The great homestate of Gen. Robert E. Lee is now a Yankee foothold, swarming with yuppies, immigrants and D.C. bureaucrats who are dragging Virginians into the future and into the voting bloc of Barack Obama.
Even if blacks vote in record numbers in most of the states with the largest proportion of blacks in this category, Obama is unlikely to win almost any electoral vote from them. Why? They tend to be poor states.
Obama's fifty-state strategy is not about his winning these states in this election. It's about "trickle up" politics and grassroots efforts on a national scale, all of which will help sow the seeds of future Democratic majorities.
While Obama staff and volunteer Fellows weren't allowed to speak to me, I found the rest of the crowd eager to share. I wanted to find out why they support Obama and what issues mattered to residents here.
Seated in the Kentucky headquarters with her blue eyes, tightly curled white hair, turquoise earrings and a rainbow-colored pullover, Party Director Jo Anne Crawford looked as lonely as the Maytag repairman.