Richmond Times-Dispatch: McAuliffe “deeply unserious” candidate

posted at 10:01 pm on September 23, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Yowza. There are plenty of reasons Terry McAuliffe—Clinton acolyte, failed businessman, crony capitalist, and policy know-nothing— is a “deeply unserious” candidate, but I didn’t imagine one of the biggest newspapers in the state would echo that belief. As Jim Geraghty notes, the Dispatch “hasn’t endorsed in the Virginia governor’s race yet…[but]we can guess who they’re NOT endorsing.” From Sunday’s editorial:

When it comes to raking together piles of cash, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe is without peer. On questions of actual governance, though, his troubling lack of mastery and odd flippancy combine to paint a portrait of a deeply unserious candidate.

Newspaper endorsements are of decreasing importance every election, but something that reads almost like an explicit un-endorsement in a competitive purple state might have a tad more impact. More important, you’re seeing the crystallization of a message about who McAuliffe is that is simple, true, disturbing, and easily illustrated. And, McAuliffe himself offers new examples every single day.

The list of issues about which McAuliffe admits to knowing nothing or refuses to take a position is long. He’s running his campaign like he thinks he’s Barack Obama, voting present on as many issues as possible but without the eloquence or the quite the level of complicity in the media to cover for him. His attempt to pass on taking a position on EPA coal regulations, which are deeply important to residents of the western part of the state, is just the latest example. The Cuccinelli campaign, trailing McAuliffe slightly in most polls, has taken hold of this line of attack in its latest ad, “Serious,” and would be smart to keep pounding it from now until election day.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post solidifies the other message about McAuliffe— that he’s a failed businessman in his own right who relies on cronyism and his big-government connections to survive and thrive. Thanks, taxpayers! Guy Benson:

One supposes he’ll also look into how to be a governor once you elect him, Virginia. Meanwhile, the Washington Post published a tough story over the weekend, detailing McAuliffe’s long history of highly lucrative insider dealings. Among other things, the Post report reveals that the Democrat remains the largest individual shareholder of GreenTech Auto — the sputtering company he founded, which now sits under a cloud of federal investigation. McAuliffe told Virginians that he left the company in December, but he’s maintained financial and legal ties to the failed enterprise ever since.

The window of opportunity opens wide.


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…presidential material!

KOOLAID2 on September 23, 2013 at 10:07 PM

…where’s blueballs to ask if MKH is a regular blogger?

KOOLAID2 on September 23, 2013 at 10:08 PM

**New Polling **
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New NBC4/Marist poll: Terry McAuliffe leads Ken Cuccinelli by 43-38 percent in race for Virginia governor – @nbcwashington

56 mins ago from twitter.com/nbcwashington by editor
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https://twitter.com/nbcwashington/status/382306562582528000

https://twitter.com/nbcwashington

MORE:

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Poll-McAuliffe-Leads-Cuccinelli-Ahead-of-Debate-224936352.html?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_DCBrand

canopfor on September 23, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Thank you, RTD

Check this out

And this

22044 on September 23, 2013 at 10:11 PM

If only you were black, Terry my boy, the media would be turning circles to make sure you were installed as the next governor. Oh well, maybe in your next life.

Bishop on September 23, 2013 at 10:12 PM

I cannot believe the people of Virginia would be foolish enough to elect McAuliffe but here we are in Obama’s 2nd term so nothing makes sense anymore.

NeoKong on September 23, 2013 at 10:15 PM

The media will come around.

cozmo on September 23, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Quite possibly the greasiest, need-to-take-a-shower-after-meeting-him individual that ever walked the face of the earth. And, that includes Billy Jeff.

TXUS on September 23, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Apparently, the Washington Post can’t come up with a “macaca” story on Cucinelli, other wise it would be out there already. If they’re writing bad stories about the Democrat, the polls must be coming around showing McAuliffe is falling behind.

I couldn’t figure out how Terry was close to being qualified for the Governor’s job. Hopefully, Virginians are a lot smarter than those in another Commonwealth in Massachusetts.

bflat879 on September 23, 2013 at 10:21 PM

canopfor on September 23, 2013 at 10:09 PM

WaPo is out tonight with a poll showing T-Mac up by 8% with Sarvis.
T-Mac up by 5% without Sarvis.

sentinelrules on September 23, 2013 at 10:26 PM

He’s trying to out-One The One, but mainly succeeding at out-Bidening Biden.

Maybe the people of the Old Dominion could just give him an office with a nice hatrack to talk to.

clear ether

eon

eon on September 23, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Gee, another corrupt democrat! Who knew?
Oh, Oops! I forgot there for a minute. The phrase “corrupt democrat” is an inherent redundancy. My bad!

Lew on September 23, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Doesn’t matter. They’ve hammered Cuccinelli on ethics and campaign contributions. “Kill Romney” is the new Blueprint for victory for a bankrupt political party. McAuliffe will be the next governor. And since Cuccinelli is a traditional conservative, his defeat will be trumpeted as proof that the GOP need to ” moderate.” We live in sh!tty times.

SAMinVA on September 23, 2013 at 10:29 PM

I cannot believe the people of Virginia would be foolish enough to elect McAuliffe but here we are in Obama’s 2nd term so nothing makes sense anymore.

NeoKong on September 23, 2013 at 10:15 PM

The people of Minnesota elected the insane Mark “Al Queda is trying to kill me” Dayton.

Anything is possible when your voting base has no morals, ethics, or intelligence.

Bishop on September 23, 2013 at 10:29 PM

…where’s blueballs to ask if MKH is a regular blogger?

KOOLAID2 on September 23, 2013 at 10:08 PM

KOOLAID2:Lol,——————-:0

canopfor on September 23, 2013 at 10:30 PM

The people of Minnesota elected the insane Mark “Al Queda is trying to kill me” Dayton.

Anything is possible when your voting base has no morals, ethics, or intelligence.

Bishop on September 23, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Bishop:

Good Gawd, Bishop,….your living in a Jihady InCubator??????–:)

With Somolia’s being the highest inflitration into Minnesota,!

May I suggest a BUNKER DEFCON 2 ALERT!!!
(sarc)

canopfor on September 23, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Yeah, but … war on womyn! Abortion!

Jaibones on September 23, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Two Days,till da DeBate:
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Tweets All / No replies

Matt Glassman ‏@nbcmatt 7m

Two days until the @nbcwashington @fairfaxchamber VA Gov debate, and @NBCNews and NBC4 have new poll: http://bit.ly/1fdYjch
Retweeted by NBCWashington
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canopfor on September 23, 2013 at 10:38 PM

How come Mary Katherine has always posted so infrequently on the site? It was this way even before the baby. I am not trying to be rude. I am genuinely curious.

bluegill on September 23, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Cuccinelli campaign

…just how bad can these clowns be…to let Howdy Doody be so far ahead?

KOOLAID2 on September 23, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Wow, KoolAid is good. I posted my comment before even seeing his.

bluegill on September 23, 2013 at 10:41 PM

BISHOP: Forgot this tidbit:)

She said in an interview with “PBS Newshour” that the Americans were 18 to 19 years old, of Somali or Arab origin and

lived “in Minnesota

and one other place” in the United States. The British jihadist was a woman who has “done this many times before,” Mohamed said.
=============

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/explosions-gunfire-at-kenyan-mall-as-armed-attack-enters-3rd-day/2013/09/23/b0b558be-2442-11e3-b3e9-d97fb087acd6_story.html

canopfor on September 23, 2013 at 10:42 PM

How come Mary Katherine has always posted so infrequently on the site? It was this way even before the baby. I am not trying to be rude. I am genuinely curious.

bluegill on September 23, 2013 at 10:39 PM

…what did I tell yah!

KOOLAID2 on September 23, 2013 at 10:43 PM

How come Mary Katherine has always posted so infrequently on the site? It was this way even before the baby. I am not trying to be rude. I am genuinely curious.

bluegill on September 23, 2013 at 10:39 PM

bluegill:

MKH,is THE HAMMER!:)

canopfor on September 23, 2013 at 10:43 PM

bluegill on September 23, 2013 at 10:39 PM

…what did I tell yah!

KOOLAID2 on September 23, 2013 at 10:43 PM

KOOLAID2:Dude,your like a Wiccan,er,searer sumpin,(snark)!:)

canopfor on September 23, 2013 at 10:45 PM

canopfor on September 23, 2013 at 10:09 PM

WaPo is out tonight with a poll showing T-Mac up by 8% with Sarvis.
T-Mac up by 5% without Sarvis.

sentinelrules on September 23, 2013 at 10:26 PM

sentinelrules:Dats interesting:)

canopfor on September 23, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Virginia elections in the era of O’Bozo are a special case. Arlington and Alexandria are saturated with lobbyist vermin who suck money out of the government teat, lured to D.C. by a money-gorging Fed and a money-printing Treasury, and a money-spewing O’Bonehead.

These leeches have a view of government so jaded by the slime they deal with every day that they cannot imagine the point of voting for a candidate because they think he will govern intelligently. It is all about which candidate will give them the most money, and clearly that is McAwful.

Jaibones on September 23, 2013 at 10:47 PM

…what did I tell yah!

KOOLAID2 on September 23, 2013 at 10:43 PM

I’ll give you the credit.

But didn’t we all know what the hagfish would do?

cozmo on September 23, 2013 at 10:47 PM

…what did I tell yah!

KOOLAID2 on September 23, 2013 at 10:43 PM

.
LOL

ExpressoBold on September 23, 2013 at 10:50 PM

But didn’t we all know what the hagfish would do?

cozmo on September 23, 2013 at 10:47 PM

…when she copies and pastes the same thing every other day…we don’t need to go to Harvard!

KOOLAID2 on September 23, 2013 at 10:54 PM

canopfor on September 23, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Didn’t you know, my state has the largest Somali population in the world outside of Somalia itself, big fat fact. It has also been the Somali taxi drivers who refuse to take fares from gays, people with dogs, or someone carrying booze.

Yep, it’s paradise here, but not the really good paradise with virgins running around everywhere.

Bishop on September 23, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Virginia’s in danger of becoming the Southern New York, in that the nine-county area of New York City and its suburbs basically drive the politics of the state, and the 53 other counties upstate have little or no voice in electing the state’s top officials, or in what the state’s top officials care about, other than boilerplate lip service.

With Virginia, its the opposite geographically — it’s the counties on its northern edge, in and around the Washington area that have grown rich off of government spending from taxpayers in the other 49 states, along with the businesses and lobbying firms quartered in the area to try and get rules written their way. The northern counties are getting both more populated and Bluer as time goes on, and to those people, Terry McAuliffe is their candidate.

That in large part what the Richmond Times-Dispatch sees. McAuliffe would simply be the governor for the people living within 40-50 miles of the 14th Street Bridge into D.C., and everyone else downstate can just go pound sand (and, thanks to Virginia’s term-limited governorship, McAuliffe can do that, and try to slant the system even more away from Virginia’s southern and western counties without fear of ballot box retlaiation in 2017).

jon1979 on September 23, 2013 at 11:02 PM

None of that matters, MKH…we’re long past caring, apparently, whether someone is actually qualified for the office they seek. Or whether they’re sleazy, corrupt douchebags who even other sleazy, corrupt d’bags wouldn’t buy a used car from.

changer1701 on September 23, 2013 at 11:03 PM

Hopefully, Virginians are a lot smarter than those in another Commonwealth in Massachusetts.

bflat879

So far, it doesn’t seem like they are. There’s still time, but the fact that this piece of crap has led even one second in this race is very disturbing.

xblade on September 23, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Don’t give up on Terry yet! Moonbeam Brown ran the same type of campaign. Ask him a question he didn’t like, he’d “get back to you”. And of course, never did.

Don’t underestimate the stupidity of Democratic voters.

GarandFan on September 23, 2013 at 11:20 PM

There’s still time, but the fact that this piece of crap has led even one second in this race is very disturbing.

xblade on September 23, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Have you seen the piece of crap the GOP ran? It serves the Republicans right for cancelling the primary. LtGov Bolling would have had an easy victory.

Fortunately there is a sane person running on the Libertarian ticket; otherwise, I’d have to vote for McAuliffe.

hicsuget on September 23, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Fortunately there is a sane person running on the Libertarian ticket; otherwise, I’d have to vote for McAuliffe.

hicsuget on September 23, 2013 at 11:30 PM

There is nothing sane about Sarvis.

Sarvis is pro amnesty.
Sarvis is pro abortion even partial-birth abortions.
Sarvis is pro homosexual marriage.

Cooch is a perfectly reasonable candidate.

sentinelrules on September 23, 2013 at 11:58 PM

Why do we all say Democratic voters?

I never skip a beat and ALWAYS call them Democrat voters.. Ace, Ed, GarandFan and many more… what the reverence for their wishes? They don’t like it, let them change the name of their party to ‘The Democratic Party’ (unless they already did..) .. and even then, I would still call them Democrat voters.

preallocated on September 24, 2013 at 12:21 AM

The Times-Dispatch isn’t going to have any effect. The newspaper was traditionally conservative and trended Republican since the party became competitive in the state, and voters tend to filter out their expectations.

However, the T-D is no longer owned by the Bryan family or Media General, who sold it and most of their other newspapers to Warren Buffett’s group last year. So we might assume a liberal Democrat would get the endorsement.

I’ve said from the beginning that McAuliffe is just a wheeler-dealer whose involvement in any project guarantees it will be on the border of legality and somewhere south of ethical. Virginia may have been reliably “red” from Nixon to Obama, but it was never a Deep South state in that, which is how moderate conservatives like Chuck Robb and John Warner and Mark Warner got elected. But they also elected liberals like Doug Wilder (a man I know and like, despite our many disagreements) and Tim Kaine (who is a worthless little leftist puke).

Adjoran on September 24, 2013 at 1:20 AM

Frankly, I’m amazed the The Washington [Com]Post will tell the truth about him.

oldleprechaun on September 24, 2013 at 1:24 AM

Have you seen the piece of crap the GOP ran? It serves the Republicans right for cancelling the primary. LtGov Bolling would have had an easy victory.

Fortunately there is a sane person running on the Libertarian ticket; otherwise, I’d have to vote for McAuliffe.

hicsuget on September 23, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Bolling has lost my vote forever this year.

CJ on September 24, 2013 at 6:46 AM

Obama got away with being an unserious candidate. Guess he figures if it worked for him why not.

He only responds to questions after Bloomberg gives his okay.

iamsaved on September 24, 2013 at 7:40 AM

Virginia’s in danger of becoming the Southern New York, in that the nine-county area of New York City and its suburbs basically drive the politics of the state, and the 53 other counties upstate have little or no voice in electing the state’s top officials, or in what the state’s top officials care about, other than boilerplate lip service.

jon1979 on September 23, 2013 at 11:02 PM

There’s a lot of talk of groups of counties in other states that want to break off an form their own state. I wonder what the process would be for a state to kick a group of counties out?

Kafir on September 24, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Unserious alright, but they’ll vote for the shyster because he’ll keep the free tainted candy of every ilk coming.
These evil doers only have power because we want them to have it.
The system fails to take into account sufficiently the foul nature of fallen man.

Don L on September 24, 2013 at 8:34 AM

There’s a lot of talk of groups of counties in other states that want to break off an form their own state. I wonder what the process would be for a state to kick a group of counties out?

Kafir on September 24, 2013 at 8:29 AM

I suspect it would be called liberalmandering.

Don L on September 24, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Meanwhile, the Washington Post solidifies the other message about McAuliffe— that he’s a failed businessman in his own right who relies on cronyism and his big-government connections to survive and thrive. Thanks, taxpayers!

Vulture capitalism.™

blammm on September 24, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Have you seen the piece of crap the GOP ran? It serves the Republicans right for cancelling the primary. LtGov Bolling would have had an easy victory.

Fortunately there is a sane person running on the Libertarian ticket; otherwise, I’d have to vote for McAuliffe.

hicsuget on September 23, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Thank you for perfectly fitting my beliefs about libertarians:

Libertarians claim they care about decreasing the size of government, decreasing taxes, controlling regulations, but are also interested in “less government intrusion in our personal lives!”

In reality? Libertarians want abortion far more than they care about small government.

makattak on September 24, 2013 at 8:50 AM

There is nothing sane about Sarvis.

Sarvis is pro amnesty.
Sarvis is pro abortion even partial-birth abortions.
Sarvis is pro homosexual marriage.

Cooch is a perfectly reasonable candidate.

sentinelrules on September 23, 2013 at 11:58 PM

Good to know.

Sarvis ran for the Virginia Senate recently against Dick Saslaw. I voted for him in that election, but that’s a pretty low bar to clear.

22044 on September 24, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Yeah, but … war on womyn! Abortion!

Jaibones on September 23, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Until the media decides that it wants to be neutral in elections and only report the news instead of giving opinions in their “news” stories, conservatives will always be in the minority.

Vince on September 24, 2013 at 9:02 AM

A leftist Democrat with no clue on anything?
Say hello to Governor McAuliffe.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on September 24, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Virginia’s in danger of becoming the Southern New York, in that the nine-county area of New York City and its suburbs basically drive the politics of the state, and the 53 other counties upstate have little or no voice in electing the state’s top officials, or in what the state’s top officials care about, other than boilerplate lip service.

With Virginia, its the opposite geographically — it’s the counties on its northern edge, in and around the Washington area that have grown rich off of government spending from taxpayers in the other 49 states, along with the businesses and lobbying firms quartered in the area to try and get rules written their way. The northern counties are getting both more populated and Bluer as time goes on, and to those people, Terry McAuliffe is their candidate.

That in large part what the Richmond Times-Dispatch sees. McAuliffe would simply be the governor for the people living within 40-50 miles of the 14th Street Bridge into D.C., and everyone else downstate can just go pound sand (and, thanks to Virginia’s term-limited governorship, McAuliffe can do that, and try to slant the system even more away from Virginia’s southern and western counties without fear of ballot box retlaiation in 2017).

jon1979 on September 23, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Maybe it’s time for West Virginia, Virginia and East Virginia.

cptacek on September 24, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Or Virginia D.C. instead of East Virginia.

cptacek on September 24, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Why do we all say Democratic voters?

I never skip a beat and ALWAYS call them Democrat voters.. Ace, Ed, GarandFan and many more… what the reverence for their wishes? They don’t like it, let them change the name of their party to ‘The Democratic Party’ (unless they already did..) .. and even then, I would still call them Democrat voters.

preallocated on September 24, 2013 at 12:21 AM

What’s the big deal between Democrat and Democratic? I know Democrats lose their sh1t over it, but why?

cptacek on September 24, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Don’t give up on Terry yet! Moonbeam Brown ran the same type of campaign. Ask him a question he didn’t like, he’d “get back to you”. And of course, never did.

Don’t underestimate the stupidity of Democratic voters.

GarandFan on September 23, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Yep. And 0bama was an even worse candidate than the both of them, and these idiots elected him to the most important job in the world…. TWICE.

UltimateBob on September 24, 2013 at 10:51 AM