The Deeds camp – in sad desperation – has clutched onto the story like Molly Brown to driftwood, endeavoring to reinforce the facade that there is some “there” there. And the troubled candidate hasn’t shut-up about it since. Let’s hope he doesn’t.
As “Obama fever” briskly turns to “Obama fatigue,” Deeds – each time he invokes “the thesis” to assail McDonnell’s traditional Reaganesque conservatism – haplessly reminds voters of his own ideological ties to our radical Socialist-in-Chief.
Think about it. In his 1989 work, for example, McDonnell defended both the natural family and natural marriage. In 2006, the majority of Virginians – around 60 percent – passed Virginia’s marriage protection amendment, declaring, with a unified voice, that they happen to agree.
Furthermore, in his thesis McDonnell quite adeptly articulated a strong pro-life position on the issue of abortion. Again, according to a recent Gallup poll, it just so happens that, for the first time since Roe v. Wade, a majority of Americans come down with him on the issue. In fact, 76 percent of Americans now believe that abortion should either be illegal under all circumstances, or legal; but only under certain circumstances.
Basically what Deeds and the Washington Post are saying is that both Bob McDonnell and the majority of his fellow Virginians are a bunch of backwoods hicks who bitterly “cling to guns and religion.” Sound familiar?
In short, this elitist attack on McDonnell’s traditional values thesis is really an attack on the majority of Virginians – Americans, really – who reject the extreme liberal policies both Deeds and the Post so arrogantly push.
Still, the episode has taught us more about Deeds than it has McDonnell: 1) He apparently favors abortion on demand; 2) If elected he would work in concert with atheist groups and other ACLU-types to rollback our First Amendment liberties; and 3) He would push to legalize “gay marriage” in the Old Dominion State. (We know for certain the Washington Post advocates these positions.)
So, a piece of unsolicited advice to candidate McDonnell – any conservative candidate for that matter: If you seek vigorous and loyal support from an energized electorate simply consider what’s happening around you. Look to the town hall meetings and tea parties springing up across the country.
There’s an ideological revolution afoot and it’s the Barack Obama’s, Creigh Deeds and Washington Posts of the world who are outnumbered – who are on the losing end.
Use this momentum. Channel Ronald Reagan. Place principle above pragmatism and tens of millions of Americans who see this nation entering the dark age of Obamunisim will carry you to victory.
Stand firm and tap that energy. As Obama’s personal popularity gives way under the tremendous weight of his ideological radicalism, a vacuum is emerging. Fill it.
But you must never apologize, equivocate or capitulate on matters of transcendent truth. Don’t run from your traditional values and don’t hide from your conservative past. Instead, you should embrace these things.
Indeed, it’s not you, but Barack Obama, Creigh Deeds and the Washington Post who’ve lost touch with America.
So lead. Lead on principle. Simply let your yes be yes and your no be no. Lead and you will be amazed at the numbers who will follow.
Matt Barber is founder and editor-in chief of BarbWire.com. He is an author, columnist, cultural analyst and an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. Having retired as an undefeated heavyweight professional boxer, Matt has taken his fight from the ring to the culture war. (Follow Matt on Twitter: @jmattbarber).