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?