Political analysts say Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell's declaration that April will be Confederate History Month will help his position with his conservative base.http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2010/04/virginia-confederate-history-month-proclamation-touches-off-firestorm/1
However, as The Washington Post reports today, the proclamation has not endeared him to civil rights leaders.
The Republican governor said the measure was designed to promote state tourism. Next year marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War; the proclamation honors the soldiers who fought for the South but does not mention slavery.
You have to be an idiot not to realize that African Americans would be understandably upset by the celebration of "Confederate History Month".
You also have to be a governor with no national political aspirations. McDonnell has just guaranteed he will never be the Republican nominee for president or vice president or an appointee to any office requiring senate confirmation.