Gov. McDonnell’s and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s appearance together in northern VA on Wednesday has been seen by some commentators as an opening to the possibility of Gov. McDonnell running as vice president.
At present, however, it seems that our friend Bob McDonnell is focusing the majority of his gubernatorial energies on ensuring a Republican senate takeover in the VA General Assembly in the coming elections.
A Republican controlled House, Senate, and governor’s office would no doubt help to throw VA back into the 19th Century of economic and social progress.
Last year’s session of the General Assembly gave a hint of the types of radical-right policies that the Republican-controlled House favors, policies that overwhelmingly benefit the already well-to-do with little or no emphasis on helping those in VA most in need.
The Republican Party throughout the country has become, more than at any other time in recent history, the safe-haven for the fundamentalist belief in the power of the “free market,” largely underpinned by an implicit idea of social Darwinism (i.e. the cream will rise to the top).
To McDonnell’s credit, he hasn’t always given in to the worst tendencies of his own party. The downside is that we should expect this from our political leaders, to toe the middle course in policy-related situations.
So it makes sense that McDonnell would be touring with Mitt Romney, another somewhat middle-of-the-road Republican. Their policies, however, are not the way forward for Virginia or the greater U.S.
Each brings old ideas which support existing economic and social relationships, a situation which has become even more unequal and equally untenable.
I hope most Virginians realize where their interests lie and vote for their Democratic candidate this coming election in VA.