Gov. Bob McDonnell: What can he be thinking?

The rabid right wing of the Republican party saw Bob McDonnell’s election as a road to the past, restoring the shameful and restrictive policies of the Old South to the Old Dominion.

Now they’re not so sure.

“He clearly cannot be trusted,” Joe Glover, a Republican activist who lives near Lynchburg and heads the Family Policy Network, a Christian advocacy group, tells The Washington Post. “He’s clearly not the conservative he would like conservatives to think he is. I will not make the mistake of voting for Bob McDonnell again.”

Clearly, the gov has made a few missteps that does not fall into the stone-age policies of the far right. He had the gall to appoint some moderates to his administration, bitch-slapped attorney general Ken Cuccinelli for his ill-conceived memo telling state colleges and universities and memos to ignore equality for gays and actually apologized for failing to mention the shame of slavery in his questionable restoration of Confederate History Month.

What is McDonnell thinking? Doesn’t he know that acting like a decent human being is not something the rabid right wants in an elected official.

Reports The Washington Post:

After eight years of Democratic rule, Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell was seen by conservatives as a political savior, someone who would restore the state’s right-leaning policies and traditions. But less than four months into his term, many conservatives have grown disenchanted, even as he has made direct appeals to causes they care about.

Two recent high-profile efforts to cater to parts of the conservative coalition — declaring April as Confederate History Month and slashing funding for Planned Parenthood — only further agitated many.

McDonnell’s failure to mention slavery in the Confederate proclamation led to a cycle of national ridicule followed by an apology from the governor, dampening whatever boost he might have gotten. And although McDonnell removed most state funding from Planned Parenthood, he stopped short of his campaign promise to cut all funds from the nation’s largest abortion provider, leaving many social conservatives feeling let down.

“Bob McDonnell is a typical politician trying to please both sides of the aisle and hopes that you and I are naive enough to buy it,” read an e-mail sent to supporters of Virginians for Life last month that also called the governor “gutless.”

McDonnell may turn out to have a heart and a conscience — and there just ain’t any place for that in the world of extreme right-wing politics.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Given what I’ve seen out of a good number of conservatives, if you even so much as flinch on any of the ‘litmus-test’ issues, you’re thrown under the conservative bus, even if you’re conservative on the other 90% or more of political issues. For many, you could be staunchly conservative on everything, but if you’re pro-choice, you’re out. If you’re for civil unions or not deathly opposed to gay marriage, you’re out. If you have ever at all supported raising a tax, again…you’re out. The once-fringe side of the aisle is now controlling the right, and despite having considered myself a moderate conservative most of my life, I find myself greatly at odds with the current incarnation of conservatism, and cannot support candidates put forth from this hard-right side.

  2. Like I’ve said before, you know an party is dying when its “hero” wouldn’t even agree with it (referring to the fact that Ronald Regan, the man Republicans idolize, wouldn’t pass the new “compatibility test” the GOP has).

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