Finally, twenty years after it was written and several major campaigns he's run, the Washington Post is finally picking apart his college thesis.No, I'm not talking about Barack Obama. The Washington Post never bothered to track down and examine the college thesis of Barack Obama. But, it has found the twenty year old thesis of Bob McDonnell, the Republican candidate for Governor of Virginia.With Creigh Deeds imploding, the media decided it had to do something to help the Democrat. So they are highlighting McDonnell's twenty year old thesis. In it, they find a candidate who is, brace yourselves, conservative. He went, after all, to Regent University, and his thesis is publicly available.In other words, they could have written about it when he was running for the Virginia House of Delegates or Virginia Attorney General, but they wanted to wait until now when the Democrat needs some help. And what do they find that the man believed twenty years ago?
[H]e 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.
OMG?!?!! Bob McDonnell agreed with conservative Republicans twenty years ago?
During his 14 years in the General Assembly, McDonnell pursued at least 10 of the policy goals he laid out in that research paper, including abortion restrictions, covenant marriage, school vouchers and tax policies to favor his view of the traditional family. In 2001, he voted against a resolution in support of ending wage discrimination between men and women.In his run for governor, McDonnell, 55, makes little mention of his conservative beliefs and has said throughout his campaign that he should be judged by what he has done in office, including efforts to lower taxes, stiffen criminal penalties and reform mental health laws. He reiterated that position Saturday in a statement responding to questions about his thesis.
So, McDonnell says people should judge him based on his record, not a thesis he wrote twenty years ago in an evangelical college. The Washington Post has decided that what he did in office was consistent with what he wrote about.You mean to tell me we actually have a politician running for office in the United States who keeps his word? We actually have a man running for office who said if he got into office he would do certain things and then actually factually did them?! How dare Bob McDonnell be honest.And so, if we are to believe the Washington Post — that McDonnell wrote a thesis twenty years ago and has, in his legislative career, kept his word — let's look at McDonnell now. He's committed to improving Virginia's economy. He's committed to cutting taxes. He's committed to improving education for Virginia's children. He's committed to being tough on crime. He's committed to Virginia.If the past is the best indicator of future performance, then we have here a candidate who actually intends to keep his word to Virginia and fix things.Then there's Creigh Deeds. He's made so many inconsistent and broken promises, all he's left with is giving McDonnell's college thesis from twenty years ago to the Washington Post and hoping they'll do something with it.They have. They've proven McDonnell keeps his word.