Rich Galen

2013, remember, was an election year in the Commonwealth. Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General offices were all up for grabs as were all the members of the House of Delegates.

Astronomers presume the presence of a planet in a different solar system not because they can see the planet, but they can see its gravitational and visual effects on its home star.

I can't see every elected official's bank account and vacation schedule, but in a year when attacking Bob McDonnell would have been Politics 101 if only to sully the Republican brand, there was almost none of it.

Was that because of the Democrats' deep affection for their Republican Governor? Or was it because there was an agreement throughout the Statehouse that "Thou Shalt Not Poop in Thine Own Nest."

That is, nobody had the stomach to rain down investigators on every state legislator for the sake of one press release against Bob McDonnell.

Do I know this as a fact? Nope.

But I can see the star dimming slightly as the planet passes between it and the Earth. And I can detect the small wobble as the planet circles around the star.

There might be another reason, but I'd like to hear it.

Are the McDonnells guilty of the 14 counts with which they are charged? Maybe some of the more minor ones, like refiling a corrected loan application but that's a far cry from, as the feds have charged, essentially turning over the mechanism of state government to a dietary supplement manufacturer.

I know the McDonnells' side of the story. They haven't had their turn at bat yet, so we'll see how it plays when they do, and you get to hear it, too.

But I know this: Bob McDonnell is a first-rate guy.

I am an unpaid, non-attorney citizen of Virginia.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at