McCain aide says Northern Virginia isn’t “real Virginia”

There’s so much that can be said about a top McCain aide trashing Northern Virginia. In fact, although it only happened a couple hours ago, a lot has already been said by Politico, the Associated Press and ABC News. Probably the best commentary is from Lowell at RK in a post titled, “McCain Campaign Channels George Allen: NOVA is not ‘Real Virginia’”:

My god, how stupid can these McCain people be? First, they call Arlington and Alexandria “communist country.” Then, Sarah Palin talks about how only the rural, “small town” (like Wasilla?) parts of America are “pro-America.” Now, McCain spokeswoman Nancy Pfotenhauer channels George Allen’s “macaca” moment, when among other things he welcomed S.R. Sidarth – a lifelong resident of Fairfax County – to “America and the real world of Virginia.” That, by the way, helped kick start a movement led by Annabel Park and Eric Byler known as “Real Virginians for Webb.” Now, two years later, the McCain campaign has returned to the scene of the crime, so to speak, even after we saw what it did to George Allen.

Jed got the video. Note how the anchor even offered the McCainiac a chance to walk herself out of the mess she stepped in — but she didn’t:

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Here’s the transcript:

KEVIN CORKE: Okay. You’re talking about winning this year, but that’s going to require that you win states like – well, like Virginia, for example. And as someone who is now in northern Virginia, we’re both right here, we get it. Northern Virginia is increasingly strong in the state. They have more political clout. Democrats have won the statehouse; Jim Webb’s surprising victory in the Senate. It would seem to me that there could be a tipping of the balance there. Would you agree with that? And that maybe be – you know, maybe that’s where he has to focus his energy now.

NANCY PFOTENHAUER: Well, Kevin, I certainly agree that northern Virginia has gone more Democratic. You know, as a proud resident of Oakton, Virginia, I can tell you that the Democrats have just come in from the District of Columbia and moved into northern Virginia. And that’s really what you see there. But the rest of the state, real Virginia, if you will, I think will be very responsive to Senator McCain’s message. And remember that, you know, you’ve got places in other states like northern Wisconsin, the iron range of Minnesota, south-central and southeastern Pennsylvania, the St. Louis suburbs and the rural areas of Missouri that are very responsive to our message. And again we’re taking it to them in Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. He’s having to fight to defend there, as you can tell because he’s deployed people like the Clintons out in Pennsylvania. And every speech Joe Biden gives, he says, “I’m from Scranton.” You don’t know what else he’s going to say, but he sure gets that line in.

CORKE: Hey Nancy, I’m going to give you a chance to climb back off that ledge. Did you say “real Virginia”?

PFOTENHAUER: I did say outside of north – well, I mean real Virginia, because northern Virginia is where I’ve always been, but real Virginia I take to be the – this part of the state that is more southern in nature, if you will. Northern Virginia is really metro D.C., as you’re aware, Kevin.

CORKE: All right. I’m just going to let you — you’re aware of that one. I’m just saying.


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