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Editor’s Notebook: We like our politicians spicy, not bitter

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Everyone once in a while, Li’l Scotty has to call it like it is and suggest an intervention for someone in the political arena.

Somebody, please, please, stage one for former Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling.

Yes, I know, Virginia’s former No. 2 is not exactly exceptionally relevant these days, having taken a number of academic posts since he was aced out of a run for the governorship by rival Ken Cuccinelli (who went on to lose to Terry McAuliffe, who went on to lose eight years later to Glenn Youngkin, to bring this all full circle).

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Bolling, whom I have met and interviewed and hold no animus toward, keeps posting on the centrist-Republican blog site Bearing Drift, and he now seems to have become Johnny-One-Note, being critical of Republicans in general and to voters who nominate right-wing or Trumpian nominees in particular.

He recently unleashed on the Republican voters of New Hampshire, whose nominee is trailing in the polls because, as Bolling sees it, he is too right-wing for the electorate there.

OK, we get it. Bolling is still mad that right-winger Cuccinelli beat him to the punch in the nomination race for governor, only to (narrowly) lose to a (kinda) centrist Democrat in McAuliffe. Time to let that grievance go, and also stop the thinly veiled analogies when similar episodes play out elsewhere (as they seem to be this year in places like Georgia, Massachusetts, Maryland, Pennsylvania and the like).

How many times must one say it: Don’t get mad and pout when things don’t go your way politically. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and go win the next one.

Or alternately, channeling a phrase of my brother (who has been hunkered down at home in Florida this week): “Don’t go away mad; just go away.”

A PERCENTAGE POINT HERE, A PERCENTAGE POINT THERE … Two stories appearing at roughly the same time yesterday: A Newsweek report saying mortgage-interest rates have topped 7 percent, and a Reuters report saying they have hit 6.52 percent.

Either way, as they say in the sheep pen, that’s baaaaa-aaaaa-aaaaa-d news for the housing market and the economy.

TAKE SMALL VICTORIES WHERE YOU CAN GET THEM: Took my aging chariot (9 years young next week!) to Midas for an oil change and check-out, mentioning in advance that there appeared to be a leak.

Turns out there was a leak, but only a minor one that was easily fixed. That, plus the oil change, plus a back-up light that had gone out and needed to be replaced, amounting to about $70.

Any time you get out of a repair shop for under $1,000 when you have a 9-year-old car, count yourself lucky. For under $100, I’m shouting “Hallelujah!” to the rafters.

– Scott McCaffrey

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