Yesterday at a campaign rally, Virginia Del. Don Merricks (R) spoke about his support for Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA), echoing recent remarks by McCain campaign surrogate Nancy Pfotenhauer that “real Virginia” is only where McCain is winning. Both Merricks and Goode implied that the “real Virginia” is where people are “philosophically in-tune” with Republicans:
Merricks: There’s a lot in the national headlines about real America. Folks, this is real Virginia, right where we are. And Virgil represents real America and real Virginia.
Goode: “I can’t tell you how important it is to have a philosophically in-tune group representing you in the Virginia General Assembly. They work together well. You can go up to Fairfax County and they probably got 4 or 5 different factions up there.
While running for the Senate in 2006, Republican George Allen told a man of Indian descent, “Welcome to America and the real world of Virginia.” In recent weeks, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) has also been claiming that only some parts of the country are “pro-America.”
ThinkProgress received a response to Goode’s comments from Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA): “It sounds like Virgil is having some sort of existential crisis. There’s no ‘real’ or ‘fake’ Virginia. We’re all Virginians regardless of our political views.”
,On Oct. 20, Virginia House Democratic Caucus Chairman Brian Moran responded to the McCain campaign’s “real America” comments, similarly noting, “In my travels I’ve been to all parts of Virginia and I know we are far more alike then we are different.”