Sunday, October 20, 2013

Richmond Times Dispatch's Disingenous Endorsement of Obenshain

In the prior post it was noted that the Richmond Times Dispatch chose to endorse no candidate for governor of Virginia.  Moreover, in the process of deciding to endorse no candidate, the Times Dispatch raked Ken Cuccinelli over the coals citing in particular his extremism on women's reproductive health rights and gay marriage.  Yet in the next breath, the editorial board endorses Mark Obenshain for Virginia Attorney General even though (i) Obenshain's positions on women and gays is IDENTICAL to those of Cuccinelli and (ii) Obenshain has said he would model his conduct as Attorney General on that of Ken Cuccinelli.  One can only wonder whether the Times Dispatch editorial board (i) is on mind altering drugs and/or is suffering from amnesia in respect to Obenshain's legislative record, (ii) feels compelled to endorse at least one Republican (the Times Dispatch endorsed Ralph Northam for Lt. Governor), or (iii) simply isn't thinking clearly because their heads are so far up their asses.  It is simply intellectually dishonest to dish Cuccinelli yey then endorse his clone in the form of Obenshain.  Has the editorial board forgotten:

1. That Obenshain backed the very same "personhood" bill that was championed by Cuccinelli.  In the context of Cuccinelli, the editorial board said "we remain troubled by Cuccinelli’s approach to personhood and to regulations on clinics."  Hello!  How can you be concerned by Cuccinelli yet endorse Obenshain? 

2. Obenshain introduced legislation that would have mandated a year in prison and a $2500 fine for any woman who had a miscarriage without a doctor present who failed to report the miscarriage to the police within 24 hours.  Do editorial board members have their heads so far up their asses that they do not comprehend the extreme nature of this bill?

3. Obensahin are birds of a feather on the views of gays and same sex marriage.  Indeed, Obenshain walked out of the Virginia Senate rather than vote to affirm Tracy Thorne-Begland for a judgeship.  Why? Because the eminently qualified Thorne-Begland is gay.

I am sorry, but a tawdry whore is more honest that the Richmond Times Dispatch editorial board when it comes to endorsing Mark Obenshain.

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