For those of you who live in a state other than Virginia, this post may not be of much interest that is unless you really like politics. You see we’re in the midst of a busy campaign season. Several important state-wide offices are up for grabs this November including Attorney General as well as Governor and Lt. Governor.
The Democrats have a lot riding on this campaign, besides money. If Clinton machine operative Terry McAuliffe can pull off a win, it would set an interesting precedent with regards to Virginia political outsiders making a successful go at it in Commonwealth politics. It will also signal the start of a potentially new phase in Virginia politics as regions of the state traditionally Republican and conservative, keep trending leftward and blue.
Despite allegedly trailing in the polls the past few weeks, there are early signs that Ken Cuccinelli’s campaign still has a lot of fight left in it. Cuccinelli’s new team (he recently reshuffled key personnel) will need to run a very tight and focused operation if it plans a reportedly come from behind upset such as picking up important endorsements from groups such as the Northern Virginia Technology Council PAC (NVTC). Read more about it at Bearing Drift.
There is a lot at stake for Virginia after these elections, not the least of which is the battle over the federal socialized medical system that McAuliffe seeks to impose on the taxpayers through the state’s Medicaid system.
Despite all the brouhaha from the Left about Cuccinelli’s brand of conservatism, he is the only candidate with a concrete governing plan. A good one by the way. I pray that moderate Republicans in our party, including former office holders, wise up fast and close ranks behind the Republican ticket. As for McAuliffe’s vision, consider the following statement from an NVTC member who sat in on the pre-endorsemement candidate interview sessions:
“Terry was his normal, flamboyant self,” said a board member present for both interviews. “He didn’t want to get pinned down to any details. He didn’t give any details. He was all about jobs, jobs, jobs — ‘I’m just going to take care of the situation when the time comes. I’m just going to do it.’ It was all [expletive].”
If Republicans lose the governor’s mansion, that is exactly where the state is headed unless we can hold the Assembly with healthy numbers (which it looks like we will). Cuccinelli can still win this, but gird your political loins the next few weeks. With the help of the DC political establishment, the Left is going to unleash the dogs of political war unlike nothing you’ve ever seen in the Commonwealth.