I had a hard time mustering the energy to write about the buffoon in Virginia’s state legislature who wanted to enact a state-based DADT policy. Living in DC, one gets an extra does of VA state politics and Bob Marshall, said buffoon, is really a showboater. Marshall is the go-to right wing nutjob who will push the most extreme ideas around — and then revel in the attention. He’s probably having orgasms because he got on CNN.
What’s prompted me to write isn’t what Marshall said. It’s the reaction from Virginia’s Republican Governor, Bob McDonnell, to Marshall’s idea on a local radio station, WTOP:
While I disagree with the action the Congress took based on my own experience in the military… we can’t have two different systems in the military and our National Guard.”
Whatever the final guidelines are from the Department of the Defense, I expect the Virginia National Guard Bureau to adhere to them.
McDonnell is a pretty hard-core right-winger, so this is an interesting reaction. Sorta reminds me of NC GOP Senator Richard Burr’s statement about why he voted for the DADT repeal, which Nick Seaver wrote about here.
PS: I used to listen to WTOP. Not anymore. It’s owned by Bonneville International, which is a “broadcasting company wholly owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints . After Prop. 8, I stopped listening to Mormon-owned radio.