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Should DPVA Leadership Lobby for Corporate Interests?

By Josh Stanfield of Activate Virginia For decades now, it’s been illegal for “the chairman or any full-time paid employee of a state political party...or...

Video: Thursday Night’s Richmond Mayoral Debate at VUU, with Former Gov....

See below for video from tonight's Richmond Mayoral debate at Virginia Union University, with the debate moderated by former Governor L. Douglas Wilder and...

Doug Wilder: “I don’t regret” Not Endorsing Creigh Deeds


This is truly pitiful.
Campbell Brown: Governor, I've got to ask you, you did refuse to endorse the Democrat who ran against Bob McDonnell last year, do you regret that...?

Doug Wilder: No...I don't regret that at all, I think that the Bob McDonnell that spoke at the inaugural when he was sworn in is the Bob McDonnell that's speaking to amend the proclamation that he issued. He's recognized the mistake. He's not the Bob McDonnell that was a part of that thesis that Creigh Deeds focused upon.  No, the candidate for the Democrats, in my judgment, did not represent the values that I think most Virginians believed in, and I think that this hiccup, as far as the McDonnell administration, is something that could be and should be cured, I hope that it is.

As much as I'm not a huge Creigh Deeds fan, this is pathetic. Doug Wilder seriously doesn't regret his failure, when it really mattered, to endorse the Democratic candidate - as flawed as that candidate most certainly was, by pretty much all accounts - over Pat Robertson/George W. Bush disciple Bob McDonnell?  So, what part of McDonnell's policies does Wilder like, the anti-gay part, the anti-environment part, the slash-education part, the theocratic part, or the corporate welfare part?

P.S. In sharp contrast, State Sen. Henry Marsh said that "this is a pattern of this governor...He says the wrong thing, he sends a signal to his base and then he makes an apology."  

McDonnell Stirs Up Confederate Hornet’s Nest

Let me start with my Confederate heritage. Five of my great-great-grandfathers fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. Two of them never returned to their wives and young children and lie in unmarked graves on battlefields. Another was a prisoner of war for a time.

Having said all that, I think the way Bob McDonnell chose to sneakily - and without mentioning slavery - proclaim April as "Confederate History Month" was both ridiculous and cowardly. Evidently, he was fulfilling a old campaign promise he made to the Virginia chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. In the process, he blew a hole in his "Mr. Moderate" image so big that Gen. Lee could have marched Pickett's division through it.

The Washington Post reports:

We've known for quite some time we had a good opportunity {for the proclamation} should he ascend the governorship," Brandon Dorsey of the Sons of Confederate Veterans said. He noted that McDonnell had indicated that back when he was interviewed by them during his 2005 attorney general's race.
In that same article, Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Augusta), responded to the growing Confederate proclamation controversy. "It would be totally inappropriate to do [a proclamation] that would just poke a stick to stir up old wounds...I think it's appropriate as long as it's not fiery."

I don't know what Hanger thinks of as "fiery." Perhaps it has to be as bad as the diatribe former Gov. George Allen unleashed in his Confederate proclamation, which called the Civil War "a four-year struggle for [Southern] independence and sovereign rights" and made no mention of slavery.  McDonnell followed Allen in one sense. He also had no mention of slavery and simply called the Civil War "a four year war between the states for independence." (The entire text of McDonnell's proclamation in on his website.)

No, the Civil War was a war to preserve the institution of slavery in the South and to spread slavery to as many of the western territories as possible. The goals were to be achieved by seceding from the United States. The rationale used to justify the declaration of war by the Confederacy was states' rights and secession.