Who Let the Kook Out of His Cuckoo’s Nest?

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    Ken Cuccinelli’s opinionated hammer came down forcefully the other day when he claimed that there’s a “50-50” chance  that Virginia’s unnecessary voter identification bills will pass the muster of review by the U.S. Department of Justice. Given Kookinelli’s recent track record, buyers of this conclusion beware.

    Cuccinelli also thought that his crusade against Michael Mann and his climate science would succeed as well. The Virginia Supreme Court ruled otherwise.

    But what the gun-slinging and crusading of Cuccinelli has revealed is a man whose conceit is unbounded, even by political standards.

    Cuccinelli went on to claim that “This president [President Obama] and his administration are the biggest law breakers to run the federal government in our lifetimes.” Did the George W. Bush administration already drop from Cuccinelli’s memory? What an incredible statement!

    There is your average political rhetoric and then there is Cuccinelli’s political rhetoric. Ask me to define it, I couldn’t; “I’ll know it when I see it.” It’s the type of political bluster that takes every issue and violently pulls it into the far-right and warped world of Cuccinelli and his cult of adherents. It’s a type of political demagoguery few politicians in our own jaded and partisan times have been able or willing to muster.  

    Yet Cuccinelli survives his own reckless statements because so many shrug their shoulders in apathy or simply shut him out. But shutting out Cuccinelli isn’t going to stop this political cowboy from towing his spurs into the Executive Mansion. Can we even imagine the full extent of the consequences?

    The right and the left will always have differences, that’s why they’re the “right” and the “left.” But when we do differ, we can at least not continually accuse one another of being “fascists,” “communists,” “THE biggest lawbreakers,” etc.

    It’s time to soften the harsh political rhetoric in American politics. The process starts when political figures like Cuccinelli are expelled from public office, permanently.  

    • kindler

      …that the people who claim to be the most Christian these days are the least humble of all…

    • pvogel

      is kooch being subjected to the constant facebook comments that gov bob has had?

    • aznew

      is not simply his extremist ideology. I think that is well known, and folks either like that about him, hate that about him, or don’t mind. Whatever, that ideology was not extreme enough to keep him from winning statewide office.

      But come 2013, there will be a different record for Virginians to look at, at it willo be one of not only extremism, but incompetence. In the high profile cases Cuccinelli has pursued — health care and the Mann/UVA contratemps come readily mind —  he has been singularly inept. And he can’t even blame his defeat in those cases on evil lib-e-rule activist judges — his failure have been procedural, i.e., failures in the basic craft of practicing law, not simply a rejection of his ideology.

      I think that will be Bolling’s attack against him, since there is no way to get to his right on ideology.

    • John Mashey

      See No Evil At George Mason University described 2 years of weird behavior at GMU.

      GMU statistics professor Ed Wegman had been recruited for Rep Joe Barton to create the “Wegman Report” (WR)  in 2006, used to try to attack the temperature “hockey stick,” Mike Mann in particular, climate scientists in general.

      Plagiarism (instantly obvious to experts and almost anyone else) was found in it and then more, and more, totaling 80+ pages in the WR, 4 PhD dissertations, a patent, some lectures and 7 articles (so far).  GMU took 2 years … to declare that the only plagiarism was in an article whose retraction was already forced last May and it really wasn’t so bad. Any poor students at GMU will rejoice at the example set.

      Perhaps more interesting for VA was pp.39-44 of this, which shows the various GMU intertangles.  Maybe you folks know them all, but I didn’t.

      The Board of Visitors includes a senior Dominion guy, a well-Koch connected woman, and related thinktank folks.

      GMU J.D’s include:

      Cuccinelli and his assistant Wesley Russell, who wrote the CIDs.

      David Schnare of ATI, pursuing the other suit against U VA.

      Milton Johns, Wegman’s lawyer as of last May, and previously Cuccinelli’s law partner.

      It still remains to be seen where Cuccinelli/Russell got the paleoclimate info for the CIDs, as that seems unlikely to have been part of the law curriculum.