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Ken Cuccinelli: “Tempting” to Take on Mark Warner in 2014

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If you can tolerate Ken Cuccinelli’s incessant (bitter, angry) whining in this Washington Post interview (e.g., he “bemoaned his treatment by the media,” claimed McAuliffe’s campaign “lied their way to this victory,” said “I got within 2 1/2 points when everything’s stacked against us and we were outspent by $15 million”), there’s actually one nugget of news that’s interesting, albeit laughable if you ask me.

In his first interview since Democrat Terry McAuliffe defeated him to become the state’s 72nd governor, Cuccinelli (R) said Monday that he finds the idea of challenging Warner “tempting” because of the troubled rollout of the federal health-care law, which the Democratic senator supported.

“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,’ ” Cuccinelli said. “Oh, really? You were the tiebreaking vote. . . . Mark Warner’s not going to have a cruise in 2014.

The question is, should Mark Warner – the most popular politician in Virginia for years now – be at all worried about Ken Cuccinelli, with his badly “underwater” favorable/unfavorable ratings, challenging him? I say, “no more than an incumbent should NEVER take reelection for granted.” What do you think?

P.S. Photo by Catherine S. Read.

  • unstablefan

    The ACA DOES allow you to keep your health insurance. It also allows health insurance companies to cancel your health insurance if its non-compliant.

    Health insurance companies, which are desperate to kill the ACA entirely (seeing as it caps how much of your money they can take as shareholder profit rather than spending it on benefits) are canceling plans and hoping no one notices that they are not required to cancel these plans.

    And no one seems to be noticing.

  • hrprogressive

    Warner doesn’t run some horse-before-the-cart Martha Coakley style campaign, he’ll wipe the floor with The Cooch.

    Warner’s popularity, intelligence, and ability to take positions that aren’t nearly as slimy as Ken The Whiner’s will make his re-election a cakewalk.

    Of course, he should not act as if it’s a cakewalk. He should brutally destroy a Cooch campaign, to make a statement.

    64-34, Warner. That would be excellent.

  • RossPatterson

    When Cuccinelli says “I got within 2 1/2 points when everything’s stacked against us and we were outspent by $15 million“, he’s speaking the truth.  

    Everything was stacked against him – he has a lousy record, he joins the bat@#%$-crazy side of every argument, etc..  And he was outspent.  And even then, he got so close that without Robert Sarvis, we might be calling him Governor-elect Cuccinelli.  Put whatever spin you like on that 2 1/2 points, but it says that despite everything we want to believe, Cuccinelli is electable.  

    If I were Warner, I’d be paying attention to what a guy who can pull out a narrow loss with that much going against him is saying.  Warner has things going for him that McAuliffe didn’t – he’s the incumbent, he’s more popular among non-strong-Democrats, etc..  But McAuliffe is more of a deep-blue Democrat that Warner, and that seemed to motivate us to get him over the finish line.  It would be foolish to expect that Warner can sail back into office next year.

  • Elaine in Roanoke

    Mark Warner is several built-in advantages that Cuccinelli could never overcome.

    1. He is remembered as a very successful governor who worked across the aisle to get things done. Of course, that was before the bats**t crazies in the GOP drove out all the centrists from their midst.

    2. Money will be no problem for him.

    3. The very things that have made many Democrats frustrated with Mark Warner will make him formidable as a candidate – his well-known emphasis on “bipartisanship” and conservative fiscal positions. (He might well have ole Saxby Chambliss come and campaign with him.) In my estimation, Warner probably comes closest to mirroring the views of the average Virginia voter than any other Democrat holding office in the state right now.  

    4. IN 2008 Mark Warner carried every congressional district in the state, including the 5th, the 6th, and the 9th – 63% in “coal country.” Without big numbers in those three districts, Republicans can’t win. Democrats can win even without big numbers there.

    5. If the Republicans think that the big issue in November 2014 is going to be the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act and individual insurance policies being cancelled, they are more delusional than even I believe they are. A year is a long time, Americans have an attention span of about 30 seconds, and the media is even worse. By January, all the media hand-wringing will be about the upcoming budget battle and the next looming shutdown, with the talking heads desperately looking for ways to make all of it Barack Obama’s fault..

  • Elaine in Roanoke

    Warner

    Mark Warner is several built-in advantages that Cuccinelli could never overcome.

    1. He is remembered as a very successful governor who worked across the aisle to get things done. Of course, that was before the bats**t crazies in the GOP drove out all the centrists from their midst.

    2. Money will be no problem for him.

    3. The very things that have made many Democrats frustrated with Mark Warner will make him formidable as a candidate – his well-known emphasis on “bipartisanship” and conservative fiscal positions. (He might well have ole Saxby Chambliss come and campaign with him.) In my estimation, Warner probably comes closest to mirroring the views of the average Virginia voter than any other Democrat holding office in the state right now.  

    4. IN 2008 Mark Warner carried every congressional district in the state, including the 5th, the 6th, and the 9th – 63% in “coal country.” Without big numbers in those three districts, Republicans can’t win. Democrats can win even without big numbers there.

    5. If the Republicans think that the big issue in November 2014 is going to be the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act and individual insurance policies being cancelled, they are more delusional than even I believe they are. A year is a long time, Americans have an attention span of about 30 seconds, and the media is even worse. By January, all the media hand-wringing will be about the upcoming budget battle and the next looming shutdown, with the talking heads desperately looking for ways to make all of it Barack Obama’s fault.