The Hollow Legacy of Governor McDogvitamin

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    Bob McDonnell’s governorship has been like one of those feel-good movies that you forget immediately upon leaving the theater. The handsome chief executive and his former cheerleader wife ride off into the sunset and…um, what was that all about again?

    He’s been a master of triangulation, always seeking the poll-favored center even when one doesn’t exist. Don’t like the idea of forced transvaginal probes for women seeking abortions?Hey, no worries, we’ll lighten it up a bit for you! At a time when the Tea Party scares most people to death, Gov. Bob has presented a calming presence. But in the meantime, he’s left a record thinner than Keira Knightley.

    His cheerful lightweightedness might be okay if we weren’t finding out revelations every week about what’s really going on behind closed doors in the governor’s mansion. The Star-gate scandal has revealed, once again, that the hollowness of Republicans like our Bob is built around a core of undying loyalty to corporate America. The ridiculously improper relationship between the McDonnells and tobacco supplement baron Jonnie Williams shows quite plainly how Republicans really think about government — solely as a means to maintain the power and status of rich, entitled elites.

    And the latest news about how the McDonnells have been billing the taxpayers for everything from deodorant to dog vitamins — even as they’ve enjoyed such perks as driving Williams’ Ferrari and staying at his vacation home — says a whole lot about the real attitude of this empty suit. Hold onto power long enough to grab the benefits you can for yourself and your CEO buddies. Then, when the gig is up, you know you’ll have that corporate suite with the six figure salary waiting for you.

    It’s a sweet deal, but ultimately, Gov. McDogvitamin’s hollow legacy leaves the voters with but two choices: elect the Tea Party extremists who’ve taken over his party while his warm smile has lulled the voters to sleep; or throw them out in favor of Democrats who actually want to use our government to govern.

    I look forward to sending Gov. Bob home — with a very healthy dog.  

    • demomatic

      The Bobby Mac AKA McDogVitamin clan was told the rules at the beginning of his term. They just didn’t follow them. They thought they were above the rules- they used the VA taxpayer’s money for their own enrichment throughout the term. The dog vitamins and colon cleanse are obviously not compensated food. Anything else is an excuse covering up their theft-

    • ir003436

      The dog vitamins are a real hoot, but this is my favorite part of the WashPost article:

      The McDonnells directly pushed back on one front, insisting that the state continue to pay for their energy drinks. The governor’s chief of staff, Martin Kent, overruled Johnson to allow the drinks at state expense.

      “While other governors and spouses may have had bacon and eggs, or cereal, or etc for breakfast, Governor McDonnell drinks Boost every morning, and the First Lady has a 5-Hour energy and/or a Boost,” Martin wrote. “That is their breakfast. And that is why those items are covered, just like breakfast is covered for EVERY Governor and First Lady.”

      So-o-o-o-o . . . Governor McDogvitamin starts his day with a hit of Boost “nutritional supplement” and Mrs. McDog has a 5-Hour Energy Drink that contains over 200 mg of caffeine in a 2-ounce bottle; we don’t know if the Gov has a hit of 5-Hour Energy but . . .

      Caffeine:

      — Caffeine is addictive. Caffeine withdrawal can produce headache, fatigue and decreased alertness.

      —  High doses of caffeine (300 mg or higher) can cause anxiety.

      —  High caffeine consumption has been linked to an increase in the likelihood of experiencing auditory hallucinations.

      This explains a lot.

    • FWfromNOVA

      McDonnell  and his family are nothing more than a bunch of low life trailer trash grifters, just like Sarah Palin and her brood who charged her state for their kids travel, used the RNC credit card to buy $150k worth of clothing, and continues to make a living off wingnut welfare to this day.

      And to think, this dude and his family of thieves would have been giving a plum job in Romneys cabinet had he been elected president.

      McGrifter should be ashamed to show his face in public.