Virginia’s latest national embarassment — attorney general Ken Cuccinelli — is at it again.
Now he wants to cover up a bare breast on the Virginia State seal.
Cuccinelli recently distributed new lapel pins to his staff with the breast-baring tunic worn by Roman goddess Virtus replaced with an armored breastplate that covers her charms.
The AG first claimed Virginia needed a “more modest” state seal. Now he says the whole thing was a joke.
It’s a joke all right but it is Cuccinelli and his antics that has turned him into a national joke.
“When you ask to be ridiculed, it usually happens,” Virginia political science professor Larry Sabato told the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot. “And it will happen here, nationally. This is classical art for goodness sake.”
Cuccinelli has already brought national attention and shame on the Old Dominion with his incredible memo advising state colleges and universities to ignore laws that prohibit discrimination against gays.
That was so off-the-wall that even brother-in-arms governor Bob McDonnell moved quickly to offset the memo.
Cuccinelli’s coverup is not the first time a right-winger has tried to impose his own puritanical revision on symbols. In 2002, U.S. Attorney John Ashcroft ordered partially nude statues at the Justice Department covered.
“Ashcroft had one excuse: it hadn’t been done before and he wasn’t prepared for the critical onslaught that he faced,” Sabato told the Virginian-Pilot “Cuccinelli has no excuse at all. He knows what’s coming because of what happened to Ashcroft. You can only conclude that he enjoys being the center of pointless controversy.”
By covering boobs, Cuccinelli has become one.
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