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Wingnut Week In Review: Orange the GOP’s New Black

With so many convictions, indictments, and investigations concerning corruption, it’s beginning to look like orange may be the new black for the GOP.

It wasn’t supposed to end this way. Bob McDonnell was one of the leading lights of the Republican Party. Being governor of Virginia was supposed to put him on the short list for VP in 2012, and make him a serious contender for the White House someday.

That all came to an end yesterday, when both Bob and Maureen McDonnell were convicted of 11 counts of corruption, fraud, and bribery. The cover of the Washington Post Express pretty much said it all.

McDonnell Guilty

Just like that, McDonnell went from contender to outcast. The man who would be king became the political crook of our time, and all for $165,000. That’s what all the cash, golf trips, vacations, gifts and various loans modern day snake oil salesman. Just $165,000. That’s it. All McDonnell had to do was not take bribes and not engage in corruption, even if he never got anywhere near the White House, he could have earned ten times as much in cushy job lobbying for Wall Street.

Image via Donkeyhotey @ Flickr

Worse than the corruption, is the utter stupidity of it all. McDonnell was offered deal earlier this year, if he pleaded guilty to just one count. One, any first-grader can tell you, is less than eleven. McDonnell turned down the plea deal, and instead chose to gamble on throwing his wife under the bus and painting himself as a henpecked husband.

The rising star who once said, “The citizens must be certain that the governor is attending to the duties for which he was elected. The governor is Virginia’s chief executive and represents the commonwealth at all times,” and used “family values” as the basis for his college thesis, came crashing to earth.

It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. And this image that’s making the round on Facebook suggests there’s more to come.


Here’s the rest of the best in Wingnuttia this week.

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