McDonnell's Views and The Post
Our Readers Who Comment are engaged in a mudslinging contest about The Washington Post's fairness and whether Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert F. McDonnell's role in a 2003 judicial reappointment hearing suggested that he does not think gays are fit to serve on the bench.
Many comments charge The Post with political bias; others disagree and note that McDonnell's views and history are legitimate topics for coverage of a political campaign. Today's article was written by Amy Gardner, who also wrote the Aug. 30 report about McDonnell's master's thesis in which he described working women and feminists as "detrimental" to the family.
That story has resulted in significant criticism of McDonnell in a Post editorial and from columnists Ruth Marcus and Robert McCartney. The Post and McDonnell both have attackers and defenders in one of the more raucous strings we've seen in a while.
We'll start with Paddy1, who asked, "What nonsense is the Post saving for the week before the election?"
But mykelbarber wrote, "Hopefully, Virginians will see this man for what he is: a misogynistic homophobe who only believes that white men have the right to hold jobs and compete in society."
PWC0412 said, "I'm going to vote for him simple because the Post is so adamantly against him. With that going for him, he must be a the man for the job."
EnemyOfTheState said, "I'm glad I live in Maryland." He is apparently unaware of the exploits of such distinguished former Maryland governors as Spiro T. Agnew and Marvin Mandel.
larrymperry wrote, "Any breathing Republican knows that any action against Gays,especially if the person happens to be of some ethnic group,is something to be proud of. The base will love it."
Beckola said, "I would actually respect him more if he owned up to his obviously held beliefs--but alas, he's a grotesquely hardcore conservative AND a weasel.
No offense to weasels."
B2O2 wrote, " 'Crimes against nature'? For real? This guy is straight out of the Scarlet Letter, and is more fit to lead the Taliban than Virginia. Whip the infidels, Bob, whip the infidels with a stick if they don't fit your Bronze Age values! Geez...."
VirginiaIndependent said, "I have never seen a newspaper try so hard to undermine a candidacy. The Post must know that Creigh Deeds is on record as holding a number of very socially conservative views. When will the Post run a page A1 story on his positions?"
larmoecurl quoted the first sentence of the preceding comment and asked, "Have you never read the Washington Times?"
cecil1 asked, "Is this news, or a gossip column? Just checking."
seraphina wrote, "Who cares? The real story is the Deeds still doesn't have a transportation plan!"
To which JPRS replied, "No plan is a lot better than the McDonnell transportation plan:
i.e. The Highway to Hell."
raynecloud wrote, "I sincerely hope this man isn't elected Governor. He's wrong when he says it's only about jobs, road improvements and public schools. It's also about treating people --the taxpayers, potential employees, employers, judges, etc -- fairly and equally in the pursuit of these and many other objectives. He doesn't appear capable of doing so, and in fact appears to have actively opposed attempts to do so."
ahashburn asked, "Who is running the Deeds campaign: Deeds or the press?"
waterbirds wrote, "The man is just what he stated he is: both 20 years ago in a thesis (the same thesis he proudly used as a character reference at a conservative meeting) and by his remarks in 2003. Those are his core values. Really a hoot to see some folks blaming the media for using actual quotes from McDonnell! I mean, you really wouldn't want the voters to know the character of this character - let's all hide the truth and pretend ..."
gasmonkey said, "So basically McDonnell's argument is nothing I've said before this campaign should have anything to do with my election? Why is that? Is there a statute of limitations on stupid?"
asmith1 wrote, "...Unfortunately for McDonnell, his ruling and comments during this reappointment hearing (in 2003 - just six years ago) is right in line with his philosophy outlined in his infamous thesis of 20 years ago[.] Could it be that McDonnell's narrow and bigoted views haven't really changed all that much afterall?..."
We'll close with DC2Amsterdam, who wrote, "To those trying to blame the WAPO for McD's problems. Are you for real? Do you really think that argument is going to help him win the election. Nobody cares about your (or my) posts on a newspaper website. its not going to sway a single voter."
All comments on this article are here.
September 9, 2009; 7:34 AM ET
Categories: Virginia Politics | Tags: McDonnell, Virginia Politics
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