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Is McAuliffe the Shadow Governor?


Some mornings when you hear the news you think how impressive it is that Governor McAuliffe implemented his business plan for Virginia. Then you remember that Taliban Bob won and realize his accomplishments are something old, something borrowed, something blue, but nothing he can claim as his own for true.

Now the Richmond Times Dispatch is running a series on climate change. You may be certain that McDonnell will act. Down the list, issues or initiatives that were stolen or shunned or both by the Republicans have been claimed as discovered by the GOP. McDonnell has embraced the Virginia Coastal Energy Consortium with renewed vigor, proposed credits for film production in Virginia, directed the acquisition of electric vehicles for the state vehicle fleet, ad nauseam.

When it was time for personal attention and action, it was McAuliffe at the soon to be shuttered paper mill in Franklin offering an alternative or two. McDonnell’s reaction was that McAuliffe has lots of ideas. Apparently those are the only ideas that McDonnell can seize upon. Really, his team with Malek at the lead…never been done, no one has ever thought of paring the “fat” of government…really. Virginia is among the states with the lowest per capita tax burdens. The only development that will come out of this administration will be a fiscal shell game that will cut essential services to the quick and deliver no savings.

But here we are with McDonnell, his dutiful bridesmaid Lieutenant Governor, and Super Cooch, whose staff either doesn’t know McDonnell has moved on or can’t find the keys to the AG web pages. Why the silence? Maybe because the Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA) is afraid of its shadow. The same leadership that was scared to run on Democratic positions last year is now too timid to call out McDonnell and his administration for the lack of initiative and innovation and to challenge bad ideas. Not to mention harping on McDonnell’s absence from the state.

No, the only specter is the DPVA.

  • Tom


  • They are way too quiet, way too timid, not nearly aggressive enough.  What’s bizarre about all this is that they have so much material to work with, three of the most extreme people ever to occupy the offices of Virginia governor, LG and AG. So why aren’t they constructing a devastating narrative against “Pat Robertson’s Manchurian Governor,” Cooch et al?  Of course, it doesn’t help when you have people like Dick Saslaw undercutting whatever message the DPVA does come up with. What a sorry state of affairs…

  • Demosthenes

    The reason it seems as if Mr. McAuliffe is the shadow governor (and could argue Mr. McEachin the shadow Attorney General), is they are the ones who find the mic when the opportunity arises. They are doing a great job of holding the current administration’s feet to the fire, and I hope they will continue to do so.

    The point I would add to this is that as unfortunate as the results were in 2009, they were indicative of an inevitable drop off in political interest from 2008. What we are experiencing now is normal (if not healthy), and so the DPVA must step up to the plate and help whoever is standing up for the Democratic Cause, be it McAuliffe or anyone else gearing up for 2013.