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This won't be long, or particularly poignant. But for some reason it seems necessary.

I'm a former resident of Arlington, VA, living in Canada (well, a lot of places before Arlington too, but that's where we were before my family moved up here). In 2008 I was proud to send in my absentee ballot, and thrilled when Obama won. But that's really all it was about. It was a straight D ticket, but I can't tell you who else was on it.

I've had my absentee ballot for this election sitting in my inbox for a few weeks now. I took a peak at it when I first got it, but didn't feel any pressing need to send it in. But tonight I looked again, and I read about Jim Moran.

I read his website, which made lots of appropriate noises about some of the issues Dems tend to be squishy on. But that didn't really motivate me. What I did find was this:

http://retirejimmoran.com/

Reading the most recent entries, it gives me the impression that Jim is either one of the most respectable congresspeople around, or the wingnuts this year really are out there.

It started with "Jim Moran’s disgusting comments on the military". Apparently, he said his opponent (a vet) was typical of the type of candidates Republicans nominate, which generally haven't been in office or performed public service. He now owes millions of American soldiers an apology.

Then, under "Moran’s worst comments of the 2010 campaign", he was caught endorsing a carbon tax and supporting raising the gas tax (heaven forbid we make companies that pollute our air clean it up, that would be a shakedown!).

What really got me was "Moran in his own words". Apparently the Republican Party of Virginia actually paid to have an ad made that (bad film effects aside) gives Moran 30 seconds of camera time to describe how Americas rising productivity has only benefited those at the top, due to Republican policies against redistribution of wealth. Apparently, the platform of the VA republican party is "you work harder, the rich get richer, don't even think about doing anything about it!".

From the polls I have seen, Moran will win handily. But even the slight chance that these robber-barons will get into power is more than enough to make sure I get this ballot in the mail tomorrow.

I encourage you all to do the same, if you have been dithering like me. These people are nuts.

Originally posted to Passive on Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 07:47 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    His arms work... he's been carrying Bush's water for eight goddamn years!

    by Passive on Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 07:47:20 PM PDT

  •  Moran (4+ / 0-)
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    trashablanca, Passive, Tomsank, sturunner

    He may have his issues, but I like the guy.  When I lived in Alexandria back in the 80's he was my Congressman and I got to do some campaigning with him in the area.  He's for real.  Maybe a little too real at times, but very much for real.  

    They have created a world where everything is an opinion, and nothing is a fact, everybody is entitled to an opinion, and every opinion is equally valid.

    by SlowNomad on Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 08:00:50 PM PDT

    •  Good to hear, thanks. (3+ / 0-)
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      SlowNomad, trashablanca, Lujane

      His arms work... he's been carrying Bush's water for eight goddamn years!

      by Passive on Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 08:03:05 PM PDT

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    •  In the 80s? (1+ / 0-)
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      Lujane

      Moran was elected in 1990, so he couldn't have been your congressman in the 80s. Did you mean he was your mayor? He was mayor of Alexandria from 1985-90. I lived in his district back then too and was a volunteer on his first House campaign, though I wasn't quite old enough to vote yet. I was a big fan of his then, but a combination of poor constituent service (in my experience) and a series of really dumb comments have soured me on him quite a bit.

      "Is this supposed to be funny?" -A Ukrainian friend on her first viewing of Saturday Night Live

      by RamblinDave on Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 11:34:04 PM PDT

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      •  Probably right (0+ / 0-)

        It was a long time ago!  Yeah, he has said some dumb stuff.  He seemed like a fighter, though.  I just have a memory of him in front of my polling place (where he was standing with me & others) and his manner then.  He was much younger then, obviously.

        They have created a world where everything is an opinion, and nothing is a fact, everybody is entitled to an opinion, and every opinion is equally valid.

        by SlowNomad on Fri Oct 22, 2010 at 07:12:53 AM PDT

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  •  I'd vote for Moran if I could (0+ / 0-)

    because he's not Patrick Murphy.

    That's the only reason.  I wish he'd retire or get a worthy primary challenger, preferably one that doesn't hate people like me.

    Tell me what you eat, and I'll tell you what you are.

    by Musket Man on Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 08:17:33 PM PDT

    •  Are you referring to (2+ / 0-)
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      tidalwave1, Lujane

      his comment about Jewish support for the Iraq war or the lack thereof? I lived in his district then, and voted against him in the following year's primary for that reason, so I promise I am not condoning what he said here. That said, I remember hearing at the time that he made the remark in response to a woman at a town hall meeting who described herself as Jewish and asked "Why aren't more people like me supporting the war?" I must have gone over that a hundred times, trying to think what she could have expected other than an offensive answer and why anybody would ask such a thing except as a trap for someone with a famously big mouth - like Moran - to put his foot in said mouth.

      Like I said, I'm not condoning what he said. He should have given a non-answer or even just said "no comment". But the phrase "ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer" comes to mind.

      "Is this supposed to be funny?" -A Ukrainian friend on her first viewing of Saturday Night Live

      by RamblinDave on Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 11:38:40 PM PDT

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