In Woody Allen's classic film "Zelig", he presented the story of a "human chameleon" who magically takes on the appearance and character of whomever he happens to be around at the moment. Bob McDonnell presently appears to be acting out a special remake of this movie in order to entertain - or perhaps fool - the people of Virginia.
As the Washington Post's Anita Kumar noted a couple weeks back, Bobby McSlick simultaneously claims to be from three different parts of Virginia - Fairfax County (where he grew up), Virginia Beach (where he attended Pat Robertson's Regent University) and the Richmond area (where he currently lives). And it's interesting to see how he separately markets himself in each of these areas as "one of our own."
Today, I saw a forest of Bob McDonnell signs along the roadway in Fairfax County, labeling him "Fairfax's own Bob McDonnell". But here's the really interesting thing - as soon as I drove beyond the limits of Fairfax County, the signs suddenly changed - now they proclaimed him "NOVA's own Bob McDonnell"!
Is this guy slick or what? I'd like to hear from our friends in other parts of Virginia if McSlick is pulling the same tricks elsewhere in the state. Is he simultaneously advertising himself as "Hampton Road's own"? "Virginia Beach's own"? "Henrico County's own"? "Richmond's own?" "Pat Robertson's own"? (Well, maybe not the last one, even if it is the most accurate!)
I find it all a little creepy and if you get too close to Bob, don't be surprised if - he suddenly starts to resemble you!