Virginia has turned out to be one of those “battleground” states in the race for electoral votes. Traditionally Republican, it has grown more diverse and has voted in Democratic governors regularly for the past few years. It’s also one of those states that has very different demographics depending on the geography. The southern and western parts are more conservative and have struggled with the economy more so than Northern Virginia, which lies just outside Washington, DC. It has such a separate identity that for my entire life it has been capitalized like that: Northern Virginia, as if it were an entirely different state. You know, like there’s Virginia, West Virginia, and Northern Virginia.
Well, John McCain’s brother Joe made a stop not far out of Northern Virginia in Loudon County, and he made a little joke, according to the Washington Post:
“I’ve lived here for at least 10 years and before that about every third duty I was in either Arlington or Alexandria, up in communist country.”
Oh, ha ha.
Except that a huge number of hardworking federal employees live in Arlington and Alexandria. The “little people” people who do the everyday work that keeps our government running. From the EPA to the IRS to the Commerce Department, FBI, Energy, Justice, and everything in between. There are people working in public service for you — despite the political fighting and Republican efforts to dismantle everything they are doing for you, America. And a lot of them live in Arlington and Alexandria.
Oh, and so does John McCain. He has a condo in Arlington. But I guess when you have as many homes as he does, it’s easy to forget one. Or two.