“By Chris Cillizza
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, April 8, 2010; 11:53 AM
Virginia Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell’s decision to backpedal on a proclamation declaring April Confederate History month in the Commonwealth left Republican observers divided about how much — if any — damage he had done to his prospects on the national stage in 2012 and beyond.
The controversy began earlier this week when McDonnell omitted any mention of slavery in a proclamation designed to commemorate the Commonwealth’s role in the Civil War and, he said, promote tourism to the state. (The issuing of such a proclamation was begun under Gov. George Allen, a Republican, in 1997 but discontinued during the eight years that Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, both Democrats, held the governor’s office.)
Sensing that the firestorm surrounding the proclamation was quickly growing out of control, McDonnell acknowledged Wednesday that not addressing slavery in the document was a “mistake”. He also added a paragraph to the proclamation in which he described slavery as an “evil and inhumane practice”.
Well there ya go… in the “Obama Era” you can’t say anything positive about the South or its heritage without, first aknowledging how terrible that heritage is and how evil our ancestors are.
Of course it was rubber backbone polliticians like McDonnel that led to the ushering in of the “Obama Era” to begin with. Well what do you expect from the party of “Lincoln”?