The Democrats are howling about a WaPo article concerning a Bob McDonnell academic thesis from 1989. Democrats wll say the thesis is proof McDonnell is too conservative for Virginia. This document, which is public record, apparently was of such importance that the WaPo couldn’t be bothered with it during the 2005 campaign, but now think it such a big story they put it on the front page.
To restate-McDonnell wrote an academic paper at age 34 (20 years ago) that Dems will suggest shows that he should not be governor.
Does anyone else scent the horrendous hypocrisy?
We have gone through several days of public grieving for the late Senator Ted Kennedy that focused on his great acheivements and scarcely ever metioned the events of July 19, 1969, and on those few occasions the clear implication was that the legislative record of the man outweighed youthful criminal matters and later adult indiscretions. The WaPo was among the first in line to suggest this.
I knew the WaPo in-kind contributions would start soon enough, but I thought they would wait until after Labor Day.
Perhaps the WaPo will lay out what criteria they are using to determine what events from one’s past are fair game in a campaign and which are not.
Apparently, a massive legislative record outweighs Chappaquiddick. I don’t know that everyone will agree with that, and ultimately it is not a question to be decided on the mortal plain…still, consistency on such matters would be a good thing.
I also thought they would follow the path they laid out in 2006 when they dismissed writings of Jim Webb from twenty years previous alternatively as (1) not of political value because he had changed his position or (2) not pertinent to the present campaign.
Again, consistency on such matters is a good thing…
Now some will say it isn’t the same thing as Kennedy or Webb, that McDonnell has not strayed far from these positions so it is fair game. Fair enough.
But if this is the case, and the thesis is consistent with his record in office-then how is it front page news?
Maybe it is because they know that Creigh Deeds cannot hope to win the election talking about not raising taxes-because no one will believe him. They know he won’t win the election talking about economic development and transportation, because if he had a faint clue as to what to do in those areas he would already be talking about it or would have tried to do something while serving in the legislature.
Nope, they know in those substantive areas Deeds is behind the eight ball, so they play the only cards they have-Sensationalism or Hypocrisy.
It is one of the two, and I will leave it to you to say which it is, but keep this moment in mind the next time you hear the Deeds campaign or the WaPo talk about the need to focus on the critical issues.
Because I guarantee you a rehash of a 20 year old thesis on social policy-much of which is determined by the Feds-will not offer any solutions to the most pressing issues facing the Commonwealth.