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What Does Fox News/Nation Think Of GOP Candidate, Bob McDonnell’s, Past Radical Views?

Reported by Priscilla - September 2, 2009 -

Couple of months ago, Fox Nation had their nice, white panties in a bunch because of what an Obama science advisor, John Holdren, wrote during the 70’s. The anti-science and pro-abstinence education right wingers were offended because this well credentialed man had the audacity to suggest that overpopulation was a problem. (Mother Earth can’t sustain mother Duggars) Glenn Beck is now on a tirade about Obama “green czar,” (that old science thing that they so have a problem with.)Van Jones, who once held communist views. Both Holdren and Jones have stated that they no longer hold the "controversial" beliefs that they had in an earlier incarnation. But that’s not good enough for the Foxies who continue to attack these men as “radicals.” (Not like Beck and his tenther/birther/Teabagger/militia pals, nosirree). So one wonders if the GOP candidate for governor of Virginia will get the same kind of attention that Van Jones is getting from the mighty Murdoch empire. Former state legislator Bob McDonnell submitted a Masters thesis, while he was at the evangelical Regent University in 1989, that was – ah – totally (dare I say) Neanderthal in its views of women, reproduction, and homosexuality. But then those views do dovetail nicely with the Republican “base” family values crowd so, one suspects, he won’t be deemed anathema by the Fox inquisitors who put any past GOP transgression “under the blood.” Republican Senator Diapered David Vitter is still popular in Louisiana. Now if he were a Democrat… Could there be a double standard?

The story broke this week in the Washington Post. McDonnell, who already had several degrees from other colleges, wanted to strengthen his faith so he enrolled for another degree at the college founded by Pat Robertson – a “fourth tier” (as noted by Jon Stewart) school that accounted for a large percentage of Bush DOJ staff. His thesis “described working women and feminists as "detrimental" to the family. He said government policy should favor married couples over "cohabitators, homosexuals or fornicators." He described as "illogical" a 1972 Supreme Court decision legalizing the use of contraception by unmarried couples.” He described feminism as a “real enemy to the traditional family” and wanted to redine child abuse to exclude parental spanking. And he didn’t like tax credits for child care because that would encourage women to enter the work force. But he claims that he no longer holds these views and that his legislative record proves that he has concern for working women although in 2001 he voted against a resolution in support of ending wage discrimination between men and women. His wife and daughters work outside the home.

And while the right wing would expect voters to forgive McDonnell for views that women and gays would find very offensive, they will not accord the same favor to those whose early beliefs have been disavowed. Certainly, David Horowitz has been forgiven for his radical past; but somehow anyone connected to Obama will remain eternally damned. Not all radicals are created equal!