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Virginia Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell is trying to rebound after a week of setbacks reflecting on his leadership. "It's a brutal situation for him. It's brutal," says Paul Goldman, who served as an adviser to Govs. L. Douglas Wilder and Mark R. Warner. "The governorship is a position of leadership." (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Virginia Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell is trying to rebound after a week of setbacks reflecting on his leadership. "It's a brutal situation for him. It's brutal," says Paul Goldman, who served as an adviser to Govs. L. Douglas Wilder and Mark R. Warner. "The governorship is a position of leadership." (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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