Ken Blackwell

As news reports have been exposing new chinks in the armor of Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe on a nearly daily basis, talking heads on the left have been amping up their incendiary rhetoric in an attempt to cast Republican Ken Cuccinelli as a fire-breathing bogeyman.

Case in point: following the first debate between Cuccinelli and McAuliffe a cadre of clueless pop culture commentators on the left, including Whoopi Goldberg, Rachel Maddow, and Cosmopolitan magazine started sounding the alarm that Cuccinelli, Virginia’s current Attorney General “wants to ban all oral and anal sex, even between consenting adults.”

“First of all, how do I know that you haven't indulged,” demanded Goldberg on The View. “The second thing is: Why are you in my bedroom? Get out! Get out!”

Noted legal publication Cosmopolitan then chimed in: “We pity the wife of Ken Cuccinelli, the current Republican gubernatorial candidate in Virginia who wants to ban all oral and anal sex, even between consenting adults, under the thin guise of ‘stopping sexual predators.’”

While liberal media types frequently don’t let the facts get in the way of the story they want to tell, in this instance their blinders are particularly egregious as this issue has been hashed out repeatedly and completely throughout the campaign, with Mr. Cuccinelli making it clear that he advocates using the statute in question for the sole purpose of prosecuting child predators that would otherwise escape with minor penalties due to the way Virginia’s laws are structured.

Current Virginia law only allows sex crimes involving minors over 15 to be tried misdemeanors if the statue is not in place. As I have written before and has been covered extensively, Cuccinelli has only sought to keep it in place for the express purpose of bridging the gap between 15 and 18:

“As the court moved to overturn the statute, the Attorney General was in the midst of prosecuting the case of William Scott MacDonald, a 47-year old man who had solicited a 17-year old girl to perform sex acts. Only the anti-sodomy statute allows sexual predators like MacDonald to be charged with a felony – if the statue were overturned, sex with a minor over the age of 15 could only be handled as a misdemeanor under current Virginia law.”

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at Townhall.com, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
 
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