Another Cuccinelli Contradiction & the Illusion of Grandeur


    Cross-posted from that paragon of journalism and reporting Richmond Progressive Examiner.

    In the first edition of tales from a sore loser, Virginia Attorney General and loser of November 5th’s race for governor, Ken Cuccinelli, suggested that Sen. Mark Warner will be vulnerable during the 2014 election because of the perceived flaws of the healthcare reform legislation. In other words, Cuccinelli could be positioning himself for a senatorial run against Mark Warner in 2014.

    According to Cuccinelli, “There is no such thing as an unendangered Democrat who promised, as Mark Warner did, on video, sitting in his Senate office, ‘I would not vote for a health-care plan that doesn’t let you keep health insurance you like.’ ” On the other hand, there is no such thing as an unendangered Republican who compares abortion to slavery.

    Unfortunately, Cuccinelli may not have learned much from his gubernatorial loss to Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe. Fortunately for Virginia, Cuccinelli may not have learned much from his gubernatorial loss to Terry McAuliffe.

    Instead of graciously accepting his defeat in the November 5th election, Cuccinelli sounds like a man deeply embittered by a ‘race’ he apparently thought he should have won. In his interview with the Washington Post, Cuccinelli claimed McAuliffe lied his way to victory.

    Cuccinelli also went on to say, “Truth still has a lot of value, but apparently it’s somewhere between zero and $15 million.” It’s ironic that Republican politicians only find money to be a bad thing when it’s used against them. And if Cuccinelli thinks the gubernatorial race witnessed a large infusion of greenbacks, he might be astonished by the amount of money that could flow into Sen. Mark Warner’s coffers during his reelection bid.

    Cuccinelli didn’t lose the race for governor due to any nefarious methods used by McAuliffe or any corrupt out-of-state cash for favors bargains. Cuccinelli lost the election because Virginians don’t want a governor who is more interested in writing books and grandstanding than serving the public interests. Virginians don’t want a governor more interested in dividing the political parties than finding a common ground. Cuccinelli lost because Cuccinelli is…Cuccinelli, and if he runs against Mark Warner, Cuccinelli may once again prove to be his own worst enemy.  

    • Elaine in Roanoke

      If Republicans believe that a lousy roll-out of the Affordable Care Act is going to be the big issue in November 2014, they are more delusional than I thought they were. The next big issues will be Iran and a possible resolution (or not) of the nuclear threat there, the upcoming budget fight, and yet another threat by Tea Crazies to default on U.S. debt. If the ACA were such a potent issue the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee wouldn’t have just reported record fundraising for 2014.

    • ConsDemo

      The supposedly left-wing media has done as much to keep the ACA unpopular as anything the GOP has done, with their constant drumbeat of stories about every problem, big or small.  Heck they might has well be an arm of the GOP.   I don’t think it will lead to Kook beating Warner, but I can see why the GOPer see it as a reason for optimism.