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25 May 2014

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As my Great Aunt Julia (a Lexingtonian) use to say, McAuliffe is not only common but quite ordinary. He will not be invited to join the Commonwealth Club or the Country Club of Virginia, he will not be welcomed in the drawing rooms of Monument Avenue and the West End. He will be tolerated for the four years he occupies the office, he will leave no legacy, and he should really consider his veto, as my guess is people are watching and he too could end up standing before the bar of Justice.
Governor McAuliffe should be careful, as the House of Delegates will have no hesitation, given their radical conservatism (what passes for a conservative today amongst the majority of legislators the Byrd organization a Burkean conservative organization would have seen as unfit to govern) to impeach the Governor and possibly the Attorney General, conviction is less certain given the even divide and maturity of the Senate. Below is the section from the Virginia Constitution 1971 dealing with impeachment."

"Section 17. Impeachment.

The Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, judges, members of the State Corporation Commission, and all officers appointed by the Governor or elected by the General Assembly, offending against the Commonwealth by malfeasance in office, corruption, neglect of duty, or other high crime or misdemeanor may be impeached by the House of Delegates and prosecuted before the Senate, which shall have the sole power to try impeachments. When sitting for that purpose, the senators shall be on oath or affirmation, and no person shall be convicted without the concurrence of two-thirds of the senators present. Judgment in case of impeachment shall not extend further than removal from office and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit under the Commonwealth; but the person convicted shall nevertheless be subject to indictment, trial, judgment, and punishment according to law. The Senate may sit during the recess of the General Assembly for the trial of impeachments."

The next three and half years should be be good political theater but will do nothing to reinforce the view that Virginia is a well governed state.

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