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Tweeting Bob’s Manifesto

bobmcdonnellWhen news broke Sunday that Republican Bob McDonnell had written some right wing crazy stuff in his graduate these submitted for his masters and law degrees from Pat Robertson’s CBN University, now Regent, I decided that I would read every word of his writing and tweet the best parts. I just finished.

I’ve been amazed at how effective this has been in drawing people’s attention to this document. I set up a special URL for McDonnell’s thesis — I called it http://bit.ly/BobsManifesto and linked to it in most of the tweets I’ve put out since the story broke. The traffic has been surprisingly significant.

I hope people read it Mr. McDonnell’s thesis in its entirety and the news coverage about it. In an new editorial in today’s paper, the Washington Post calls Bob McDonnell a “culture warrior”.

“…in his 14 years in the state’s General Assembly, Mr. McDonnell did aggressively pursue a socially conservative agenda largely in line with his thesis. As governor he could do the same, although he would be constrained by a legislature at least partly controlled by Democrats. He could not ban abortion and contraception, but he could help restrict access. The Bob McDonnell who wrote that thesis would make a divisive, disruptive and partisan governor — a sharp departure from the tradition of generally pragmatic executives who have helped make Virginia one of the better-managed states in the union. Virginians deserve specific answers about where the thinking of his early middle age has shifted, and where it remains consistent.”

I agree 100 percent! Continue reading

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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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GOP Elected Officials Break Ranks, Back Deeds for Governor

One thing that keeps Virginia’s politics interesting is that party affiliation doesn’t always get in the way of what’s doing right for Virginia. Today, a group of former GOP lawmakers endorsed State Senator Creigh Deeds, the Democratic nominee for Governor.

As the Deeds campaign pointed out in their news release, “all these legislators have served with both Creigh and Bob McDonnell. But when it came time to select a candidate that they thought could lead Virginia and bring people together — they chose Creigh.” Continue reading

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Virginia’s GOP Congressmen Love Government-Run Health Care, Except When They Don’t

Virginia’s GOP members of Congress kill me. Take their double standards on health care.

Rep. Randy Forbes of Chesapeake tells the Daily Press of Newport News that he doesn’t want a government-run health care system. “We’re going to end up destroying a very good health-care system,” Forbes said. Rep. Rob Wittman of Montross in Westmoreland County tells the same paper that he’s hearing an “overwhelming hesitancy” to a government-run system.

Rep. Eric Cantor of Richmond agrees. He recently wrote in a Richmond Times-Dispatch that, “the root of the problem is [the Democrats’] House bill’s imposition of the so-called “government option.” Continue reading

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Frank Rich on Fox’s Shepard Smith

In his New York Times column this morning, Frank Rich writes about the how the right wing crazies are calling for the head of Shepard Smith at Fox News. Smith, who dared to take seriously the Fox News motto of “we report, you decide”, crossed the right wing nut jobs when he essentially called them that. Watch.

In my view, Rich nails it when he writes of the paranoid chapter of the right wing nut jobs:

What is this fury about? In his scant 145 days in office, the new president has not remotely matched the Bush record in deficit creation. Nor has he repealed the right to bear arms or exacerbated the wars he inherited. He has tried more than his predecessor ever did to reach across the aisle. But none of that seems to matter. A sizable minority of Americans is irrationally fearful of the fast-moving generational, cultural and racial turnover Obama embodies — indeed, of the 21st century itself. That minority is now getting angrier in inverse relationship to his popularity with the vast majority of the country. Change can be frightening and traumatic, especially if it’s not change you can believe in.

What I want to know is when are the Republican elected officials of this country going to denounce this kind of scary demogogery from its right wing. From what I can tell, the Republicans I watch most closely — those here in Virginia — are silent. Or worse, they endorse it in their own party chairman, Pat Mullins. (Exhibit A: Bob McDonnell, GOP nominee for Governor of Virginia.)

In my view, that’s a failure on their part. A failure to lead. Why am I not surprised?

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Bristol Herald Courier: Deeds is “best suited” to be Va. Governor

Creigh Deeds was endorsed by the Bristol Herald Courier this morning. The editorial board of the paper had good things to say about both Brian Moran and Terry McAuliffe, but threw their support to Deeds. They write in part:

…we believe Deeds is best suited, with his 18 years of experience building relationships across Virginia and a deep understanding of rural challenges. Continue reading

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Bob McDonnell theme song lyrics: “Leave the sinkin’ ship behind”

At the Virginia Republican Convention today in Richmond, Republican Nominee for Governor Bob McDonnell was introduced with a Creedence Clearwater Revival song — “Up Around the Bend“.

Didn’t someone check the lyrics of this catchy tune?

There’s a place up ahead and I’m goin’ just as fast as my feet can fly
Come away, come away if you’re goin’, leave the sinkin’ ship behind. Continue reading

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