We knew they couldn't resist.
With its new dominance of all of Virginia's government, what's the first bill pre-filed by a GOP legislator? Why, of course, a bill to define human life as starting at conception.
Even Mississipians rejected this really bad idea.
The question is whether Virginia's Republican legislators, needing to play to their base, will have the good sense to say "no" to this bill. If not, they'll put Governor McDonnell in an awkward position, one that will dash any aspirations he has for higher office (Senate, GOP VP nominee)--if he vetoes such a bill, he loses the religious right; if he signs it, his moderate image (the basis for his success so far) is shattered.
Moreover, if this bill goes into law (and believe us, this one is just the tip of the iceberg--you can bet there are plenty of other religiously inspired bills to come from the same group), Republicans can kiss their majority goodbye in short order.
VA voters are concerned about the economy. They didn't elect Republicans to institute a Taliban of state-controlled religion in the Commonwealth.