Memo to Virginia Attorney General: Keep the Day Job
Not many people would look at Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell and think "stand-up comedian." After all, McDonnell's clean, crisp look and low-key manner seem more in keeping with his background as a graduate of evangelist Pat Robertson's Regent University law school.
But McDonnell yesterday took on the task of making the big speech at the Shad Planking, Virginia's annual political ritual of schmoozing and roasting. McDonnell got off some good lines, aimed, of course, primarily at the state's Democrats:
The Shad Planking is beloved by Virginia politicians. Mark Warner loves the Shad Planking, he says he has so much in common with shad. I can see that. Shad is a fish that comes to Virginia only temporarily, accomplishes its goals, and quickly leaves the state!
McDonnell tossed some barbs at the two Democrats who are vying in the June primary to take on Sen. George Allen this fall. One indication of which Dem the Republicans take most seriously: McDonnell had only one line about Harris Miller, the Fairfax telecommunications lobbyist in the race, versus three jokes aimed at Jim Webb, the former Secretary of the Navy who has switched from the GOP to the Democrats.
I have to hand it Harris Miller, I don't know many people who would have looked at the political landscape and said "This is the perfect time for a Washington D.C insider lobbyist to run for office."
McDonnell on Webb:
Jim Webb is also with us. Jim, as a fellow veteran, I salute your service. But I am a little confused; does your campaign as a Democrat for Senate mean that your annual Summer Republican Cook-Out is canceled? Just need to know if we should reschedule.
Jim is already doing his part to fit into the party of John Kerry. After all, Jim Webb was for George Allen before he was against him.
And finally, a rare bipartisan dig:
Jim Webb has a great slogan "Born Fighting." It's not original; he stole it from the General Assembly.
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