Bob McDonnell Must Go
His 2016 hopes are dead, and Ruth Marcus thinks his term in Virginia should be, too
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 12, 2013 11:37 AM CDT
Updated Jul 12, 2013 1:57 PM CDT
Bob McDonnell is seen in this January file photo.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

(Newser) – Bob McDonnell's response to revelations that he and his family accepted $120,000 in cash from a major donor, the latest in a string of such reports, was "astonishing" writes Ruth Marcus at the Washington Post: McDonnell calmly asserted that he hadn't broken the letter of the law. Marcus doesn't care. "Whether he technically complied with Virginia's Swiss cheese disclosure laws or not," she writes, "he has no business continuing in office," and indeed, his very failure to grasp the wrongness of what he'd done makes it worse.

The entire affair has quickly derailed the career of a guy who was recently on Mitt Romney's VP shortlist. "It's a colossal fall from grace," one Virginia Republican tells Politico. As for McDonnell's 2016 presidential hopes, "that conversation doesn't even exist" anymore, one Republican tells CBS. "The conversation now is if there is going to be a resignation." What's more, the scandal could ensnare McDonnell's would-be successor, Ken Cuccinelli, who is also close to the Star Scientific exec who's been so generous with McDonnell, the National Journal reports.

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ShoeMart
Jul 14, 2013 1:47 AM CDT
Bob McDonnell: future Democrat Party superstar (see Charlie Christ): the party where such things are expected and tolerated by the Leader (long live Obama!) and the media. This story would be buried by the media if McDonnell was a P.O.O. (pal of Obama).
ronimaca
Jul 13, 2013 11:02 AM CDT
BUT NO THE GOP WILL BACK HIM IN A RUN IN 2016. WAIT AND SEE
Imhotep
Jul 13, 2013 8:55 AM CDT
That's a great photo. Brings to mind some of those Wall street scum bags gloating over their lastest scam. Crooks without morals everywhere you turn these days.