Bob McDonnell doesn’t care how many lives he ruins, as long as he stays out of jail

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    While accurate, “appalling” barely scratches the surface of this cess pit of deceit and embarrassment when it comes to former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.

    The Gov. Rolex “failed marriage made me do it” defense goes beyond the pale. He clearly believes that the voters, or in this case the jurors, are morons. He has such a galactic sense of entitlement, he apparently believes that any fraud committed, any lie told, and any action taken to protect himself – no matter who else gets hurt – in pursuit of his Regent’s thesis is not just forgivable, but permissible.

    This is an embarrassment to the state of Virginia, made far worse by the fact that we have effectively been forced to contract out law enforcement to the federal government. So much for the “Virginia Way.”

    The former governor is a convincing, compelling, and accomplished golden-tongued, bald-faced liar. I campaigned for Creigh Deeds, who could not make a dent against what spewed so glibly, and so dishonestly, from this liar’s mouth. McDonnell claimed, when his Regent’s thesis was unearthed, that it represented no more than boyish musings.  

    Bob McDonnell’s thesis was no such thing: in fact, it was written in 1989, when McDonnell was 35, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. I am unable to say what his final Military Occupational Specialty was. He started out as a clerk. He proceeded, as soon as he was elected, to impose  those beliefs on the rest of us.  So much for boyish musings, truth or integrity as well.

    We already know that Bob McDonnell is a serial liar. It remains to be seen whether that was then, now, or all the time. Like the people he resembles, the C Street brotherhood, Gov. Rolex seems to believe that he can commit no sin, and do nothing unforgivable, in the pursuit of his right-wing religious agenda.

    He is now campaigning in front of a jury of voters in Richmond, and based on past performance,  obviously believes he can lie his way out of this one as well. It remains to be seen whether he will succeed.

    Just what, exactly, will Maureen McD’s defense be?She pleaded not guilty, so she must have one. Based on what I’ve read so far, which doesn’t come close total transcript, I would be inclined to acquit Mrs. McD of everything, should she have the good sense to change her plea to “not guilty by reason of insanity.” Except that being a spurned wife ruse doesn’t rise to that level, even though Gov. Rolex’s $600-an-hour legal team is trying to suggest it. And even if true and admissible, the “she’s nuts” defense applies only to her.

    It does nothing to explain the lies on the loan forms (mail fraud); the no-paper, no-payback “loans” (which benefitted Bob McDonnell, his sister and ex-brother-in-law); accepting all the loans from Jonnie Williams (Hobbs Act violation); the joint vacations; golf fees, games, proceeds, and club apparel, beverages and food, the latter of which benefitted him and his sons exclusively; or the wedding, dress, wedding rings, and reception, which benefitted him indirectly and likely will figure, and the exposure in the likely

    coming, and tawdry, divorce proceedings.

    Bob McDonnell doesn’t care how many lives he ruins, as long as he stays out of jail.  He ought to be ashamed that he isn’t even ashamed.  

    • True Blue

      and his priest stands behind him! Just ask forgiveness and you don’t have to admit guilt? I’m also curious why the kids are with him and not her; coached?

    • Jim B

      Is it possible all this stuff is just an act to save his butt? After this is over they will be back together like nothing happened. After all republicans now live on a different universe than the rest of us. Kind of like 1984.

    • pontoon

      As a woman, I take the constant attacks on Mrs. McDonnell personally.  His defense team consistently throws her under the bus and rolls it back and forth over her again and again.  So far, her attorneys haven’t done much to defend her…just letting his defense team denigrate her repeatedly.  There’s something really wrong with this picture.  If I were sitting on the jury, I’d sure be wondering why.  

    • fendertweed

      I am dismayed to say that based only on what I’m reading in accounts of Gov. VagProbe’s testimony, he may have an even chance of getting off here — which would be a travesty of justice.

      I’ve spent a good part of my career in and around criminal investigations, trials and appeals (on the defense and prosecution sides), and I’m concerned that a slickee boy like Gov. VagProbe may just pull the wool over at least one juror’s eyes.

      There is no way, IMO, that should happen, but the defense appears to have done the best they can to set him up as clueless and the victim of a greedy, grasping, shrewish harridan.

      Shame on them, indeed.  But they’re playing for high stakes.  

    • Elaine in Roanoke

      It seems to me that the defense is that McDonnell and his wife were so estranged in their marriage that they couldn’t be guilty of conspiring to sell the influence wielded by the governor to Williams (although that is exactly what they did). Her defense may well be that she was so dumb (i.e., cheerleader) that she just had a “crush” and was led on by the “snake” Jonnie Williams. His defense seems to be that he couldn’t manage his difficult job and his crazy wife at the same time. This soap opera is as old as the Garden of Eden: She: “The snake just bamboozled me. I’m just a weak woman.” He: “Eve told me to take a bite of that apple. It wasn’t my fault. She made me do it.”

      The truth is that these two people were never meant to hold high public office. They happened to live in a state where “laws of ethics” means that the “Virginia Way” is whatever the “good ole boys” want it to be.

      I can’t believe we are seeing this spectacle unfolding about the office that was held by Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry. How far have we fallen, exactly???

    • DJRippert

      I find commentary like this fascinating.  Evil Bob abusing sweet little Maureen by throwing her under the bus.

      I wonder how the rhetoric would change if the roles were reversed.  If Maureen was governor and Bob was the spouse.  Bob was unhappy that he had to move from Virginia Beach to Richmond to support his wife.  He let his unhappiness degenerate into long and repeated temper tantrums and verbal abuse.  He screamed at the people in state government so much and so loudly they broke down in tears.  Some people turned down prestigious jobs just so they wouldn’t have to work with him.  So, he begins hanging around with wealthy Jane Williams, a shady CEO.  Jane gives him gifts, Jane gives his wife gifts, Jane gives his kids gifts.  Over an 18 month period Bob and Jane exchange 1,800 text messages including 52 in a single day.  Jane gives Bob and Maureen’s daughter $15,000 for a wedding reception and Bob doesn’t tell Maureen.  When Maureen finds out she is furious. Jane gives Maureen’s son a brand new set of very expensive golf clubs.  Maureen says to return them but Bob says “no” to Governor Maureen, the boy can keep the clubs.

      Then, the trouble starts.  Insinuations.  Accusations.  An indictment.

      Governor Maureen never did any favors for Jane that she wouldn’t do for any Virginia business executive.  Jane wants to meet somebody in state government, Maureen arranged it.  Nothing happened.  No favorable treatment occurred.

      At trial Maureen wonders how the jury will believe that so much went on between Bob and Jane that Maureen didn’t know about.  She decides that she has to tell the truth.  Describe the abuse Bob put her through.  Call witnesses that testify over and over again that Bob was an abusive lunatic.  Show the 1,800 text messages with his crush.

      What would people say?

      Maureen was being shameful for throwing Bob under the bus?  Spare me!  It would that Bob was an abusive husband.  He was an abusive man.  He was slippery.  He was at least a flirt and probably more.  Bob couldn’t handle Maureen’s success and never supported her.

      There would none of these recriminations against Governor Maureen.

      There’s plenty of sexism here and it comes off the keyboards of people like va_lady2008.

    • campaignman

      The bottom line is will the jury believe that Williams received benefits in return for all the gifts he gave the McDonnells and, if so, does it matter that some of those benefits were the kind that other constituents received for free, for campaign donations or fewer gifts?