The Republican governor of Virginia promises the state won’t discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, so why would we need a law when we have his word? And those laws that we do have—like the one banning gay adoption—we shouldn’t want to repeal. That kind of weasely approach would be just in line with Romney’s.
Plus, Virginia is another swing state that Republicans would like to take back in 2012.
The big downside with McDonnell is his support for a bill that would have mandated invasive ultrasounds for women considering an abortion, an effort that earned him the nickname Governor Vaginal Probe. No one with that name has run for national office yet (although San Francisco is looking for a member of the board of supervisors), but it’s a safe bet that it wouldn’t play well on either side of the aisle.
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