Monday, February 25, 2013

Wall Street Journal crosses McDonnell off its 2016 list


Via Ben Domenech, it seems Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is getting scorn-laden this morning, as both Red State's Erick Erickson and The Wall Street Journal's editorial page blast him for the tax hikes in his new transportation plan.

And they're not just "blasts"; they're blasts that explicitly cross his name off their 2016 presidential lists.

The Wall Street Journal:

There's one thing uglier than a Democratic tax-and-spend spree. A Republican one. On Friday Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and a GOP-run legislature approved a five-year, $6 billion transportation bill financed almost entirely with higher sales and car taxes. The big winners are unions, real estate developers and the transit lobby.

Taxpayers didn't fare so well. The sales tax rises to 6% from 5% in Hampton Roads and populous Northern Virginia and to 5.3% everywhere else. The hated car tax (which Republicans once vowed to eliminate) rises to 4.3% from 3%, meaning a new $30,000 car or truck will come with a $1,290 tax bill. Then there's a new 0.25% sales tax on homes in Northern Virginia, plus a new hotel tax.

That led the editorial page to finish its piece and McDonnell's hopes for any sort of endorsement, thusly.

At least Republicans can erase Mr. McDonnell's name as a national candidate or VP choice in 2016.

Then there's Red State's Erick Erickson who is a bit more lengthy in his scorn, but no less angry, and even manages to compare McDonnell with Charlie Crist.

Unfavorably, too!

Conservatives should recognize that between Bob McDonnell and Charlie Crist only Crist is honest about not believing in anything.

In other words, in Erickson's calculus now: Crist > McDonnell.

I never thought I'd see the day when Crist was upgraded from Dante's lowest circle of hell.

You know what that proves? Anything can happen -- next thing you know, you'll be telling me that Disney bought the Star Wars franchise.