In their continuing commitment to making sure we cannot deny full knowledge of the fact that “GA” stands, in Virginia, for “GOP Asylum,” the Richmond Times-Dispatch issued surgical gloves and masks to its printers and ordered them to publish a deranged editorial by NoVa’s own Bob Marhsall. In it, he decries (brace yourself) gay marriage. It is, to date, the best documentary proof yet that Delegate Marshall has simply lost his mind:
NBA team owners will be forced to sell their basketball franchises for supporting natural marriage in their private conversations.
Barack Obama, since his post-election conversion, now supports homosexual marriage, confusing sexual behavior with race.
pastors who refuse to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies will be sued.
That last one is fascinating, because it quietly assumes what has been quietly assumed since the start of the current wave of gay-marriage controversy: that marriage should be regulated. Marshall and his far-right friends (if he has any; we’re hearing more and more that even the most ardent Republican members of the Asylum are increasingly sick of him) howl at the very thought of government telling us what we are and are not allowed to do. Except here. A purely private choice, affecting no one but the parties involved, is not only prohibited by constitutional law in Virginia (pending final judgment), it actually requires a license. Thought about objectively, that’s absurd. One commenter to Marshall’s screed put it brilliantly:
We don’t permit the State to regulate baptism or confession, do we? So why do we allow them to mess with marriage?
Why indeed? What’s next? A constitutional ban on gay boyfriends? Will Virginians need to take out a “dating license” before going to the movies (or will licenses only be required after heavy petting)?
You’re crazy, Bob. All of you thumping this drum about state control over love are just crazy.
Loudoun activist Jonathan Weintraub is saying on his Facebook page that a post encouraging people to vote for Bob Marshall (apparently in an effort to defeat the inevitable nomination of Barbara Comstock) has offended someone who has been able to take loudounprogress.org offline. Well, the site is offline, but that can happen for a lot of reasons. Regardless, while we wait for it to return, read on to see what FirewallNOVA was able to pull from the Google cached copy of loudounprogress.org’s original post.
Shaun Kenney’s brains and passion may be exactly what the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) needs right now, but after his first week as executive director it appears a shift toward the former ought to be among the next orders of business.
A check up from the beard up, so to speak.
A brilliant young man with a mien the size of Michoacan, Kenney nevertheless exhibits the cloistered mindset of a worldview fashioned within close circles and staid surroundings.
In the biggest surprise announcement to the media since it was revealed that Milli Vanilli were faking it, E.W. Jackson endorses Bob Marshall:
After considerable prayer and deliberation, I am enthusiastically endorsing Bob Marshall for the Republican nomination for Congress from the Tenth Congressional District. I appeal to every one of you who believes as I do in our Constitution and what Virginia represents to the history of our nation, to do everything in your power to get him nominated on April 26th!
In a stunning break with every other Republican elected official in the 10th congressional district, Del. Barbara Comstock has chosen to endorse herself over Del. Bob Marshall for the Republican nomination.
Call it the St. Valentine’s Day Inferno. An argument and the threat of a lawsuit between prominent Virginia political bloggers Brian Schoeneman, Greg Letiecq, and Shaun Kenney, over who is getting paid to write about an historic primary battle, will likely open a discussion about how to balance political advocacy and the pretense – upheld by many blogs – of presenting objective news reporting.
The question must henceforth be asked: Is this a blog, or blogola?
Having arisen from the opportunity afforded by content management system Web technology, in part as a supplement or “antidote” to the ideologies of traditional media outlets, political blogs generally represent a cross pollination between political pamphleteering and news reporting. Many, probably most, Virginia blogs are unabashedly ideological, and most are blatantly partisan.
Which tends to be all fine and good, except during the primaries.
Brian’s appraisal of Delegate Bob is harsh in the same sense St. John’s depiction of the beast is harsh. Brian wants him to leave the House of Delegates, to renounce his ways, and most certainly to bow out of the primary contest for the Republican nomination to replace 34-year Congressman Frank Wolf in the 10th district election in November.
Delegate Bob is one of approximately 47 others currently announced to challenge Barbara Comstock, Frank Wolf’s heir apparent, for the GOP nomination …. and therein lies the rub.
Bob Marshall (R-13) has issued a statement about Judge Wright-Allen’s decision, striking down his eponymous Marshall Amendment to the Virginia constitution, that bans gay marriage. One can hardly be surprised that he disagrees, and at least one of his enumerated points of complaint has a bit of merit to it (that the judge read the Equal Protection clause of the constitution as though it were more closely worded like the Declaration’s guarantee of universal equality, instead of merely delivering on that guarantee’s promise). But he just can’t seem to help himself, sputtering almost apoplectically (maybe not almost, come to think of it) about the fact that, since things have always been a certain way, that God therefore meant they would stay that way forever. And who are we to argue with God? (If you need to know what God has to say on all this, by the way, the statement makes it clear that you can, when in any doubt about His Word, just ask Delegate Marshall. He’ll tell you What It Is.)
It must be particularly frustrating for a man who has devoted so much of his life to oppressing others that, on the eve of his efforts to become a federal legislator, his signature achievement in government is declared to be an unconstitutional form of discrimination. The rest of us could see that coming, of course, and polls even show that his amendment would not pass today. But Bob Marshall has never cared about today. As his statement shows, Bob Marshall is all about the past.
Perhaps the time has finally come, to leave him there.
UPDATE: The preliminary draft of Judge Wright-Allen’s decision referred to the constitution as the source of the promise that “all men” are created equal. The updated version released today identifies the Declaration of Independence as the source. Guess anyone can make a mistake, eh Bob?