Annotations & Elucidations Stepping In It

It's Monday, so maybe it's to be expected (you know, still groggy from the weekend), but so many politicians — local, statewide and national — have stepped into a mess today. Foremost among them, the entire Obama administration, which now is floating a trial balloon to raise taxes on the middle class to pay for "health care reform." As if it's having so much success getting it passed as it is. Then there's U.S. Senator John McCain, demonstrating why he was such an effective candidate for president last year, declaring that he's undecided on how he will cast his Supreme Court confirmation vote on Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

On the state level, Governor Kaine announced yet again that his higher-than-reality revenue projections are leaving the budget shorter and shorter of actual taxes, requiring more and more budget cuts. Not to be outdone, liberal Democrat Tom Shields, a candidate for the 73rd District seat in the House of Delegates, claimed in a speech, despite all physical evidence to the contrary (such as video tape, invitations and an actual building) that his opponent, incumbent Republican John O'Bannon, has never held a town hall meeting or even had a district office. 

Then there's Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, who is living proof about what's great and bad about America: The great is that anyone, that's anyone, with half a brain, can grow up and be a success, even have his opinions published in a widely read, important publication. The bad is that the same half-wit can grow up and have his opinions published in an important publication.

News:

Dems' success keeps focus from Deeds (The Daily Press)

Deeds visits mall, focuses on economy (Charlottesville Daily Progress)

McDonnell stumps at county fair (Charlottesville Daily Progress)

Candidates discuss stands on agriculture, rural issues (Roanoke Times)

Kaine: More cuts are likely (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)

Griffith remains an avid swimmer (Roanoke Times)

Group focuses on Obama's agenda (The Daily Press)

National News:

Obama officials: Taxes may rise to pay for health care (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Both sides shift health care debate to Main Street (AP/GOPUSA.com)

McCain undecided on vote for Sotomayor (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Commentary:

The GOP's Extremist Dilemma (E.J. Dionne/Washington Post)

How Long Can You Hold Your Nose, Sen. Grassley? (Doug Patton/GOPUSA.com)

ObamaCare For Seniors: Sorry, You're Just Not Worth It (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)

Delegate O'Bannon Responds To Democrat Opponnent Shields False Claims (Tom White/VirginiaRight.com)