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Video: Ken Cuccinelli Surrounded by Security at Book Signing in Tysons Corner

by: lowkell

Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 15:31:23 PM EST


I just got back from Ken Cuccinelli's book signing at the Barnes & Noble in Tysons Corner (and no, I wouldn't buy one of his books if it was the last book on earth, I was stranded on a desert island, and I was absolutely desperate for something - anything! - to read). There was a long line of people waiting to get their book signed, including several members of the anti-Cuccinelli group Cooch Watch 2013. What I found perhaps most interesting was how anxious Cuccinelli obviously was to keep the public from asking him questions in a freewheeling fashion (e.g., as in a normal book reading/Q&A session). Also, I was surprised how much security there was (note that it was already pretty secure being deep inside a large shopping mall, with no direct access from the street, and with no ability for anyone to protest right outside the store), including people standing to Cuccinelli's left and right. I asked one of them if he was with the campaign, he said "no sir." I asked him if he was with the book store, he said "no sir." And that was that. Who the heck knows, but they made it VERY clear that they wanted nobody getting anywhere near Cuccinelli, unless they had bought a book and were willing to proceed, one at a time (under watchful eyes of security) to have the book signed. Hmmmm.

P.S. Also, see the "flip" for a photo of the "Cooch Watch" folks at the event by Gail Gordon Donegan. As Gail colorfully describes the scene: "Waiting in line with tea partiers is strange. The men look sociopathic and the women look broken. They all have haunted eyes." I simply can't understand how anyone in their right (as in "sane," not politically "right") mind could support this extremist, theocratic, anti-LGBT, anti-women, science denying sockpuppet of the Koch brothers. Of course, this is the mindset we're dealing with. Ugh.

P.P.S. Gail Gordon Donegan adds, "Cooch deflected my friend's questions about Medicare and Social Security, and he wouldn't even entertain my questions about abortion and the First Amendment. So, there you have it. He stayed about one hour."

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Can't allow too much liberty... (0.00 / 0)
...at a signing for a book allegedly about liberty.

Actions do speak louder than words, don't they?

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So, do you have conservative friends and family? (0.00 / 0)
 "Waiting in line with tea partiers is strange. The men look sociopathic and the women look broken. They all have haunted eyes."

Ok. I am not a believer in the Tea Party worldview, and I think the AG has some definite personality flaws. But comments like this make it sound like you can't understand why anyone would ever have different beliefs from you, which is awfully arrogant. Not everyone that IDs as conservative is some kind of dupe or insane person. We're all products of our environment. Is it really necessary to take criticizing political opponents to the extent of saying they are all sociopaths or bad people.

I can't understand anyone who doesn't have friends of different persuasions. Only someone like that would say a thing like this. It's mean, and tit for tat is a pretty pathetic platform to run on.

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Who is "you?" That was not my comment/observation, (0.00 / 0)
although I thought it was interesting so I passed it along. Having said that, I really wonder what's wrong with people who are so angry, ignorant, bigoted, etc. as the Tea Partiers generally are.  And yes, I've got family (in laws) who went over to the dark side, and I seriously wonder what happened to them.

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Of course, I do stand by my own comments (0.00 / 0)
"I simply can't understand how anyone in their right (as in 'sane,' not politically 'right') mind could support this extremist, theocratic, anti-LGBT, anti-women, science denying sockpuppet of the Koch brothers."

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One final point. (0.00 / 0)
I presume you find the Teahadists to be "arrogant" when they constantly demonize anyone who doesn't think like they do, for instance all Democrats and progressives as commies, Marxists, nutjobs, fascists, etc, etc.

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Of course. Your point? (0.00 / 0)
Can you seriously not understand why people would believe things very different from you (even if it's the exact opposite)? I don't get why so many posts here are just "REPUBLICANS BE SO CRAZY AND EVIL" as opposed to trying to sell good ideas. That is, of course, my opinion.

Of course, this does not apply if this is satire.

I just don't get what it accomplishes to use the same crappy ad hominem that they use.  

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I can understand it, I just think it's heinous. (0.00 / 0)
Also, I completely reject the false equivalence between hateful right-wing/Tea Party style beliefs (anti-LGBT, anti-woman, anti-environment, etc.) and anything progressives, Democrats, or even more mainstream/traditional Republicans believe.

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This is Gail (0.00 / 0)
I have many Republican friends & family members. Fact is, the fanclub of Cooch is made up of weirdos. You had to be there to see it. I recognized one guy. I'd seen him get ejected from a Dem rally for heckling.  

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Tea Party = A different breed of Republicans (0.00 / 0)
Paba, Lowell, Teddy, I and others have talked about the days when we used to work with and respect some Republicans or in some cases, even be Republicans.  I once long ago interned for a GOP member of Congress, because she was excellent on the environment and moderate overall.

Today's breed, particularly since the Tea Party takeover, are different.  It really is hard for me to respect or understand people who will pass legislation through the House of Delegates condemning a UN resolution on sustainability as it were some kind of shadowy conspiracy.  All I can say is that they appear to be driven by fear of a changing world and are retreating into a defensive crouch, lost in these sort of bizarre visions rather than engaging with the world rationally.

As I indicated in my comments on the Gerson/Wehner Commentary piece in the diary below, I would genuinely welcome the return of a sane, reasonable Republican party.  But in the meantime, we need to fight and crush this current wave of delusional fanatics, because they represent a real and present threat to America and the world.

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Exactly. And it has absolutely nothing to do with "arrogance," (0.00 / 0)
it has to do with our intense desire for survival: of our values (life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, equality of opportunity), of our democracy, of ourselves and our families, of our planet. Either "this current wave of delusional fanatics" - as you put it, 100% correctly - loses, or we are all totally screwed. My question to the Republican Party, of which I used to belong (heck, I even attended a Ronald Reagan rally back in 1979 or 1980 in Connecticut with the Teenage Republicans - TARs): why are you allowing your once-great party to be destroyed by a band of tinfoil-hat, John Birch Society wackos? Why don't you fight to take back your party for sane people who simply believe in mainstream values like a strong America, individual liberty, maintaining the best aspects of tradition while moving forward as the world changes, encouraging entrepreneurship, etc?  

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Video: Cooch Dodges Questions on Social Security, Medicare, Abortion (0.00 / 0)


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