He is right; this is political theatre. Once upon a time, and for about two days or so, the debate centered around federally funded first amendment molestation, coupled with expanding Federal influence on individual liberties.
Even so, Bob McDonnell forfeits the right to dissent when he signs up to join their cast—proposing two draconian-pointless Bills. You can’t say the Left’s “war on women” spin is histrionic after brazenly (and, again, needlessly) offering two clearly misogynistic pieces of legislation. The Republicans’ brought this upon themselves; their reactionary ranting and raving (coupled with shocking stupidity in talking on this issue) put them front and center in—yes once again—a marshy moral minefield. It’s tired and nauseating. So, they get no pity from me.