Skip to comments.Cuccinelli advisor blames Bobby Jindal, RGA for defeat: ‘They just blew it’
Posted on 11/07/2013 9:04:59 AM PST by Zhang Fei
Bobby Jindal and his political team totally blew it, harrumphed one advisor for Ken Cuccinelli the morning after a closer-than-expected loss.
Cuccinelli, who narrowly lost last nights gubernatorial election to Terry McAuliffe, was badly outspent in the days and weeks leading up to the election. The New York Times Jonathan Martin described Cuccinellis plight as having been close to abandoned at the end. He was. As Politicos James Hohmann reported, The Republican National Committee spent about $3 million on Virginia this year, compared to $9 million in the 2009. And as the Roanoke Times noted, in 2009, the Chamber of Commerce spent $973,000 on Bob McDonnell, but [t]his year, the chamber gave Cuccinelli nothing.
But it was the Republican Governors Association (RGA) and chairman Bobby Jindal who drew the most ire from a Cuccinelli advisor I spoke to on Wednesday morning this, despite the fact that the RGA spent millions on the race.
Bobby Jindals presidential campaign is over, said the Cuccinelli advisor. He screwed this up so bad. And I dont know why. The campaign knew it was moving numbers over ObamaCare. And the RGA was not very far from that information, they could have obtained it themselves, the advisor continued. They should have given the money to the campaign to spend as opposed to running these stupid China ads. They just blew it.
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The results of the Virginia election should be enough to cause a revolt within the GOP. But nothing will come of it.
Don’t know the detail about RGA.
It’s not like RNC wasting money on Christie instead, is it?
I sympathize with Cuccinelli. But Reagan was portrayed as a wild-eyed crazy by the media every time he ran for office. When he went up against Carter in 1980, he was slammed as a senile old crazy who would get us all killed in a nuclear war. He won anyway. Politicians win because of superior political skills, not their political views. Cuccinelli went through trial by election, and was found wanting. Superior politicians anticipate everything, look for ways to respond effectively within their resource constraints and find a way to win.
I don’t blame the RGA as much as the RNC but then again we need to start blaming ourselves because if we want candidates that aren’t owned by big money interests and who represent us and not those interests then it is WE who will need to fund them. It doesn’t mean we even have to cut big checks. The power is in numbers. There are millions of conservatives and constitutionalists in America and if we can’t each donate $5 to $10 a piece a month on the one most pinnacle race in this election season then there is something wrong with us. There were 2 races that deserved our attention the Lonegan race and the Cuccinelli race and it wasn’t till right at the last weeks of the race did either of the races get the attention they needed. While Lonegan was a true longshot Cuccinelli could’ve been a slamdunk and even Lonegan would’ve probably won had the selfish bastard at the top of the ticket had scheduled the election on the same day as the Governor’s race.
Sure the establishment is to blame for screwing up the GOP party but we need to realize that those that have screwed it up are benefiting from it and will not help us fix it because it means they lose their power. Very few in the top echelons really believe in individual liberty and true constitutional governance which is why they won’t run on it.
This loss belongs to the GOPe, its what they wanted.
There isn’t going to be a comeback. Ken, unfortunately, is finished. The GOP-e rejected him, and the Grassroots cannot support him by himself.
I think Christie is an army of one. After the high-profile way in which he shivved Romney by embracing Obama, and his complete lack of coattails in NJ, it's hard to see how he's gonna get anything but the cold shoulder from GOP officeholders nationwide. It's not as if the base is pressuring GOP officials to help Christie - the pressure is to tar and feather the guy.
The RGA should have let Cuccinelli's team spend money as they see fit. Running China ads were quite stupid -- and something Jindal would likely endorse.
Jindal is my Governor. Jindal has foolish ambitions to be President.
Jindal can best be described as a technocrat. He has never had any private sector experience.
Jindal can parrot Conservative principles at times, but it is just an intellectual exercise on his part.
Unoke, Cruz, Mike Lee and Palin, Jindal does not have Conservatism in his DNA.
Reagan found a way to work with the moderates without repudiating his principles. His 11th commandment was common sense. Airing your dirty laundry vis-a-vis senior party figures in public burns bridges and doesn't advance your political career. That's why he never did it. Whether it's Cuccinelli venting or his advisors, they're doing his political future no favors.
I bet the RGA had marching orders from the RNC to squash this Tea Party moment to clear the way for a Christie 2016 run.
Bobby Jindal: The system corrupts them faster than we can vote them out. Only the states can restore America:
Not wasted to them - stockpiled for 2016.
I’m done with the GOP.
I blame the voters in Virginia. You get the government you vote for...and I hope it HURTS!
That's what my buddy the rabid Mets fan used to say about his team at the end of every dismal season. But he always made sure his next season ticket order went in on time.
Sadly this is a big part of GOP politics. Big egos that don’t listen and are tone deaf to the voters. I had this very thing happen in my last campaign I ran, the firm hired by the SMF basically ran ads that were totally out of kilter to what would reach the voters.
Not to argue over politicians, but another 7 million bucks, well spent, would have made a big difference.
The advisor isn’t named, who is it and why should I believe this story?
Could this guy be one of the 4% of Republicans that voted for McAuliffe?
However, The METs were an organized group with an objective.
I agree. Its hard not to notice that Christie is all about himself. He should’ve been walking on the beach with Romney not Obama. He should’ve been out there campaigning for Lonegan not trying to maintain a bromance with Booker from afar. I can’t think of one GOP candidate that Christie has helped and stuck his neck out for. Romney to his credit did that over and over again even for Tea Party candidates. Christie is going to find himself very lonely if he doesn’t start looking beyond himself and what’s good for him politically. His behavior to this point makes it impossible for me to even consider him. I can not support a candidate that is acting as a party of one.
“But........but..........he can win.”
Hey give the guy a break. He could consumed alot of hamburgers on the campaign trail.
Tea Party Conservatives cannot depend on the Republican Party. Period.
Why would he care. The Republicans have just joined forces with the Democrats FULLY and declared war against anyone who will not pass socialist, communist, fascist and amnesty legislation.
Sure. Blame us. Blame the people who never saw ONE mailout or heard or saw ONE ad. I heard last minute ads for E.W. Jackson and Mark Obenshain, but NEVER heard a Cuccinelli ad during the entire campaign. . . .
When most people keep hearing that Ken was EVIL INCARNATE (Literally McAuliffe and allied mailing claimed he’d outlaw all birth control, and jail women who miscarry. . . ), and zero pushback from the Cuccinelli campaign. . .
Christie is all personality- if he were a food item he’d be a jumbo package of Sugar Babies, much like the Kenyan.
We don’t need a third party.
WE NEED A SECOND PARTY!
Socialist northern Virginia gets the most blame.
I think there are a lot of conservatives who have assumed that Cuccinelli has what it takes to be a big time pol. It's quite possible that he has spent his entire career riding the political coattails of someone further up the food chain. And when he ran out of coattails to hold on to, he crashed. Just because someone shares our views doesn't mean he has political talent or charisma.
They are telling it like it is and it is the old RNC that needs to become extinct.
He's blasting away at Republicans who were no help and won't be in the future.
If he ever wins office it will be in spite of these people.
If the RNC and the RGA are pulling money on conservative candidates in winnable elections then it is certainly important to "air" the problem.
“Cuccinelli went through trial by election, and was found wanting. Superior politicians anticipate everything, look for ways to respond effectively within their resource constraints and find a way to win. “
Are you Jindal or Preibus ?
You are unbelievable with your rationalizations.
Both the RNC and apparently the RGA underfunded the Cuch campaign. Please stop with the excuses.
So he should have run as a Clinton?
You could be a spokesperson for Tokyo Rove for all we know.
We can go back and forth about who's making the excuses all the day long. At the end of the day, it's Cuccinelli who's returning to the private sector. McAuliffe probably got a blank check from the DGA because he is a longstanding Democratic party bigwig and had lots of favors to call in. Cuccinelli is personally a good guy and I agree with his entire political platform. But he's no Terry McAuliffe - it was always going to be tough for Cuccinelli because of McAuliffe's experience, resources and political savvy. Sleazeball he might be, but a politically-skilled sleazeball.
That was and will be the only way for a conservative to prevail over the RINOs.
This has nothing to do with his political positions and everything to do with how he deployed his resources. Political races don't just involve posturing over the issues of the day - it's running a massive project with a fixed deadline in November. Fundraising. What issues to emphasize. What media outlets to focus on. Reagan won not because he was conservative. He won because he knew how to work the levers. How to manipulate the media into giving him free coverage over issues that made him look good. Who to talk to. What to talk about. What not to talk about. When to talk about it. How to talk about it. The media used to hammer him for being evasive whenever he gave a stock or evasive answer to questions he perceived as paved with land mines. But that's the difference between a political genius like Reagan and someone like Cuccinelli - Reagan is like a chess grandmaster who can see ten moves ahead, whereas Cuccinelli is playing checkers.
A third party is coming. It’s symbol will be a flush handle.
I just went to RNC website and gave them a piece of my mind. Someone else on FR recommended doing so.
I don’t see how can any Tea Party conservative, who has said that he or she would NEVER vote for a “moderate” Republican, can then complain that a lack of “support” from “moderate” Republicans caused a Tea Party conservative candidate to lose an election.
Sorry... Loyalty is a two-way street. Conservatives and moderates CAN defeat Obama’s socialists — but ONLY if we work TOGETHER.
Did anyone on Cuccinelli’s staff try to persuade the Libertarian candidate to withdraw? No? THAT would have given Cuccinelli the win.
Did Cuccinelli “push back” hard on the “Tea Party war on women” charge? No?
Attempted blame-shifting is soooo Obama...
do you really think that the Libertarian candidate, funded by an OBAMA bundler, would be subject to persuasion by Cuccinelli? on what planet?
freaking RON PAUL was in the state campaigning for Cuccinelli, if anyone was going to persuade Sarvis to drop out, it would have been him. i have to believe that was done by either ron or rand paul, BOTH of whom were stomping for cuccinelli.
Funny the establishment liberals of the GOP have no problem violating the 11th commandment but that is normal with liberals, as they tell you that you must play by these asinine rules that we have established and of course they are exempt from those very same rules. And when one team plays by the rules and the other has a free hand to do as they please we know what the results will be.
What if anything does Cuccinelli owe the liberals of the GOP? They burned the bridges, not him.
A lot of the material fed to the media about Reagan & Co being crazies came from the moderates. John Anderson, a Republican, ran as an independent just to stick it to Reagan. The Bush campaign came up with the phrase "voodoo economics". Yet Reagan held his tongue. There are a lot of things that are cathartic to do, but ultimately amount to digging a deeper hole.
"Fresh" enemies? Apparently the RNC already considers itself an enemy of Cuccinelli and conservatives everywhere.
by blasting away at Republicans whose help he might need for a comeback?"
LOL, they ditched him when he needed them most; why would anyone think they'd help him at some future date?
Oh brother. The conservative base has been delivering for the party for decades.
Save the 'loyalty' lecture for the "moderates". They're the ones sabotaging conservative candidates.