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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Election 2010: Reston Remains Socialist Island Surrounded by Ocean of Tea and Grizzly Mamas, Or Some Similarly Bad Political Metaphor

See that tiny splotch of blue circled in the fancy map above, completely surrounded by red (except, of course, for Maryland, that well-known haven for socialists)?

That's us.

We here at Restonian Election Headquarters have been busy "crunching the numbers" (not really), and Reston voters definitely bucked state and national trends last night, reelecting longtime incumbent and charming town hall host James P. Moran to Congress, even as his perennial Fairfax County Democratic colleague Gerry Connolly faces a possible recount battle. Don't we watch the CNN or anything?

Overall, Moran beat bus accident prone Republican challenger Patrick Murray by 58 percent to 40.6 percent -- the first time in eons that he hasn't cracked the 60 percent mark. Countywide turnout was 45.8 percent of active voters, which ain't bad for a midterm. Despite Reston's historic left-leaning penchant, some precincts leaned a bit more to the right than others. Moran won by just five votes in the Sunrise Valley precinct, and by around 50 votes each in the North Point, Aldrin, and Cameron Glen precincts. Careful, fellas! If you're not careful, you might get annexed by Herndon or Oakton, and then you won't get to keep your fancy socialist health insurance or, whazzitcalled, "roads."


  1. If the Dems are supposed to be the Socialists, why is it that the Repubs are RED? Personally, I blame it on Faux News Nutwork.

  2. From the Uplands of RestonNovember 4, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    The Convict in the Gulag.

    This was unilaterally changed by the big three networks (you may be too young to remember back that far) during the 2000 election, although attempts had been made earlier by individual networks.

    It was a successful effort by the liberal media to cloak the socialist tendencies of the Democratic Party in blue. Another case of Republicans being defined by outsiders, and the ineffectual Reps being unable to get their message out.

  3. Why should anyone care which party gets which color? I can't believe people even have conspiracy theories wrapped around this most inconsequential thing. Is it possible for anyone to behave like a reasonable adult anymore?

  4. Peasant From Less Sought After South RestonNovember 4, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    A bit of historical perspective on red vs. blue, for what it's worth: in the 1980 presidential election, CBS (I always watched Uncle Walter back then, bless his soul) used blue to denote the states Republicans had won. I remember this only because I wrote to a friend overseas that the electoral map had turned a "sea of blue" well before 9:00 p.m. that night as Reagan trounced Carter.

    Reminds me of when I was on assignment in a European country and we jokingly came up with the perfect color for each local political party -- red for the reformed Communists, pink for the Social Democrats, green for the environmentalists, gray for the pensioners' party, black for the far rightists, brown for the farmers party, (papal) gold for the Christian Democrats, etc.

  5. Free Scott Turner!


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