Adrienne gives me credit for being the straw on her camel's back, telling her she needed to shrink the art at the top of her blog.
Meanwhile, I would argue McDonnell is blowing the election in Virginia by letting the Washington Post scare him away from a 1989 master's thesis in which he wrote "that working women and feminists had been ‘detrimental’ to the traditional family and criticized federal tax credits for child care because they made it easier for women to be employed outside the home."
And the problem with that is . . .? Man up, Bob. Own it. If you're going to run away from a perfectly defensible thesis like that, you don't have enough testosterone. I got your new slogan:
EQUALITY IS FOR UGLY LOSERS
But no Republican ever listens to me, so expect McDonnell to keep apologizing like a weakling sissy, undermining his own credibility until he becomes such a complete embarrassment to Republicans that his own wife votes against him.
UPDATE: Matthew Archbold at Creative Minority agrees:
McDonnell says that his views have changed. Maybe they have and maybe they haven't, but running from your previous views on this topic makes you a sissy. This is not a debate about the capabilities of women, but rather a debate about whether, as a whole, the society is better off for having encouraged women to enter the workforce. That, I think is a legitimate question that in no way denigrates the capabilities of women . . .Exactly. And it is a perverse mind that would imagine that a debate about whether women should be compelled into the workforce (by economic incentives created by public policy) is a debate about whether women are capable of working.
I think think that it is quite clear that as [a] whole society has been severely damaged by encouraging and ultimately forcing the large majority of women out of the home and into the workforce.
The Bob McDonnell of 1989 was right and courageous. Of course, he doesn't want to debate this topic amid a gubernatorial campaign, but at least he ought not to appear to be apologizing for a perfectly defensible argument. Don't be a sissy, Bob.