We must have missed the memo in Richmond. Turns out the Virginia House Democrats secret Santa was none other than the House Republican leadership.
Yes, Santa was a couple days late, but a gift like this one is worth waiting for: the House Republican leadership has, after an exhaustive search, found the real grinch (like OJ's search for the real killers) who stole Virginia's roads. Surprise: it's not Tim Kaine, Mark Warner or the state's Democrats.
No. Turns out it's . . . (drum roll please): the County Supervisors!
Seriously. Admittedly, after returning from holiday, the Curmudgeon had to read the Washington Post's story on this one twice to make sure it wasn't a joke. Yet, according to the Post, the GOP house leadership in Richmond has decided it's the county supervisors, particularly those in Northern Virginia, who are to blame for the state's transportation crisis, because they've approved all those big subdivisions without taking care of the roads.
Democrats in the legislature must be laughing up their sleeves.
First, most of those county supervisors, in burgeoning Stafford, Prince William and Loudon counties, are Republicans (that didn't stop the GOP leadership from singling out Fairfax Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald Connolly by name).
Second, the Republican controlled legislature has refused to give county supervisors the powers they need to control unfettered development.
Third, the transportation problem in Northern Virginia is not the roads within subdivisions. Rather, it is a multi-county problem with primary roads that connect to Washington, Tyson's Corner and other regional hubs, as well as rail and other forms of transit. In short, it's a state problem.
We're delighted to see that the geniuses who run the Virginia House of Delegates still just don't get it. Perhaps voters will help them figure it out in the '07 elections, just as they did at the national level in '06.