McDonnell’s Rolex.

I want to emphasize a small but crucial point about Bob McDonnell’s defense in this unfolding scandal. His defense is that all of the gifts—$15,000 for one daughter’s wedding, $10,000 for another daughter’s wedding, $70,000 to his business, $50,000 to his wife, etc.—weren’t to him, but to his family members and his business. One of the gifts was a $6,500 Rolex, purchased by Jonnie Williams at the request of first lady Maureen McDonnell. A men’s Rolex, it’s engraved “71st Governor of Virginia,” and it is worn by the governor.

We’re to believe that this “71st Governor of Virginia” men’s Rolex, worn by the governor, was a gift to the governor’s wife? The very suggestion is ludicrous.

As is so often the case, The Simpsons did it first. In “Life on the Fast Lane” (season 1, episode 9, 7G11), Homer has completely forgotten to get a birthday present for Marge. He rushes out to the mall and buys a bowling ball. He has it drilled and engraved “Homer.” When Marge opens it, of course she realizes immediately that Homer intends this for himself. A few minutes later, she’s pondering an affair with a Frenchman who is providing her with bowling lessons.

Marge Simpson knew better. The grand jury will, too.

3 thoughts on “McDonnell’s Rolex.”

  1. I am so sad that I lack the time and enthusiasm to re-do this video with McDonnell and the Cooch’s faces superimposed.

  2. Hey, hey, that’s hardly Bob’s fault!

    …still, you’d think a woman living in a mansion paid for by the public dime while pulling down a $50,000 salary to do absolutely nothing wouldn’t have to re-gift her men’s Rolex watch.

  3. The whole thing is shameful to see a man holding up his family to take fire for his impropriety. Are these the family values he speaks of? I’m not sure if I’m more insulted by the cowardice or the fact that he is doing it so badly. An engraved watch? What could be more personal?

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