Virginia Republicans wrapped up their May convention in Richmond with a bang, sending former Attorney General Bob McDonnell and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling out with a brand new campaign mantra - "Just Say Yes."
A nifty little rift on Barack Obama's "Yes We Can" slogan, the title also undercut Democratic efforts to paint the Virginia GOP as the "Party of No" because of Republican resistance in the House of Delegates.
McDonnell weaved variations of the phrase repeatedly into his primary election night video congratulating Sen. Creigh Deed on a hard earned victory over fellow Democrats Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran. Give it a listen:
The only problem with the new "Just Say Yes" motto is that in the age of the Internet, social networking and online donations and campaigning - the GOP probably wants a slogan that undecided voters can just pop into Google. In an ideal McDonnell world, typing "Just Say Yes" into a search engine would lead you right to McDonnell's home page or twitter account.
But right now if you type "Just Say Yes" into Google you get your hands on "an irreverent and unabashed sex education guide for teens. It covers issues of AIDS, STD's, birth control, pregnancy and abortion."
Click on the link and you'll find out that "Just Say Yesis about having a positive attitutde towards sexuality - gay, straight, bisexual or whatever."
Wait,wait,wait....there's a whatever?
With graphic question and answer sections covering topics like "Birth Control" - "Abortion" "Troubleshooting" and "Cleaning your works" the site offers a wealth of information.
Here's a quick sample of some of the questions:
"What if I'm allergic to latex?"
"How do I know if I'm Gay/Lesbian/Bi? Is there a test?
The site also sells $5 posters with intriguing tag lines including "The secret to great sex...water-based lube."
You have to wonder if anyone in the GOP took the time to pop that brand new spiffy slogan into Google especially for a ticket being led by McDonnell, a Regent University alum with links to evangelical leader Pat Robertson, and Bolling, who once returned guide books to a convention because they included a section on gay and lesbian nightlife
Welcome to the 2009 Virginia gubernatorial election folks - Just say yes...to uncomfortable silences.