Conservative Republican Virginia Paper Rips Cuccinelli as “conservative extremist”

Conservative Republican Virginia Paper Rips Cuccinelli as “conservative extremist”

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To me, one of the most amazing things about this election has been watching Ken Cuccinelli run just a godawful campaign. Wasn’t this the guy who, even if he’s nuts and extreme, was supposedly a great “retail politician,” blah blah blah? Well, you’d never have guessed it from this campaign, which has been a fiasco from beginning to end, pretty much. That includes losing “gimme” endorsements that they absolutely should have had, that basically ANY other Republican (except perhaps for Cuccinelli’s wacko/extremist ticketmates) would have had, such as from the Richmond/Republican Times-Dispatch. This morning, we have yet another example of this phenonemon, as the Lynchburg News & Advance –  essentially a 100% pro-Republican newspaper – utterly RIPS Ken Cuccinelli.  Before you read the juicy stuff, keep in mind that this is a paper which endorsed George W. Bush in 2004; Jerry Kilgore in 2005, McCain/Palin 2008, McDonnell/Bolling/CUCCINELLI in 2009, and Romney/Ryan in 2012. In sum, the Lynchburg News & Advance never met a Republican it didn’t like – including Ken Cuccinelli himself in 2009. But after four years of watching him as Attorney General, not to mention the 10 months or so watching his horrendous campaign for governor, the News & Advance has these choice words for Cuccinelli. Enjoy! :)

By its very definition, a governor has to govern…A governor should not be an ideologue who hews to his my-way-or-the-highway, I-am-always-right agenda at the expense of leading.

Cuccinelli, to be blunt, is a conservative extremist

Lots more on the “flip.”

…and history has shown us time and again that extremists of any political stripe are not good for the body politic. The recent shutdown of the federal government and the debt ceiling debacle of 2011 that resulted in the first-ever credit downgrade of the United States are ample evidence.

Unlike any other governor in modern Virginia history save for Democrat Doug Wilder, Cuccinelli is also a politician who has proven he will do what is best for himself and his personal political standing rather than what is good for Virginia or Virginians. His attempt to sabotage Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation plan is only the most brazen, most recent example. Nor does he do what’s in the best interest of his own party: His machinations of summer 2012 to change the nomination process from a primary to a convention and stab Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling in the back are what’s led to the looming civil war in the state GOP.

We’ve seen the damage political extremism can do in Washington. Perpetual gridlock. Critical issues not being addressed because politicians refuse to compromise or make deals … to govern. And America has been harmed as a result.

We don’t need that same mindset in the governor’s office in Richmond.

From fiscal matters to social issues, Cuccinelli has proven himself to be an uncompromising ideologue. Taxes, support for public education, civil rights, women’s issues: The attorney general is dead-certain that what he believes is correct, that those who disagree with him are wrong and must be vanquished. It may make for good fundraising letters, but it does not make for effective governing.

I’ve now seen it all: a conservative Republican newspaper ripping the Republican nominee for governor no less than we do here at Blue Virginia. Will wonders never cease?

  • herekitty

    The RTD (and now News & Advance) were both previously owned by Media General, a really conservative company (Eric Cantor’s wife is on the board.) Last year, Media General sold off all of its newspapers to Berkshire Hathaway, so I’m wondering if the new ownership had any effect on the endorsements this year. As awful as Cooch/Jackson/Obenshain are, I was still a little surprised that they didn’t get an automatic endorsement from the RTD and N&A.

    (Full disclosure/FWIW, I used to work at the N&A – it’s SOOO conservative which is why I was surprised!)

  • JLAnderson

    As the Opinion page editor, I just want to clarify a couple of things and add some information.

    First, the fact that we are owned by Warren Buffett’s BH Media had absolutely nothing to do with who we chose to endorse … or NOT endorse, as the case may be … in the governor’s race. Absolutely, positively nothing.

    Second, we have endorsed Democrats in the past, namely Democrat Connie Britton over Republican Mark Farris in the 59th House District to succeed Del. Wat Abbitt in 2011, Democrat Bert Dodson over Republican Tom Garrett in the 22nd Senate District in 2011, incumbent Democrat Shannon Valentine over Republican Garrett in the old 23rd House District in 2011 and Democrat Mark Warner over Republican Jim Gilmore for the U.S. Senate in 2008.

    Third, if you read the entire gubernatorial edit, you’ll notice we also “ripped” — Blue Virginia’s terminology, not mine — Democrat Terry McAuliffe, too.

    Thanks for the opportunity to respond.

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

    So sad, Cuccinelli out of money…maybe he should ask Jonnie Williams for another loan or a $1,000 turkey dinner at least ? Heh. Oh, or Cooch could ask his friends at CONSOL, when they’re not busy ripping off Southwest Virginia landowners, for another $100k or so to his campaign. LOL

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

    The least crazy one in this photo of crazy Rand Paul and just-as-crazy Ken Cuccinelli? Yep, the chair! LOL