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WaPo: Say, that McAuliffe tells a hell of a (false) story [link fixed]

posted at 11:28 am on October 11, 2013 by

I’m prepared to cut the Post some slack on its coverage of Terry McAuliffe.  After all, they were practically the only news media to point out that the rest of the Caramadre story made the Virginia Democrat look pretty bad, even once the AP’s atrocious reporting was taken out of the equation.  Their fact-check of an oft-used anecdote in McAuliffe’s stump speech has a headline that makes it sound charming, but the reporting by Laura Vozzella is actually quite a bit more harsh:

It’s a standard nugget in Terry McAuliffe’s stump speech, a tale of government procurement gone so bad that $800 taxpayer-funded chairs blocked the careers of 100 would-be nursing students.

Very little of it is true.

Here’s how the Democratic candidate for governor has been telling it:

McAuliffe met a college president who grumbled about having to buy campus furnishings from the state. Assembled by prisoners under a training program, the furniture is overpriced, with some chairs costing $800. If the school, Piedmont Virginia Community College, could buy from private stores instead, it could use the savings to enroll the 100 qualified nursing students it turns away each year.

Here are the facts:

Piedmont hasn’t turned away anything close to 100 applicants for nursing school. Even if it had, the college could not possibly squeeze the $400,000-a-year cost of instructing them out of its prison furniture purchases, which were below $100,000 last year. Piedmont is not even required to buy furniture from the state, though it must get a waiver to shop elsewhere.

As for the “$800 chairs,” McAuliffe’s campaign tried to back up that claim by providing information about a single $600 chair.

But other than that — yeah, that’s exactly what needs fixing in Virginia.

Vozzella notes a number of whoppers from McAuliffe during the campaign.  It should be required reading for Virginia voters.

Update: I forgot to put in the link, which makes it difficult for a must-read piece.  It’s fixed now.

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He’s a liberal Dem. They lie.

chewmeister on October 11, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Yes, a few weeks away from the election when they have been tearing down Cuccinelli. Great job WaPo, great job. You get what you pushed for.

ojfltx on October 11, 2013 at 11:41 AM

government procurement gone so bad that $800 taxpayer-funded chairs blocked the careers of 100 would-be nursing students.

And I think we can all agree that Cuccinelli would similarly block the dreams of those nice, young, female, would-be nursing students by outlawing the education of women.

steebo77 on October 11, 2013 at 11:42 AM

He’s a liberal Dem. They lie.

chewmeister on October 11, 2013 at 11:39 AM

The problem is that they actually believe the lies they are telling and repeating so convincingly that they become accepted as the truth. And the truth then becomes the lie.

That’s what happens when the mentally ill democrap politicians talk to the mentally ill libtard populous. And then the mentally ill libtard populous votes.

NOMOBO on October 11, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Vozzella notes a number of whoppers from McAuliffe during the campaign. It should be required reading for Virginia voters.

I’d like to read it too, but I can’t find it. There’s no link to it here.

J.S.K. on October 11, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Ed: Thanks for posting the link now.

J.S.K. on October 11, 2013 at 1:15 PM

McAuliffe, like Obama, has correctly perceived that his potential voters are those just too stupid to figure this stuff out. $800 chairs, $400,000 nursing students, budgets, and all that other math stuff be hard.

So basically it does little good to urge Virginia voters to read the article. If Virginia voters were intelligent enough to do a little basic research on candidates, they would already know McAuliffe is a cheap con artist and a serial liar. But we don’t recruit smart people to vote, we fall all over ourselves to make it ever easier for idiots to vote.

If not for all these ridiculous efforts like motor-voter, same-day registration, and unrestricted early voting, far fewer of these ill-informed marginal voters would cast ballots. But that would not be good for the Democratic Party.

Adjoran on October 11, 2013 at 2:25 PM

This POS has always been a lying sack.

rjoco1 on October 11, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Dems lie because the media allows them to. That needs to change.

paul1149 on October 11, 2013 at 11:53 PM

Virginia will get the government it deserves

Iblis on October 12, 2013 at 11:11 PM