Following on the heels of my post, Clash of the Mini-Titans, about the brewing battle between Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and his letter to state colleges and universities saying that they have overstepped their authority by extended discrimination policies to cover sexual orientation, I never made it clear if Cuccinelli was Medusa or the Kraken.
Turns out Mr. Cuccinelli is playing the role of the Gorgon as the governor of Virginia, Robert McDonnell, metaphorically cut off his head, by issuing a directive, just a few days later, that the state policy banning discriminiation does indeed cover homosexuals.
It’s not often you see a governor cut off the attorney general at the knees, but it makes for entertaining viewing.
(But did he use a shield as a mirror when he did it?)
Update: March 17, 2010
In a March 14 Post Partisan op-ed piece in The Washington Post, Lee Hockstader notes the McDonnell vs Cuccinelli dust-up and sees that the views of state’s attorney general serves the ambitions of the governor:
Look for McDonnell and Cuccinelli to maintain this good-cop-bad-cop routine for the foreseeable future, as McDonnell tries to cement the moderate cred that will make him a vice presidential contender in 2012 or 2016, and as Cuccinelli continues to sing sweet music to his base of gay-hating conservatives.
Well, in the 1981 movie The Clash of the Titans, Perseus used the lifeless head of Medusa to get what he wanted (the Kraken’s death, the girl, the glory), so let’s see if that myth plays out that way here too.