t want the government to interfere in their sex life “perverted” and indicates on that same page that he thinks the State should have a right to “interfere” with a person’s sex life. From 1995 through 2005, his voting record was consistent and reflective of the conservative agenda stated in the thesis. McDonnell shouldn’t be judged just by what he said in his thesis but by his actions as well. I sincerely believe that the women of Virginia will take a step back in time if he wins.

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