A Political Fish Story

Political tradition in Virginia comes down to shad – an oily, bony fish that someone once decided would be just delicious if it were split in two and cooked on wooden planks over an open fire. In fact, the fish is something of an acquired taste. At least that’s what I recently discovered at the annual Shad Planking festival in Wakefield, Virginia, a bucolic little town about 35 miles south of Richmond. This must-do event for state and local political …