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    Thursday, February 05, 2004

    No vacancy at the Virginia Primary Motel 

    Ellie Caruthers owns Doc's Motel in Colonial Beach, Va., and likes to imagine she can be choosy about who gets to stay there. If any of the Democratic candidates stop by before next week's Virginia primary, she'd like to hang out a sign that says "No vacancy."

    "I don't want to vote for any of them," she said Wednesday. "I want a whole new pool."

    In this beach town on the Potomac River in Virginia's Northern Neck, there is a feeling of discontent in this political season, a sense that expectations are not being met by exclamations, that party politics are broken and old values discarded.

    "I'm leaning towards Edwards, but it's all political rhetoric, not substance," said Kyle Schick, who owns the Colonial Beach Yacht Center. "The only thing the primary system benefits is the advertising agencies. It's all sound bites. You get just as much news listening to Letterman's monologues."

    posted by Ellen Dunkel at 11:37 AM



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