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Breaking: For it After He was Against It (Bob McDonnell's New Non-Discriminiation Policy)

by: KathyinBlacksburg

Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 18:15:16 PM EST

Update: What McDonnell proclaimed was an executive "directive," not an executive order.

Shortly after his swearing in, Governor Bob McDonnell broke recent tradition by refusing to advance an executive order forbidding discrimination regardless of sexual orientation. Many of us here, including the editorial staff of BC, stand in opposition to discrimination based upon sexual orientation.  

But today, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob McDonnell shifted his non-policy concerning non-discrimination.  He reversed himself by issuing such an order.

"Discrimination based on factors such as one's sexual orientation or parental status violates the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution. Therefore, discrimination against enumerated classes of persons set forth in the Virginia Human Rights Act or discrimination against any class of persons without a rational basis is prohibited," McDonnell said in his directive.

"Employment discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated by this administration," the directive said. "Consistent with state and federal law, and the Virginia and United States Constitutions, I hereby direct that the hiring, promotion, compensation, treatment, discipline, and termination of state employees shall be based on an individual's job qualifications, merit and performance.

KathyinBlacksburg :: Breaking: For it After He was Against It (Bob McDonnell's New Non-Discriminiation Policy)
As teacherken  points out over at Daily Kos, McDonnell stopped short of urging the legislature to pass non-discriminatory language including sexual orientation.  

But, apparently, poised to self-destruct on the job front, what's  a "jobs governor" to do?  Answer: Pretend he really is a jobs governor, albeit under pressure.  That pressure came from both those wanting world class companies to locate in Virginia as well as those protesting "AG" Ken Cuccinelli's unprecedented pro-discrimination letter to state universities telling them its "illegal" to have nondiscriminatory policies including sexual orientation.  

So, McDonnell has seemingly had a "near-political-death-bed-conversion."   After all, enshrining hate into the executive branch of government is not how to persuade the nation that Virginia is for "lovers." Additionally, apparently, Maryland was trying to woo Northrop Grumman to their state by pointing out Virginians new-found enshrined discrimination.  

It's still not clear what all of this means on either the jobs front or the human rights front. For one thing, McDonnell avoided including the term "gender identity," which could possibly leave transgendered persons vulnerable.  More later on this evolving story...

Meanwhile, it does appear that Cooch has jumped the shark so high that even Pat Robertson's Manchurian Candidate recoils.

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The sound of Flipping and Flopping
Yes, Pat's handmaiden looked at the political landscape, plus deep into his ego-driven desire for a political future beyond his four years in the governor's mansion, and saw the handwriting on the wall:

The majority of America is not in agreement with Little Mac's thesis position and the position of uber-fundie Cuccinelli. So, Little Mac has found the beauty of the flip-flop. Now, he must decide exactly how much pressure he can stand from the Bob Marshall-Ken Cuccinelli wing of the GOP.

Notice that Little Mac limits his directive to employment. So, theoretically, Cooch's attack against the GLBT community at Virginia's colleges and universities now still stands for students to be admitted.

The dingbat
is trying to ride two horses at once, without any circus training. I hope he gets split right down the middle...

I also think that Elaine's "ego-driven" can be applied both to the future and to the immediate present. The non-discrimination order he refused to countenance was Kaine's; this one is his own. "See how tolerant I am!"  

Unlike an executive order - McDonnell's directive does not have the force of law
This all started because McDonnell revoked the Executive Orders against discrimination of gays by Warner & Kaine.

McDonnell is trying to have it both ways.  Stay in the streets, college kids, until McDonnell issues a new Executive Order reinstating those of Warner & Kaine.

You are correct...
I found this out later and have updated the article.  Thanks for your comment.

"One person, one vote" died at the hands of SCOTUS, January 21, 2010

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Kookinelli Had a "Interesting Take"
Kookinelli, of course had to applaud the governor for his "sort-of" rejection of bigotry, but he, of course, had to put his "Kookie" twist on it.

To paraphrase the AJ, he feels that no gays are being discriminated against on college campuses at present. The only group that are being discriminated against are the people - like Kookinelli - who feel that homosexuality is evil and who are "picked on" because of their beliefs.

That man is beyond absurdity. Yet, Virginia has too put up with him for four years as the chief legal officer of the state.

Fasten your seat belts, Virginians. It's going to be a bumpy ride!  

Can we make a promise now
to do everything we can to elect a Democratic majority to the state legislature in 2011? We have to stop the bleeding.

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Yeah, sure
You, me, and the rest of us here. All 20 or so, "howling in  the wilderness" (to use an old Polish saying). The rest will suffer from the "enthusiasm gap" and stay home even if the sun is shining and the temps are in mid-sixties. Like they did last year. Like they're promising to do this year...

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Well maybe we'll do better in 2013 when we have a gubernatorial candidate who doesn't take
the base of the party in the urban crescent for granted and a AG candidate who can name the divisions of the AG's office and doesn't confuse that office with a Commonwealth Attorney.

It's not the bases fault that Deeds and Shannon ran crappy campaigns.

As to the House in 2011, will Ward Armstrong and Ken Plum actually take the time and make the effort to recruit good candidates for the House races as Saslaw done repeatedly in the Senate? If they don't, then we'll get the same result as we got in '07: + or - 3/4 seats.

We had good candidates in the recent specials and we won.  We can't beat something with nothings.

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