McDonnell and Wife Indicted for Violating My First Rule of Politics

By Lloyd the Idiot

Reports all over the place that former governor Bob McDonnell and his wife were indicted by a federal grand jury for accepting bribes while Bill was in office.  Now, you certainly can say that there’s a political motivation behind the actual indictments, but you can’t deny that what McDonnell did was just stupid — even if legal.  I mean really.  Shopping trips to NYC?  Your kid’s wedding paid for?  Did you really think that was a good idea?

Well, that’s what you get when you don’t listen to Lloyd.


  • For those of you playing at home, the “first rule” is not “Don’t be Ken Reid.” It’s actually at the bottom of that post.

  • Dan says:

    I had guessed December for the indictments. Missed it by a month.

    Once we reached October without the McDonnells being indicted I knew it wouldn’t come before the election. Prosecutors are loathe to appear to be influencing elections by bringing indictments too close to election day. And with the Cooch being cozy with (and taking money from) some of the same folks it would certainly have become an issue in the campaign.

    “you certainly can say that there’s a political motivation behind the actual indictments”

    Frankly, I don’t know why anyone would say such a thing. As noted, the timing argues strongly that the prosecutors scrupulously avoided influencing politics. And the crimes that are alleged are certainly not political in nature. They represent old fashioned greed and corruption. It was all about lining one’s pockets with ill gotten gains. Selling influence for money.

    Not complicated and not political.

    I would bet the McDonnells make a plea deal. I don’t think they want to go to trial. They would likely be convicted. Besides, it would be very difficult for them since their individual interests in a trial might be at odds.

    Better to cop a plea than to roll your spouse under the bus in order to save your own hide.

  • Not Harry F. Byrd says:

    Don’t bet on a plea bargain, Dan. Bob really believes he’s done nothing illegal. They will fight this hard. I’d put money on that.

    *As to my own personal opinion, I think the Governor exercised very poor judgement. I think 1) he got himself and his family into a bad financial situation exacerbated by his wife’s extravagant tastes which he wanted to please. 2) He likely really believed, at least for awhile, that JW was his new-best-pal. And 1 & 2 worked together to allow him to have a blind spot he clearly shouldn’t have had (and knew better than to have).

    Regardless, I think legally this is very thin gruel as far as what the Feds are seeking. And I wouldn’t be surprised to see the McDonnells prevail.

  • Independent voter says:

    This really is a tragedy for the family. Either Bob and Maureen are rotten money managers or they just didn’t have the rescources to support life in high office. However, I would be a lot more sympathetic if Maureen had shopped at Macy’s.

    I imagine we, the VA taxpayers, will be footing the bill for high profile defense lawyers.

  • ed myers says:

    Family values on display.

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