Monthly Archives: August 2009

Bob McDonnell’s Chickens are Coming Home to Roost

Bob McDonnell, the right wing social conservative who’s the Republican nominee to be the next governor of Virginia wants you to believe he’s a moderate.

He’s not.

Sunday’s Washington Post has the latest evidence of Bob McDonnell’s true colors: the 1989 graduate thesis he wrote for his masters and law degree from Rev. Pat Robertson’s CBN University (now Regent University).

Among the tidbits the thesis reveals according to the Post:

McDonnell, “described working women and feminists as ‘detrimental’ to the family. He said government policy should favor married couples over ‘cohabitators, homosexuals or fornicators.’ He described as ‘illogical’ a 1972 Supreme Court decision legalizing the use of contraception by unmarried couples.”

And that’s just the beginning.

McDonnell says, “Virginians will judge me on my 18-year record as a legislator and Attorney General and the specific plans I have laid out for our future — not on a decades-old academic paper I wrote as a student during the Reagan era and haven’t thought about in years.”

There are several things lacking from this explanation.

First, it would lead you to believe that his record as an elected official is any different than the right wing babble which is in this thesis. It’s not. In fact the Post points out that as a Delegate and as Attorney General, McDonnell has pursued 10 of the 15 policy goals laid out in his thesis.

Second, McDonnell’s explanation would have you believe that he wrote this as an undergraduate when he didn’t know better. He didn’t. He wrote this after he had already earned an undergraduate degree and a masters degree at other institutions. He was 34 years old at the time.

Third, he claims he hasn’t thought about this in years. That’s not true. He brought up the thesis in an interview with the Washington Post, telling the paper earlier this year that, “I wrote my thesis on welfare policy”.

As the Post points out, McDonnell wrote this document, not as a college student, but as a 34 year adult. In it, he laid out a 15 point plan for the GOP. As an elected official, he’s pursued 10 of these 15 goals according to the Post.

It’s bad enough that McDonnell went to Pat Robertson’s university and law school. But now that he needs the votes of moderates to get elected Governor, he’s trying to cover up his real feelings.

Don’t be fooled. Watch Bob McDonnell talk about the Garden of Eden and his views of marriage.

Fortunately, McDonnell’s opponent, State Sen. Creigh Deeds, is running a strong campaign, but he needs your financial help. Please visit his website and make a campaign contribution.

It’s important.

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Matthew 25: Why I am a Democrat

ted_kennedy2I’m sitting here watching the funeral mass for Sen. Ted Kennedy and I am crying as the priest reads from Matthew 25.

In short, this passage from the New Testament is why I am a Democrat. I realize not everyone is Christian or religious or spiritual, but this passage transcends faith in my view. It really gets at the heart of the human condition and what it means to me to be Christian (and for me, what it means to be a Democrat).

In it, the Gospel author relays three parables told by Jesus. (For those not familiar, parables were the stories Jesus told to make a larger spiritual point.) Each story builds on the next, but in summary, Jesus is trying to tell us that we have a responsibility to make the world a better place for those less fortunate than ourselves. Christians call this building the Kingdom of God here on earth. Democrats call this helping the little guy. Continue reading

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Universal Health Care: The Cause of Ted Kennedy’s Life

Last night, the most influential Senator of my lifetime died. Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) was 77. His hands were on hundreds of laws, most importantly civil rights, education and health care.

Kennedy believed in social justice — his faith informed his politics. Despite being reviled by the grassroots of the right wing, he was beloved by some of the right wing elected officials of the GOP. Sen. Orrin Hatch, the conservative Republican of Utah was his best friend in the Senate.

Earlier this month, Sen. Kennedy, as he lay dying, penned this article for Newsweek where he called universal health care the “cause of my life”. (I also think it’s worth reading the statement he issued when the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee pass the health care bill earlier this summer.)

I don’t know if the Congress will pass health care reform or not. But I do know that Sen. Kennedy inspired a legion of Americans who will continue to fight for universal health care.

Don’t you worry, Sen. Kennedy, the dream will never die.

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God Bless Barney Frank!

What the Republicans don’t realize is that by failing to call out the the crazy people who agree with them, their own credibility is being permanently damaged.

What the GOP needs is some members like Barney Frank who are willing to stand up to what he calls “vile, contemptible nonsense”.

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Mike Huckabee Restarts “Us vs. Them” Politics in Virginia

That didn’t take long.

Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas Governor who lost the 2008 Republican Presidential nomination to Sen. John McCain (R-Kids, Get Off My Lawn), is back in Virginia politics.

Just five months ago, Huckabee was campaigning for GOP nominee for Governor Bob McDonnell in Tazewell County and he said that the voters of Northern Virginia, “aren’t necessarily thinking the same way folks like you and me think.”

In the wake this divisive politics, a spokesman for McDonnell acknowledged that “former Arkansas Governor Huckabee made some comments that do not reflect how integrated Virginia’s economy is” but “the only name on the Virginia ballot this fall on the Republican side is Bob McDonnell, and only he speaks for this campaign.”

At the time, McDonnell, himself refused to repudiate the divisive remarks, but he clearly appreciated them, via Twitter at least.

Well now we learn that Mike Huckabee is asking supporters from outside of Virginia to call us on August 22 to ask us to vote for Bob McDonnell. “Stand up for our values and our country,” he tweets.

Please.

So my question for Mr. Huckabee is, if Creigh Deeds wins does that mean that “our values” and “our country” have been harmed?

That’s exactly the self-righteous kind of politics Virginians are sick of. Bob McDonnell and Creigh Deeds worship the same God and love the same country. Just because Mr. Huckabee disagrees with Sen. Deeds, doesn’t mean that Deeds isn’t as faithful or as patriotic as McDonnell.

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Myths about the Deeds Campaign

I’ve had a long week and haven’t had the chance to keep up with all the political reading I’d like to. One item by the Washington Post’s Virginia Notebook blog about Creigh Deeds and his Deeds Country tour of Southwest Virginia caught my eye. The writer at the Post seems to have bought into the notion myth that progressives and liberals in Northern Virginia aren’t supporting Sen. Deeds.

I don’t believe this for a moment, certainly not after attending the Rally for Virginia in McLean this week. That crowd was fired up and ready to go.

I trust the Deeds campaign knows how to win in all parts of Virginia. After all, that’s exactly what Creigh Deeds did in the Democratic Primary.

If progressives are upset with Sen. Deeds as their nominee, then why did the most liberal areas of Virginia vote for him over his opponents in such overwhelming numbers?

It’s surprising and saddening to me that the political reporting team at the Post is willing to disregard these facts in their political analysis which they previously reported.

Oh, and as a reminder, if the August polls in 2005 were accurate, we’d have Gov. Kilgore now.

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8 GOP Sens. Stand Up to Paleoconservatives and Back Sotomayor

While the Republican National Committee, the insurance lobby and their astroturf allies from Teapartyland are seeking to shout down any reasonable discussion of health care reform at this month’s Congressional town hall meetings, the Senate held one last day of votes before leaving town.

By any measure the Senators most important vote yesterday was to confirm the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to become an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

My hats off to the following 8 Republican Senators who voted to confirm Judge Sotomayor — the 8 are living proof that the GOP is not completely highjacked by the paleoconservatives. On a whole, they said that the President has the right to nominate the person of their choice; only in the most extreme circumstances should a Senator vote against the President’s nominee. Continue reading

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