Did Virginia’s Bob McDonnell just hand Marco Rubio the VP nomination?

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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell on Wednesday signed into law a controversial bill requiring Virginia women to undergo an ultrasound procedure prior to having an abortion.

And with that McDonnell all but ceded the Republican Party’s vice presidential nomination to Marco Rubio.

Or did he?

Independents and the media will decry McDonnell’s signing of a bill which sparked a national debate this month over a provision originally in the legislation that would have required many women to undergo transvaginal ultrasounds.  Non-Republicans will say McDonnell, as a national candidate, will no longer be acceptable to many female voters.

(How atrocious was this ultrasound bill? Consider just the provision that even women who miscarry late in a pregnancy and require the fetus medically removed from the uterus would be forced to endure the agony of an ultrasound. Try explaining that requirement to an independent female voter.)

Not that Rubio needed any help burnishing his credentials for consideration as Mitt Romney’s number two, but McDonnell being embroiled in such a divisive debate only makes Rubio all the more attractive as a running mate.


Remember, Rubio was recently embroiled in a separate debate over a women’s health issue. Rubio co-sponsored legislation which would have allowed any employer to deny a woman coverage for birth control and other medical services they find “morally objectionable.”

Not exactly the kind of law which endears a candidate to swing voters.

So which attack on women’s rights is more offensive? McDonnell’s ultrasound bill or Rubio’s birth control amendment?

Let’s let Mitt Romney figure that out.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.