Republican Virginia gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell has been desperately trying to present himself as a moderate (for a winger) to voters, and one of the ways he has done this is pimp on his web site the support for his candidacy by one Sheila Johnson, Black Entertainment Television co-founder and multi-billionaire.Unfortunately for Bob, there is a 93-page document at the Regent University library that provides an inside look at what he really thinks about feminism, marriage and The Homosexual Agenda. These views are hardly moderate (or cast away), particularly since he was on Crazy Pat's show to talk about preserving marriage.
VA gov race: extremist Bob McDonnell - Pat Robertson's pick - also supported by BET founder
Robert F. McDonnell submitted a master's thesis to the evangelical school he was attending in Virginia Beach in which he described working women and feminists as "detrimental" to the family. He said government policy should favor married couples over "cohabitators, homosexuals or fornicators." He described as "illogical" a 1972 Supreme Court decision legalizing the use of contraception by unmarried couples.
The 93-page document, which is publicly available at the Regent University library, culminates with a 15-point action plan that McDonnell said the Republican Party should follow to protect American families -- a vision that he started to put into action soon after he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.
...McDonnell's opponent, state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (Bath), and other Democrats have sought to highlight McDonnell's conservative record, saying he is obscuring a large part of his background to get elected. Deeds recently spoke to women's groups about McDonnell's record on abortion, saying that voters needed to know about his stances.
"There is a just a massive effort underway to rebrand Bob McDonnell, and his whole legislative career speaks otherwise," said former delegate Barnie K. Day (D-Patrick), who supports Deeds. "The voters have a right to know who these candidates really are."
Beliefs as far to the right as the ones expressed in this thesis is something McDonnell will have to explain. Some positions stated in his paper:
- Church state separation isn't real. "Leaders must correct the conventional folklore about the separation of church and state. Historically, the religious liberty guarantees of the First Amendment were intended to prevent government encroachment upon the free church, not eliminate the impact of religion on society."
- Thumbs up to convenant marriage. He wants to make it more difficult to obtain a divorce.
- Religion in schools A-OK (well, not all). "Traditional Judeo-Christian values" should be mandatory "character education."
- Parenting, Bob's way. Child abuse should be redefined to "exclude parental spanking." I guess it depends on what the meaning of "spanking" is to Bob.
- Women, back to the kitchen and bedroom. "Further expenditures would be used to subsidize a dynamic new trend of working women and feminists that is ultimately detrimental to the family by entrenching status-quo of nonparental primary nurture of children. Feminism is among the "real enemies of the traditional family."
If he wants to publicly chalk these "family values" up to youthful exuberance and he no longer holds these extremist beliefs, then he should say so. If he still holds the beliefs, then he should proudly claim he supports this agenda. Well, he has already confirmed that he's still anti-gay on his campaign site:
Bob McDonnell believes marriage is the union between one man and one woman. As a legislator, Bob McDonnell was chief sponsor and author of a constitutional amendment protecting traditional marriage (Chief Patron, HJ 187, 2004). As Attorney General, Bob supported Virginia's marriage amendment and wrote an official opinion explaining that it would not affect the current legal rights of unmarried persons.
My question is does Sheila Johnson (who is also president and managing partner of the WNBA's Washington Mystics) still think Bob's right for Virginia? Her endorsement skirts any concern about his social agenda:
"Make no mistake, these are tough economic times for all Virginians. Unemployment is on the rise and families are struggling to stay in their homes. We need bold and innovative leadership to move our state forward and that's why I've chosen to support Bob McDonnell for Governor. He has shown me that he has the right vision and the executive leadership skills that will guide Virginia through these challenging times. He understands that we have to help businesses in our state - both big and small - thrive so that we put Virginians back to work. I'm proud to endorse Bob McDonnell to be our next governor."
Blue Virginia on Bob:
For once, I agree with Bob "sometimes incest is voluntary" Marshall: "Barefoot and Pregnant Bob" should come clean, admit that he has a plan to remake Virginia into a Pat Robertson-inspired theocracy, and generally come out of "the closet," as his political soulmate "Sideshow Bob" puts it. Of course, as "Barefoot and Pregnant Bob" knows, that will make him utterly unelectable, but given that his "moderate" makeover has completely melted down now, he's probably unelectable anyway.