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.
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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