Hype and Blame: 2012

Oh, it is good to be politically aware in Virginia right now.

If you love politics, and you are a Virginian, how can you not just sit back – regardless of partisanship – and just say, “This is cool.”

Virginia boasts the Majority Leader in the House of Representatives, Eric Cantor.  We have a former Democratic National Committee Chairman running for U.S. Senate in Tim Kaine.  Then there is George Allen, who was once considered a presidential prospect for 2008, but now is making his own political comeback to mirror his campaign’s “Blueprint for America’s Comeback.”

Governor Bob McDonnell is consistently discussed as a VP potential, but more importantly, he head’s up the Republican Governors Association.  Then there is Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who took Del. Bob Marshall’s “Health Care Freedom Act”, and led the charge against ObamaCare.

Terry McAuliffe, a former DNC chair himself and adviser to former President Bill Clinton, ran for governor in 2009 and seems primed to do it again in 2013, along with White House “Crasher” Tareq Salahi.

Not to mention that former Gov. Jim Gilmore was also Republican National Committee chair, and Ed Gillespie, the former Republican Party of Virginia chair, was a senior adviser to President Bush and now is advising Governor Mitt Romney.

Those are just a handful of the players.

How can you not love the politics here!

Let’s also set the scene for just this week:

Wednesday, we had Gov. Romney in Chantilly.  Thursday, he will be in Portsmouth.

Friday, the president will be in Alexandria. Saturday, he will be in Richmond.

Do you think Virginia might matter?

That’s also why the Republican National Committee has chosen Virginia to roll out a new campaign Thursday parodying the 2008 Obama campaign.

Instead of it being “Hope and Change”, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus is labeling the 2012 version, “Hype and Blame”.

RNC knows exactly how it wants to inform the American people of the Obama presidency:

“Obama has no record to run on so he’s out on the trail resorting to the same tactics he campaigned against in 2008. He has a litany of broken promises so what does he do? Lay blame, make excuses, run on gimmicks and engage in divisive politics. Four years later we know the candidate of Hope and Change is now Hype and Blame,” said Allie Brandenburger of the RNC.

Tomorrow, RNC Chairman Priebus, Virginia GOP Chairman Pat Mullins and Ohio GOP Chairman Bob Bennett (another “battleground”) will officially launch the “Hype and Blame: 2012” campaign, which features not only the bumper sticker, but also the facts that detail the past three years of the Obama administration.

So, here’s yet another example of  Virginia being the center of the U.S. political universe.  The mother of presidents is back.  And the battle for the heart and soul of America is happening right here – just like it did 150 years ago in Williamsburg and 241 years ago in Yorktown.