What people are saying about controversy surrounding former Virginia governor and candidate for Texas governor.
Dana Liebelson and Tim Murphy, Mother Jones: "On Tuesday, a federal grand jury indicted former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, on 14 counts related to gifts the couple accepted from a businessman looking to curry favor with the McDonnell administration. ... Is there a silver lining? If recent history is an indication, he'll probably get a reality show."
Alexander Burns and John F. Harris, Politico: "We met McDonnell the dupe: a well-intentioned man, pure of heart but weak in dealing with the people around him, led cluelessly into dangerous legal territory by an acquisitive and ill-tempered wife — Lady Macbeth with an Amex card. ... The federal justice system will have the final word on whether McDonnell broke the law and disgraced his office. Arriving at an assessment of McDonnell as a person ... may be a longer and even more complicated process."
Matt K. Lewis, The Week: "Imagine being McDonnell ... suddenly surrounded by all the trappings of wealth and power. Is it so hard to imagine how he might be tempted? That doesn't mean it would be right. ... Living beyond your means and trying to be something you're not is fraught with danger. In this regard, the McDonnells are extreme examples of modern American culture."
Charles P. Pierce, Esquire: "The campaign of Wendy Davis to be governor of Texas stepped on a rake for the first time this weekend. The Dallas Morning News ran a lengthy ... account of Davis' life in which some of the details of the compelling biography that helped make her an overnight star were called into question. Now, there's nothing in the DMN as seriously phony as, say, George W. Bush's ranch, but there's more than enough there for someone to make a four-course meal of it."
Katie Friel, CultureMap, Austin: "Articles like the one that appeared in The Dallas Morning News are hardly new. If you're a woman in politics you're either a power-hungry troll (Hillary Clinton) or a bouffant-rocking bimbo (Sarah Palin). ... While it remains to be seen just how much damage this will do to the Davis campaign, it will undoubtedly force them to re-examine the message she's touting. But the one of the mother who took the opportunity to go to a prestigious law school, open her own practice and make choices that ultimately worked for her family — that is one they should not abandon."
Andrew Stiles, National Review: "These fabrications do not negate the impressive nature of Davis' life story and rise to prominence from humble beginnings, nor are they the sort of egregious falsehoods that have ended political careers. ... If anything, the fact that we are only just learning the 'fuller version' of Davis' biography says less about her than it does about the media that have lavished her with adoring coverage."