Lately it has been difficult to find much to agree with the Pilot Editorial board, but even they recognize that the national-style slash-and-burn politics that the Democrats are playing here in the Commonwealth is not the Virginia-way:
[Robertson's campaign donations to McDonnell] doesn’t give Democrats permission to conduct character assassination by association, particularly when their not-so-subtle motive is to stigmatize McDonnell because of his religious beliefs.
McDonnell’s views opposing abortion were shaped by his Catholic faith and helped spark his interest in politics. Voters can weigh his position on that issue as they decide which candidate to support, but they should also give consideration to McDonnell’s attitudes toward transportation, education and energy policies.
If Democrats attempt to corrupt this year’s campaign by turning it into a referendum on Robertson, they are insulting voters in general and Christian voters in particular.
The group “Common Sense Virginia” is a front organization for the Democratic Governors’ Association and is attacking McDonnell on their web site “The Real Bob McDonnell” for his association with Robertson.