By Rosalind S. Helderman – Saturday, October 30, 2010; 12:12 AM
President Obama and other Democrats are going around the country making the same argument as party leaders made in Virginia last year: If you elect Republicans, they’ll drive the car right back into the ditch. (Which is better that the Democrats burying US alive.)
Virginians overwhelmingly ignored that advice, and a year later many say they have few regrets and are generally pleased – if not ecstatic – about what Republicans have done.
Voters, including some who didn’t back him, credited Gov. Robert F. McDonnell with working hard and engineering deep budget cuts from a generally fractious General Assembly with relatively little heartache. The result of those efforts was a narrow surplus by the end of the fiscal year, achieved through bipartisan action and without the tax increase that Gov. Timothy M. Kaine proposed before leaving office.
“This state hasn’t gone backwards,” said Steven Herborn, 55, of Chesapeake. He has supported candidates in both parties over the years but wants Republicans to take over Congress next week.
“Nothing bad has happened,” he said. “The schools are no worse. The roads? We’ve always had a problem with the roads in Virginia.”
Despite dire warnings from Democrats about what will happen if Republicans take over, the message doesn’t seem to be sticking. In a Washington Post-ABC poll this month, only 50 percent of Democrats said a GOP Congress would be “a bad thing.”