Bob McDonnell is refusing to sign an anti-tax pledge, and the Washington Times is upset. I’m impressed with McDonnell. We’re seeing right now, in California, what happens when a state refuses to raise taxes as a matter of principle. Sometimes it’s necessary, and to say “I’ll never raise taxes no matter what” is foolish. McDonnell struck me as just the sort of guy who would sign a pledge like this in order to appeal to the base, damn the consequences, a la Gilmore. Obviously I was wrong.
Note, by the way, that McDonnell has already signed the pledge, back when he was a delegate. I don’t know what the wording of it is, but it seems odd that he could back out on a pledge that he already made. I suspect that this change from him is a sign that the right in Virginia is weaker than ever. McDonnell is tacking to the left awfully quick, knowing that Virginians like centrists, and that’s as true for Republican candidates as Democrats. (Via Norm)