Saturday, May 25, 2013

VA is for Dummies

Well, as expected, last week Republicans nominated current VA Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to be their candidate for Governor, pitting him against Democratic candidate Terry McAulilffe in November.

As far as elections go, this one promises to be something akin to a visit to the dentist's office - you know it's necessary, but you dread it for weeks and then when it finally happens you just want it to be OVER for-cryin-out-loud.  Terry McAuliffe leaves a rather unpleasant taste in your mouth, and I think everyone knows what I think of Ken-ordering-colleges-to-accept-discrimination-against-gays-Cuccinelli.  I'd just as soon not have the whole world watching us as we figure out which one of these guys we dislike less, but given that it's an off-year and we're pretty much one of the few elections of significance ... well this is gonna be fun.

And lest there be any doubt just how much fun this is going to be ... who would've thought Republicans would find and nominate a Lt Governor who makes Cuccinelli look moderate by comparison?  And they did exactly that when they nominated Bishop E W Jackson as Cuccinelli's running mate - this guy is a piece of work.

There's a great rundown at TPM, but just on the issue of gay rights alone:

"The president has proclaimed June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Pride Month.  Well that just makes me feel ikky all over.  Yuk!"

"The 'homosexual religion' is the most virulent anti-Christian bigotry & hatred I've ever seen.  They have threatened me, but not vice versa."

"It will be interesting to see how Obama reconciles Islamicizing America with homosexualizing America. Babylon v Sodom & Gomorrah."

When a reporter questioned him about those remarks on Friday, Jackson responded that those remarks were made "in my role as a minister, not as a candidate."  Swell.

Putting aside for the moment the question of whether saying those kinds of things "as a minister" makes it any better, what exactly does Jackson think that changes?  Life doesn't have a "Get out of history free" card that you can flash whenever you're embarrassed by something you once said.  You measure a person based on what they say (and do) when no one is looking, not when everyone is looking.  If Jackson no longer agrees with those comments he made, then he should explain what he's changed his mind on, and why.  If he still agrees with them, then he's going to own them regardless of whether he considers them unhelpful in his current campaign.

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