Radtke Endorses Stimpson

Former candidate for the U.S. Senate and Tea Party leader has endorsed Stafford County Chairman Susan Stimpson in the race for Lt. Governor.  Last year there was speculation Jamie herself would be a candidate for the job.  However over the last several months Jamie has made it clear she was not going to run and is supporting Stimpson.  Today she released the video below to make it official.

Having Radtke’s support could be a game changer in a convention setting.

Football, Kids and Marriage

Everyone is talking about Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher who murdered his girlfriend this weekend before he killed himself.  Then there’s NBC’s Bob Costas turning this into an anti-gun crusade (never mind that O.J. Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole was murdered with a knife.)  Not many people are picking up on the aspect of Belcher’s girlfriend also being the mother of his child or, if they are, it is being treated as something normal and accetable that they had an out-of-wedlock child.

Well, why wouldn’t they when the Washington Post runs a Thanksgiving Day quasi-puff-piece on a HIGH SCHOOL football player in D.C. who is juggling football and fatherhood.  This kid is 18 years old and has TWO children under the age of 2 with two different women — although the Post notes that he still dates one of the moms.

Here’s the line that got me —

Matthews started seeing a new girlfriend at Dunbar, Donica Dowery, which strained his relationship with Sheffield.

DUH! You think?

I am heartened by this part, though —

Dowery considered having an abortion.

“The doctors visit . . . I couldn’t do it,” said Dowery, who was 18 at the time. “When they showed me, like, the little picture of him, he already had, like, a little body, little arms.”

The article does get into various aspects of responsibility this young man is trying to take such as getting a job, caring for his children and focusing on the need to go to college.  How sad is it that this young man’s high school actually operates a daycare center?  Of course, then it comes out that he grew up in a home without a father, too.  This poor kid is just perpetuating the cycle of what he knows.

According to the CDC and the U.S. Census, 40% of all births are to UNMARRIED women.  We are nearing the tipping point on this (if we have not passed it already) where what was once a source of shame that could at least make someone think twice before giving in to their desires that could result in the creation a child is no longer a deterrent to them.

It used to be well-understood that if you are a man and you got a woman pregnant, then it was up to you to marry the mother of your child — preferably before the child is born — and care for your new family.  Belcher was a professional football player, so he certainly could have afforded to do this.  (And I’m not letting Tom Brady off the hook for the child he had with Bridgit Moynahan, either.)  Two of the biggest pop culture influences on society are sports and entertainment — what the rich and famous from these fields do shape how millions of young people perceive things.

Until celebrities starting taking basic responsibility the way we used to expect everyone to do so, we will continue to see this spiral out of control and generations more of children will suffer the consequences.

Senate Kills Personhood Bill For The Year With Norment’s Blessing

From WashPo:

The Senate voted 24-14 to send the bill back to Senate Education and Health Committee, with two anti-abortion Democrats abstaining.

Sen. Richard Saslaw (D-Fairfax) made the motion. Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment (R-James City) agreed, saying the bill needed more time to be examined.

So, with two anti-abortion Dems abstaining from the vote (what’s THAT about?), that means only 18 of the 24 votes were Democrats and six were from GOPers.  The vote isn’t up yet, but should be soon here. (I’ll be surprised if in addition to Norment if Harry Blevins, Walter Stosch, Frank Wagner and John Watkins aren’t all among the six who killed this bill.)

UPDATE:  Looks like I nailed it with the list above and Frank Ruff was the 6th GOP vote against it.  Here’s how the vote went —

YEAS–Barker, Blevins, Deeds, Ebbin, Edwards, Favola, Herring, Howell, Locke, Lucas, Marsden, Marsh, McEachin, Miller, J.C., Miller, Y.B., Norment, Northam, Petersen, Puller, Ruff, Saslaw, Stosch, Wagner, Watkins–24.

NAYS–Black, Carrico, Garrett, Hanger, Martin, McDougle, McWaters, Newman, Obenshain, Reeves, Smith, Stanley, Stuart, Vogel–14.

RULE 36–0.

NOT VOTING–Colgan, Puckett–2.

Gov. McDonnell Suggests Amendments To Ultrasound Legislation

Statement of Governor Bob McDonnell on SB 484

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement today regarding SB 484, a bill before the General Assembly that would require an ultrasound prior to an abortion being performed.

“I am pro-life. I believe deeply in the sanctity of innocent human life and believe governments have a duty to protect human life. The more our society embraces a culture of life for all people, the better country we will have. Over the course of my 20-year career in elected office, I have been glad to play a leading role in putting in place common-sense policies that protect and defend innocent human life in the Commonwealth. One of those bills was Virginia’s informed consent statute, of which I was the chief patron in the House of Delegates, finally seeing its passage in 2001. This session, the General Assembly is now considering amending this informed consent statute to include a requirement that any woman seeking an abortion receive an ultrasound in order to establish the gestational age for appropriate medical purposes, and to offer a woman the opportunity to voluntarily review that ultrasound prior to giving her legal informed consent to abortion.

Over the past days I have discussed the specific language of the proposed legislation with other governors, physicians, attorneys, legislators, advocacy groups, and citizens. It is apparent that several amendments to the proposed legislation are needed to address various medical and legal issues which have arisen. It is clear that in the majority of cases, a routine external, transabdominal ultrasound is sufficient to meet the bills stated purpose, that is, to determine gestational age. I have come to understand that the medical practice and standard of care currently guide physicians to use other procedures to find the gestational age of the child, when abdominal ultrasounds cannot do so. Determining gestational age is essential for legal reasons, to know the trimester of the pregnancy in order to comply with the law, and for medical reasons as well.

Thus, having looked at the current proposal, I believe there is no need to direct by statute that further invasive ultrasound procedures be done. Mandating an invasive procedure in order to give informed consent is not a proper role for the state. No person should be directed to undergo an invasive procedure by the state, without their consent, as a precondition to another medical procedure.

For this reason, I have recommended to the General Assembly a series of amendments to this bill. I am requesting that the General Assembly amend this bill to explicitly state that no woman in Virginia will have to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound involuntarily. I am asking the General Assembly to state in this legislation that only a transabdominal, or external, ultrasound will be required to satisfy the requirements to determine gestational age. Should a doctor determine that another form of ultrasound may be necessary to provide the necessary images and information that will be an issue for the doctor and the patient. The government will have no role in that medical decision.

I have requested other amendments that help clarify the purposes of the bill and reflect a better understanding of prevailing medical practices. It is my hope that the members of the General Assembly will act favorably upon these recommendations from our office. We will await their action prior to making any further comments on this matter.”


Luke Torian’s Thirty Pieces Of Silver

When Rev. / Del. Luke Torian had the opportunity to weigh in on HB1, the “personhood” legislation before the House of Delegates, how did he vote?

He didn’t.

Note that he DID cast a vote on the very next bill brought before the House as well as the vote immediately before it (order of the votes can be found here.)  One can only assume that he could not reconcile his background as a Christian minister with his background as a Democratic legislator.

Here is the summary of what this bill does:

Rights of unborn children.  Provides that unborn children at every stage of development enjoy all the rights, privileges, and immunities available to other persons, citizens, and residents of the Commonwealth, subject only to the laws and constitutions of Virginia and the United States, precedents of the United States Supreme Court, and provisions to the contrary in the statutes of the Commonwealth.

This bill does NOT ban abortion, contraception or anything else that you may have heard Democrats demagogue nor does it place any limits or restrictions upon any of that as the legislation itself specifies that “the laws and constitutions of Virginia and the United States, precedents of the United States Supreme Court, and provisions to the contrary in the statutes of the Commonwealth” are the boundaries of where this legislation ends.  Let me repeat — “precedents of the United States Supreme Court” (i.e. – Roe v. Wade.)

So, when Luke Torian had an opportunity to stand up for human life and affirm the teachings of Jesus Christ that he purports to preach to his flock, he didn’t.  Apparently his Democrat special interest donors would allow him to take a walk on this legislation, but he could not vote his supposed beliefs or else he would suffer the financial consequences.  Does thirty pieces of silver for a human life ring any bells?

…And then they came for me.

It was all easy to dismiss when Obama and his band of merry liberals came for rich people, or banks, or small businesses, or countless others who depended on liberty to exist and thrive.

How about when he stripped the religious freedoms of the largest denomination in the country, 25% of Americans- Roman Catholics?

I don’t often talk about my faith in public context, for no particular reason- perhaps because I often felt protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution. But now that Obama has chosen to disregard that one (along with the 2nd, 4th, 10th and others), I have to say something.

It’s my faith he’s trampling. This time he came for me.

The funny thing is, Obama’s liberals are trying to say this doesn’t matter- polling says it doesn’t. He’s trying to minimize this, without understanding the fundamental issue. It’s not contraception. It’s religious freedom.

You simply cannot force people who do not believe in something for reasons of conscience to do that thing. That is the reason Mohammad Ali couldn’t be forced to go to Vietnam- government does not have the power to compel citizens who conscientiously oppose something. Not only will the Supreme Court strike this down- probably unanimously- but Obama just handed Republicans a major issue by reminding voters, especially Moderates and Conservatives, what they don’t like most about him: his overriding tendency to abuse government power to force policy down the throats of the unwilling.

It’s in his DNA. He can’t help it. He can’t stop trying to force his Socialist beliefs down the throats of American citizens and businesses.

This time, will Americans be wise to it? Will Americans stand up to defend their most basic rights and freedoms against a government clearly out of control- or will they sit back and let Obama turnthem around and do this to them one more time?

Even if you’re not a Catholic, just remember… next time he could come for YOU. Help us make a stand here. Contact your Congressman, Senators Webb and Warner, Tim Kaine and George Allen, and the White House and tell them to stand up for Religious liberty.

Here’s one reason I’m running for 56th District Delegate

As you know, liberal Democrat Senator Edd Houck is running for another term this year, facing a real challenge from businessman Bryce Reeves. One of the reasons I am running for Delegate is to use my ground game to help elect Bryce and our GOP nominee in the 22nd Senate District (decided Tuesday also, by primary) because both those districts overlap with the 56th house seat.

The following was an email sent around by Planned Parenthood:

Subject: VA Planned Parenthood phonebanking in Roanoke to save Senate liberal Houck

Hi xxxxx,
During the 2011 General Assembly session, Planned Parenthood and reproductive rights were attacked repeatedly. You took action via our action alerts, made the phone calls, talked to your legislators, and wrote letters to the editor. In short, you gave us your all to help defeat these extreme attacks.
This November, all 140 members of the General Assembly are up for re-election. While the House of Delegates has an anti-choice majority, our saving grace in protecting your rights has been the Virginia Senate-namely the Senate Education and Health Committee. All anti-choice legislation has, for years, gone to this key committee to die. Yet, the results of this November’s election could significantly change the make-up of this committee and the number of detrimental bills that make it through the General Assembly, bills like TRAP.
We have a chance to fight back against the extreme agenda that women face in accessing reproductive health care in the Commonwealth. We have a chance to say NO, this is not the type of government we want or need. But to do so, we need your help.
Between now and November 8, we will show the power of Planned Parenthood in helping to re-elect state Senator Edd Houck. Senator Houck has a 28-year voting record that demonstrates his commitment to reproductive health and rights. Due to his dedication, he is a top Republican target and faces a tough re-election. We need YOUR HELP to show the POWER OF PINK and to help re-elect Sen. Houck!
Below, you can click the RSVP link to sign up for all of our upcoming phonebanks to help re-elect Sen. Houck. All phonebanks will be at 2207 Peters Creek in Roanoke. Sign up for one or two a week, bring a friend, and help us protect women’s health. A few hours of your time will make a huge impact!
Wednesday, September 7th 5:30-8pm (RSVP)
Thursday, September 8th 5:30-8pm (RSVP)
Tuesday, September 13th 5:30-8pm (RSVP)
Wednesday, September 14th 5:30-8pm (RSVP)
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Tuesday, September 27th 5:30-8pm (RSVP)
Tuesday, October 4th 5:30-8pm (RSVP)
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Tuesday, October 11th 5:30-8pm (RSVP)
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Wednesday, October 19th 5:30-8pm (RSVP)

There are a lot of phonebanks therefore a LOT of shifts to fill! Help us Save the Senate and RSVP now! Also, join us for a volunteer training / orientation on Tuesday, August 30th at 5:30-7pm at 2207 Peters Creek in Roanoke to get the details of this exciting and challenging effort to Save the Senate! Email Tanya at xxx to attend!

Tanya Semones
Field Coordinator
Planned Parenthood Health Systems Action Fund

We need to elect a conservative who will stand up to Planned Parenthood, not just in the 17th and 22nd Senate seats, but also in the 56th House seat. As a Catholic, I have always been an advocate for the pro-life cause, and will continue to be so in Richmond should I be chose as the nominee on Tuesday. I hope I can count on your support.

Steve Thomas

Candidate for the Republican nomination, 56th House of Delegates District

“Dick Black went to Richmond and all I got was this lousy plastic fetus.”

Dan Sickles was a Union general whose loyalty to his country was never questioned, but his incompetence and lust for glory led him to badly weaken the Federal lines at Gettysburg on Day 2. He arguably did more for the Confederacy than any officer who wore the grey uniform.

I am strongly pro-life (I volunteered on Bob Marshall’s first campaign for Delegate back in 1991) and make no apology for defending innocent human life.  However, I also recognize that the wrong political tactics hurt your cause.  Fmr. Del. Dick Black  became (in)famous for handing out plastic fetuses like the one below when he previously served in the General Assembly – and in the process became the pro-life version of General Sickles.

A commenter over at Too Conservative has these questions for Del. Black:

1.Where did Dick purchase the plastic fetuses?
2.How many plastic fetuses did he purchase and distribute?
3.Does Dick Black have any plastic fetuses left?
. . .
7.How many different addresses has Dick Black had over the past 5 years?

If Dick Black survives the primary, he will be faced with many more such mocking questions and could very well lose what should be a safe Republican seat.

(* The title of this post came from a Google search and is courtesy of Bart B. from 2005.)

About last night . . .

No bones about it, last night’s New York result was a defeat for the Republicans – period. Had Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-gadfly Jack Davis won 20% of the vote – or even 15% – perhaps some solace could have been taken for the GOP. Instead, he only won 9%, meaning just about every would-be Republican voter was gleaned from him. Tellingly, he did worst in the home county of the Democrat who won – Kathy Hochul. Hochul took 48% of the vote as it is; the idea that over 80% of Davis’ votes would have gone to Republican Jane Corwin is nonsense. The Republicans lost. Full stop.

That said, Hochul and the Democrats revealed their strategy – scare everyone over 50 to death on entitlements – with more than a year to go until Election Day 2012. That gives the GOP time to make adjustments, and as any NBA or NFL fan will tell you, adjustments decide the game. Whether the Republicans will make the correct adjustments is another issue. We shall see.

Moreover, we’ve already been down this road with upstate New York. Lest we forget, the Democrats took New York’s 23rd from the GOP in 2009. In fact, the Dems kept NY-20 NY-23 in 2010, and we saw what that meant to the rest of the country.

Finally, it should be noted that this district in western New York had been electing pro-life Republicans to Congress for over 40 years (Jack Kemp, Bill Paxon, Tom Reynolds, and Chris Lee). Corwin, by contrast, was not a pro-lifer. In this district, that almost certainly hurt her.

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal

Frank Principi Calls Himself Pro-Life, But…

Woodbridge Supervisor Frank Principi says on his own web site that he is “Pro-Life,” but when he had the chance to vote in favor of a resolution supporting the regulation of abortion clinics, he refused.

In other business, the supervisors passed a resolution Tuesday afternoon in support of the regulation of abortion clinics in Virginia. The vote was 6-0. Democratic Supervisors Frank J. Principi of the Woodbridge District and John D. Jenkins, who represents the Neabsco District, abstained, saying the matter was a state, not a local, issue.

The resolution by Supervisor John T. Stirrup, R-Gainesville, comes on the heels of one passed by the Manassas City Council.

The impetus for both resolutions came after state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued an opinion in August stating that Virginia has the authority to write regulations governing such clinics, one of which is in Manassas.

Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, requested the opinion from Cuccinelli, who lives in Nokesville.

Calling this a “state issue” is a handy excuse, but this wasn’t the BOCS issuing regulations.  The Board resolution was in support of state regulation of the abortion clinics.  Whatever one’s position is on the abortion issue, it is hard to argue that abortion is not an invasive medical procedure.  It is ridiculous that such clinics are not held to the same standards as doctors’ offices or out-patient surgical centers.

I haven’t been able to find anything relating to Jenkins’ position on abortion (but his website does contain a handy dandy “Local Roadway Construction” section that lists the VDOT paving schedule …for 2005), but Principi wears his proclaimed “Pro-Life” stance as a badge of honor so his abstention is especially hypocritical.  What is he afraid of, that Democrats won’t contribute to him?  That he won’t be able to pursue higher office within the Democrat Party?  He already calls himself “Pro-Life,” so why wouldn’t he vote for a resolution supporting a common sense state regulation of these clinics?  Heck, Principi serves as the Exec. Dir. of the Greater Prince William Community Health Center, which I assume is more stringently regulated than these abortion clinics, so he should know better.

Whatever the reason is, it is clear that Principi is playing politics here (big shock since that is all he does with anything.)  The real surprise is that he would be this spineless on an issue that he says matters so much to him.

Stupak Opts For Retirement Over Defeat

U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) has opted to retire rather than be defeated in Nov. following his crucial vote for Democare that gave cover to other pro-life Democrats thus providing the narrow margin of victory for the legislation.  Let’s see how long President Obama’s Exec. Order on abortion funding remains in place that was used to secure Stupak’s vote once he is out of Congress.

Del. Marshall Responds

Virginia State Delegate: ‘I Don’t Believe That Disabled Kids Are God’s Punishments, Period’

“I don’t believe that disabled kids are God’s punishments, period, end of discussion,” said Marshall. “I have defended disabled kids. I was almost kicked out of the Republican caucus because I forced a vote on a bill, because autism parents did not get a vote in a subcommittee.”

. . .

Marshall cited articles in medical journals, which he claimed showed an increased rate of cerebral palsy, low birth weights and premature births among women who have had prior induced abortions.

. . .

“These are both peer-reviewed medical journals,” said Marshall. “This is not Pat Robertson, this is not the Pope, this is not some yahoo preachers in a right-wing fever swamp.”

And here is his official statement:

MANASSAS, VA – A story by Capital News Service regarding my remarks at a recent press conference opposing taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood conveyed the impression that I believe disabled children are a punishment for prior abortions. No one who knows me or my record would imagine that I believe or intended to communicate such an offensive notion. I have devoted a generation of work to defending disabled and unwanted children, and have always maintained that they are special blessings to their parents. Nevertheless, I regret any misimpression my poorly chosen words may have created as to my deep commitment to fighting for these vulnerable children and their families.


Delegate Bob Marshall
State Delegate, 13th District
Prince William County, Loudoun County

New Rasmussen Poll Gives McDonnell The Edge Across the Board

Rasmussen released its latest poll on the VA Gov. race today showing Bob McDonnell further pulling away from Creigh “What’s In Your Wallet?” Deeds, adding 6-points to his lead in the last month bringing it now up to 9.  More importantly, McDonnell appears to have the edge across the board on just about every major issue from taxes to spending to transportation and yes, sorry Creigh, even abortion.  Here is a snapshot of the poll:

McDonnell leading Deeds 47% to 38%.

When “leaners” are included, McDonnell leads 49% to 41%.

Fifty-three percent (53%) of Virginia voters have a favorable view of McDonnell, up three points over the past month.

By a 48% to 30% margin, Virginia voters trust McDonnell more than Deeds on taxes. The Republican hopeful has a similar advantage on the issue of government spending.

However, on the critical issue of transportation, voters are more evenly divided. Thirty-six percent (36%) trust McDonnell more while 33% trust Deeds and 31% are not sure. But those figures reflect an improvement for McDonnell. A month ago, Deeds had a four-point edge on the issue.

Forty-two percent (42%) like McDonnell’s idea of privatizing Virginia’s state-run liquor stores as a way to help finance transportation projects. Twenty-eight percent (28%) oppose that plan.

Deeds on Monday began attacking McDonnell, a pro-life Catholic, for his legislative efforts to limit abortions in the state, but the new survey finds that voters give the GOP candidate a 12-point edge in terms of trust on the abortion issue.

It is no wonder Deeds is getting more desperate by the day and now resorting to outright falsehoods.  If this keeps up, by the end of October Deeds will be blaming McDonnell for the Kennedy assassination.

Kilgore Campaign Calls On Deeds To Return Their 2005 Playbook

Just when you thought the campaign of Creigh “What’s In Your Wallet?” Deeds couldn’t get any more pathetic, the WashPo revealed on Sunday that he has apparently stolen the campaign playbook for Jerry Kilgore’s unsuccessful 2005 race for Governor.  (Another “me, too!” moment for Team Deeds?)

Just as the Kilgore campaign tried to make Tim Kaine’s personal opposition to the death penalty into an issue four years ago, Deeds is now set to try and make Bob McDonnell’s personal opposition to abortion into an issue.  Undoubtedly, it will have similar results.  (You’ll know Deeds is super-desperate when he airs a TV commercial saying, “Bob McDonnell is so anti-choice that he would have opposed the abortion of Adolf Hitler, thus condemning millions of Jews to the gas chambers.”)

First of all, the vast majority of voters are primarily concerned with bread and butter economic issues.  While some voters do place top emphasis upon social issues, among those who do it would seem that McDonnell would come out ahead on this.  According to a Gallup Poll released this past May, for the first time, more Americans consider themselves to be pro-life (51%) than pro-choice (42%) and it also marks the first time a majority of Americans have embraced the pro-life label.

Second, isn’t Tim Kaine pro-life as well?  Exactly how would McDonnell be different than Kaine on the issue of abortion?  And to his credit, Gov. Kaine did not grant blanket commutations of sentences to those facing the death penalty — he carried out the law.  No one should expect a Gov. McDonnell to be any different when it comes to abortion.

Bob McDonnell isn’t running away from his consistent pro-life stance nor has he suddenly become vocal on issues such as the economy, jobs, taxes, transportation and education in an effort to makeover his persona.  McDonnell has always been well-balanced on the issues, putting forward common sense conservative positions and solutions to the problems that Virginians face every day.

All we are seeing here with Deeds is the desperate act of a desperate candidate who desperately wants to blind the electorate to the fact that he doesn’t have a plan to resuscitate our struggling economy, he doesn’t have a plan to improve our transportation system and he does have a plan to raise our taxes.  It didn’t work for Kilgore and it won’t work for Kilgore 2.0 (a.k.a. Creigh Deeds.)

(No offense is intended to Jerry Kilgore whatsoever by this post.)


McDonnell campaign chairman Ed Gillespie responds —

Over the past few weeks, you’ve no doubt seen the ample evidence that even core liberal Democrats don’t have much enthusiasm for their nominee for governor, Creigh Deeds.  This lack of energy in his political base is a real problem for Deeds, and not surprisingly he’s begun taking steps to try to engender enthusiasm where lethargy now exists.

So last week the Teamsters Union pledged their “full support” of Deeds’ candidacy, and the Commonwealth welcomed President Obama for a political rally.  Perhaps the most telling indicator, however, came Saturday in a call from Deeds to The Washington Post launching an attack against Bob McDonnell over his pro-life position.

Now, both candidates’ views on the issue of abortion are well known.  As legislators, both have records they stand by on principle.  Bob is pro-life and his record in this area is one of seeking and finding common ground, bringing together people with deeply held beliefs on things most Virginians can readily agree on, like banning the heinous procedure of partial birth abortion and ensuring that parents of minors in the Commonwealth have informed consent when a minor faces an unplanned pregnancy.

These policies enjoy broad support from Democrats and Republicans in the General Assembly but, as The Washington Post notes, Creigh Deeds opposes them.  Tomorrow, he’ll be rewarded for his extreme positions with a rally sponsored by NARAL, which clearly hopes to spur liberal activists to start manning phone banks and walking neighborhoods for their nominee. And he has more events planned statewide.

Though both candidates’ positions on abortion are well known, in this campaign only Bob McDonnell has made known his policies for creating jobs, improving our schools and roads and making energy more affordable.  In fact, on the same day Deeds is joining NARAL for a rally on abortion, Bob will be meeting with hard hit workers and small business owners in Martinsville to talk about his plans for creating jobs in every corner of our Commonwealth.

Just two weeks ago at the Virginia Bar Association debate, Creigh Deeds said “we need to be focused, it seems to me, not on the politics of division” but “on the things that will allow us to build the best economy, the most prosperity we can for everybody in Virginia.” And yet on Saturday, when Bob was delivering the Republican response to President Obama’s national radio address and talking about job creation, energy policy and education reforms, Deeds was calling The Washington Post and making a divisive attack on abortion in an effort to try and motivate his core base. It’s clear that he’d rather debate anything but the issues that are on the top of most Virginia voters’ minds right now.

Perhaps that’s because Creigh Deeds’ polices would destroy jobs in Virginia, while Bob McDonnell’s would create them.  Perhaps it’s because Deeds has a 94% lifetime rating from big labor unions and has promised to make them a “partner” in governing Virginia, while Bob has a 91% rating from Virginia’s small business owners.  Perhaps it’s because Deeds can’t come up with a funding plan for new and better roads and dances around the reality that he’s going to raise taxes if he gets elected, while Bob has a detailed plan to improve transportation without raising taxes.  Or perhaps it’s because he’s having a hard time getting his supporters off their duffs, while Bob has thousands of energetic volunteers rallying friends and neighbors to his positive agenda for Virginia.

Whatever the reason, most people understand that Bob’s views on life are consistent with his faith and his belief that innocent life should be protected.

Most people also understand that Bob McDonnell is focused on the problems Virginians face in these difficult economic times and putting forward commons sense solutions to make things better.

And that Creigh Deeds is not.

Ed Gillespie
Campaign Chairman


Michael Barone, the well-regarded and respected author of the Almanac of American Politics, calls Deeds’ move a “desperation tactic.”

Wrong is Wrong

While what Dr. George Tiller did in performing late term abortions was wrong (some have even said “evil”), it was just as wrong for the man who took his life yesterday to murder him in cold blood.  The pro-life movement has widely and swiftly condemned this act of violence.  Changing minds and hearts is the way to win this particular battle.  To resort to violence dishonors the premise of respecting each and every human life and makes those who do so no better than those who they seek to do harm.

Notre Dame – The Sell-Out Irish

D.J. McGuire has up his post about The Teleprompted One speaking at Notre Dame’s commencement yesterday and receiving an honorary degree (something that AZ State U. wisely denied bestowing.)

Rather than going into lengthy criticism, I’ll simply paraphrase a t-shirt that they used to sell at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA when I attended there.  At the time, we had an incredible football team that wound up being ranked #1 nationally in the 1-AA Division (they even broke the top 30 in overall rankings) and had a star player twice nominated for the Heisman trophy.

The t-shirt read:



Well, HC hasn’t been as great on the football field as of late.  But ND should no longer be allowed to refer to themselves as “The Fighting Irish.”  After yesterday, they will be known as “The Sell-Out Irish.”

“Conservative” Catholic Lawyer Denied Communion Over Support For Obama

Douglas Kmiec, a(n alleged) conservative law professor at Pepperdine Univ. and former Dean of my alma mater Catholic Univ. Law, was denied communion at a Mass back in April on account of his support for Barry Obama (earlier this election cycle, he had endorsed Mitt Romney.)  Kmiec is out promoting that Catholics should naturally support Barry Obama’s traveling medicine show.

In an interview over the weekend, Kmiec argued that 35 years after Roe, opponents of abortion need to contemplate whether “a legal prohibition” of abortion “is the only way to promote a culture of life.”

“To think you have done a generous thing for your neighbor or that you have built up a culture of life just because you voted for a candidate who says in his brochure that he wants to overturn Roe v. Wade is far too thin an understanding of the Catholic faith,” he said. Kmiec, a critic of the Bush administration’s Iraq policy, added that Catholics should heed “the broad social teaching of the church,” including its views on war.

Sure, Catholics should take into account a multitude of issues and look for other ways to promote a culture of life.  But Barry Obama is not the answer.

As an Illinois state senator he voted THREE times against the “Born Alive Infant Protection Act” (a fourth time he cast one of his infamous “Present” votes) and then used his chairmanship of the Illinois State Senate’s Health & Human Services Committee to even prevent the bill from coming to a vote. Obama opposed bills that would have mandated medical treatment for children that survived abortions. Living children outside of the womb. THAT is how radically liberal Obama is.  Willing to leave children born alive outside the womb literally to die alone among hospital waste in the trash. That is not promoting a culture of life. That is not promoting basic human dignity from which all these other issues that Kmiec is so concerned about as a Catholic flow.  That is an abomination.

August 25, 2004, Chicago Sun-Times cartoon by Jack Higgins

How’d The WashPo Let THAT Headline Slip By?

I was stunned to open the op-ed pages of the WashPo this morning and see this headline: 

Obama’s Abortion Extremism

From a column by Michael Gerson —

But Obama’s record on abortion is extreme. He opposed the ban on partial-birth abortion — a practice a fellow Democrat, the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan, once called “too close to infanticide.” Obama strongly criticized the Supreme Court decision upholding the partial-birth ban. In the Illinois state Senate, he opposed a bill similar to the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, which prevents the killing of infants mistakenly left alive by abortion. And now Obama has oddly claimed he would not want his daughters to be “punished with a baby” because of a crisis pregnancy — hardly a welcoming attitude toward new life.

. . .

The advance of pro-choice policies imported a different ideology into the Democratic Party — the absolute triumph of individualism. The rights and choices of adults have become paramount, even at the expense of other, voiceless members of the community.

These trends reached their logical culmination during a congressional debate on partial-birth abortion in 1999. When Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer was pressed to affirm that she opposed the medical killing of children after birth, she refused to commit, saying that children only deserve legal protection “when you bring your baby home.” It was unclear if this includes the car trip or not.

All I can say is, wow.

Just How Radically Liberal Is Obama?

So, just how radically liberal is Sen. Barack Obama?

So radical that as an Illinois state senator he voted THREE times against the “Born Alive Infant Protection Act” (a fourth time he cast one of his infamous “Present” votes) and then used his chairmanship of the Illinois State Senate’s Health & Human Services Committee to even prevent the bill from coming to a vote.

Obama also voted against the “Induced Infant Liability Act,” which reads:

Section 5. Findings and intent. The General Assembly finds that all children who are born alive are entitled to equal protection under the law regardless of the circumstances surrounding the birth. Children who are born alive as the result of an induced labor abortion or any other abortion are in special need of protection due to the fact that the intent of their birth is to cause the death of the born child. Therefore, it is the intent of the General Assembly to protect a child who is born alive as the result of an induced labor abortion or any other abortion and to ensure that the child receives all medical care necessary to preserve and protect the life, health, and safety of the child.

Section 10. Induced labor abortion; actions. If a child is born alive after an induced labor abortion or any other abortion, a parent of the child or the public guardian of the county in which the child was born may maintain an action on the child’s behalf for damages, including all costs of care to preserve and protect the life, health, and safety of the child, punitive damages, costs of suit, and attorney’s fees, against any hospital, health care facility, or health care provider who harms or neglects the child or fails to provide medical care to the child after the child’s birth. Any damages recovered shall be used to pay for the cost of preserving and protecting the life, health, and safety of the child. If the child does not survive, the balance remaining after the costs of preserving and protecting the life, health, and safety of the child are paid shall be deposited into the Neonatal Care and Perinatal Hospice Fund.

Yes, Barack Obama opposed bills that would have mandated medical treatment for children that survived abortions. Living children outside of the womb.

So, is there a reason for such a bill in the first place? Apparently so.  From the testimony of Jill Stanek, a labor and delivery nurse at Christ Hospital and Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois:  

Other coworkers have told me about incidences of live aborted babies whom they have cared for. A Support Associate told me about a live aborted baby who was left to die on the counter of the Soiled Utility Room, wrapped in a disposable towel. This baby was accidentally thrown into the garbage, and when they later were going through the trash to find the baby, the baby fell out of the towel and on to the floor. A nursing coworker told me about an incident she was involved in last spring that she said “I just can’t stop thinking about.” She participated in the abortion of a healthy 23-1/7 week baby who was given no medical assessments or care after delivery, but was allowed to languish for 2-1/2 hours until she died, even though she showed early signs of thriving.

Just three weeks after this baby was aborted, another mother came to the hospital under similar circumstances, carrying an identically aged baby, and she was offered the same options. But she said that she wanted her baby. And so present at her delivery – because Christ Hospital is a Level III mother/baby care hospital — was a neonatologist, a pediatric resident, a pediatric nurse, and a respiratory therapist – all assigned specifically to take care of that little girl at delivery. And for the two days that I tracked her, that little girl lived. Christ Hospital is one of only 11 hospitals that the State of Illinois has designated as a level III perinatal institution — its highest ranking — which means that Christ Hospital is considered to have both the best equipment and the most highly trained medical personnel care for the sickest of the sick mothers and babies.

THAT is how radically liberal Sen. Barack Obama is.  Willing to leave children born alive outside the womb to die alone among hospital waste in the trash.  Just remember that the next time he compares himself and his experience to that of Abraham Lincoln.

August 25, 2004, Chicago Sun-Times cartoon by Jack Higgins