Cross-posted to the newest political blog in the Commonwealth, The Real Crystal Ball
Bill Bolling, the last best hope of independent Virginians, has declared that he will not be running as an Independent candidate in this year’s Virginian Gubernatorial election. The field is now set between Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who has politicized his office and is a characterchure of Tea Party radicals, and former DNC Chairman Terry McAullife, who has never held an office to politicize and is a characterchure of snake oil hucksterism. The only way that either could ever become Governor is if the other were their opponent.
Virginia has fallen a long, long way from statesmen like Thomas Jefferson.
McAuliffe is already positioning himself as a centrist, a corporate sellout to the Big Boys in Virginia, in order to win over the business community and drive Cuccinelli to the radical fringe of the electorate. Here’s McAullife on uranium now that Bolling is out.
“Any economic proposal in these tough times merits a hard look. However, I would need to be certain that mining uranium can be done safely and cleaned up completely before a moratorium is lifted.”
McAuliffe added Tuesday, “So far I have not seen that.”
“So far” McAullife hasn’t seen the evidence he needs, but somehow the proposal still “merits a hard look.” His campaign is providing just enough of a qualification to his support to keep the support of environmentalists in Virginia, the already beaten and abused stepchild of the Democratic Party. But he’s opening the door once as Governor to push through an end to the moratorium.
Bolling was the last best hope Virginians had to run an unapologetic opponent of uranium mining, uniting both environmentalists and concerned Republicans in Southside and Hampton Roads.
Environmentalists have been up in arms over a proposed “Prius tax” in the new transportation package, but except for a few wise Northern Virginia Democrats like Scott Surovell and Adam Ebbin no one seems too worried about the new tax. Increasing taxes on hybrids was in the transportation package from the start, don’t listen to idiot Democrats like huckster Donald McEachin, and Democrats like Dick Saslaw ensured that it would be kept in. Where is McAullife on this issue and why is he so silent in the face of such popular outrage? Tea Party radicals are killing efforts to promote Virginian tourism and prepare for sea-level rises from global warming. But is the silence from leading Virginia Democrats any less crazy?