As Jonathan Capehart writes at WashingtonPost.com, Bob McDonnell has eviscerated his own image more effectively than his political enemies ever could:
McDonnell came to office as the smiling conservative. A candidate who eschewed hot-button social issues in favor of jobs and the economy. He and his successful campaign were touted as a model for Republican candidates around the country. But McDonnell’s slavery-denial document reveals a snarl behind the smile that should serve as a warning. Antebellum attitudes are thriving in the Age of Obama.
Let’s be clear — this was not a case of Bob McDonnell accidentally stumbling into a controversy or the result of an outside event — say, a racially-motivated crime that made confront a crisis not of his own making. No one & no thing forced him into this. Just as George Allen did before him, Bob McDonnell voluntarily, on his own, without provocation, made a public issue of his own racial feelings & positions.
It is simply amazing that Bob McDonnell, 2010’s Face of the Future of the National Republican Party, has chosen of his own free will to step onto the same path of racial controversy as George Allen, 2006’s Face of the Future of the National Republican Party. Getting to be a pattern, isn’t it?