Quite a narrative is emerging in attorney general Bob McDonnell’s handling of Gov. Kaine’s transportation plan. Kaine has proposed a tax increase to address the enormous, systemic transportation funding shortfalls. Republicans have proposed nothing. McDonnell, as the presumptive Republican nominee for governor next year, has taken the lead in proposing nothing. But check out how his nothing plan has developed recently:
March 25: “I don’t have a particular plan or vision.”
May 19: Bob McDonnell’s 740-word treatise on transportation “doesn’t contain a single word about his own ideas.”
May 31: Powerful Republican leaders in Hampton Roads plead with McDonnell to do something about the transportation crisis.
June 1: McDonnell endorses a tax hike to fund transportation: “legitimate funding gaps can be closed.”
So, just to be clear: Bob McDonnell has no plan or vision for transportation, but he does support raising taxes. He wants higher taxes, but doesn’t know for what purpose.
On the other hand, Gov. Kaine has a clear plan, which also involves raising taxes. He also wants higher taxes, but knows precisely why.
That 2009 election just looks sunnier and sunnier.