Yes indeed, Terry McAuliffe has been no Captain Planet during his gubernatorial campaign in Virginia, defining his opponent’s views on environmental issues instead of shining the spotlight on his own. But leave it to our so called progressive-minded friends at The Washington Post to criticize the Democratic Party candidate for his catty aversion to nailing himself down to many specific environment policies.
According to The Post, “But when pressed for detail about his own views, McAuliffe often sticks to broad outlines. Four years after his first run for governor, the Democrat has backed away from his opposition to coal-fired power, and he has newly embraced offshore drilling.” Indeed, one is truly hard-pressed to understand why a candidate for Virginia’s highest executive office would shield his ‘green’ views on the environment from an electorate who, on the whole, seems bafflingly uninterested in environmental issues.
It’s truly unfortunate that political candidates like McAuliffe feel the need to shy away from reasonable environmental policies for fear of sinking their campaigns, but that’s the way it is in Virginia. What would The Washington Post have Mr. McAuliffe do, break down into a lyrical rapture about how great clean energy is? He was the owner of a “green” automobile company. I think we can discern how Mr. McAuliffe feels about ‘greening’ Virginia.
Not even The Washington Post could stand a four year governorship by Ken Cuccinelli, the sultan of extreme hypocrisy and radical positions. The Washington Post might have a lot more gubernatorial headlines to cover were Cuccinelli elected, but this Janus-faced monolith would no doubt write scathing rebuttal after rebuttal in what would become a conservative harem for Cuccinelli’s far-right fantasies.
If anyone at the Post truly believes that Cuccinelli would be a boon for Virginia in any way, I would love to debate them. In this contest for governor, the choice is clear who is the better candidate, even if McAuliffe hasn’t been as forthcoming about his environmental views as Virginians (and the Post) would like him to be.