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McDonnell for governor
THE 2009 Virginia governor's
Hearing nothing inspiring from either hopeful, the citizen must assay personal attributes. So:
Mr. McDonnell, the former attorney general and legislator, has worked harder. He has devised a detailed plan for everything short of setting out your azaleas and flossing. State Sen. Deeds has produced no such library and, on the main issue, mobility, aims to convene a bipartisan commission. For success, he would need a bipartisan legislature. He wouldn't have it, especially after his mucky campaign.
Mr. McDonnell is articulate, certainly a virtue in leadership (recall George W. Bush's chronic incoherence and its incurred cost in popular support). Mr. Deeds is not a confident speaker, giving the impression that he is confused by complexity or fears candor.
Also, Mr. McDonnell is more positive. He has run his share of absurd attack ads, but, unlike his rival, hasn't made vilification a campaign theme.
Executive capacity? Mr. McDonnell not only proficiently ran the A.G.'s office, but also, after serving four years on active duty, retired as a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve. Mr. Deeds lacks this command pedigree.
And consider how the candidates have changed. A socially moderate lawmaker, Mr. Deeds, perhaps to better contrast himself with the scholar of Regent University, has adopted the fringe-feminist view of abortion--it is all about the woman, buster!--and pandered to the gender-obsessed by pledging a Cabinet half-female. Mr. McDonnell recently flipped a position, too--but for the better. He now favors (like Mr. Deeds) a "scientific" redistricting plan to end the gerrymandering that protects the majority party and incumbents from the horrors of democracy.
A governorship lasts four years. Our view is that Mr. McDonnell would wear better and do more for Virginia. We endorse him to lead our state.