McDonnell vs. Deeds- Who Had the Family Values?

Tim Noah is so funny:

Last year, prosecutors offered [ex-Virginia governor] Bob [McDonnell] a deal in which he alone would plead guilty to a single felony fraud charge, according to The Washington Post. Maureen would not be charged at all. He turned it down, and both were charged on 14 counts. The legal tack they chose was for Bob to air the marriage’s dirty laundry on the witness stand – describing in lurid detail how greedy, reckless and verbally abusive she could be, even suggesting she was in love with another man – and to invite others to do so as well.

It wasn’t a strategy that seemed recognizably pro-family or Christian.

I don’t know why Jesus was always yammering away about hypocrites. It’s not like the folks who went to and graduated from Pat Robertson’s university got the message.

But, yeah, the way Creigh Deeds talks so fondly of his son, who almost killed him before he killed himself, does highlight that it wasn’t McDonnell who had the stronger family values in that 2009 election.

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