Tag Archives: Bob McDonnell

The Washington Post Just Can’t Stand the Fact that Bob McDonnell is Governor

3 May

Seriously, they just keep trying to find controversy when none’s really there. After spending all last fall trying to paint him as an Altar Boy at the Church of Pat Robertson, the Post continues to try to define McDonnell.

Perhaps they should spend their time trying to define journalism. They’ve lost that dictionary entry somewhere along the way.

McDonnell strikes a balance, conservatives rethink support
Anita Kumar, The Washington Post

RICHMOND — 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.

Okay Anita, sure we’ll give you that not all conservatives are happy with every thing Bob McDonnell has done as governor. But that’s about the only thing you got right.

Go back to those same people and ask them if they’d prefer Creigh Deeds to be their Governor.

We’ll wait.

After all, as much as it disturbs you, we’ve got four years.


Governor McDonnell to Restore Funding for Mine Safety in Virginia

12 Apr

Office of the Governor

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that he will propose an amendment to the biennial budget recently passed by the General Assembly to increase funding for the safety component of the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. These additional funds will be used to increase energy industry safety, including mine safety inspections and technical services to improve worker safety in the energy industries, particularly coal mining.

Speaking about his amendment to restore funding for the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, “The coal mine explosion in Montcoal, West Virginia, one week ago today is a tragic reminder that it is absolutely critical we do everything possible to ensure the safety of the men and women who work in Virginia’s energy industries. Coal mining is an important industry in Virginia, employing almost 5,000 of our citizens, and it is the lifeblood of many of our towns and communities. This additional funding will provide equipment to support mine safety inspections and fill critically important mine safety inspector and specialist positions – including special safety services to small mines inspections across the coalfields. This area has been of concern to me since we received the General Assembly’s budget and recent events highlight the importance of taking the necessary steps to ensure our mines are safe for the Virginians who work in them every day.”

The money to increase funding for the DMME safety component will be derived through budgetary amendments and actions the Governor will formally propose this week. The Governor has until midnight tomorrow to send down his amendments and vetoes on all budget matters and legislation prior to the reconvened session of the General Assembly on April 21st.

Bloggers Who Forget the Past are Condemned to Repeat the Same Smear Campaigns

8 Apr
Robert E. Lee, seated, with 2 of his officers, following surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomattox Court House. April 1865. Photo by Mathew Brady.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
~ George Santayana

Somewhere, Santayana is rolling in his grave.

Main stream media and the blogs are all atwitter over Governor Bob McDonnell’s proclamation of April as Confederate History Month. Read the proclamation. In it, McDonnell says:

WHEREAS, this defining chapter in Virginia’s history should not be forgotten, but instead should be studied, understood and remembered by all Virginians, both in the context of the time in which it took place, but also in the context of the time in which we live, and this study and remembrance takes on particular importance as the Commonwealth prepares to welcome the nation and the world to visit Virginia for the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of the Civil War, a four-year period in which the exploration of our history can benefit all.

Rightly stated Governor. An acknowledgement that, no, it was not our finest hour. But also an acknowledgement that it was a time in history that we must not forget. A time where men and women fought with valour, and yes integrity for a cause in which they believed, misguided though they were.

More importantly, it’s a foreshadowing of the upcoming 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. A time that will bring tourists and history buffs, and their associated cash, to the borders of the Commonwealth.

But, for the perpetually offended, that’s not good enough.

According to The Washington Post, the Governor is Airbrushing Virginia History.

How so?

We all know that when it comes to Governor McDonnell, The Washington Post has no bias. [See Bridge. Brooklyn. Impending Sale]

Not to be left out, Ben and Lowell, otherwise known as the Sisters from Our Lady of the Hysterical Blog Posts weigh in on the subject, as does the real Larry Sabato who tweeted:

Already tweeted about Gov. McDonnell’s Confederate proclamation, but it’s becoming increasingly clear this is a disaster for him & VA.

That would be the same Larry Sabato who helped sink George Allen because he “knew” that’s right he “knew” that George Allen used the “n-word.” Sabato later had to retract that comment and say well he didn’t really “know” it, he sort of felt it.

Still, it’s not just the left attacking McDonnell, Doug from Below the Beltway tweets: Virginia had 48 Confederate History Months between 1861 and 1865. That’s enough for me, thank you.

The subject generates quite a bit of “conversation” amongst the right as well. J.R. at Bearing Drift has called for the recognition of Virginia Heritage Day.

Point is, regardless of where you stand on the issue, emotions run deep.

The larger point is, that on this issue McDonnell will be criticized for his action, or inaction.

George Allen received criticism each of the four years he issued the proclamation. Jim Gilmore endeavored to be sensitive to the issue and in 1998 included an acknowledgement of slavery in his first proclamation.

That wasn’t good enough. The NAACP still criticized Gilmore and threatened a tourism boycott of the state. Gilmore’s last proclamation recognized “Virginia Civil War Month.” He also was the one who provided separate but equal days off for Lee-Jackson Day and Martin Luther King Day, pleasing no one except the state employees who get a four day weekend two weeks after Christmas, er…the winter holidays. For many, that also wasn’t good enough.

It never would be.

Mark Warner and Tim Kaine avoided the issue.

But we’re on the eve of an important anniversary. The plans for the Sesquicentennial are well underway. It’s important that we remember our history. The good and the bad.

It may be painful to do so. And surely emotions will rise again, even if the south doesn’t.

But no one, not McDonnell, nor Gilmore or Allen before him, is calling for a return to racial discrimination and certainly not a return to slavery. Anyone who implies that they are is either grandstanding for political purporses or…a moron. I have no patience for either.

I had great-grandfathers who fought for the Confederacy, so I could be a legitimate “Son of the Confederacy.” But between you and me, those people scare me. Still I’m not about do deny my heritage. I’m not about to deny that I love Virginia. I love the South. And I can appreciate that heritage without having to whitewash it. So to speak.

Do I love the fact that our history bears the dark stain of slavery? Of course not.

But it’s the sum of that history, the good and the bad, that makes me who I am, and who our Commonwealth is today.

There are a lot of disagreement on this issue. There have been for, oh at least 150 years. But it’s not going to go away. And the vast majority of people who are critical of the Governor are going to be critical no matter what he does. Today it’s Confederate History Month. Tomorrow it’s something else.

Would it have been easier for McDonnell to take the Warner and Kaine route and ignore Virginia’s history altogether? Maybe.

But it wouldn’t have been honest.

This afternoon, McDonnell issued a statement adding the following paragraph to the proclamation:

WHEREAS, it is important for all Virginians to understand that the institution of slavery led to this war and was an evil and inhumane practice that deprived people of their God-given inalienable rights and all Virginians are thankful for its permanent eradication from our borders, and the study of this time period should reflect upon and learn from this painful part of our history.

In an equitable world, this would be the end of it. In a world where petty grudges and the scoring of political points is more important than history and integrity, there will never be enough.

Governor McDonnell’s first two months a legislative success

16 Mar

McDonnell claims an 80% success rate in assembly
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Gov. Bob McDonnell is claiming an 80 percent success rate in his first legislative session. With the budget crisis resolved, he now will turn to other substantial challenges facing his administration.

Governor McDonell on the Budget

17 Feb

Bearing Drift has an exclusive interview with Governor Bob McDonnell on today’s budget recommendations.

Is the Washington Post making up "news" again?

12 Feb

Rosalind Helderman thinks she knows what Governor Bob McDonnell is recommending for budget cuts.

McDonnell privately proposes children’s insurance, education cuts
The Washington Post

Here’s the priceless snark:

And because the meetings continue to take place behind closed doors, McDonnell’s ideas are emerging only in drips and drabs.

Maybe it’s “drips and drabs” Rosalind because it’s none of your business yet.

When the Governor is ready to propose cuts, he’ll do it to the General Assembly.  Then it will be public information.

Maybe what you’re hearing is correct.

But with The Washington Posts record of distorting the news, I have my doubts.

Until we here from the Governor I’m guessing that, once again, you’re just making stuff up.

The Car Tax Strikes Back

12 Feb

Oh. Happy. Day.

16 Jan

Saturday Morning Randomness

2 Jan

If my people, who are called by my name,
will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and
turn from their wicked ways,
then will I hear from heaven and will forgive
their sin and will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

It’s the first Saturday of the new year and the last Saturday of vacation. Not planning to wander far from the homestead today. Sitting at my desk where I can look out on the back yard and think about gardening projects for the spring. I’ve got tulips and daffodils that, thanks to Thanksgiving rain and Christmas snow, didn’t make it into the ground that will go into pots today.

Maybe a movie, maybe a board game. Maybe some focused time sorting out partially completed writing projects.

In other news…

On January 2, 1941 The Andrews Sisters recorded their hit “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” By the end of that year, the U.S. would be at war with Germany and Japan.

Closer home…

Governor-Elect Bob McDonnell is featured in a Wall Street Journal interview today: Back to GOP Basics Virginia’s governor-elect Bob McDonnell on his plans for spending cuts, offshore drilling and charter schools.

The 90 Day Challenge: Day 2, Genesis 13-28

Wait, you mean it wasn't a dream?

4 Nov
Photo H/T: Bearing Drift

Photo H/T: Bearing Drift

Blow out
Bearing Drift
The real question now, with the margin of victory as large as it is, will McDonnell have a mandate?

Contests serve as warning to Democrats: It’s not 2008 anymore
The Washington Post

On Tuesday, Virginia moved back in the direction of Republicans, a reminder that the political landscape is far more fluid than it appeared to be a year ago — and a challenge for the White House and the Democrats as they look toward 2010.

Dems, incumbents get wake-up call

Tuesday night’s trends were emphatically not in Obama’s favor. Among those paying closest attention are dozens of Democrats who won formerly Republican congressional districts in 2006 and 2008 and are up for re-election in 2010.

The Obama magic has faded
The New York Post
And — until it started looking as if they might lose — the Obama people were suggesting that these races would seal their mandate and encourage congressional wafflers to toe the line on health-care reform. Not so much, as it turns out.

Disregard The Talk Of VA Voting Against The President’s Party For Gov.
Virginia Virtucon

Do you see a pattern emerging here? When GOP candidates run on specific issues of importance to people in their every day lives, they not only win, but they win BIG.