Bolling drops out of the 2013 running for VA governor; Cuccinelli on deck

posted at 4:21 pm on November 28, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Things are looking pretty darn good for Gov. Chris Christie’s reelection bid in New Jersey, and things are taking shape in next year’s only other gubernatorial race, too: Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling announced in a statement on Wednesday that he won’t be running for Virginia’s governorship after all.

For the past seven years I have had the honor of serving as Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor, and it had been my intention to seek the Republican Party’s nomination for Governor in 2013.  However, not everything we want in life is meant to be. …

Four years ago I decided to set my personal ambition to be Governor aside and join with Bob McDonnell to create a united Republican ticket. …

I had hoped that Attorney General Cuccinelli and I would be able to form that same kind of united Republican ticket in 2013.  However, late last year Mr. Cuccinelli unexpectedly announced that he intended to challenge me for the Republican Party’s nomination for Governor.

Bolling went on to explain his erstwhile confidence that he could defeat Cuccinelli for the Republican spot in a statewide primary, but this year’s rule-change to a closed-party convention nomination process changed the campaign’s dynamics too much to overcome, and would’ve drummed up a lot of nastiness:

I know how divisive conventions can be, and I was concerned that a prolonged campaign between Mr. Cuccinelli and me could create deep divisions within our party.  The convention process would have forced Republican activists to take sides against their friends in local committees all across our state.  The wounds that can develop from that type of process are often difficult to heal.

Says Jennifer Rubin:

If that strikes you as a little bitter, it’s not without cause. Bolling was the dutiful Republican and got trounced by a more ambitious pol who is better connected to the conservative base. A GOP insider in Richmond told me that Bolling “just couldn’t see a way to win in a convention.” That is both a function of his low-key demeanor and lack of conservative panache and of Cuccinelli’s masterful playing of the right wing.

So, the way is officially cleared for Cuccinelli, often called the much more fiery, right-wing candidate… and you know what that means, guys. Get ready, fellow Virginians: Remember all those lovely war-on-wimmenses/abortion/equal pay/etc- themed radio ads and commercials aimed at George Allen and Mitt Romney to which we were so recently treated? Aw, yeah:

Memo: Cuccinelli-Akin-Mourdock Politics on the Ballot in 2013

On November 6th, 2012 voters in Virginia and across the country chose results-oriented Democrats like President Obama and Tim Kaine to serve them in Washington. One of the key takeaways of last year’s elections was Americans’ widespread rejection the divisive agenda of politicians like Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, who made national headlines and alienated voters in their states and across the country. The high profile losses of hyper-partisan Tea Party candidates are instructive as Virginia Republicans prepare to nominate Ken Cuccinelli for Governor in 2013.  While Cuccinelli was not on the 2012 ballot, his extreme and divisive ideology was and it lost by wide margins in Republican states.

Unfortunately, the evidence would suggest that Virginians’ social sensibilities do tend to be at least somewhat susceptible to these “hyper-partisan” types of attacks, especially with the state’s better-than-the-national-average economy. I think the Democrats were hoping that a bruising primary between Bolling and Cuccinelli would do a lot of the work for them, but if they had to choose, I’m sure they would’ve picked Cuccinelli as the easier target — he’s going to have to play it smart.


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I hope he hands out contraceptives, because thats the only thing women care about.

ChunkyLover on November 28, 2012 at 4:27 PM

What little I know about Cuccinelli, I like the guy.

UltimateBob on November 28, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Gov. Terry McAuliffe! You heard here first.

Salahuddin on November 28, 2012 at 4:30 PM

We are going to lose the VA Governor’s race, and hard.

Cuccinelli doesn’t have a chance in hell of defeating Terry MacAuliffe, not with his hard-right socon profile. MacAuliffe’s biggest sin is being BFFs with the Clintons — which isn’t even really a negative to most voters anymore (including most GOP voters). MacAuliffe is pretty unctuous, and this could be a problem for him, but Cuccinelli’s wildly unappealing socon stances and overbearing way of putting them forward is going to crush him in NoVA and the swing counties like Loudon and Prince William.

Meanwhile, Bolling would have easily won the race, and is pretty much equally as conservative.

Another own-goal for the self-defeatingly stupid Virginia GOP. None of this would’ve happened if the state GOP’s muckity-mucks (who are all tight with Cuccinelli) hadn’t revoked the right of the voters to choose the gubernatorial candidate this year in favor of a convention dominated by activists. It’s Jerry Kilgore all over again.

We’re gonna get pasted in the Old Dominion, unless Terry Mac is found shtupping an underage girl or something like that.

Esoteric on November 28, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Maybe Cuccinelli could get his views on rape pregnancy out front early on? Just in case he has some opinions on how the female body works and would like to share them.

a capella on November 28, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Cuccinelli can win and would make a great governor, but VA Republicans can’t get cocky.

22044 on November 28, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Memo: Cuccinelli-Akin-Mourdock Politics on the Ballot in 2013

Hysterical, but par for the course from these degenerates. I do hope Cuccinelli watches what he says, though.

Too bad about Bolling. He could’ve played it out for a few months, to see if Cuccinelli imploded…very early to throw in the towel. Means Cuccinelli won’t really be tested till the general, which makes me a little nervous.

changer1701 on November 28, 2012 at 4:32 PM

If he is the nominee, will the HotAir moderates support him, or take their marbles and go home?

portlandon on November 28, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Bob McDonald was on record to support Bolling. It will be an interesting race.

CoffeeLover on November 28, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Gov. Terry McAuliffe! You heard here first.

Salahuddin on November 28, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Democrat’s can’t even stomach Terry McAuliffe!

You heard it here first.

JPeterman on November 28, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Esoteric on November 28, 2012 at 4:30 PM

So we should nominate another squish because they’re “more electable?”

That sure worked out for us in the 2008 and 2012 Presidential elections.

UltimateBob on November 28, 2012 at 4:34 PM

If he is the nominee, will the HotAir moderates support him, or take their marbles and go home?

Of course I will. But he is going to lose. Mark it down. And no, it’s not like my pointing this out (and making the prediction) is a “lack of support.” What one guy says in the comments section of a Hot Air post isn’t going to have any effect on the outcome of the race.

Esoteric on November 28, 2012 at 4:35 PM

What little I know about Cuccinelli, I like the guy.

UltimateBob on November 28, 2012 at 4:28 PM

And there you have the True Conservative problem wrapped up in one neat little package.

I wish Cuccinelli luck. I really do. But he’s starting off behind with regard to social-issue demagoguery. If he even utters a word about social policy during this campaign, he’s most likely done.

Take a page from McDonnell, Ken. Otherwise the state of Virginia’s going to become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Clinton family.

KingGold on November 28, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Unfortunately, the evidence would suggest that Virginians’ social sensibilities do tend to be at least somewhat susceptible to these “hyper-partisan” types of attacks

Virginia blacks voted in record numbers. They won’t do so without Obama on the ticket.

ButterflyDragon on November 28, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Ken Cuccinelli is no Allen or Akin or Mourdock. He’s a tough little mofo.

rrpjr on November 28, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Democrat’s can’t even stomach Terry McAuliffe!

You heard it here first.

JPeterman on November 28, 2012 at 4:34 PM

McAuliffe will be found to be overrated, like he was in 2009. He came in third in the Democratic primary. If Deeds was better than him…

22044 on November 28, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Democrat’s can’t even stomach Terry McAuliffe!

You heard it here first.

JPeterman on November 28, 2012 at 4:34 PM

I thought it was just me.

He’s vile and unlikable. I know, all Democrats are, but he has a particularly creepy, shifty-eyed look about him.

UltimateBob on November 28, 2012 at 4:37 PM

So we should nominate another squish because they’re “more electable?”

That sure worked out for us in the 2008 and 2012 Presidential elections.

Well it worked pretty well in the 2009 VA and NJ gubernatorial elections. After two consecutive terms of Democratic governors in VA, they nominated the sensible McDonnell and he won a landslide. In NJ would you have preferred that the GOP nominated Steve Lonegan so he could have lost by 10% to Jon frickin’ Corzine?

Look, socon-warrior candidates are a thing of the past. It’s a losing proposition everywhere except the South at this point — even in places like Indiana and Missouri. But it’s downright foolhardy/suicidal in a tilt-blue swing state like Virginia. You want to push that state even further into the Democratic column? Then put up more Ken Cuccinellis for office.

Esoteric on November 28, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Cuccinelli will be a good candidate. I’ve been getting his emails for years and he keeps his nose to the ground.
When we nominate conservatives who are good candidates – we have the best chance of winning.

22044 on November 28, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Anyone who’s watched Cuccinelli’s career ascent knows that he has a certain remarkable ability to defy political gravity. Cuccinelli got his start running as a candidate for local office in a left-of-center region of the state, and he’s repeatedly — REPEATEDLY — been targeted for defeat by overconfident Dems, yet Cuccinelli still wins.

The reason? Cuccinelli is literally one of the smartest hard-right politicians in the country and he’s intellectually well-armed to defend his positions.

Moreover: he works incredibly hard on grassroots organizing. He’s never been under the impression that he’s going to get a fair shake from the media.

It’s no surprise that he’s the guy who led his fellow Republican AGs in the legal challenge to Obamacare.

Cuccinelli’s a big talent.

Robert_Paulson on November 28, 2012 at 4:39 PM

I wish Cuccinelli luck. I really do. But he’s starting off behind with regard to social-issue demagoguery. If he even utters a word about social policy during this campaign, he’s most likely done.

KingGold on November 28, 2012 at 4:35 PM

As long as we continue to allow the left to control the narrative, of course this is true. Ken Cuccinelli strikes me as a strong enough candidate that he can fight the stereotype.

Or, we can just do it your way and give up on him and run a KingGold Approved ™ “electable” candidate like Mike Castle.

UltimateBob on November 28, 2012 at 4:41 PM

It’s great that we have a bench in VA that includes a couple viable candidates, both of whom have already won statewide elections. I think both men are well qualified and either would be a fine governor. Part of me thinks that if Bolling isn’t willing to do a convention fight, maybe he doesn’t have enough fight in him to be the kind of governor we need. I dont’ know, but maybe this is really for the best.

dczombie on November 28, 2012 at 4:42 PM

I would’ve slightly preferred Bolling, but Cuccinelli, unlike Akin, is not an idiot. He can articulate his positions, even the unpopular ones, very well.

One interesting thing about Virginia – for the last 40 years the Governor has never come from the same party that won the White House the year before. Hopefully this trend will hold.

BuzzCrutcher on November 28, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Or, we can just do it your way and give up on him and run a KingGold Approved ™ “electable” candidate like Mike Castle.

UltimateBob on November 28, 2012 at 4:41 PM

You mean the Mike Castle that would put us one closer to a Senate majority, or do you mean the Chris Coons – whom you supported, indirectly – that’s about to vote to confirm Susan Rice?

KingGold on November 28, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Eagerly awaiting his point of view on rape, its legitimacy and chances of pregnancy as a result of rape.

lester on November 28, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Cuccinelli fans need to explain why he barely won his AG race in 2009 while McDonnell and Bolling won 60/40.

He has zero chance of winning this election. He will be obliterated in Northern Virginia, and that is where the voters are. This is going to be Mark Earley redux.

Hopefully Bill Bolling can pick up the pieces in 2017.

rockmom on November 28, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Robert_Paulson on November 28, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Well said and absolutely right.

rrpjr on November 28, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Eagerly awaiting his point of view on rape, its legitimacy and chances of pregnancy as a result of rape.

lester on November 28, 2012 at 4:46 PM

You can bet that will be the very first question he is asked if he has the guts to do an open press conference. I don’t have much confidence in his answer.

rockmom on November 28, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Or, we can just do it your way and give up on him and run a KingGold Approved ™ “electable” candidate like Mike Castle.

UltimateBob on November 28, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Ouch!

JPeterman on November 28, 2012 at 4:49 PM

I don’t know enough about VA politics to have an opinion about who is the better candidate, but I will say that going from a primary to a convention is a horrible move.

Mark1971 on November 28, 2012 at 4:49 PM

It’s great that we have a bench in VA that includes a couple viable candidates, both of whom have already won statewide elections. I think both men are well qualified and either would be a fine governor. Part of me thinks that if Bolling isn’t willing to do a convention fight, maybe he doesn’t have enough fight in him to be the kind of governor we need. I dont’ know, but maybe this is really for the best.

dczombie on November 28, 2012 at 4:42 PM

The social conservatives dominate all RPV conventions. They would have backed Cucinnelli and Bolling knew it.

rockmom on November 28, 2012 at 4:51 PM

You mean the Mike Castle that would put us one closer to a Senate majority, or do you mean the Chris Coons – whom you supported, indirectly – that’s about to vote to confirm Susan Rice?

KingGold on November 28, 2012 at 4:46 PM

BWAAAAAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!

Do you really believe that Mike Castle wouldn’t have voted to confirm Rice? What’s the difference, besides the letter after their names?

UltimateBob on November 28, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Ouch!

JPeterman on November 28, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Yeah, ouch!

Still defending a moron who had to run an ad saying she wasn’t a witch, and lost a winnable Senate race by eighteen points. I’m reeling from that one.

Please lay off. Please. I can’t take much more of this.

KingGold on November 28, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Cuccinelli fans need to explain why he barely won his AG race in 2009 while McDonnell and Bolling won 60/40.

He has zero chance of winning this election. He will be obliterated in Northern Virginia, and that is where the voters are. This is going to be Mark Earley redux.

Hopefully Bill Bolling can pick up the pieces in 2017.

rockmom on November 28, 2012 at 4:46 PM

How is 57/42 “barely” winning his race?

changer1701 on November 28, 2012 at 4:54 PM

As a VA resident, I can say that there is no evidence of Bolling being a squish or moderate. He would have been a good governor, but he just isn’t a firebrand like Cuccinelli. I will support Cuccinelli, but he has alienated a lot of people with his aggressive stances in the past, and the media, including the Washington Effing Post, is going to do its darnedest to keep him from pivoting to non-social issues…

DavidW on November 28, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Dear General Cuccinelli:

If you oppose abortion in instances of rape, you damn well better start practicing your answer now. Because You will be asked that question, and if you screw up your answer, you will never successfully run for another office, again.

Sign: Republican voters who want to win.

Greg Q on November 28, 2012 at 4:57 PM

I don’t know enough about VA politics to have an opinion about who is the better candidate, but I will say that going from a primary to a convention is a horrible move.

Mark1971 on November 28, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Yes, that was a bad move.

changer1701 on November 28, 2012 at 4:57 PM

We are going to lose the VA Governor’s race, and hard.

Cuccinelli doesn’t have a chance in hell of defeating Terry MacAuliffe, not with his hard-right socon profile.

Esoteric on November 28, 2012 at 4:30 PM

But Romney’s sure to win Virginia given his moderate record! …Errrrr….

Also, didn’t McAuliffe lose last time?

Stoic Patriot on November 28, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Cucinelli is the Ted Cruz of Virginia

watch him on C-SPAN, guy is whip smart

Never heard him talk about social issues, has he said any controversial things?

commodore on November 28, 2012 at 4:58 PM

How is 57/42 “barely” winning his race?

changer1701 on November 28, 2012 at 4:54 PM

5% is close. 5% when the other Republicans are winning by 20%? Way too close.

Greg Q on November 28, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Hey, let’s all just be glad that we’re not running Jim Gilmer or George Allen.

I’d take Cucc or Bolling over either of those guys any day.

dczombie on November 28, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Cuccinelli fans need to explain why he barely won his AG race in 2009 while McDonnell and Bolling won 60/40.

He has zero chance of winning this election. He will be obliterated in Northern Virginia, and that is where the voters are. This is going to be Mark Earley redux.

Hopefully Bill Bolling can pick up the pieces in 2017.

rockmom on November 28, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Actually, he won his AG race by about the same margin as McDonnell and Bolling won their respective races. The GOP ticket in VA in 2009 was nothing if not strong.

Now, you can make the case that McDonnell was sufficiently strong and had such good coattails as to bring Bolling and Cuccinelli up to his margin – something I happen to believe. But let’s not make assertions that aren’t true.

KingGold on November 28, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Cuccinelli fans need to explain why he barely won his AG race in 2009 while McDonnell and Bolling won 60/40.

Uh, he won a 57%-42% landslide.

sentinelrules on November 28, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Do you really believe that Mike Castle wouldn’t have voted to confirm Rice? What’s the difference, besides the letter after their names?

UltimateBob on November 28, 2012 at 4:51 PM

The difference is that Mike Castle would have voted for Republican control of the Senate, and Coons votes for Democrat control.

Controlling the calendar is a big deal. If you really don’t know that, you’re too ignorant to have anything useful to offer.

Greg Q on November 28, 2012 at 5:01 PM

You mean the Mike Castle that would put us one closer to a Senate majority, or do you mean the Chris Coons – whom you supported, indirectly – that’s about to vote to confirm Susan Rice?

KingGold on November 28, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Is that the same Mike Castle that would have voted for ObamaCare, both Supreme Court Justices, voted for a Rice Confirmation?

portlandon on November 28, 2012 at 5:01 PM

5% is close. 5% when the other Republicans are winning by 20%? Way too close.

Greg Q on November 28, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Not 52/47. 57/42.

That’s a fifteen-point margin.

KingGold on November 28, 2012 at 5:01 PM

5% is close. 5% when the other Republicans are winning by 20%? Way too close.

Greg Q on November 28, 2012 at 4:59 PM

You’re joking, right? 57 – 42 = 15, not 5.

Stoic Patriot on November 28, 2012 at 5:02 PM

KingGold on November 28, 2012 at 4:54 PM

I don’t think JPeterman’s comment was directed at you personally, he was just acknowledging that my comment was a sharp jab.

Let me just say for the record that I am not a social conservative at all. I’m not going to get into my beliefs here, even though we’re all anonymous, but suffice it to say that my conservatism is primarily fiscally-oriented.

That said, my main reason for supporting Cuccinelli is that he was one of the first state AGs who led the fight against 0bamacare. That’s it, as I said earlier, I don’t know much else about him, but that is enough for me to support his candidacy.

UltimateBob on November 28, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Great.

Cuccinelli for Gov. in VA

and Erickson for Sen. in GA

now need to find a good conservative challenger for Sen. to replace Graham in SC. These Southern states should be able to field true conservatives across the board. RINOs need not apply.

sauldalinsky on November 28, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Greg Q on November 28, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Dude, I don’t want to point out the obvious but someone has got to do it. 57/42 is not a five point differential. Try 15 points. That right there is what they call a blowout, even in the NFL.

dczombie on November 28, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Cuccinelli fans need to explain why he barely won his AG race in 2009 while McDonnell and Bolling won 60/40.

He has zero chance of winning this election. He will be obliterated in Northern Virginia, and that is where the voters are. This is going to be Mark Earley redux.

Hopefully Bill Bolling can pick up the pieces in 2017.

rockmom on November 28, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Uh, he won 58% of the vote. That’s pretty close to 60. I’m not a huge Cuccinelli fan but also not a fan of uninformed and/or dishonest criticism.

BuzzCrutcher on November 28, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Look, socon-warrior candidates are a thing of the past. It’s a losing proposition everywhere except the South at this point — even in places like Indiana and Missouri.

Esoteric

Do you believe everything the lib media and the democrat party feeds to you?

Social conservatism isn’t a loser everywhere except the south. What is a loser everywhere including the south is saying rape babies are a gift from God. You do know the guy who defeated Mourdock in Indiana is a pro-life democrat, don’t you?

xblade on November 28, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Hey, let’s all just be glad that we’re not running Jim Gilmer or George Allen.

I’d take Cucc or Bolling over either of those guys any day.

dczombie on November 28, 2012 at 5:00 PM

I can understand about Allen, but what’s wrong with Jim Gilmore? It’s true he lost huge in 2008, but Warner was untouchable that year, Obama carried the state comfortably, and our Senate candidates in many other states also got destroyed.

He’s not a great candidate any more, mind you, but he’s a good conservative thinker.

KingGold on November 28, 2012 at 5:06 PM

How is 57/42 “barely” winning his race?

changer1701 on November 28, 2012 at 4:54 PM

5% is close. 5% when the other Republicans are winning by 20%? Way too close.

Greg Q on November 28, 2012 at 4:59 PM

5%???? Better look again.

Math is not your strong point, is it, Greg?

UltimateBob on November 28, 2012 at 5:06 PM

I don’t think JPeterman’s comment was directed at you personally, he was just acknowledging that my comment was a sharp jab.

UltimateBob on November 28, 2012 at 5:03 PM

You would be correct, sir.

JPeterman on November 28, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Is there any chance that McDonnell will run against Warner for US Senate in 2014?

Mark1971 on November 28, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Here’s a FACT that the Liberal Media doesn’t tell you:

Ken Cuccinelli is more moderate than Barack Obama.

sentinelrules on November 28, 2012 at 5:07 PM

and Erickson for Sen. in GA

sauldalinsky on November 28, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Please tell me you’re joking.

I’d like to junk Saxby Chambliss just as much as the next guy, but you’ve got to be smoking some serious crack if you think you’re going to do it with the guy who called David Souter a “goat-f*cking child molester.”

KingGold on November 28, 2012 at 5:08 PM

All Ken Cuccinelli needs to do is book himself on Letterman, Colbert, and the View…

… Landslide!

Seven Percent Solution on November 28, 2012 at 5:08 PM

I liked Cucc the first time I heard him.

Bring on the PUNK. Terry, you should go back to licking
Clinton’s ba*lls.

ToddPA on November 28, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Cuccinelli fans need to explain why he barely won his AG race in 2009…
rockmom on November 28, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Nice try. He won 57-42. The Washington Post called it a “resounding victory.”

Cuccinnelli is a tough, street-smart, proactive, Narrative-busting conservative. That is, a rarity.

rrpjr on November 28, 2012 at 5:09 PM

…I want the wop!

KOOLAID2 on November 28, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Cuccinelli fans need to explain why he barely won his AG race in 2009 while McDonnell and Bolling won 60/40.

rockmom

Rockmom needs to explain why she’s likes to make things up like she’s doing here.

xblade on November 28, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Good grief, this “Cuccinelli barely won in 2009″ business is even dumber than I thought. I just checked the Board of elections page – McDonnell got 58.61% of the vote, Bolling got 56.51% of the vote, and Cuccinelli got 57.51% of the vote. So he was a point behind McDonnell and a point AHEAD of Bolling (though to be fair, Bolling arguably had a tougher, better-known opponent).

BuzzCrutcher on November 28, 2012 at 5:12 PM

KingGold on November 28, 2012 at 5:08 PM

A stupid joke on twitter ages ago isn’t disqualifying. More harmful will be his comments against Palin. But he’s definitely a true conservative, so should be able to move past these easily.

sauldalinsky on November 28, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Yeah, ouch!

Still defending a moron who had to run an ad saying she wasn’t a witch, and lost a winnable Senate race by eighteen points. I’m reeling from that one.

Please lay off. Please. I can’t take much more of this.

KingGold on November 28, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Lol. Still can’t believe that ad actually happened. True moment for history books.

lester on November 28, 2012 at 5:14 PM

A stupid joke on twitter ages ago isn’t disqualifying.

sauldalinsky on November 28, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Actually, yeah, it is.

Because that opens up the whole can of worms of every other time he should have kept his yap shut and didn’t. Like asserting that Ted Kennedy died in his Senate seat for the express purpose of advancing Obamacare, for instance.

There’s a reason talk-radio hosts like Limbaugh and Hannity don’t, with very rare exceptions, run for political office. If Erickson’s dumb enough to take the plunge, he’s about to find out what that reason is.

KingGold on November 28, 2012 at 5:14 PM

He needs to practice and finetune his remarks on the question about abortions in cases of rape.

amazingmets on November 28, 2012 at 5:15 PM

I liked Mr. Cuccinelli’s aggressive stance on Obamacare, but I am troubled that Virginia switched from a primary to a convention nominating process. That excludes general Republican voters that aren’t part of the activist base but who show up regularly at the polls. It also troubles me that a loyal soldier gets tromped on and squeezed out. The Virginia governorship being limited to 1 term means we use people up too fast. I assume this means Mr. Bolling is now out in the cold and may leave politics.

Jill1066 on November 28, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Is there any chance that McDonnell will run against Warner for US Senate in 2014?

Mark1971 on November 28, 2012 at 5:07 PM

I doubt it. Warner still has his “moderate” image and a high approval rating. Plus he can spend 15-20 million dollars of his own money if he’s in trouble. I’m optomistic that we can take out whiny b*tch Tim Kaine in 6 years but I’m afraid Warner has his seat as long as he wants it. McDonnell probably doesn’t want to risk tarnishing his image by losing big.

BuzzCrutcher on November 28, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Rockmom needs to explain why she’s likes to make things up like she’s doing here.

xblade on November 28, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Yep, the facts disrupt that narrative a bit.

22044 on November 28, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Actually, yeah, it is.

KingGold on November 28, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Doubt it factors in at all. If long ago political comments are fair game, the guy he would run to replace accused a triple amputee veteran of supporting Al Qaeda. Nobody really cares about these type of political comments.

Who would you suggest to challenge Chambliss in GA?

sauldalinsky on November 28, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Cuccinelli is evil incarnate. You can do better, Virginia.

Alpha_Male on November 28, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Alpha_Male on November 28, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Thank you for chiming in. You know the opposite of what you say is true – including your handle, don’t you?

22044 on November 28, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Anyone who’s watched Cuccinelli’s career ascent knows that he has a certain remarkable ability to defy political gravity. Cuccinelli got his start running as a candidate for local office in a left-of-center region of the state, and he’s repeatedly — REPEATEDLY — been targeted for defeat by overconfident Dems, yet Cuccinelli still wins.

The reason? Cuccinelli is literally one of the smartest hard-right politicians in the country and he’s intellectually well-armed to defend his positions.

Moreover: he works incredibly hard on grassroots organizing. He’s never been under the impression that he’s going to get a fair shake from the media.

It’s no surprise that he’s the guy who led his fellow Republican AGs in the legal challenge to Obamacare.

Cuccinelli’s a big talent.

Robert_Paulson on November 28, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Well said. I have heard Cuccinelli many times on the Joe Thomas radio show here in Charlottesville, and he’s a solid candidate. He’s also 100% TEA Party. All you lefties/squishes who hope he’s another Akin or Christine O’Donnell are in for a huge disappointment.

stefanite on November 28, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Who would you suggest to challenge Chambliss in GA?

sauldalinsky on November 28, 2012 at 5:23 PM

This is just off the top of my head, but…

Nathan Deal
Tom Graves
Tom Price
Karen Handel
Jack Kingston
Austin Scott

Can’t think of any more out of hand, though.

KingGold on November 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Nothing was wrong with Jim Gilmore. He had the right ideas, but he needed a personality transplant. He wasn’t handing out freebies nor did he think that was a good idea. It was an election where the terminally stupid(Dems)came out in force. After all Obama also won VA that year.

Ken Cuccinelli is a Constitutional Conservative. That is his alure. You can forget about the abortion stuff and him stepping in it. He isn’t stupid and is quite politically savy. He is meant for greater things and is working his way up to it. He is Catholic and has 5 children. Of course he is against abortion as most Catholics who take their religion seriously are. It’s not a secret, but it is something that he cannot actually have any influence. This has to be taken to Congress and so far they don’t even have the guts to fight to keep our country solvent. They are gutless wonders and to think any of them would take on abortion is silly.

Ken Cuccinelli is not a moderate. Saying stupid things does not make you a prognosticator.

Bill Bolling could have stayed in the race. He chose not to do that. The notion that it was his turn is just plain ridiculous and it is what many in the VA Republican Party are trying to change. He chose not to compete. He gave up. That certainly tells you much about his charachter and Cuccinelli’s. Cuccinelli chose to fight for the rule of law and both the Federal and VA State Constitutions. Bolling was not willing to put himself out. He expected it to be given to him because it was his turn. That is exactly what is wrong with the Republican Party.

BetseyRoss on November 28, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Speaking of extremists, but Democrats are running a convicted sex offender for Jesse Jackson Jr.s old seat (IL-2)

Illinois: Ex-Rep. Reynolds to Run for Former Seat in Special Election

http://atr.rollcall.com/illinois-ex-rep-reynolds-runs-for-former-seat-in-special-election/

sentinelrules on November 28, 2012 at 5:37 PM

KingGold on November 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Well, Handel is running and may even be the early favorite. But I wasn’t too impressed with her insider dealing with Rove (and weak capitulating) at Komen. The ultimate establishment type. I would prefer a TrueCon like Erickson or Herman Cain.

sauldalinsky on November 28, 2012 at 5:38 PM

I’m worried, but i say, let’s see if we can win with an unapologetic conservative. I know lots of young people in their 20′s here in Virginia who already think Cuccinelli is the Boogeyman, which is a large reason for my worry, but I want to know, once and for all, if Rush is right and conservatism, when well articulated, can win when it’s tried (Cuccinelli is certainly smart and from what I’ve heard, articulate)…

ellifint on November 28, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Wasn’t McAuliffe involved in a telecom Dot.Com scandal?

Global Crossing maybe?

Didn’t he barely avoid Jailtime?

That being said can we propose setting a statewide/nationwide HOOKUP Database for single gals? Like MATCH.COM except free?

Then the Feds could offer a $1,000 federal subsidy for weddings of these gals?

And maybe provide a $1,500 allowance if they hire an illegal alien to do the catering?

Lets think this true folks………..Teaters need free!!!!

PappyD61 on November 28, 2012 at 5:54 PM

I’m worried, but i say, let’s see if we can win with an unapologetic conservative. I know lots of young people in their 20′s here in Virginia who already think Cuccinelli is the Boogeyman, which is a large reason for my worry, but I want to know, once and for all, if Rush is right and conservatism, when well articulated, can win when it’s tried (Cuccinelli is certainly smart and from what I’ve heard, articulate)…

ellifint on November 28, 2012 at 5:50 PM

And if he loses big, will Rush’s conservatism-everywhere-everytime credo be declared wrong? I’m going to hold judgment on that, because it seems it’s always someone else’s fault.

KingGold on November 28, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Cuccinelli looks like a cross between Paul Ryan and Scott Brown.

But just in case the ladies don’t like him keep the HOOKUP database idea handy Ken.

PappyD61 on November 28, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Here is a link to Ken Cuccinelli’s campaign website so we can all learn more about him:

http://www.cuccinelli.com/

wren on November 28, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Gov. Terry McAuliffe! You heard here first.

Salahuddin on November 28, 2012 at 4:30 PM

And last.

F-

Del Dolemonte on November 28, 2012 at 6:03 PM

And there you have the True Conservative problem wrapped up in one neat little package.

I wish Cuccinelli luck. I really do. But he’s starting off behind with regard to social-issue demagoguery. If he even utters a word about social policy during this campaign, he’s most likely done.

Take a page from McDonnell, Ken. Otherwise the state of Virginia’s going to become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Clinton family.

KingGold on November 28, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Apparently you’ve conveniently forgotten the controversy in 2009 over McDonnell’s college thesis, entitled The Republican Party’s Vision for the Family: The Compelling Issue of The Decade, in which he discussed the evils of abortion, cohabitation, homosexuality, fornication, working mothers, pornography, and contraception.

And a word to the wise: merely being a staunch advocate of pro-life policies, as is Cuccinelli, does not automatically make one a social-issues demagogue.

steebo77 on November 28, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Also, I don’t see much reason to wet our pants over Terry McAuliffe.

Terry McAuliffe has never held elective office before.

His only foray into electoral politics as a candidate was the 2009 Democratic primary for Virginia governor. He lost to Creigh Deeds by more than 23 points.

He lost to Creigh Deeds by more than 23 points.

steebo77 on November 28, 2012 at 6:19 PM

steebo77 on November 28, 2012 at 6:05 PM

That’s completely ignoring the fact that two of his major policy initiatives in the past four years (not twenty years ago) were the following:

1) Helping formulate the moronic vaginal-ultrasound bill in the Virginia legislature, which was not only a big-government intrusion but also got tremendous ink and irritated women and low information voters.

2) Proactively banning orientation-based affirmative action at Virginia universities (something that didn’t even exist at the time) which got tremendous ink and irritated gay people and low information voters.

Cuccinelli’s got serious social-issue baggage. You can ignore it if you like but that won’t make it go away.

KingGold on November 28, 2012 at 6:36 PM

the Dems call Cuccinelli a snakehandler. Many young Republicans (even the males) call Cuccinelli “a child of the corn”. If you thought the “War on Women” was bad last year in the VA General Assembly, it will be worse this year if only because Cuccinelli’s campaign is starting.

also, Obama got the word out to the truly stupid, ill-informed voters that Republicans wanted to dictate to women what they could & could not do with their personal health. That meme has stuck.

I will work for Rob Bell (R Delegate from Albemarle) for Virginia’s next AG.

kelley in virginia on November 28, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Seriously, HA folks, did you guys just block my post because I wrote about the Virginia ultrasound bill? Unbe-freaking-lievable.

KingGold on November 28, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Remember – they threw everything and the kitchen sink against McDonnell, a Regent University graduate. It was a blowout, but that’s because of….

LOW TURNOUT.

Because McAuliffe isn’t black, he probably won’t win in Virginia.

Cuccinelli is a magnet for conservatives. What an awesome candidate.

LibertyJane on November 28, 2012 at 6:51 PM

He’s not a great candidate any more, mind you, but he’s a good conservative thinker.

KingGold on November 28, 2012 at 5:06 PM

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with Gilmer’s conservative credentials. I just think he’s not a great candidate and that showed in 2008. We can’t just run people because we like them and think they’re sufficiently conservative. They have to be conservative and excellent communicators. That’s why people like Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Kelly Ayotte, Ken Cuccinelli and others are rising to the forefront. They’re conservative and they communicate conservative philosophy very well.

Gilmer is conservative but doesn’t communicate well – at least not for campaign purposes. People like that can be more effective advancing conservative principles outside of elected office.

dczombie on November 28, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Not 52/47. 57/42.

That’s a fifteen-point margin.

KingGold on November 28, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Yep. Clearly I need to get my eyes checked. My bad.

So, assuming he can avoid saying anything stupid about abortion and rape, we’re good. Esp. if his Democrat opponent is Terry McAuliffe. :-)

Greg Q on November 28, 2012 at 7:19 PM

I am troubled that Virginia switched from a primary to a convention nominating process. That excludes general Republican voters that aren’t part of the activist base but who show up regularly at the polls. It also troubles me that a loyal soldier gets tromped on and squeezed out.

Jill1066 on November 28, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Wah, wah, wah.

I don’t give s damn if someone’s a “loyal soldier.” Is he the best candidate? Apparently, he doesn’t think so. That’s why he dropped out.

I’d like to see every State Republican party make changes to make it harder for non-Republicans to have a say in picking the Republican candidate. The convention thing may be too much. But it might also be a great idea who’s time has come. I’ll have to think on it.

Greg Q on November 28, 2012 at 7:29 PM

McAuliff is a disgusting toad, and I think Cuccinelli is a marvelous candidate, but Obama showed that we are entering a majority entitlement era. If McAuliff ends up being the Dem candidate you can be sure the whole power of the Democratic goodie machine will be in motion. Greed and envy will be our real enemy more than the actual candidate.

ironked on November 28, 2012 at 7:48 PM

I hope he hands out contraceptives, because thats the only thing women care about.

ChunkyLover on November 28, 2012 at 4:27 PM

I’m a woman, last time I checked anyway(peaks down shirt just to make SURE nothing’s changed) and you’re full of it.
*I live in TX. God Bless Rick Perry. God bless Texas!*

annoyinglittletwerp on November 28, 2012 at 8:13 PM

his extreme and divisive ideology was and it lost by wide margins in Republican states….

in a presidential election year, with forced turnout for Obama. After a little rest, y’all in VA need to start talking about winning next time.

Cuccinelli has a lot more experience and expertise as a lawyer…is not an unknown, and knows right now he should shut up for the soundbite megaphone. He might take to reciting poetry when the cameras are rolling? There is no need for him to make any statements to prove to anyone how TRUE he is. He is a competent lawyer, I think he knows. Savvy wins.

Fleuries on November 28, 2012 at 8:33 PM

I’m going off the usual MO… The opposition party always wins the VA and NJ elections. I think this holds up more than something like the Redskins because there is an actual theory behind it. People like divided gov’t, so congrats Gov Cuccinelli. I’m more concerned/ po’d about the fact that Butterball will reman Governor of NJ.

Illinidiva on November 28, 2012 at 8:46 PM

There are a few issues that Cuccinelli can deploy which will take some twisting for any D candidate to counter.

- Getting rid of the State overhead for CCW and going to ‘shall issue immediately’, which would be a great move forward.

- Getting rid of the State ABC stores and getting liquor licenses out to the wine & beer stores, and that would increase availability and selection, while decreasing cost.

- Moving to remove federal oversight of VA lands with regards to uranium mining and near-shore oil exploration, which would require legislative help but be a boon for the State.

- Join other States looking to move out of BATFE oversight on firearms made by residents for residents and make that purely an in-State affair.

To date the dreaded ‘social issues’ haven’t been a killer for Republicans in VA. Wanting higher taxes has been a killing issue. Not keeping the budget balanced has been a killing issue. More regulation is a killing issue. There are many viable issues that concern all citizens of VA that he can put on the platter and push against the D’s who will have a hard time countering them or matching them, and yet are strongly conservative and generally winning issues on personal liberty and fiscally conservative.

Plus Cuccinelli has been out front and leading against Obamacare and will take that with him to the Governors office. He has done the local media very well with that and other issues, so he is media savvy locally. This is not a Nation-wide race, but a VA race… and the second largest region in VA for firearms IS NOVA and issues surrounding that can help him, while there are few D’s left that will go against party orthodoxy and dogma in those realms. All he needs is one or two that pulls in NOVA votes enough to neutralize the D’s off-year marginal advantage and that leaves the rest of the State to decide. No way will the numbers that came out in ’12 (lackluster though they are) be matched in ’13 and conservatives tend to vote as a duty so they show up out of proportion on these non-national votes.

ajacksonian on November 28, 2012 at 8:57 PM

I’m going to blow chunks if McAuliffe runs the same ads that Tim Kaine did. It was truly sickening to see the former chairman of the DNC talk about how partisan the Republican candidate is.

Selkirk on November 28, 2012 at 9:56 PM

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