...we Virginians are obsessed with capitals.
You dangle a capital city in front of us and we'll do just about anything. Think about it. We fought Hamilton tooth and nail on all his crazy plans, and what did it take to completely capitulate? A capital on the Potomac. You know Hamilton was laughing all the way home from that dinner party.
And in 1861 we resisted secession in vote after vote, but when Jeff Davis started checking out the real estate market in Richmond we bolted (this was actually spun as a reward ex post, but you know someone was dropping hints earlier).
And we've had three state capitals: Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Richmond. Everyone wants in on the capital action apparently, although it never made it that far off the James River. Other states apparently have had a string of capitals as well, but I think a lot of these don't count. Many were just jumps to smaller cities when war threatened, and some were cases where capitals jumped around in underpopulated territories that were just trying to nail down their real population center.
But what established colony moves a capital after almost 100 years of operation, and then again about 100 years after that - no threat of war or anything, just packing it up and moving on? This isn't a backwater like old-time Alabama or California, and it's not a case of schizophrenic sovereignty issues like Texas.
Add on top of that that we were enticed by a national capital not once, but twice, and you start to realize we've got real issues with this.