Terry McAuliffe not proving to be much of a “details” guy, huh?

posted at 3:21 pm on September 19, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Yesterday’s Quinnipiac poll took a pretty significant bite out of McAuliffe’s presumed lead in the Virginia gubernatorial race, definitely putting a damper on the narrative that Cuccinelli has fallen into too deep of a hole out of which he can’t climb back out. Both candidates are still in this thing, and indeed, if McAuliffe doesn’t start boning up on some of the issues that concern Virginian residents and businesses, he wont’ be doing himself any favors.

Mary Katharine already covered the weekend’s rather embarrassing incident in which McAuliffe tried to convince a techie business group that he’ll make a good governor because of his experience in that time-honored political field of winingand-dining/boozing-and-schmoozing, and subsequently tried to wrest their endorsement from Cuccinelli after his thoughtful and well-researched performance. Probably a good move for the Cuccinelli campaign to capitalize on the situation, which they’re doing:

In what was evidently almost a repeat of that episode in terms of preparedness, however, McAuliffe was on the defensive with reporters at the Virginia Summit on Economic Competitiveness and Higher Education in Richmond on Wednesday, particularly when asked about how his campaign tried to arm-twist the business group into giving him their endorsement as well as his apparent backing away from a promise not to sign a state budget that does not include money to expand Medicaid under ObamaCare. Via the Washington Post:

Asked about the behind-the-scenes push to change the endorsement, McAuliffe said he was in the dark. “I don’t know anything about it,” he said, pivoting immediately to another subject. …

Asked whether he really meant that he would not sign a budget without the expansion, McAuliffe said: “I always say, ‘Please make sure you send a budget that has the Medicaid expansion.’ ” He has left off the “please” in at least three campaign appearances.

When pressed on his previous statements, McAuliffe suggested that he could talk reluctant Republicans into supporting expansion with a series of one-on-one meetings over meals.

“Here’s what we’re gonna do, after I get elected, the day after I get elected, I’m going to spend the ensuing couple months — I’m going to visit every single Republican House of Delegates member, every Republican state senator,” he said. “Breakfast, lunch, dinner, whatever it may be. I’m going to visit every single one of them.”

And their actual speeches at the forum reflected more of the same, with Cuccinelli going full wonk on policy issues and McAuliffe… well, not really even trying:

The speeches themselves fed into the narrative that emerged from the TechPAC flap: that McAuliffe is breezy while Cuccinelli grasps the details and gravity of the job. Both candidates had 45 minutes to address the group. Cuccinelli gave a 39- minute address heavy on wonky details. McAuliffe gave his standard 16-minute stump speech.

These sorts of events and endorsements would typically be pretty run-of-the-mill campaign checklist items to which normal voters would pay approximately zero attention — but McAuliffe seems to have a grand total of one general answer for just about every political problem. This is where a lifetime of government experience and a lifetime of political fundraising and schmoozing are really starting to form a noticeable dichotomy, and if McAuliffe keeps whiffing like this, it won’t be to his advantage.


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He doesn’t have any details because revealing his progressive agenda would expose and turn off Virginia’s Conservative voters.

Corporal Tunnel on September 19, 2013 at 3:25 PM

You mean he doesn’t mention “little things” like the Green Tech Automotive Fiasco in Horn Lake, MS.

kingsjester on September 19, 2013 at 3:25 PM

‘expose him’, sorry.

Corporal Tunnel on September 19, 2013 at 3:26 PM

No one should be surprised by this. He’s a fundraiser and a political operative. He’s not leader, political or otherwise, and he’s not an idea guy.

He was put there because Dems thought he could win, not because they thought he’d be good at the job.

Frankly, it’d be like running Karl Rove for Governor. And, despite my complaints about him, I doubt that such a ridiculous idea has even crossed Rove’s mind.

Chris of Rights on September 19, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Isn’t it sad that he is even neck and neck with Cuccinelli?

djl130 on September 19, 2013 at 3:32 PM

McAulifie getting scared. He’s running pro-abortion ads to motivate the base. Such ads tend to turn off independents, so they must feel their position with independents is so bad it doesn’t matter. Better to turn the base out at this point.

NotCoach on September 19, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Roanoke Poll: McAuliffe 37 – Cuccinelli 36

blammm on September 19, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Too many lobs and morons who don’t pay attention in this state… everywhere, really.

MT on September 19, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Billary campaign rescue inbound in 3…2…1…

BritCarGuy on September 19, 2013 at 3:57 PM

He (McAuliffe) was never a wonk, but he’s always been a hack!

Another Drew on September 19, 2013 at 3:57 PM

If Virginia votes in this McAuliffe clown, they deserve EVERY BIT OF HURT caused by him and his leftist minions.

Good grief. How does this joker get anything above 20% of the vote???

Common Sense Floridian on September 19, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Dirty abortion clinics, gay scientist,booze,and meals are his agenda.If that wins the entire country is had.

docflash on September 19, 2013 at 4:11 PM

A liberal I spoke to the other day said he and his partner were working to promote McAuliffe because Cucinelli wanted to outlaw oral sex. I’m not kidding.

djl130 on September 19, 2013 at 4:13 PM

I’m glad to see McAuliffe’s standing erode. It’s about time. Since he’s got nothing on Cuccinelli, he’s gone around with Cuccinelli look-alikes and mocked them. That’s what you do when you’re a guy like McAuliffe: if there’s nothing to criticize about your opponent, make stuff up.

Stoic Patriot on September 19, 2013 at 4:34 PM

McAuliffe always struck me as a smiling, glad-hander. With some awareness, and able to step back somewhat. But what does that get him if he hasn’t ever governed or worked on policy, instead, fund-raised and promoted candidates. He’s Bill Clinton without ever having worked on policy. A really good used-car salesman.

Paul-Cincy on September 19, 2013 at 5:01 PM

As an ex-Virginian, all I can say is that Virginia deserves whomever they vote for. If they put McAuliffe into office, just rename the place South Maryland.

DarthBrooks on September 19, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Good grief. How does this joker get anything above 20% of the vote???

Common Sense Floridian on September 19, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Three words. Bitter stupid women. There is a theme out there that by supporting clinical standards for abortion factories, Ken wants to ban abortion in the Old Dominion. Terry is all for Gosnell-like abortion facilities and that is all that matters to these stupid stupid whores. Most of whom are so ugly there is no way in hell they have to worry about pregnancy.

Happy Nomad on September 19, 2013 at 6:40 PM

McAuliffe always struck me as a smiling, glad-hander. With some awareness, and able to step back somewhat. But what does that get him if he hasn’t ever governed or worked on policy, instead, fund-raised and promoted candidates. He’s Bill Clinton without ever having worked on policy. A really good used-car salesman.

Paul-Cincy on September 19, 2013 at 5:01 PM

In his autobiography he proudly recounts a story about picking up his wife and newborn from the hospital and, along with his other child, leaves them in the car for a while to go in to a DNC fundraiser. His wife was in pain but he made over a million for the Democrats. And he’s proud of what he did!

Happy Nomad on September 19, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Terry McAuliffe not proving to be much of a “details” guy, huh?

Last time I looked, that’s exactly what plays in a low information America.

MNHawk on September 19, 2013 at 7:10 PM