Virginia has become a much more progressive state over the past few years. It’s been heading in the right direction, at least. Obama won the state last year. But, there is an ultra-conservative Republican element in the state. This year, one of them, Bob McDonnell, is running for Governor. The VA GOP has been trying to present McDonnnell as an all-around nice, moderate guy. But, yesterday, the Washington Post gave us some insight into the real Bob McConnell, based on his own writings. Here are the first two paragraphs:
At age 34, two years before his first election and two decades before he would run for governor of Virginia, Robert F. McDonnell submitted a master’s thesis to the evangelical school he was attending in Virginia Beach in which he 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.
The 93-page document, which is publicly available at the Regent University library, culminates with a 15-point action plan that McDonnell said the Republican Party should follow to protect American families — a vision that he started to put into action soon after he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.
And, he wants to put that vision, which crosses the line into theocracy, into action if he’s elected Governor.
Today, the DNC sent out a statement, which puts McDonnell’s vision into context — and very accurate context:
In Bob McDonnell’s preferred Virginia, women would be stigmatized for choosing to work outside the home, access to contraception would be all but banned and women would be denied equal pay for equal work. In Bob McDonnell’s preferred Virginia, the medical decisions of women and their doctors would be criminalized and the victims of rape and incest would have no medical recourse. While Virginians want to keep the Commonwealth moving forward, these devastating revelations prove that Bob McDonnell wants to take Virginia backwards.
And to be clear, these were not the musings of young student, but rather a 34-year old married man on the cusp of elected office who would go on to doggedly pursue the extreme agenda he called for once in that office.
By undermining his main argument that he’s in the main stream of Virginians, not only has this revelation laid bare McDonnell’s real agenda, but is nothing short of a game changer in this election.
It better be a game changer. McDonnell’s opponent is Creigh Deeds. The Democrat has been down in the polls, but this latest news about the real Bob McDonnell should open up some eyes.
The Deeds campaign website is here.