Turns Out Everyone Who Opposed Bob McDonnell Was Right

As we mentioned yesterday, Virginia governor Bob McDonnell recently signed a decree taking away protections for gay and lesbian state workers in Virginia. The executive order, signed by McDonnell on February 5, nullifies a similar order of former governor Tim Kaine, who had specifically included sexual orientation as a part of his non-discrimination policy. 

It would be nice to say that this comes as a surprise, but a measure like this isn’t really a shock when one looks back to McDonnell’s long record of involvement with the far right (to say nothing of his collegiate thesis at Liberty University.) Back in September, Kyle described the thesis as “a blueprint to change what [McDonnell] saw as a liberal model into one that actively promoted conservative, faith-based principles through tax policy, the public schools, welfare reform and other avenues”. Although McDonnell said during his campaign that he regretted much of the language in his work, it seems like it was pretty accurate after all.

Via TPM, Hari Sevugan, Former Governor Kaine’s spokesperson, said.

It says a lot about the Republican party that they would anoint as their 'rising star' someone who in 2010 is actually stripping away from Americans legal protections against discrimination. Bob McDonnell is proving his critics right.


Right Wing Round-Up

  • Jeffrey Rosen: Just how radical is the chief justice?
  • David Weigel: ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, We Have a Country to Save!’
  • SPLC: Racists Holding Event at Former Justice Roy Moore’s Foundation.
  • David Neiwert: Tea Party speaker wants Sen. Patty Murray to 'get hung.'
  • Good As You: Anti-gay Ugandans are 'more American than Americans.'
  • Finally, some more CPAC coverage from TPM: Young America's Foundation Spox Tries Obama-Cocaine Joke At CPAC

Right Wing Leftovers

  • For some reason, Mike Huckabee thought it necessary to remind everyone that he is "unequivocally" pro-life.
  • FRC praises VA Gov. Bob McDonnell for making it easier for employers to fire gay employees.
  • Does anybody care what Ted Nugent thinks about Don't Ask, Don't Tell. If so, here you go.
  • Answers in Genesis' Ken Ham delivered his "State of the Nation"address last night.  Guess how he thinks the nation is doing?
  • Gary Bauer calls The Mount Vernon Statement "a seminal document reflecting both the past and the future of intellectual conservatism."
  • The Susan B. Anthony List and dozens of other right-wing groups have sent a letter to President Obama and Minority Leader John Boehner demanding there be no "taxpayer funding of abortion on-demand" in any health care reform legislation.
  •, National Clergy Council, National Pro-life Religious Council, Operation Outcry, Priests for Life, Susan B. Anthony List, Wallbuilders and others are joining forces to launch a series of "Voter Registration Sundays."
  • Quote of the Day from the AFA's Bryan Fischer: "Our first order of business is to identify candidates who will be guided by the moral law of God in forming public policy, whose worldviews align with the value system found in the Judeo-Christian tradition, and help them become our 'ministers of God,' secular priests exercising sacred authority in the public square."

Crouse: Lack Of Morals Making Our Children Susceptible to Becoming The Next Hitler Youth

Janice Shaw Crouse of The Beverly LaHaye Institute joined the EagleForum's Phyllis Schafly and Tim Goeglein of Focus on the Family for a CPAC panel entitled "Saving Freedom from The Enemies of Our Values."

While Schlafly spent most of her speech rambling on about the internal enemies of the conservative movement, namely RINOs and Rockefeller Republicans, and Goeglein spent most of his time quoting other people, Crouse got right down to business, explaining that the those who are undermining our families, our morals, and our values are making today's children susceptible to becoming the next Hitler Youth:

CPAC Emcee: Mt. Vernon Statement Is Ideal Vehicle For Merging Tea Party and Conservatives

Colin Hanna, president of Let Freedom Ring, while serving as emcee of CPAC, makes the case that the Mount Vernon Statement which was released yesterday is "the foundation of the entire [conservative] movement" and, as such, a perfect vehicle for which the Tea Party movement can unite with the established conservative movement:

Scott Brown Makes Surprise CPAC Appearance

Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice was scheduled to introduce Mitt Romney at CPAC, but ended up turning that task over to a surprise guest: Sen. Scott Brown, who was greeted like a rock start by the audience (and yes, Brown assured them, he arrived in his pick-up truck):

Cheney: Obama's Incompetence Is Getting People Killed

It was without a hint of irony that Liz Cheney smugly spent her entire speech at CPAC blasting the Obama administration's national security policy as fundamentally dangerous, harping on the Christmas Day/Underwear Bomb attack as evidence that Obama's wisdom and judgment cannot be trusted and that the administration's incompetence is getting people killed.

Then, at the end, she brought out her father (who just so happened to be Vice President on the day of the worst terrorist attack in US history) as an example of someone with the proper foreign policy and national security expertise (I didn't include any of Dick Cheney's short remarks because, frankly, they weren't very interesting other than his assertion to Barack Obama would be a one-term president):

Armey: Obama is an Arrogant, Incompetent Ideologue

I have to say that it is more than a little ironic to watch Dick Armey of all people unleash an attack on President Obama at CPAC, blasting him as nothing more than a self-righteous, self-indulgent, shallow, arrogant, incompetent ideologue who doesn't know anything about anything: 

A Hint of DeMint: CPAC In a Nutshell

Sen. Jim DeMint's speech at CPAC is pretty much the entire conference in a nutshell.  After spending the majority of his address bad-mouthing the other Republicans in the Senate for not being a true conservative like he is, DeMint turned to the 2012 election, noting that the next president has to be more than just a good speaker, saying that "just because you're good on TV doesn't mean you can sell socialism to freedom-loving Americans."

The next president, DeMint asserted, had to be willing to tell Americans the hard truths, meaning that the federal government was going to do less and refuse any more bailouts while protecting the "faith of our Founding Fathers" and refusing to "give away our precious constitutional rights to foreign terrorists who want to destroy us": 

It is worth noting that David Keen, president of the American Conservative Union which is the host of CPAC, noted in opening the conference that DeMint was the only Senator to receive a 100% on its last congressional scorecard.

UPDATE: Here is the text of DeMint's entire speech:

Now let’s talk a minute about the Presidential race in 2012. I hope Americans will expect more from their next president than a great speech.

You can't govern from a teleprompter.

Just because you are good on TV doesn't mean you can sell socialism to freedom-loving Americans.

We need a leader who will remind Americans how we became the greatest nation in history and what we need to do to make sure we’re still the greatest nation in the future.

This will require telling Americans the cold, hard truth … which is … if America is going to survive and thrive in the future, the federal government must do less, not more.

No more false hope and empty promises based on more failed government solutions.

We need to get back to the basics.

That means no more bailouts.

That means we will not spend money we don’t have.

It means we won’t throw out the faith of our Founding Fathers.

And it definitely means we won’t give away our precious Constitutional rights to foreign terrorists who want to destroy us!

Marco Rubio Shines At CPAC

Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio has recently become the daring of the conservative movement, so it is no surprise that he was given the opening speaking slot at this year's CPAC. 

And it is also no surprise that he gave the gathering exactly what it expected, declaring that Democrats are systematically redefining our government, our economy, and our country and the American people will not accept it any more, which is what gave rise to the Tea Party movement and the election of people like Scott Brown to go to Washington DC and put a stop to it: