Here is a reminder about why State Senator Dick Black is like Virginia’s very own Todd Akin. Much of the people who support Black, support him not merely because he happens to be a nice guy. They support him because he is a throwback to a more “innocent, patriotic 1950s America”…which was also an America that was highly patriarchal, limited the rights of married women, and did not outlaw marital rape. Here is Senator Black, then Delegate Black, wondering aloud on the House floor how a husband could be a rapist of his wife if they are sharing the same bed and she is in a “nightie”.
Rape can happen within the confines of marriage. Patriarchal, “Leave it to Beaver” male head of the household Dick Black does not understand this. Rape is rape. Rape is wrong.
I have not seen any significant rebuke of Todd Akin’s reckless, careless comments by Ken Cuccinelli, Dick Black, and Bob Marshall supporters on Facebook or the blogs.
*****However, the following Republican elected officials have given their implicit and explicit endorsement of Dick Black’s overall 1950s worldview. This is from an e-mail someone forwarded to me. Dick Black is holding an appropriately themed, “Old Fashion Cook Out”. Bold is for emphasis.
Only 17 Days ‘Til the BBQ
Senator Black is pleased to have some special guests!
Join Us For an Old Fashion Cook Out.
Come out and meet some of Virginia’s candidates and representatives,
including (but not limited to!):
Senator Mark Obenshain, candidate for Attorney General
Delegate Bob Marshall
Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, candidate for Lieutenant Governor
Delegate Tim Hugo
Delegate Jackson Miller
Delegate Tag Greason
Delegate David Ramadan
Delegate Randy Minchew
Supervisor Janet Clarke
Supervisor Suzanne Volpe
Supervisor Ralph Buona
Supervisor Shawn Williams
Supervisor Geary Higgins
Supervisor Matt Letourneau
Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio
Mayor of Haymarket David Leake
School Board Member Bill Fox
Clerk of Court Gary Clemens
Fairfax Clerk of Court John Frey
Commissioner of the Revenue Bob Wertz
Treasurer Roger Zurn
What: Senator Black’s Outdoor B.B.Q.
When: Saturday, September 8th, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Where: Home of the Honorable Mick and Mrs. Michelle Staton
43471 Thistlewood Court, Ashburn, VA 20147
Who: Everyone! A fun time for the whole family.
RSVP to: Chris@senatorblack.com, or 703-468-1342
Contributions: Mail contributions to PO Box 3026, Leesburg VA 20177,
Make checks payable to “Black for Senate.”
Donations can also be given at the door.
I can understand if you are an elected official and in the course of your official duties or community service, you must encounter and interact with Dick Black. I can understand if you are a business owner and Dick Black wants to purchase your catering services for the event. Man has got to eat. However, this is a political event in honor of Dick Black and these elected officials, who could conveniently use a “prior commitment” as an excuse, *****chose***** to be with Dick Black.
Look, if the above GOP elected officials support Dick Black for his fiscal conservatism, there is a smorgasbord of highly qualified fiscal conservatives who can be more effective voices in Richmond because they don’t carry Black’s naive, ridiculous 1950s worldview about how our culture is supposed to be. Shoot, if the above GOP elected officials are all social conservatives, there are much more articulate, knowledgable, and respectable advocates of social conservatism than Dick Black. That all of the above are showing up at Black’s fundraiser indicate that they are more than just “team players”. They are explicit endorsers of Black’s overall 1950s backwards thinking and are enablers of an undermining, self-defeating element of their own party.
Primary them. All of them.
P.S. – Credit must be given where credit is due. The bulk of Dick Black’s district is in Loudoun County and many Loudoun officials are attending his fundraiser even if they do not have a part of his district in their own district. The following Loudoun GOP elected officials apparently do not want anything to do with Dick Black – Senator Jill Vogel, Delegate Barbara Comstock, Delegate Jim LeMunyon, Delegate Joe May, Delegate Tom Rust, Chairman Scott York, Supervisor Ken Reid, School Board Member Debbie Rose. I am doing this from the top of my head so I apologize if I missed giving someone credit, but this is a GOP I am proud of and can fully support.
P.P.S. – What is up with Tim Hugo? Back when his district was wholly in Fairfax County with just Centreville and Clifton, he presented himself as a reasonable, pragmatic legislator just like his Fairfax County GOP colleagues Delegate Dave Albo, Delegate Barbara Comstock, Delegate Jim LeMunyon, Delegate Tom Rust, Supervisor John Cook, and Supervisor Pat Herrity. Now that Hugo has heavily Republican Western Prince William County in his district after redistricting, he seems more comfortable cutting loose and kowtowing to the Axis of Crazy of Ken Cuccinelli, Dick Black, and Bob Marshall. Strange.