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Editor’s Notebook: Let’s get this election season started!

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One of the reasons, given the choice between dueling ice-cream socials among Democrats over the weekend, I went for the one hosted by Del. Patrick Hope is I figured – correctly as it turned out – that much of his crowd would include some seasoned citizens whose knowledge of local politics goes back generations.

Good to see many of them after a COVID-lockdown period. In fact, one of those I chatted with (Peg Hogan) had been at an Arlington Senior Democrats luncheon in early March 2020, just as the lockdown mania was starting. We haven’t seen each other since; I congratulated her (and others who backed it) on getting through the legislation that allows local governments to embark on collective-bargaining agreements with their employees. I think it’s a big mistake, but hey, I always congratulate winners, even if the paper not always in their corner.

(One the editorial page was in the corner of, endorsement-wise, was County Board member Takis Karantonis, who also was at the Hope event. Good to check in face to face with him after having just seen him on computer screens since his election last July.)

Del. Hope is facing a Republican challenger (Laura Hall), and I hope to meet her tonight as the Arlington County Republican Committee holds its monthly meeting at the Crystal City Sports Pub. Pretty sure I’ll be the one and only person to have attended both the Hope kickoff and the GOP meeting 😊


So it’s starting to feel like general-election time, with these in-person events once again ramping up. We’re still going to have to wait and see if the traditional Arlington election-season kickoffs (the Arlington County Democratic Committee Labor Day chili cookoff and the Arlington County Civic Federation candidate forum) can be held as in-person events. I’m guessing yes for the former, no for the latter, but my prognostication skills are decidedly iffy, as everyone by now knows.

FINALLY, SOMEBODY ‘GETS’ US: A letter-writer from Vienna took umbrage at an editorial last week.

The main thrust of the editorial was that Donald Trump could end up sinking the possible comeback of the Virginia GOP by his incessant and sometimes grating running commentary on national affairs. But that wasn’t what upset the letter-writer; he was hacked off about our suggestion that while Republicans are trying to sort things out in the post-Trump world, Democrats are not exactly going gangbusters in Virginia, either.

The writer called criticism, muted though it may have been, of Democrats “ill-informed, partisan, and offensive.” [One presumes he is new to our editorials….]

In any event, any letter criticizing our editorials goes right to the top of the pile for publication. We are benign despots around here, after all.

  • Scott McCaffrey
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