Cultural Revolutions

Another Republican Retreats

It’s hard to know whether the dirty bomb the Washington Post detonated two months before the Virginia gubernatorial election will affect the outcome of the race.  The Post dropped it August 30, instead of October 10 or 15, when it would have done maximum damage to its target, Republican Bob McDonnell.  Other issues, such as the national healthcare debate, may ultimately help McDonnell’s opponent, Democrat Creigh Deeds.  As Chronicles goes to press, the election is four weeks away.

The device that exploded outside McDonnell’s campaign door was his master’s thesis, written for Pat Robertson’s Regent University in 1989, when the former attorney general of Virginia was just 34 years old and still two years away from holding elected office.  McDonnell himself mentioned the thesis in an interview with the paper.  The reporter, Amy Gardner, dutifully procured a copy and wrote a story calculated to demolish the candidate—a typical Post operation.

The upshot of the thesis is this: Feminism, homosexuals, and leftist welfare policies are bad for American culture, in general, and the American family, in particular, and politicians should enact policies, such as tax laws that encourage mothers to stay at home, that counteract these bad things.  According to the Post, “Robert F. McDonnell submitted a master’s thesis to the evangelical...

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