It’’s like a game of Clue.
A souring econony that forced the Kaine administration to set priorities and make tough choices?
A House Transportation Committee that failed to heed the pleas of Frank Wolf, the Governor, Bob Marshall and others and refused to grant an exemption enabling Virginia to privatize the rest stops?
The Kaine Administration who didn’t think it was a high enough priority to find $9 million in a $74 billion budget to keep the rest stops open?
Those GOP scrooges in the House (and their cronies McDonnell, Bolling,and Cuccinelli) who have spent the last decade resisting the efforts of Mark Warner and Tim Kaine to bring progress to Virginia?
There are some folks who don’t think it’s a very big issue- “hey, we tried to get Congress to change the law, but they wouldn’t let us do it”- what more could we do?
But I am not sure that it will be so easily forgotten.
The closed rest stops and the flashing signs telling us that they’ll soon be gone are powerful visual metaphors for the fix our state economy is in right now.
And the public will have to decide whether they’re satisfied that our leaders are responding to the downturn responsibly and appropriately.
I wouldn’t be surprised if a few hours before they close next week
We see a candidate or two
Making a final stop
Speaking to a camera
When they’re elected to get Virginia back on track
To reopen the rest stops.