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  •  Seriously? (none)
    Conservatism leavened with compassion?  In Virginia?  I know that Charlottesville is, in many ways, as Virginia as Virginia gets, but I'd say it has more in common with Arlington/Alexandria than the rest of the Commonwealth.

    I'm not a VA native - I hail from Georgia.  And seriously, after nearly 9 years here, I stand by the assessment I made a year into this - Virginia makes Georgia look positively progressive.

    •  I dunno (none)
      Charlottesville might be an Arlington clone but twenty minutes outside of it, and his description is spot-on. If you take 64W or 29S (hell, even 29N), or 250 in either direction, you'll revert to conservative, rugged Virginia in a second.
      •  My Grandparents (none)
        Had the a house in Bel Air for many years. My grandparent's friends included the Liodys, the Tings, and several cronies of my grandfather including one rather memorable former POW (Korea) whose name nevertheless escapes me.

        Perhaps "conservative" is not the correct appellation. My grandfather certainly said he was, but he supported Planned Parenthood, voted for Perot, and actually who knows who their friends voted for... My assumptions could be wrong. In any case, I'm principally talking about people from earlier generations, many who have passed on by now... I haven't been there in over a decade.

        Coincidentally several people I know from New York have moved down there over the years, including the proprietor of Daedalus Books (not the big new bookseller by that name) in town (not sure if that's still there). They all love it, they stayed, which is not as often the case in my observation when New Yorkers move to New England, for example.

        In any case I really liked hearing about Warner's anti-sprawl position because every year I would visit there it would get worse and worse. My grandfather found it somewhat amusing and liked to count redundant shoe stores in the malls, but I never did.

        9/11 + 4 Years = Katrina... Conservatism Kills.

        by NewDirection on Fri Oct 28, 2005 at 09:15:54 AM PDT

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    •  I Agree With That, Too... (none)
      ...I'm not saying they are progressive, far from it. Perhaps I am just projecting my own political evolution. But my sense is that conservatism used to be much saner, if always essentially a mean philosophy. In other words it didn't rule out other determinations, it wasn't a death cult as now. I haven't spent much time with conservatives in the South since it caught the Chickenhawk Flu during the Clinton years.

      9/11 + 4 Years = Katrina... Conservatism Kills.

      by NewDirection on Fri Oct 28, 2005 at 09:20:04 AM PDT

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      •  I understand (none)
        about the saner conservatism.  Hell, most of the Dems in GA would have been Republicans any further north.  (I was going to list examples such as Sam Nunn, Zell Mi . . .er, and now you see why I stopped).

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