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Editor’s Notebook: So many hopes, and yet they were dashed

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When she was first elected chair of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, it appeared that Phyllis Randall had a refreshing common-sense head on her shoulders.

But as the intervening years have proved, she’s been sucked into the vortex that is the groupthink of Northern Virginia elected Democrats.

More proof was in the pudding that was last week’s annual confab of elected board chairs and mayors from Northern Virginia’s largest jurisdictions.


Randall showed none of the independence of thought that she initially brought to the job, and went off on the tangent of blasting Gov. Youngkin for his (extraordinarily successful) efforts to use the, mmm, what critics would call craziness of the Loudoun County School Board to his political advantage last year.

(Memo to Randall: Some of those School Board members really ARE cray-cray, and you’d be advised to disentangle yourself from that sinking ship before it takes you along for the ride to the ocean depths. Just some friendly advice.)

This annual mayors-and-chairs events used to be more informative when there was more diversity of thought up on the panel. But one of the years I attended, hoping that then-Prince William Board Chair Corey Stewart, a Republican, would provide a counterpoint to the Democrats, he seemed as sucked into the groupthink maelstrom as the rest of them.

(Speaking of Stewart, boy, there’s a political career that crashed and burned in spectacular fashion. For a guy who thought he could outsmart everyone, he sure fell by the wayside.)

IRONY IS FUN! We have a news brief this week about the laudable effort by Fairfax County election officials to recruit high-school-age student pages for the general election.

But what struck me was the mandatory requirement that students under 18 must have parental permission to participate.

So …. Fairfax students need to inform their parents if they want to take part in an active of civic engagement, but, according to the bubbling scandal surrounding yet another nutsy Fairfax County Public Schools’ policy that saw the light of day last week, the school system doesn’t have to inform the parents if little Johnny comes to the main office and declares he’s now Little Susie and must be treated as such?

Boy howdy, we live in strange times …..

– Scott McCaffrey

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