Too Unbelievable To Be True

By VA Blogger

We all knew that the Post Editorial Board would get this bad, and we all know that they will soon endorse Creigh Deeds for Governor. In pursuit of their goal of installing a tax-hiker for Governor, they have gone off the deep end whitewashing any possible Democratic fault. From their latest laughable foray into the race (where they again tacitly endorse the idea that social issues are more important than growing jobs, repairing the economy, and righting the budget):


The Bob McDonnell who wrote that thesis would make a divisive, disruptive and partisan governor — a sharp departure from the tradition of generally pragmatic executives who have helped make Virginia one of the better-managed states in the union.


God forbid we have a partisan Governor… LIKE ONE WHO ACCEPTS A POSITION AS CHAIRMAN OF THE DNC!


Simply unbelievable. Literally the highest-ranking partisan official in the entire United States resides in our Governor’s Mansion and the Post doesn’t have a problem with it, but try to put a Republican in there and see what happens. After all, we wouldn’t want someone who has been talking about the divisive issue of abortion for the last month. Oh, wait.


I don’t have a problem with the Post almost always endorsing Democrats. My problem, based on articles like this, is a question of do they even know what they’re talking about. I don’t know how tuned into the Commonwealth of Virginia the Post Editorial Board is, but judging by the complete fantasy world they live in I’d be surprised if they’ve gone as far as Rosslyn.


  • Cato the Elder says:

    Well, this seems ham-fisted even for the feckless Washington Post. They’d love for this story to have some legs, but it just doesn’t. Unless they’ve got home video of McDonnell performing a blood sacrifice of some evil homosexual this will be forgotten by the middle of September.

  • Dan says:

    No it won’t.

  • Dan says:

    “I don’t know how tuned into the Commonwealth of Virginia the Post Editorial Board is”
    Well, after reading that religio-political manifesto of his, I question how tuned into the Commonwealth Mr. McDonnell is.

  • aznew says:

    “Unless they’ve got home video of McDonnell performing a blood sacrifice of some evil homosexual…”

    I’ve no doubt McDonnell has participated in something like this, and I wouldn’t be surprised if somewhere, a videotape exists.

  • Thomas Paine says:

    Everyone should consider that the writing was done for degree work at
    Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network University (now known
    as Regent University).

    Apparently, he took courses in praying away hurricanes and infidels from
    the fair Commonwealth.

  • aznew says:

    VA Blogger – This blaming the messenger schtick is getting old. Many people find the ideas expressed in this thesis pretty outrageous. And here is the strange thing: McDonnell agrees with us.

    If the Post is making a mountain out of a molehill, why is Bob trying to run from this thesis as fast and as far as he can?

    Oh, and by the way, the Post did write an editorial critical of Kaine’s travel in connection with his role as DNC Chair.

  • Cato the Elder says:

    “No it won’t.”
    Sure it will, Dan. You see, in the newsprint business they need to have something in reserve to make the story run. Never being one to use crude metaphors (snark) they’ve already shot their load. 8 stories on the wire today from the ed board and the bloggers. Key mistake on the part of the WP I might add. Never put Jaws in the first reel of the movie.
    So again, unless you have something that serves as a followup this this hit piece that reveals something new and interesting that we didn’t already know about, you’ve prematurely ejaculated. A condition that I suspect you know a hell of a lot more about than I. Best of luck though, I think you’ll probably get the typical sugar rush Deeds pop out of this, like the primary pop, then things will go back to +6 or so.

  • Cato the Elder says:

    And by “best of luck” I mean “may you get hit by a speeding bus.”

  • NoVA Scout says:

    The Post has endorsed Republicans in Virginia races. Their default position, however, tends to be Democratic. We have to run very strong candidates to get a Post endorsement. What’s interesting in this case is the close juxtaposition in time of the “news” articles, with the Editorial page commentary. Clearly the Post is kicking off the gubernatorial campaign with a declaration of favoritism for the Dems.

    We’ve had a period of complacency since the nominations that seems very much like the “phony war” (drole de guerre) of 1939-1940. Nothing has really happened yet on the Virginia front. September is when it all starts. The Dems have led off with big guns. If Bob McDonnell is not the guy that is portrayed in the thesis, he will do well. If he is, he will lose. We have two months to work this through.

  • Dan says:

    Cato, your insults aside, we will see if this has legs. For folks who don’t want our republic turned into a theocracy and those who actually are advocates of small government that leaves citizens alone as much as possible this is a big deal. And McDonnell pretending he’s a moderate won’t make it vanish.
    I must be getting old. I remember a time when conservatives were thoughtful people. Now it seems their default mode is to be vulgar and insulting.

  • Dan says:

    NoVA Scout, not only has the Post endorsed Republicans, but it has been a huge factor in their election. Most recently John Cook. In such a low turnout election in Northern Virginia I don’t think it is a stretch to say that the Post endorsement may have been decisive for him.

  • NoVA Scout says:

    Fair point, Dan. Thanks.

    I do think, however, that Rs have to put up a substantially better candidate than Ds to get Post support. All other things being equal, the Post will go D. I acknowledge, however, that the Post has supported strong Rs in Virginia.

  • Dan says:

    You also make a fair point. When the Post endorses a Republican they are almost always a high quality candidate worthy of consideration. As was the case with Cook.

  • Not John S. Mosby says:

    The Post endorses Frank Wolf every two years, and I think they endorsed Tom Davis every time he ran as well.

  • NoVA Scout says:

    NJSM: my point exactly. When the Rs run competent candidates, the Post endorses them. I do think my point is valid however: if everything else is equal, the Post will endorse Ds

  • Lovettsville Lady says:

    Yes, with each election cycle the Post chooses ONE republican to endorse, to prove they are non partisan. LOL

    The Post is calling the thesis McDonnell’s ”Macaca” moment. Will they make it that, by running multiple daily stories about the thesis from now until November? Will there be over 200 stories that mention it, as the Post printed on Macaca? Then yes, it will be their self fulling prophecy. It will become McDonnell’s Macaca moment because the Post will make sure that it becomes that with their daily articles about it. It worked for the Post against Allen, why wouldn’t they do the same thing again, against McDonnell?

    Here’s the Post first Macaca article, in Wednesday’s paper:
    The first editorial cartoon about it:

  • VA Blogger says:

    Aznew, I’m not blaming the messanger, I’m calling to the carpet a blatant double-standard. Read the article again where they critique Tim Kaine. They have no problem with him being their party’s leader; they have a problem (as they and everybody else should) with him keeping his travel records secret. Sure, its a critique, but they say nothing about Tim Kaine serving as the highest partisan official while being Governor, yet they’re worried Bob McDonnell may be too partisan.
    Bob McDonnell has done the opposite of “run” from the thesis. He did a 90-minute conference call taking every question reporters had, before returning his focus onto transportation, jobs, and education… you know, issues that actually matter to people.
    Please stop this incredibly phony line of reasonsing where you say that Bob McDonnell “should come clean” and your only issue here is his obsfucation. It’s transparent and its bullshit. Your line of reasoning is “let’s talk about this as much as humanly possible to portay McDonnell in a bad light and distract from the fact that Creigh Deeds doesn’t have any solutions for Virginia.”

  • Not John S. Mosby says:

    What is Bob’s plan for transportation, jobs and education? Put a private liquor store on every corner, increasing jobs in the liquor store industry and setting up a school to train people to work in liquor stores? Is that the plan?

    Or is his plan to do nothing and wait for the economy to improve on it’s own?

  • Cato the Elder says:

    Can one of you chaps associated with the McDonnell campaign create a new coalition/interest group? I’m thinking something like “Fornicators for Bob Mcdonnell” because, you know, I’m for Bob but I’m also a bit of a fornicator..

  • Lovettsville Gentleman says:

    My concern is that McDonnell will try to appeal to liberals and swing voters and abandon his Christian values. He should set the record straight and explain that his thesis was purposefully politically incorrect, and that’s a good thing!

  • For vulgar and insulting, we really need Bleeder, or Not John Mosby to appear.
    Nobody can top their vulgarity.

  • Cato the Elder says:

    Don’t insult me BPM. I’m the nastiest rat in this shithouse.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    Cato, I’ve been called every vulgar name in the book by NJSM and AFF, I haven’t seen you hurl hysterical insults at females because they tell you to go pound sand.

    I’ll give you some time though 🙂

  • aaron says:

    Can someone please tell me a deeds proposal that won’t hurt virginias economy or stifle job creation? What about education?

    Until Deeds puts forth a proposal that doesn’t repackage McDonnells he will not stand a chance in this race and thesisgate will go off quietly into the september night.

  • Alter of Freedom says:

    I think if there were a video related to the thesis that certainly would change things. It would be played over and over like the Allen video and be embedded within countless blogs and it would go viral very fast. I don’t see, regardless of the Post’s efforts, this happening in this case because to must folks a thesis or paper is broing stuff. We tend to like the smoking gun being visual these days and I doubt there is countless videos like say of the Vann Jones fashion out there with Bob featured in them.

  • Alter of Freedom says:

    NJSM- again you amze me with your lack of depth of knowledge on the control issue and yet you remain determined to be critical from a uninformed position. The efforts to prevent Virginia from eliminating the control status are entrenched, almost as much as the efforts to keep the Commonwealth from going the route of “self insurance”. Afterall, many point to how the models out there for the best care are self-insured (ie Mayo) and everytime the arguement gets made for the State to do so with its 100K employees ( I believe workers comp is already self-insured) Anthem rattles the cage. Kaine today spoke of the lack of bids and competition for the State program whose costs are rising well above inflation. Kaine NEVER proposed here in Virginia a “public option” like say MA yet endorses it at the federal level which I have always found interesting. He probably never wanted to use his capital on it given the House of Delegates I imagine.

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