It’s fairly common for Virginia Republicans to jokingly refer to the Northern-most part of their commonwealth, the liberal enclaves surrounding Washington, D.C., as "the People’s Republic of Alexandria," and such.
It’s fairly uncommon, however, for a presidential candidate’s brother to say it into microphones at a campaign rally a month before an election.
Last night, Joe McCain, the schticky brother of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., referred to two Democratic-leaning areas in Northern Virginia as "communist country," The Washington Post reports.
"I’ve lived here for at least 10 years and before that about every third duty I was in either Arlington or Alexandria, up in communist country," Navy veteran Joe McCain said in Loudoun County, Va., at a campaign event Saturday night.
Joe apologized, and a McCain spokeswoman said that this was merely an "unsuccessful attempt at humor," but perhaps the damage has been done.
In this last month, every little thing will be pounced upon by both campaigns, fairly or unfairly, for any little edge.
In the battleground state of Virginia, residents of these Northern enclaves should not be shocked to soon see fliers or hear radio ads talking about how "J McCain" called Northern Virginians "Communists."
McCain himself, back when he liked the media (and vice versa), used to jokingly call his traveling press corps "Bolsheviks, Trotskyites" and such. But that was a long time ago.