The Criminalization of Politics
“Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficent.”
— Louis Brandeis
The impulse to ferret corruption from politics corrupts the criminal justice system when it causes overzealous prosecutors and judges to …
From the last Morning Jolt of the week:
Bob McDonnell, Disgrace
You should have taken the plea deal, Governor McDonnell.
Virginia’s 71st governor, Bob McDonnell, on Thursday became the first in the state’s history to be convicted of …
The McDonnells and Our Increasingly Insane Political Class
From the midweek edition of the Morning Jolt:
The McDonnells and Our Increasingly Insane Political Class
Ladies and gentlemen, I suspect you’ll understand that my kind words for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell rank among my biggest professional regrets.
The Cautionary Tale of Bob McDonnell
From the Wednesday edition of the Morning Jolt:
Bob McDonnell, Once One of the GOP’s Rising Stars, Heads to the Courthouse
Bob McDonnell, you’re a big jerk.
Here’s one detail from the indictment that’s just heartbreaking …
New Ad: Cuccinelli Launched the Investigation into McDonnell
Perhaps it was inevitable that eventually, Republican Ken Cuccinelli would end up explicitly running against incumbent Republican governor Bob McDonnell.
Cuccinelli’s ad from last week had generic language that could be seen as a subtle shot at McDonnell’s controversy over …
Cuccinelli: Voters’ First Focus Is Still Economic Anxieties
One of the key still-unclear factors in& this year’s Virginia governor’s race is just what mood the voters are in as Election Day approaches. Quinnipiac finds only 8 percent describe themselves as “very satisfied” with “the way things are going in …
A Legitimate Need for a Reformer in Richmond
Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, whose term ends in January, is ending what once looked like a quite successful term with a terrible morass of ethics allegations, including disturbing reports of receiving expensive gifts from wealthy supporters and the use of …
Trading a Sales Tax Hike for Eliminating the Gas Tax?
The midweek edition of the Morning Jolt offers a look at the ambitions of Stanley McChrystal, the predictable pattern of Obama meetings with foreign leaders like this week’s one with Karzai, a strange entertainment event at the White House, …
Speaking in Tampa: Ayotte, Davis, Jindal, Mack, McDonnell, and Portman
This morning, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus announced to Campaign Spot six more speakers for the party’s national convention in Tampa:
U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, United States Senator from New Hampshire and former New Hampshire Attorney General.
Gillespie Heading Up Romney’s Veep Search?
BuzzFeed reports that Ed Gillespie, former RNC chair and chair of the Republican State Leadership Committee, will be heading up Mitt Romney’s veep search effort.
Gillespie, a friend of NRO, has ties to several figures mentioned as possible running …
Bob McDonnell Lesson: Be Nice to Your Chef, Or Cook for Yourself, Or Something
Knowing now how the Bob McDonnell trial ended, it’s worth taking a look back at how it began: with a disgruntled cook who turned incriminating records over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Virginia State Police. The Washington …
McDonnells Go Down On Nearly All Felony Counts
Former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell and his wife Maureen were found guilty on most charges today in the conclusion of their felony corruption trial. Bob McDonnell, who was convicted on 11 out of 13 counts, becomes the first governor in Old Dominion …
‘Of course I’m sure. I read it in Newsweek.’
They meant former governor Bob McDonnell, not Senator Mitch McConnell. They have since deleted the Tweet.
Everybody makes mistakes. But it’s a little more embarrassing when your slogan for your Twitter account is “get smarter, faster” and you …
Bob McDonnell: Lots of Governors Get Expensive Gifts from Donors.
McDonnell defense lawyers cite report by @jimgeraghty in federal court filing today
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) January 21, 2014
The reference is to this post, which begins,
It’s bothersome when an elected official accepts an expensive gift from a donor or …
Virginia’s Long Tradition of Expensive Gifts to Governors
It’s bothersome when an elected official accepts an expensive gift from a donor or person who has business before the state or federal government; even when there’s no explicit quid pro quo, there’s the nagging sense that …
Why Ken Cuccinelli Can’t Wait to Debate Terry McAuliffe
Today’s Morning Jolt features a discussion of Eliot Spitzer’s mental state, whether the sequester counts as a “disaster,” and then this account from the campaign trail with Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli:
On the Pre-Debate Campaign Trail with Ken …
Suddenly, the GOP Governors Fail Us
Pardon the depressing portion of today’s Morning Jolt… there’s always John Kerry and laughably inaccurate Obama arguments on the sequester to lighten the load.
Republican Governors, Disappointing Us One After Another
So, my dear righty friends, does this …
McDonnell on Romney’s Chances in Virginia
Yesterday I had a chance to speak to Virginia governor Bob McDonnell about the outlook for Mitt Romney in his home state.
NRO: How worried are you about [former Virginia congressman and Constitution Party presidential nominee] Virgil Goode? I’ve …
Obama, Playing the Abortion Card in Virginia’s Suburbs
The Virginia Virtucon finds the Obama campaign advertising on the issue of abortion in Prince William County.
In 2009, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds hammered his Republican opponent, Bob McDonnell, over an allegedly extreme thesis and allegedly extreme socially conservative views. …
Crossover Votes in Virginia’s GOP Primary Today?
I live in a neighborhood I nicknamed Yuppie Acres in Alexandria, Virginia, a deep-blue spot in a deep-blue district of Virginia, represented in Congress for a long time by the infamous Jim Moran. My neighbors are wonderful people, but in 2008 …