Bob McDonnell’s Corruption Trial in V irginia Symbolizes Growing Political Partisansh ip - NYT
In Politics, the ‘Virginia Way’ No Longer Reflects Its Genial Southern Roots
Bob McDonnell’s Corruption Trial in Virginia Symbolizes Growing Political PartisanshipBy TRIP GABRIEL
....A state government long known for a go-along, get-along culture is now a place where compromise is seen as collaborating with the enemy. Current and former elected officials, and longtime analysts, strained to put recent events into perspective. One reached back to 1861, when Virginia seceded from the Union, as the last time the state’s politics were so fraught. Another, twisting the state’s well-known tourism slogan, said, “Virginia is for haters now.”
The polarization of Richmond mirrors Washington, part of a nationalization of politics in state capitals with divided government across the country. The Legislative session that recently ended featured teeth-spitting acrimony between Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, and Republicans in the General Assembly, which nearly led to a government shutdown....