Virginia state Sen. L Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth) has let the world in on her pet name for Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R): Governor VP.

State Sen. Louise Lucas ( D-Portsmouth) gestures during a Senate debate in February on a bill requiring an ultrasound before an abortion. (Steve Helber/AP)

Lucas shared that tidbit Tuesday on a conference call with reporters organized by the Democratic National Committee. It was intended to highlight McDonnell’s trip to Wisconsin to help Republican Gov. Scott Walker in his recall battle — and to suggest that McDonnell and Walker (and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for that matter) want to “turn back the clock on women’s rights,” as the DNC put it. The call also featured U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin.

Lucas highlighted a bill in Virginia’s General Assembly this year that would have required most women seeking an abortion to first undergo a transvaginal ultrasound. She referred to it as “Governor Bob McDonnell’s outrageous ultrasound bill.”

The ultrasound bill was not an administration bill. And while McDonnell had promised early to sign it, he also played a key role in softening it once a firestorm erupted over the legislation. In its final form, the law requires women to undergo a less invasive, “jelly on the belly” ultrasound rather than the type requiring the aforementioned vaginal probe.

So why had Lucas described the measure as McDonnell’s bill?

“These are the kinds of bills that Bob McDonnell has introduced since he was elected to the legislature since 1991,” she said. “There hasn’t been a year that he hasn’t introduced legislation that would roll back the hands of time.”

Except, apparently, this year. Who’s going back in time now?