It’s always rich when Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli attempts to tar and feather his political opponents with the very less-than-savory personal attributes that he himself possesses. Such was the case on Monday, when Cuccinelli jumped on a report alleging that Democratic Party candidate for governor, Terry McAuliffe, “pressured” a business group not to endorse the attorney general, calling McAuliffe a “bully.”
At a luncheon fundraiser, Cuccinelli said, “It was very un-Virginian, which might suit their candidate well. But that is not how politics should be done in Virginia. We saw an interesting example of what he [would] have to look forward to in a Gov. McAuliffe.” Yes, the prospects of a governor engaging in politics is truly frightening, Mr. Cuccinelli. Good observation!
What Cuccinelli bemoans as ‘bullying’ is nothing more than what the Western world calls politics. That’s right, when you play this game of ultimate secular power you’re in it to win it. If pressuring business groups is the worst offense that McAuliffe has committed on his pathway to Virginia’s Executive Mansion, I’m more than happy to lend him my support. God only knows how many devils Cuccinelli has sold his soul to in order to advance his odious political career.
Secondly, the “report” could be entirely false, something that the Cuccinelli campaign and Cuccinelli himself appear to have entirely discounted. Must be politics…
What is sad and amusing to me about Cuccinelli’s new political spectacle is that he’s attempting one of the oldest political tricks in the book: act like you’re winning, or going to be in the lead shortly, and spook your opponent. As has happened throughout the entire campaign for governor, however, Cuccinelli will somehow find a way to shoot himself in the foot (figuratively speaking, of course) and fall even farther down the rabbit hole of political obscurity.
Fortunately, Virginians don’t need to wait until Cuccinelli makes another verbal gaft or inappropriate behavior (e.g., taking thousands of dollars in stocks from a political donor, and…, and…). One only needs to look at this one fact: Cuccinelli has been running for Virginia governor while still acting as the attorney general of Virginia, an act that even the less-than-ethical Bob McDonnell said he wouldn’t do. If the ethics poster-boy, McDonnell, wouldn’t do it, what does that say about Cuccinelli?