Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is a graduate of Pat Robertson’s Regent University and he is eagerly defending the guv now that he’s facing two years in prison for corruption. He’s comparing him to Adam, saying that just like Eve seduced him into sin, McDonnell’s greedy wife did the same to him. Because that’s not sexist or anything.
Televangelist Pat Robertson today put a new spin on former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s failed “throw the wife under the bus” defense strategy: comparing McDonnell to Adam. “The 700 Club” host explained that just as Eve seduced Adam into eating fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, McDonnell’s wife, Maureen, likewise led the governor astray.
“He’s like Adam, you know, Eve was the one that got seduced by the snake but Adam ate the fruit and I think Bob McDonnell got seduced,” he said.
I find this strategy fascinating. McDonnell blamed his wife for the whole thing, a tactic that failed miserably during his trial. But what does that say about these men that they’re always blaming those tempting women for causing their downfall? That they’re weak-willed and easily manipulated. Even if this is true, and it almost certainly isn’t, it makes the men look worse than the women they’re using to deflect responsibility.