January 27th, 2010
10:55 PM ET
12 years ago

Begala: McDonnell's rhetoric rings false

(CNN) - Gov. Bob McDonnell reads standard GOP talking points very well.

"We hate government, blah, blah, blah." Let's see him turn down the federal money that's keeping Virginia afloat. After he finishes attacking the government, McDonnell will go into a government limousine, with a government driver and ride to a government-provided mansion.

If he hates government so much why has he spent his life in it? Still, he's done a good job on a thankless task. No one should follow Barack Obama.

soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. Tomczak

    If a Republican found Paul Begala's wallet and returned to him he wouldn't have the decency to say anything good about him. He is the most irritating partisan pundit on the scene.

    January 28, 2010 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  2. Sniffit

    but but but, begala, don't you realize? big gov't bad, big corporations good! corporations are supposed to run the country! the scotus just said so! we're supposed to dissolve the federal gov't and submit our governance to massive corporate interests. at least then it will be out in the open...not indirect, but direct...get under that CEO's desk...

    January 28, 2010 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  3. Anonymous

    This is a very weird and simplistic remark to say the least.

    January 28, 2010 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  4. Rebecca

    Mr. Begala, as usual, has made a significant contribution to the discussion.

    January 28, 2010 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  5. johnnyQuest

    Very condescending. He doesn't hate government. He is saying exactly what our founding fathers said about oversize and intrusive government. Stop pandering. Or do you really believe this drivel?

    January 28, 2010 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  6. Nea

    Thats true about all the Republicans if they hate Government so much why wont they give up their Gov. paycheck and their Gov. Health Care, Yes! give it to someone that desperately needs it since they are so concern about the Americans people.

    January 28, 2010 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  7. dacajun

    You are so right. Nobody should follow Obama.

    January 28, 2010 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  8. PL

    Wow, Paul Begala has run out of intelligent things to say.

    January 28, 2010 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  9. S.B.

    Having that audience clapping and cheering McDonnell's words seemed very phony to me. His response wasn't really a response to Obama's words. It sounded like a very canned Republican speech.

    January 28, 2010 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  10. Brian Fischer

    I'm sure that Brit exHumed can feel justified that none of his right wing friends in Congress has a health care bill ready for debate.

    January 28, 2010 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  11. Sam Ryan

    The right understrands that intellect is not graded on a curve and they are shooting for the bottom 60%.

    January 28, 2010 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  12. Proud DEM

    Well said!

    Obama/Biden 2012

    January 28, 2010 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  13. AR

    wow what a surprise. A democratic strategist thinks the Republican repudiating socialist policy is "blah blah blah".

    Who's out of touch now?

    January 28, 2010 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  14. Mike in MN

    Begala is an idiot. Republicans don't hate government. They hate excessive, ineffective, intrusive, corrupt, unaffordable government that is so expensive it chokes the economy and threatens the nations financial security.

    January 28, 2010 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  15. timothy

    look anyone with an ounce of brains knows the gop are the corpret socialist party they love our tax dollers going to prop up their filthy rich greedy tax dodgeing friends . as for the democrats grow some bloody balls stop acting like the party of opposition , and use those majoritys we gave you or we will stay home in november and take them away from you . you dont need 60 votes to pass anything in the senate thats a LIE , the gop gave tax cuts to the gop under reconciliation so stop winching grow some nuts use the power we gave you democrats or well take it from you . MOST OF THE TIME YOU RUN AROUND AFRAID OF THE GOP , COULD YOU IMAGAINE BRITISH LABOUR BEING LIKE THAT WITH THE BRITISH CONSERVTIVE PAERTY YEA RIGHT .LOL.

    January 28, 2010 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  16. Emma

    McDonnell's words were quite empty in respect to any plans to go with his ideas and he also was not completely factual in any convincing way.

    January 28, 2010 03:48 am at 3:48 am |
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