|Jubilant Tim Kaine, Virginia's new Senator|
Once again, we have elected three of the crankiest, most contentious, far right wing congressmen in that body in Bob Goodlatte, Robert Hurt and Morgan Griffith. The reason Obama's presidency will never ascend beyond "good" is because of a House of Representatives peopled by representatives like these three. Their philosophy of tiny government--or no government at all--has resulted in a clampdown on the effectiveness of our government and a lack of movement on crucial issues that is, has been and will continue to be crippling.
Roanoke City and Montgomery County were the only localities in this end of the state go to for Kaine and Obama, but the urban areas of Virginia forged a strong alliance, much as they did nationally, to elect the moderate forces. The far right remains strong in rural states and rural areas of urban states.
Obama managed to squeeze out a health care bill against this opposition, but his legislative accomplishments since then have been measured in baby steps and generally with no GOP support at all. During the most recent four years, Congressional Republicans have been slavish to the basic philosophy that their only duty to their constituents was to defeat Obama by blocking every move he made, up to and including legislation they agreed with.
Let us hope that this latest sound whipping from the American public will force them into a re-evaluation of that position and help them understand that they are in Washington to serve the people, not to beat the president. All three of our representatives could be good and effective in their jobs if they would only do it. Maybe a solid push from the electorate would help them understand that as a good idea.