Just a few years ago, Bob McDonnell was a rising star in Republican politics. Now his fate is before the United States Supreme Court, which will hear oral arguments Wednesday in the case that destroyed his political career and ripped his marriage apart.
McDonnell’s lawyers say sure the governor took gifts and loans from a wealthy businessman who wanted favors from the government. But, they say, the businessman didn’t get what he wanted. And more to the point, if justices let the decision stand it will criminalize everyday political behavior.