Why Bob Marshall Wins And Will Keep Winning

By Loudoun Insider

First, a complaint about the WaPo.  They had an article in the woefully thin Loudoun section today about Bob Marshall introducing a bill to limit foreclosures, but I could not find a link to it anywhere on the WaPo site.  Go to the Loudoun section of the website, and it’s two months old.  Pathetic.

But back to the topic at hand, Bob Marshall’s fight against MERS, the electronic mortgage registry, is another example of his very popular populist side.  Sure he can be pretty far out there on the social and conspiracy sides, as with abortion and reviving local currency in case of Armageddon, but he’s also been at the forefront of populist issues like growth controls and everyday financial concerns of the average citizen. 

Couple this with the fact that while people may disagree with some of his far right agenda items, they admire the man for being absolutely faithful to his personal principles.  That is endearing in this age of too many self serving politicians whose positions turn with the slightest breeze.  Marshall is safe for as long as he wants his Delegate seat.


  • Dan says:

    LI, I think you are correct about Marshall. Voters will tolerate a good deal of nuttiness from a politician if they perceive he is truly on their side on important bread and butter issues. I am told Marshall is also very personable and easily liked. And, as you point out, he is consistent.

    He reminds me of Jim Traficant. Traficant was an unusual character too but on economic issues the people of his district had no doubt of his reliability. He was always a lock to be re-elected. Until he went to prison of course. He still has many fans in Youngstown and I wouldn’t bet against a comeback.

    I wouldn’t bet against Marshall either. I think you are right about him holding that seat for as long as he wants it.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Say what you want abut Bob Marshall, but he will never end up in jail. He is one of the few straight shooters that really walks the walk.

  • All will remember, if they are true to themselves, that it was Marshall, not Black (no matter what Black says)that brought about the elimination of the foolish attempts by an over zealous (and unelected) Regional Traffic Board.

  • Dan says:

    I didn’t mean to imply corruption with the comparison to Traficant. I also believe Marshall is a straight shooter. But as far as often being an oddball but being consistent in his views on bread and butter issues and earning strong support for that consistency on kitchen table issues goes he is similar to a guy like Traficant. That is the key to Marshall’s electoral strength. Not the wacky social agenda.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    I didn’t take it that way, Dan, and agree with your basic premise. I just wanted to put that out there about Marshall – in addition to his popular populist stances, he is a rare breed as far as telling it like it is and walking the walk ethically.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    Dan, You’d never make the comparison to Traficant if you had spent 5 minutes with Bob Marshall. By comparing him to a felon with a squirrel on his head you implied an image, and thankfully backed off. Excusing me for thinking that you have an agenda, but for the most part – you do!

  • I actually think Dan’s Traficant comparison is pretty accurate, in terms of looking at how both are fringe politicians who do the right thing for their constiuents. It should be applauded.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    ROG – All depends on if you think Bob Marshall is a “fringe” politician.

  • Lloyd the Idiot says:

    Marshall is the classic example of someone a “conservative” can agree with at least 80 percent of the time. Coupled with his intellectual honesty, I think he makes a good representative. That said, I disagree with a fair number of his more widely reported proposals including the one regarding MERS. The efficient functioning of that service is key to the efficient sale and servicing of mortgage loans in today’s economy.

    I also put Rust, May and Greason in the bucket of conservative and honest, but I’d add reasonable to their descriptions.

  • G. Stone says:

    Bob Marshall and Jim Traficant ? You gotta be kidding me.

  • BlackOut says:

    Well, thanks for those who have been concerned about me. I’ve been consumed on a couch watching football all weekend. I did see this poster earlier but frankly it’s boring. I thought Marshall already endorsed Black. Maybe that was a different Marshall. This endorsement doesn’t come close to the controversial back room deal that lead to the endorsements by Zurn and Plowman.

    The little time I did have away from football, I used to catch up on what Tag Greason and Mark Herring are doing down in Richmond this session. Both are to be commended. Excellent work and great representation. I hope both of them stay in my district when things get shook up.

    I would much rather my representatives spend their time and energy working for the people rather than spending time out in left field working up and releasing an endorsement for Dick Black.

    Lloyd your an idiot if you think Marshall comes even close to being in the same class as Rust, May and Greason.

  • BlackOut says:

    Showing my recent TC activity…the above post was meant for the Marshall endorsement thread.

  • LloydTheIdiot says:

    Gee, BO, that really hurts, and I don’t think I want to take your abuse anymore. And I know I don’t want to take you and your luggage to the airport.

  • BlackOut says:

    Lloyd my apologizes I was trying to be cute, and re-reading it I should have left the idiot part out. If I could edit it I would change idiot to crazy.

  • No apologies necessary, BO. I was just joking anyway – haven’t you ever seen Stripes?

  • Greg L says:

    I’d rather cut down the mightiest tree in the forest with a herring than align myself with anything that the anti-business and tax-raising Mark Herring has his grubby pawprints on. Loudoun arguably has no worse representation than ol’ fish.

  • Lovettsville Lady says:

    Who are you and what have you done with Loudoun Insider?!!! We KNOW he would NEVER say anything nice about Bob Marshall!

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    I can’t wait to catch up on Herring. Today is lobby day in Richmond – I have a couple friends that will be paying Mark, Tag and others a visit. As usual, they will find Mark on the wrong side of some very big issues and joining forces with others in his party on some very easy, feel good legislation.

    FWIW, I am glad Mark finally showed up on the scene this year.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    LovL, as I’ve stated to you before, you know very little about me. I’ve always been a Bob Marshall supporter, in more ways than one, but have been disappointed lately with some of his far-out proposals.

  • BlackOut says:

    Governor Bob McDonnell finds Mark Herring on his side for job creation. Mark was mentioned in McDonnell’s recent SOTC speech and thanked Mark for his efforts. What an honor.

    “Among the proposals are $25 million for a Virginia Research and Technology Innovation Program; $5 million in funding for Virginia Small Business Financing Authority, to help small businesses gain access to capital; additional funding for Virginia’s growing tourism, wine and film industries, investments in successful workforce development programs, and improvements to industrial sites and enterprise zones.

    I thank Senators Chuck Colgan, Steve Newman, Mark Herring, Tommy Norment and Walter Stosch, and Delegates Ben Cline, Kathy Byron, Matthew James and Scott Lingamfelter for carrying this legislation.” – Bob McDonnell

    I am impressed that not only is Mark Herring working with McDonnell and the Republicans but that he is singled out for leadership recognition for his efforts. His ability to find compromise and get things done with the other side of the aisle is the type of leadership I look for. Mark is a Statesman.

    Contrast that with divisive Bob Marshall. Look at the ridiculous legislation Marshall is working on. Banning Homosexuals from the National Guard, VA minting it’s own currency, the ridiculous MERS proposal, or a few years ago his bill that would have made any health care professional in Virginia a criminal if they assisted an unmarried woman in becoming pregnant by pretty much any means that didn’t involve a penis, and there are more.

    Check out these gems that also keep Marshall from legitimate legislation, or for having to apologize for ridiculous statements like this, “… for remarks suggesting that women who have abortions risk having later children with birth defects as a punishment from God”. Or comments he never apologized for like when asked about abortion in the case of incest, Marshall replied that, “sometimes incest is voluntary,” and this classic, “In response to abortions in the case of rape, Marshall said, ‘Your origins should not be held against you [referring to the victim’s unborn child]. The woman becomes a sin-bearer of the crime, because the right of a child predominates over the embarrassment of the woman.'”

    What a contrast. I’ll go with the uniter not the divider every time.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    Thanks for your support BO, that copy and paste job on Herring’s accomplishments in the past year were invigorating – especially coming from a man that think David Poisson is a statesman. Boy, you sure know how to pick em. The additional rant on the clueless Bob Marshall is very much appreciated. One request though, you didn’t tie Dick Black and Sarah Palin into this rant – I’m a tiny bit dissappointed.

    As stated, Herring sure has been shakin a tale feather of late – considering he has been in office for 5 years. Where does the time go! Oh well, he’s a late bloomer. He did learn one thing in 5 years – when to add his name to big issues that draw support from both sides. Baby steps.

  • BlackOut says:

    LL that copy and paste stuff was directly from McDonnell’s speech.

    David Poisson is/was a statesman. How unusual that race was to have to good candidates from both sides. Too bad that Armstrong idiot down south injected his brand of BS politics. Stoner would have never gotten in gutter trouble if it hadn’t of been for that rascal.

    Glad you like the Marshall stuff, there’s a lot more. From what I see he’s a chauvinist pig. I don’t study him as closely as others, he’s not my representative. This is just stuff that falls out as the obvious. I am a little more interested in him lately due to his delusions of seeking statewide office.

    Haha, a friend of mine recently called Marshall, Choochie’s lab rat. Cooch sends all his test fringe ideas through Marshall and Marshall sticks his toe into the public opinion pool to gain a read. Good top cover for Chooch. Smart idea.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    BO, you consistently refer to the pol often known as Cooch as Chooch – is this purposeful, a new nickname?

  • BlackOut says:

    No not really, he’s got a really hard name to spell (see Dick Black) and also a really hard nickname to keep consistent. Coochie, Cooch, Chooch, Choochie, I don’t know pick your pick. All the same.

  • G.Stone says:

    “Too bad that Armstrong idiot down south injected his brand of BS politics.”

    This is where you put on your hack hat. You assign no blame to the candidate. As if all this just happened without his knowledge or consent. Come on even you don’t believe that and if you do you are dumber than a box of car parts.Your candidate knowing the political wind was not blowing in his direction conspired with the dirty hacks from Richmondto throw a series of hail marys. All of which were both disgusting and utter failures.

  • frankoanderson says:

    Marshall’s district will have to shrink significantly. I’m not saying it’s going to affect his chances at re-election, but he will have to deal with some different political realities in the near future. Part of his security in getting re-elected was the sheer size of the district, making it hard for a challenger to compete financially.

    Last year I attended a forum with Delegates Marshall, Lingamfelter and Watts at George Mason University. Marshall and Lingamfelter high-tailed it out of there as soon as it was over, and only Vivian Watts stuck around to talk to students. It was late, so you couldn’t argue that Marshall had another event to go to.

  • BlackOut says:

    Stoner, we disagreed when we discussed this at the time and obviously we disagree now. You are entitled to your opinion, and I am very comfortable with mine.

    Armstrong strong armed the entire affair. Chances are Poisson knew about it but had no control over stopping it or option to complain about it. I know this first hand, more than I care to share. Big example of why I hate ALL party politics these days. Republicans and Democrats do it.

    For the HUNDREDTHS time, my candidate was Tag Greason. One can see both candidates as admirable and worthy of office. I know this is a foreign concept to die hard one way party voters like you. It’s really not a revolutionary idea.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    BO, Your defense on David Poisson is so completely strained you must be getting a hernia. He is not worthy of office and women all over his district were disgusted and mad – at him – not his mentor down south. Thankfully you are one of his last supporters.

    Now Bob Marshall is a chauvinist pig. This from the Dick Black smut poster.

    As for Gov McDonnell and his praise of the clinger on, McDonnell is a gracious man. Something you need to make a mental note of.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    “No not really, he’s got a really hard name to spell (see Dick Black) and also a really hard nickname to keep consistent. Coochie, Cooch, Chooch, Choochie, I don’t know pick your pick. All the same.”

    What the hell. Are you drunk?

  • BlackOut says:

    Not strained at all. I have been very consistent on this since I found out the truth. Armstrong is the guy you and others should direct your anger at.

  • BlackOut says:

    More wasted bandwidth by Marshall. Geez, give it up, the Supreme Court settled this years ago. How about spending some cycles on real issues. Who sent Marshall down to Richmond with the priorities of fighting abortion and gays? I thought he said it was all about transportation and education. Actions speak louder than words.


  • Loudoun Lady says:

    BO – It’s not anger, it is amazement at the constant jumbled nonsense coming from you.

    2008 Barrack Obama
    2009 Gov McDonnell
    2010 Barnett (I assume)- if it is Wolf it gets worse
    2011 Mark Herring

    You want progressive policies on the federal level, conservative policies on the state level, progressive policies yet again from your congressional rep to work with your President – and your state senator working against your Governor.

    You’re a walking contradiction.

    Continue with the Marshall bashing, it can be at least counted as a post.

  • Blackout says:

    I am a huge Wolf fan. Voted for him in every Congressional election he’s had.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    Yep, it is worse than listed. Voting for a Progressive President and a Conservative Congressional Rep to work against him.

  • Blackout says:

    Don’t forget to add Tag Greason and David Poisson before that.

    LL, stop hurting yourself you’ll never be able to understand the virtues of being an Independent. But as I’ve said, for either party to survive they need Independent votes. Based on your inability to see anything that isn’t “R” I must be your worst nightmare. You should temper your rhetoric, you need me.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    BO – Please, keep the delusion alive. At least in your own mind.

  • Keep The Delusion Alive!!!!
    I like it. Recreational drugs have consequences.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    The other consequence is a shoulder injury, continually patting yourself on the back sometimes requires a chiropractor.

  • I like Bob somedays. Today is one. The Bill to stop Cap N’ Trade was being presented to the subcommittee today. Without all of the fringe bills that he’s preceeded it with, this one actually looks good.
    Bob has his great moments and his not-so-great moments.

  • Tommy says:


    That is simply untrue, I was at the same event at GMU. Bob Marshall stayed after and talked to delegate Watts and other members of the SSC, before talking for another 15 minutes outside the hall with students who had questions.

    The main thing I remember from that event was how articulate and polite he was in answering your very off-topic question on Gerrymandering. Even though the topic of the event was school funding, and you kept pushing the question, Marshall was kind enough to describe the process for everyone in attendance, winning over everyone there and making no enemies. Especially with his comments about getting a football team to GMU 😉

    Also, his opponents cannot blame the fact Marshall keeps winning because they cannot compete financially. Marshall has never raised more than his opponent since he was elected in 1991, being outraised and outspent every year 2-1, 4-1, and 6-1.

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