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Bob McDonnell, the right wing social conservative who's the Republican nominee to be the next governor of Virginia, wants you to believe he's a moderate.

He's not.

Sunday's Washington Post has the latest evidence of Bob McDonnell's true colors: the 1989 graduate thesis he wrote for his masters and law degree from Rev. Pat Robertson's CBN University (now Regent University).

Among the tidbits the thesis reveals according to the Post:

McDonnell, "described working women and feminists as 'detrimental' to the family. He said government policy should favor married couples over 'cohabitators, homosexuals or fornicators.' He described as 'illogical' a 1972 Supreme Court decision legalizing the use of contraception by unmarried couples."

And that's just the beginning.

McDonnell says, "Virginians will judge me on my 18-year record as a legislator and Attorney General and the specific plans I have laid out for our future -- not on a decades-old academic paper I wrote as a student during the Reagan era and haven't thought about in years."

There are several things lacking from this explanation.

First, it would lead you to believe that his record as an elected official is any different than the right wing babble which is in this thesis. It's not. In fact the Post points out that as a Delegate and as Attorney General, McDonnell has pursued 10 of the 15 policy goals laid out in his thesis.

Second, McDonnell's explanation would have you believe that he wrote this as an undergraduate when he didn't know better. He didn't. He wrote this after he had already earned an undergraduate degree and a masters degree at other institutions. He was 34 years old at the time.

Third, he claims he hasn't thought about this in years. That's not true. He brought up the thesis in an interview with the Washington Post, telling the paper earlier this year that, "I wrote my thesis on welfare policy".

As the Post points out, McDonnell wrote this document, not as a college student, but as a 34 year adult. In it, he laid out a 15 point plan for the GOP. As an elected official, he's pursued 10 of these 15 goals according to the Post.

It's bad enough that McDonnell went to Pat Robertson's university and law school. But now that he needs the votes of moderates to get elected Governor, he's trying to cover up his real feelings.

Don't be fooled. Watch Bob McDonnell talk about the Garden of Eden and his views of marriage.

Fortunately, McDonnell's opponent, State Sen. Creigh Deeds, is running a strong campaign, but he needs your financial help. Please visit his website and make a campaign contribution.

It's important.

Cross posted at Fake Virginia.

Originally posted to Fake Virginia on Sat Aug 29, 2009 at 10:22 PM PDT.

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  •  McDonnell went to Pat Robertson's (12+ / 0-)

    law school?

    That in my book disqualifies him from being the governor.

    He sounds like a right-wing nut.

    Obama 7/09: "Don't bet against us" (unless the Dems screw it up).

    by Drdemocrat on Sat Aug 29, 2009 at 10:30:41 PM PDT

    •  You beat me to it.... (5+ / 0-)

      The fact that he graduated from a University founded by Brother Pat, is all I need to know about Bob McDonnell.

      You'd have to be a real diehard to choose to attend Regent University. Perhaps his parents could have forced him to attend at 18, but he was in his 30s, he chose to attend. Anyone who has watched the 700 Club will have gathered just how "moderate" Pat's groupies are.

      Surely, I'm not the only one who remembers the day Pat announced he'd like a dirty bomb to explode in a government agency. Uh huh, real moderate.

      I defy the tyranny of precedent. I cannot afford the luxury of a closed mind. I go for anything new that might improve the past. ~ Clara Barton

      by AuroraDawn on Sat Aug 29, 2009 at 10:52:58 PM PDT

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  •  What concerns me about this... (4+ / 0-)
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    leveymg, Gordon20024, lazybum, MichaelNY

    The only reason this is coming to light is because McDonnell mentioned his thesis during an interview with Washington Post reporters, and they went looking for it afterward.

    Is the Deeds campaign on the ball? They should have known about this a long time ago...I'm hoping they did and were just holding it in reserve.

    •  more up to bloggers (4+ / 0-)
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      leveymg, lazybum, Fake Virginia, MichaelNY

      the campaign told a press call that I was on (as an established Virginia blogger) that Deeds did not plan to make an explicit attack on McDonnell for his relationship to Robertson.

      Remember that Monica Goodling also attended Regent U Law School and look how she acted, and how her best friend in the dept. of Justice was Rachel Paulose in MN.

      McDonnell did his undergraduate at Notre Dame. As an alumnus, he not only did not want Obama to get an honorary degree, he did not even want him to speak at commencement.

      These are issues, as well as the positions he has pursued and those he has opposed in his public service, that if the bloggers will constantly bring up they will filter up into the traditional media, particularly some of the larger metro papers.

      do we still have a Republic and a Constitution if our elected officials will not stand up for them on our behalf?

      by teacherken on Sun Aug 30, 2009 at 12:04:32 AM PDT

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  •  the bats may have left the belfry (2+ / 0-)
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    lazybum, MichaelNY
    And the chickens be coming home to roost but sadly in this day and climate it's no guarantee he won't get elected in VA. With low turnout, he gets enough riled-up Rs and fools enough moderates, he takes it.

    How come Kraine isn't out there stumping for Deeds, and Warner too?

    •  Where's Kaine? (1+ / 0-)
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      elsibiades

      Just this week the Roanoke paper carried a front page article about how the Deeds campaign was playing with the idea of turning on Kaine in an attempt to appeal more to R's and Independents.  I guess they're not what you would call close.

      Virginia is for Voters!

      by swvadem on Sun Aug 30, 2009 at 06:21:22 AM PDT

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  •  He wants to stop divorces period? (4+ / 0-)
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    lazybum, IreGyre, cany, MichaelNY

    What kind of nut job is this guy?  I mean this thesis was just....wow.

  •  Given that Gerson wrote just days ago that (0+ / 0-)

    this race could be the model for a GOP comeback, the paper would seem conflicted at best.  Or doing it's usual of working both sides of the fence to demonstrate "balance."

    Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way. Booker T. Washington

    by conlakappa on Sun Aug 30, 2009 at 01:29:30 AM PDT

  •  I am a little concerned about this election cycle (1+ / 0-)
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    dqueue

    If the Congressional and Party leadership don't get off the stick and start twisting some arms, we're not going to have real health reform before the coming election.  18 months from now will be way too late.  

    If that bill doesn't have some sort of viable public option, this progressive Democrat -- along with many others, I suspect -- isn't going to be knocking on doors, planting signs, watching polls, and doing all the things that are needed to win elections this Fall.

    Are you listening, Virginia delegation?  I haven't heard a word from you on the subject, Tim.  Are you listening Harry and Nancy?  What about you, Mark and Jim?

    You're going to lose us, if you don't do it.

  •  My first reaction (0+ / 0-)

    My first reaction was, hey we all do and say crazy things in college. I called myself a Marxist for a year. I experimented with vegetarianism. I boycotted lettuce and grapes to support Cesar Chavez. Not that those are crazy things.

    Funny story about college. I sometimes hitchhiked home (about 300 miles) from college. One time I got a ride and we stopped to eat at a truck stop. I ordered a meal and the waitress asked "what kind of salad dressing?" I said, "No salad. I'm boycotting lettuce because I support the United Farm Workers against the Teamsters, who are a bunch of scabs!" The guy I was with (my ride) said, "I don't know if you knew this, but this is a truck stop. Look out the window and see those trucks? A lot of the truck drivers are Teamsters. If you call them scabs, one of them might come over here and punch you in the face. So be cool."

    My second thought was to think about what the Republicans do. They try to dig up things that Obama or (Hillary) Clinton or Sotomayor wrote or said or did in college. Fuck 'em. What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

    Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.

    by Dbug on Sun Aug 30, 2009 at 03:30:17 AM PDT

  •  I am glad that someone mentioned this article (0+ / 0-)

    I am hoping that Deeds makes it an issue in campaign ads. Deeds campaign needs a lift--and now!

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