Even the Washington Post acknowledges that this accelerated process is related to Obama's presidential campaign, and the campaign's hope to place Virginia in play in the general election. The state Repubs are calling Kaine out on the issue:
I don' t know a lot of young Republicans who end up being felons," said Del. C. Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah). "Clearly the groups that are soliciting these felons to get their rights restored are predisposed to be in support of Obama, and I am sure this registration effort is designed to help their candidate.
What does it say of your candidacy and your party if you believe that the felon voting bloc is so solidly yours that it's worth spending time, money, and effort soliciting them to get their rights restored?
What's next for Kaine? A new campaign advocacy group: "Rapists, Murderers, and Drug Dealers for Obama?"