Skip to comments.Why Most Postmortems of Virginia’s Gubernatorial Race Are Wrong
Posted on 11/13/2013 5:52:03 AM PST by 1010RD
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9 points is 9 points, per Breitbart and Rush Limbaugh.
But why did they dislike him? (Although that word is inaccurate when applied to the situation).
Cuccinelli is strongly against raising taxes. Some moderate Republicans saw Terry McAuliffe as the person they could "work" with, deal with, get a piece of the gravy train. I remember a FR thread from months ago which claimed McAuliffe bought off Republican businessmen in the Hampton Roads area. Sure enough, the Repub mayor of Virginia Beach appeared in a campaign ad for McAuliffe.
The Chamber of Commerce spent a million dollars McDonnell four years ago; they didn't give a dime to Cuccinelli.
Eric Cantor's former chief of staff actively assisted the McAuliffe campaign. And Bill Bolling, our SOB of a lieutenant governor, refused to support Cuccinelli....rumor was the he was helping McA.
So, as you see, it had nothing to do with Cuccinelli's fitness as a candidate. As Limbaugh said, Ken is a solid Reagan conservative. But his campaign was swamped by the old Republican boys' network, the lack of support from the RNC, and a whispering campaign started by the leadership of the GOP that he was a dangerous right-wing extremist.
>> Cuccinelli failed to get the same level of support from the normally Republican voting groups
Yet, Cooch got damn close despite the GOP’s lackluster support.
Vote out the RINOs in 2014!
>> That’s the bottom line. He was a badly flawed candidate. If you can’t beat an odious creep like McAuliffe
Nonsense. Cooch was heavily outspent, received tepid support from the GOP, and was knee-capped by the Dem plant, Sarvis. He was also falsely accused of avoiding Cruz by the MSM.
Cooch lost because the GOP wanted him to lose.
It is a testament to who they are that they would allow a creep like McAuliffe to be elected instead of a guy who exemplifies the ideas to which they have given lip service lo these many years.
Nine points of a segment is not nine points of the total.
They’re not going to support a guy who says, “I’m coming to destroy you.” At the same time where was the TEA Party money? I think Ken ran a poor campaign.
Too many FReepers want to see a bogey monster behind each set back. Instead it’s sometimes how we frame the issue, sometimes it’s the candidate, and we have to admit that and work with it.
An example of that was Ted Cruz on Jay Leno’s show. He knew he was in enemy territory, Cruz gave solid answers to a hostile questioner who’s normally as soft as the Pillsbury Dough Boy with his guest, and, I believe, Cruz came off looking pretty reasonable.
On the other hand, when Todd Akin stumbled with his “legitimate rape” statement he simply shot himself in the foot. Cuccinelli did the same thing. He was dodging around trying to “be” something. He, and every candidate, need to “do” something. He wasn’t ready for prime time.
TEA Party candidates have to be professional and have to run a campaign that is tight and focused. I believe they’ll do best in House Districts, not statewide or nationally. If you are thinking of running or know a potential candidate, then send ‘em to school: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org/
I don’t think so. Cuccinelli didn’t know what he wanted to “be”, bounced around, and eventually settled on Obamacare, after running from the government “shutdown”.
Take a look at how Ted Cruz has handled both. One speaks to sloppiness and the other fundamental ideals and professionalism.
If your campaign is broke, then your candidacy is flawed. If you are going to thumb your nose at the GOP-e/RNC (and I can understand why Cuccinelli would want to do that) then you have to motivate the Tea Party to step up and write the big checks necessary to counter McAuliffe and the DNC.
Take a look at the raw numbers:
The election was too close to not blame Cuccinelli for the loss. Better fundraising, more thoughtful and diplomatic campaign, a candidate that didn’t fumble early and often, etc.
Compare his performance to Cruz’s. If Cuccinelli had hammered on Obamacare the entire time, he’d have pulled it off. If he hadn’t scared the GOPe, he’d have gotten more money. He looked sloppy and goofy from the start.
Fine for some items (remember Clinton and Sister Souljah?), but not for others. Cuccinelli won Independents, marrieds, whites, but still lost. Take a look at the numbers in the article and what do you see?
The campaign was broke, and it’s the filth in the RNC who are flawed (although I can think of more accurate, less polite terms).
No matter what excuses you try to make, there are none for a candidate’s own party abandoning him financially. With the huge influx of money from Bloomberg and other out-of-state Democrats, there is no way Cuccinelli could have begun to compete.
Cruz is the gold standard but much mayhem and evil helped terry mcawful.
Did Romney lose in Virginia?