The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.


+1 Gov. Bob McDonnell opens his State of the Commonwealth Address with a joke about Spielberg's Lincoln movie. And roughly an hour later, when it was all over, we only wish he could have employed Lincoln's speechwriter.

+2 Michelle Obama visits Richmond, campaigning for her husband and headlining a fundraiser. And once again, she politely declines our invitation for a quick round of disc golf followed by a nice, refreshing Slurpee.

0 In other political news, the outspoken and sometimes shocking state Sen. Bob Marshall declares that he'll challenge George Allen as the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate. Tim Kaine declares it the happiest moment of the campaign thus far.

-2 At Richmond International Airport, security officers stop a man carrying a loaded weapon in his carry-on baggage. He explains that he was just confused, thinking he was walking into a Virginia bar.

+3 Virginia holds its annual weekend commemorating Gens. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson on Friday and Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday. We could weigh in here on the sensitive historical layers, irony and deeply ingrained feelings surrounding this issue, but we have a paid holiday to attend to.

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