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Bob McDonnell Won’t Say Whether He Opposes “Nullification”


No wonder why Bob McDonnell is buddies with Texas Governor Rick Perry!

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) is not taking a position on the idea of nullification — the notion that a state can unilaterally override a federal law (and a notion that has been consistently rejected in federal courts).

According to the Roanoke Times, at a townhall meeting yesterday, “McDonnell declined to say whether he backed that notion, a legal argument that a state may invalidate or nullify a federal law it believes violates the 10th Amendment’s delegation to the states or the people all rights not designated to the federal government.” Of course, as anyone who’s studied U.S. history knows, that question was settled a long time ago, but not until we had to suffer through a bloody civil war and then years of “massive resistance,” Jim Crow, etc. Is Bob McDonnell truly ambivalent about the thought of bringing back those bad old days? Has Pat Robertson’s Manchurian candidate caught Mad Cooch disease or what?

  • Elaine in Roanoke

    That meeting drew Roanoke’s Tea Pots and GOPers. McDonnell certainly played to the audience. Perhaps he might want to look up the history of “nullification” in the United States…but, then, I doubt if they taught that sort of history at Pat Robertson’s law “school.”

    So, I’ll simply quote the Constitution these people say they love so much: “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

    The Supreme Court – not Bob McDonnell or that idiot attorney general of his – decide whether a law is constitutional or not.  

  • kindler

    …with refudiation?  (Trying to be helpful here!)