Home 2013 races 27 Days to Go, Cuccinelli Campaign Goes Completely Off the Rails

27 Days to Go, Cuccinelli Campaign Goes Completely Off the Rails


(UPDATE: More bad news for Cooch – Gabrielle Giffords group to join in Virginia races. 🙂 – promoted by lowkell)

Wow, what a day for the Cuccinelli campaign. Not a “wow, what a day” like after you get that dream job, win the lottery, marry the love of your life, stuff like that. No, more like, “wow, what a day” after you step in a pile of dog poop walking out the front door, causing you to slip into the mud, all while wearing your best suit (now ruined), forcing you to go inside and shower and change, leading you to miss a crucial meeting, resulting in you getting fired, etc, etc. That kind of “wow, what a day.” With that image in mind, let’s recap Cuccinelli’s day from hell.

1. Cuccinelli lost yet ANOTHER case, this time on women’s health clinic (“TRAP”) regulations. No, it’s not your imagination; the number of times Cuccinelli has lost in court over the past four years keeps growing, as does the waste of Virginia taxpayers’ money and the Attorney General office’s time. #FAIL all around. Plus, just what Cuccinelli needed, to remind people of his war on women’s reproductive freedom.

2. Cuccinelli’s campaign pumped up a “major announcement,” to be made via “live stream” no less. In the end, it turned out to be a total dud – a rehash of Cuccinelli’s usual (not to mention wildly speculative, aka “totally made up steaming horse manure”) attacks on Terry McAuliffe that the Democrats will CRANK UP SPENDING AND RAISE YOUR TAXES AND TURN US ALL SOCIALIST AND DESTROY CIVILIZATION AS WE KNOW IT!!! Yeah, just like Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, right? Whatever. Also, who knows where Cuccinelli got any of these numbers (out of his a***?), but the whole thing is completely absurd for a number of important reasons. For one, the Republican-controlled House of Delegates would have to pass any of McAuliffe’s proposals. So, if they DO become law, it will be with the approval of Speaker Bill Howell et al in the Republican House of Delegates. Is that likely to happen if the proposals are as horrible as Cooch makes them out to be? Nope, don’t think so! Also, note how Cuccinelli doesn’t mention that he supports some of these same proposals? Finally, note how he doesn’t include any of the net benefits that would flow from the proposed investments in education, transportation, etc? Sorry, but Cuccinelli’s simply not serious in any way, shape or form.

3. Then, whatever tiny hope the Cuccinelli campaign might have had of gaining some traction with their utterly minor “major announcement” was ruined by their angry, undisciplined, flailing candidate. That’s right, Cuccinelli managed to step all over his “major announcement” by hurling absurd accusations at the Republican mayor of one of Virginia’s most important cities electorally speaking – Virginia Beach. This prompted an angry response from said mayor, Will Sessoms, who called Cuccinelli’s charges “reckless” and “infuriating,” among other things. It also prompted Virginian Pilot reporter Julian Walker to note that Cuccinelli’s accusations were “bold and unsubstantiated,” and that they managed to “[overshadow] the message of his Newport News event.” Other than that, great job by the Cooch! LOL

4. Just to top off their day from hell, the Cuccinelli campaign sent out a bizarre, hyperventilating email, which darkly warned of a dystopian future in which “clergy might face imprisonment for teaching the Christian morals from the pulpit,” in which home schooling could be outlawed, and in which “[o]ur freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, second amendments rights, parental rights, and property rights are all slowly being strangled by our federal government” (also the mandatory wingnut line about the “overreaching tentacles of the liberal policies of the Obama Administration”). That’s right, all those horrors – and more! – will happen if you don’t SEND MONEY TO KEN CUCCINELLI RIGHT NOW, and of course if you don’t elect Cuccinelli governor in 27 days. Can we say “unhinged tirade?” Oh, and if that’s not absurd enough, the email took over 900 words of rambling, ranting lunacy to finally get to the money “ask.” My understanding is that “best practice” for a political campaign is to NEVER send out a fundraising email in which it takes more than 150 words to get to the first such “ask.” Who on earth is running this campaign’s email program? Whoever they are, they should be fired immediately. My god…

To an extent, this level of hysteria and desperation is to be expected, what with Cuccinelli down in every real poll since last spring (and falling further behind with the government shutdown, the collapsing approval ratings for Republicans, his close ties to shutdown architect Ted Cruz, etc., etc.). Still, it’s amazing that someone who had such a reputation prior to this election as a top-notch politician, even if he was extreme and crazy, can fall apart this completely. Yet here we are, 27 days from election day, and that’s sure what it’s starting to look like.  

  • bholl

    Property Rights?  Property Rights? The “Kenyan” and the rest of the federal government threatens your Property Rights?  Wasn’t it Cuccinelli whose office was helping wealthy energy companies to sc#$w land owners in Virginia?


  • Elaine in Roanoke

    Oh, I hope so much that Terry McAuliffe and the rest of the ticket have enough coattails to shake up the GOP. I don’t expect, with the partisan redistricting, for the Democrats to have a prayer of regaining the House of Delegates, but reclaiming enough seats to make automatic override of the governor’s veto impossible would be a big deal, a very big deal. It would send a message to the GOPers they couldn’t ignore.

  • Harkov311

    Even more proof, just in case anyone was inclined to doubt it, that one of the worst liabilities of the Cuccinelli campaign is, well, Cuccinelli himself.

  • Lori Haas

    G.O.T.V. and let’s sweep the statewide races!

  • kindler

    …hit piece on McAuliffe turns out to be totally false, and AP retracts story: https://twitter.com/jordanfife

  • Friend —

    Have you ever wished you could look into the future?

    One afternoon fourteen years ago, I suggested to Ken that he run for the Virginia State Senate. I never imagined he would one day run for Governor.

    Sometimes I wonder what I would have done differently fourteen years ago had I known the path that Ken and I would walk together. It has not been an easy walk, by any means.  

    And yet, I also never imagined that our walk through the political world would strengthen our marriage and family. But it has.

    I never knew I would meet so many wonderful people across Virginia. But I have.

    I certainly never dreamed I would one day be able to stand in front of large groups of people and give speeches about my life and my husband. But I have…many times.

    Over the last fourteen years, God has blessed us abundantly.

    Although sometimes I wish I could have looked into the future on that life-changing day in 1999, I can honestly say that I finally see the wisdom of God in not allowing us to know the future. If I had known the tremendous challenges Ken and I would face together along this road, I probably would have kept my mouth shut on that day! But then I would have missed out on countless blessings!

    As I write this, I’m looking at the sticker chart on my kitchen wall. My sons, Jack and Max, put a new sticker on it every day.  The title at the top of the chart is “100 Days Left Until Dad’s Election.”  There are 27 empty squares still awaiting stickers.

    Once again, I wish I could look into the future. I wish I could know the results of this election!  It would certainly take the edge off. I might be a little more patient. I could make plans for November and December…and next year.  

    There is a lot at stake in this election.

    I’ve talked to many good people as I’ve travelled around the Commonweath these last few months. The one constant theme is that people are very concerned with the direction of our nation.

    People understand the importance of electing statewide leaders who recognize the importance of holding back the overreaching tentacles of the liberal policies of the Obama Administration. Folks also understand the importance of reigning in spending and regulation during an economic recession. They are concerned about preserving their privacy and freedom.

    Many people I talk to are unemployed…or under-employed. Some are in danger of losing their homes. Small business owners tell me they are drowning in overregulation and concerned about the financial burdens of Obamacare requirements.

    We live in a nation in which our inalienable rights to life and liberty face real threats. Our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, second amendments rights, parental rights, and property rights are all slowly being strangled by our federal government.

    My oldest daughter, Alie, left a few weeks ago to begin her second year of college. She told me recently she might want to home school her own children one day. I wonder if Alie will even be allowed to home school her children if she desires to do so.  President Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, recently argued in federal court that parents do not have a fundamental right to home school their own children.

    A priest friend of mine recently told me that he is concerned that there might come a day soon when he and his fellow clergy might face imprisonment for teaching the Christian morals from the pulpit.

    Several mothers have expressed their concerns to me about how the nationwide implementation of the Obama Administration’s Common Core Curriculum is going to affect Virginia students and standardized testing, including the SAT test.    

    These are similar to the many concerns I hear from people I talk to around the Commonwealth.

    What will the future look like for our children?

    I do not know the answer.

    What I do know is that we cannot promise our children a future of prosperity – a future of liberty – if we do not fight for it.

    This is why I encouraged Ken to run for governor.

    Ken has the experience, the knowledge, the understanding of founding principles and the work ethic needed to lead our Commonwealth.

    Ken, more than anyone I know, understands the importance of state governments holding back the onslaught of Federal overreach.

    Over the last three and a half years serving as the Attorney General of Virginia, Ken as been the head lawyer for all state agencies across Virginia. He knows what is working well in our state government and he knows what needs fixing.

    I know Ken is the BEST man for the job at this time in Virginia’s history.

    I don’t know if Ken will win in November. The future is not ours to know.

    I do know that I will do everything I can to help Ken win.

    I want Ken to win because I know he will make an excellent Governor of Virginia!

    Virginia needs his leadership at such a crucial time in our nation’s history.

    I want him to win for the sake of Virginia.

    That is why I am working so hard right now.  

    I know so many of you are working hard as well.  

    Ken is just one man. You multiply his efforts by reaching out to your friends, family members and neighbors about the importance of this election.

    For those of you who are already helping, thank you!

    If you have not yet helped, I am asking you today to please join us.

    If we sit this one out, then we concede victory to those who would open the door to the liberal policies we have worked so hard to hold back in Virginia.

    Please join us.

    As I write this, we have 27 days left to win this fight.  We cannot do this without you.

    May God continue to bless our nation and the Commonwealth of Virginia.


    Teiro Cuccinelli

    P.S.  If you haven’t done so recently, please visit the campaign website. It includes Ken’s accomplishments as Attorney General and his policy initiatives he plans to implement if he is elected.

    Most importantly, the website has a section entitled “The Truth about Ken” (at the bottom left on the homepage).  This section addresses every lie the McAliffe campaign has put out there about Ken, and then lays out the TRUTH. The TRUTH is so important.

    Please help us reach out to people with the truth.  See all the facts laid out at http://www.Cuccinelli.com.

  • aznew

    is the fact that over at the blog-that-dare-not-be-named, they are already speaking of Cuccinelli in the past tense, and have launched the post mortum on the campaign.

    That said, I still think this election is up in the air (although with McAuliffe clearly ahead). Plenty can still happen, and predicting turnout in the current volatile political environment is impossible.