But that's not how the Roanoke Times remembers it:
Democratic amnesia"A firestorm of Republican criticism"? Maybe I missed that. But oh, well.
Are the memories of Virginia's Democrats really that short?
It was less than two years ago, after all, when then-Gov. Tim Kaine faced a firestorm of Republican criticism after he reluctantly agreed to become chairman of the Democratic National Committee during his final year in office.
Democrats defended Kaine then, noting that he would work at the position only part time and that he would accept no pay until after his gubernatorial term ended.
Oh, and they accused Republicans of hypocrisy because no one in the GOP had criticized former Gov. Jim Gilmore when he served as head of the Republican National Committee during his final year as governor.
So what happens when McDonnell gets picked to become vice president of the Republican Governors Association -- a far less time-consuming, but no less partisan, task? [link]
I still consider it much ado about nothing. After all, if our once-Commander in Chief of the United States Armed Forces could talk military strategy on the telephone in 1995 while, at the same time, getting his horn tooted by one of his employees, a governor can perform his executive duties to the Commonwealth and still find time for MSNBC. Or, now, Fox News. And for those interminable fund-raisers.
I live by the motto: "That governor who governs least governs best."
With that thought in mind, I wonder if we can get McDonnell a slot on "Dancing With The Stars" too.