Election Night 2013

No real surprises tonight. As predicted, corporate cronyist and all-around despicable Democrat Terry McAuliffe won the Virginia governor’s race, although it turned out to be much closer than expected. McAauliffe is up by one point with 98% counted. Polls a couple of weeks ago showed a double digit lead. There may be many reasons for the narrowing of the polls — receding anger over the shutdown, rising anger over Obamacare, the natural tendency of polls to narrow. But the biggest is probably that the voters of Virginia, at some point, realized they were about to elect Terry McAuliffe.

While I think Cuccinelli’s history and positions turned a lot of people away, it’s also likely that Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis, who polled a solid-for-a-third-party-that-was-stupidly-excluded-from-debates 7%, cost him the election. So in many way, this is not a bad result. McAuliffe was barely elected and looks weak and will probably be hit by a scandal before I finish this post; the Virginia House stays in Republican hands and some 150,000 Virginians supported the libertarian candidate.

In New Jersey, Christ Christie is winning by over 20 points. For all the whining his RINOhood, Christie has enacted a conservative agenda and now twice done what no Republican Presidential candidate has done since 1988: win a blue state. His speech tonight (like his convention speech in 2012) sounded more like the precursor to a Presidential run. We’ll see what develops.

Also, as expected, New York elected Bill de Blasio as mayor. de Blasio wants to massively increase taxes and spending, create universal pre-K and after school care, charge rent to charter schools and has been endorsed by every liberal celebrity under the sun. It would appear that the 20-year reign of sanity that began with Giuliani has come to a close. New York, don’t say you weren’t warned.

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  1. Thrill

    I’m ecstatic by how well Cucinelli performed despite being outspent 6:1 and pretty much abandoned by the RNC. 2014 will be a bloodbath for Democrats, thanks to Obamacare. What a magnificent year for politics!

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  2. Biggie G

    How about NJ ensconcing the minimum wage and its increases in the state constitution? That won’t cause a problem at all. I’ll bet my clients won’t be affected by this when I try to renegotiate for my self-employed ass. Maybe I can drown my sorrows in an $8 Big Mac.

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  3. Hal_10000 *

    Well, at least the Colorado voters voted down the $1 billion tax grab “for schools”. Enormous amount of out-of-state money were spent on that. Took a look at the website and almost lost my lunch over the pictures of kids holding up pro-66 signs.

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  4. West Virginia Rebel

    If the two biggest races this year (Virginia and NJ) are any indication, 2016 may either be a very good year for the Republican nominee, or a very close one for the Democrat (is that Hillary I see moving to Richmond to make Virginia her national campaign headquarters?)

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  5. InsipiD

    “Took a look at the website and almost lost my lunch over the pictures of kids holding up pro-66 signs.”

    You’re not joking. The politics of children is always a tricky thing, but this falls under Harry Reid’s ‘everyone wants to pay more taxes.’

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  6. Seattle Outcast

    Seattle decided that it’s current bike-nazi mayor wasn’t quite commie enough, so voted in Stalin without the mustache.

    And the envirotard effort to put in a labeling law on “frankenfood” got taken to the woodshed. Not sure what else happened in the region – though Boeing is following through on more union busting maneuvers that have people in the state very butthurt and worried.

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  7. Xetrov

    what no Republican Presidential candidate has done since 1988: win a blue state

    Romney would probably disagree with that statement. And LePage (Maine), Snyder (Michigan), Martinez (New Mexico), McDonnell (Viriginia), etc.

    Unless you were implying that what he did twice was win a Blue State as a Republican Presidential candidate, which he hasn’t done since he hasn’t run for that office yet.

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  8. Xetrov

    2014 will be a bloodbath for American citizens, Thrill. I’ll wager whatever anyone wants to state terms for that every person elected to a Federal office will be a career politician concerned with being re-elected more than anything else.

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  9. Seattle Outcast

    After a bit of reading a bit of mixed news here in the Puget Sound region.

    Good: they voted in electing city clowncil members by districts for 7 or the 9 positions. Previously they were ALL “at large” positions, meaning that several extreme far-left neighborhoods elected a variety of extremely “progressive” council member for decades that ran roughshod over the rest of the city. The city clowcil was extremely shocked at the vote margin, expecting business as usual to continue.

    Bad: some idiots voted in a $15 minimum wage. We all know how that is going to work out – $15 burgers and half the employees getting fired, just before they all shut down and move two blocks across the city borders.

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  10. AlexInCT

    2014 will be a bloodbath for American citizens

    ^^^THIS^^^

    The ones losing are those of us that are still productive or have spent a lifetime producing only to watch it all go up in smoke. That’s about to get even uglier in 2014.

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  11. Hal_10000 *

    If you think about it, the election of Terry McAuliffe is clinching proof that almost everything the Democrats claim to stand for is a lie:

    1) He spent most of his career in finance, bankrolling politicians and getting knee-deep in the S&L bust.

    2) He made a fortune on the Global Crossings bullshit, banking $8 million weeks before it collapsed in a gigantic pension-draining bankruptcy

    3) He’s been involved in a green startup that flew off to Mississippi when Virginia wouldn’t subsidize them enough.

    4) He was long thought to be too much of an asshole to actually run for office. After his son was born, he stopped on the way from the hospital and left his wife and child in the car for an hour while he attended a fundraiser.

    McAuliffe has no principles other than advancing his own career. He’s been at the forefront of crony capitalism, the bad intersection of money and politics and made a fortune out of the .com bust. I did my grad school at UVa and still have liberal and conservative friends down there. Neither side could belief that McAauliffe was the nominee, least of all the governor elect. He’s a piece of shit. And the voters of Virginia are about to learn that first hand.

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  12. AlexInCT

    McAuliffe has no principles other than advancing his own career.

    Hal, that’s precisely why he has always supported democrats financially, including the Clintons, and eventually ran as a democrat for office. The best way for these types of crooks to make money is to hide behind the people pretending to care & do good, or to join their ranks and really do some stealing.

    Terry decided that stealing in dribs and drabs, like he used to ehwn backing donkey polls, was for suckers. So he went for the big bucks and chose to run for office himself. Now he can steal the big money, like another famous democrat we never hear of anymore – Jon Corizine – whom managed to avoid any criminal charges by donating a large chunk of the over $2 billion he stole while running MF Global, to Black Jesus’ campaign.

    The more corrupt you are as a democrat, the more capable the people that vote for them think they are.

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  13. Mississippi Yankee

    Today 142,000 petulant, foot stomping pouty libertarians helped elect one of the biggest slime balls in democrat political history.

    Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis’ voters by virtue of the “useful idiot dynamic” propelled him into 2nd place on the Ross Perot scale of useless vote gathering. And NO Hal, he didn’t come in a strong 3rd. He ONLY tilted an important governor’s race and handed it to a truly despicable man.

    How many times must reality hit you in the nose before you see that political parties are NEVER changed by cheap theatrics ON ELECTION DAY. All change and a new direction MUST come from within. History bears out this fact over and over again.

    Granted your Johnson vote meant nothing in Nov and because you don’t vote in Virginia there is no culpability on your part today (other than your statement last week of “if I coulda”)

    It’s just that when I read your words today I have this unshakable feeling that there is a bit of a smirk upon your face as you attempt to straddle your liberally social fence.

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  14. Hal_10000 *

    Blah blah blah whine whine whine. If the Republicans hadn’t nominated a self-important delusional idiot who wanted to poke his nose into every bedroom in Virginia, they would have won in a landslide. Sarvis was the only thing approaching a choice in this election.

    One of these days, you’ll realize that Democratic Idiocy ≠ Republican Brillance

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  15. West Virginia Rebel

    Meanwhile, the guy who actually won his election against a Democrat (who got zero support from her own party) is now going to be chairman of the Republican Governors’ Association, and seems to be driving the “purists” bonkers.

    Pro:
    Many people loathe Christie, but plenty appreciate his swagger, especially in the Republican universe. The risk of Christie as a national candidate is that he’ll lose his temper at the wrong time, in the wrong way – an ugly explosion that becomes his identity and sinks his campaign. The flip side, though, is that he’s good at this game. He’s the rare politician who can talk to a room of people who disagree with them and win them over. They warm up to him, they laugh at his jokes, start to like him – then, without even realizing it, they’re working backward in their minds to tell themselves why, come to think of it, it actually wouldn’t be crazy to support him. I’ve seen him do this in rooms of skeptical Democrats. I’ve seen him do this in rooms of skeptical conservatives. And I can absolutely see him doing it in a room of skeptical Iowa Republicans two years from now.

    Con:
    The future of the GOP is not Christie but Cruz. Have the Republicans learned nothing from Romney’s loss, McCain’s loss, Dole’s loss? The lesson is simple: do not run moderates; that just hands victory to the Dems from the start. A basic test for any GOP nominee should be: Can this candidate win his own state? In Christie’s case, the question, despite Tuesday’s results, remains open. After all, he wasn’t exactly running against Hillary Clinton. Another test is: Can this candidate reclaim his own legislature for his party? If not, all the enthusiasm is empty. Republican governors in blue states that remain for all intents and purposes blue always end up doing damage to the party, racking up personal victories for themselves while selling out the party’s principles.

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  16. Mook

    If the Republicans hadn’t nominated a self-important delusional idiot who wanted to poke his nose into every bedroom in Virginia

    Hal, which of Cuccinelli’s positions could be rationally characterized as wanting to “poke his nose into every bedroom in Virginia”. Also, did you know that an Obama bundler bankrolled the “libertarian” candidate? Conveniently, the media wasn’t able to report that detail until election day.

    Didn’t that libertarian turd come out in favor of an added tax based on number of miles driven while also stating that he was “unsure” where he could cut spending? Like MY said, “useful idiot dynamic”

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  17. Mississippi Yankee

    Republican governors in blue states that remain for all intents and purposes blue always end up doing damage to the party, racking up personal victories for themselves while selling out the party’s principles.

    You are aware that, ending with Romney, Massachusetts has more often than not, had a (R) governor right? What damage did they do to their party? Which principles did they sell? And which personal victories did the rack up?

    It took a black apostle of Black Jesus to turn that around.

    And Mook, don’t expect much in the form of an actual answer from Hal. His whole soliloquy on this post was just a new and novel was to say”
    Democrats are bad m’kay but Republicans are worse. It’s pretty much his theme song.

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  18. Hal_10000 *

    Hal, which of Cuccinelli’s positions could be rationally characterized as wanting to “poke his nose into every bedroom in Virginia”.

    How about wanting to restore Virginia’s sodomy laws and supporting all manner of abortion restrictions? How about being vehemently anti-gay and spending his early career fighting public health efforts on AIDS? How about sending someone to “investigate” George Mason University’s “sex fair” (which I’m sure wasn’t intend to be as fun as it sounds).

    Then there was the guy running for Lieutenant Governor, the complete batshit crazy nutball who thinks Yoga is Satanic.

    For the “true conservative” guys like Cucinelli, the only promises they tend to keep are on restrictions of freedom.

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  19. Hal_10000 *

    Incidentally, the exit polls belie the idea that Sarvis cost Cucincelli the victory:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/11/07/robert-sarvis-didnt-cost-ken-cuccinelli-the-virginia-governors-race/

    I expect this does of reality to get the same negative response my others do. Can’t mess with the faith that the path to salvation is to run “more conservative” candidates. Since Cooch is extremely conservative and lost, the only way to maintain that faith is to do what liberals do whenever their faith is challenged: blame libertarians.

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  20. Nexus

    “Since Cooch is extremely conservative and lost, the only way to maintain that faith is to do what liberals do whenever their faith is challenged: blame libertarians.”

    That’s ok HAL. We’re used to it.

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  21. Hal_10000 *

    Romney would probably disagree with that statement. And LePage (Maine), Snyder (Michigan), Martinez (New Mexico), McDonnell (Viriginia), etc.

    The difference is that 1) Christie is already a national figure; 2) Christie enacted a much more conservative agenda.

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  22. Xetrov
    Romney would probably disagree with that statement. And LePage (Maine), Snyder (Michigan), Martinez (New Mexico), McDonnell (Viriginia), etc.

    The difference is that 1) Christie is already a national figure; 2) Christie enacted a much more conservative agenda.

    Which still doesn’t explain what you are claiming in your opening post, that being what Christie has “now twice done” that no one else has done since 1988.

    If it’s “win a Blue State” as a Republican gubernatorial candidate, you’re flat wrong a dozen times over.

    If it’s “win a Blue State” as a Repulican Presidential Candidate, you’re flat wrong because he’s never run for that office.

    Pushing for stricter Gun Controls, and endorsing the New Jersey version of the “Dream Act” isn’t exactly part of a “much more conservative agenda.”

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  23. Mook

    How about wanting to restore Virginia’s sodomy laws and supporting all manner of abortion restrictions? How about being vehemently anti-gay and spending his early career fighting public health efforts on AIDS? How about sending someone to “investigate” George Mason University’s “sex fair” (which I’m sure wasn’t intend to be as fun as it sounds

    Glad to see you dutifully parrotting all the leftwing talking points while avoiding any mention that the “libertarian” you are defending was a left leaning Dem plant bankrolled by an Obama financial bundler. It’s all part of Cuccinelli’s War on Women I suppose.

    First, the Sodomy law is much ado over jack shlit. A textbook Alinsky attack to mischaracterize and misdirect. Cuccinelli is on record as saying that his proposed sodomy laws would NOT apply to consenting adults. Sodomy laws are virtually never used to prosecute consentual private relations, but instead used as an additional charge. He specifically brought up cases of older men soliciting sex from under-18 girls as an example of where the law would apply. For example, a 47 yr old solicited sex from a 17 yr. old girl, but the age of consent in VA is 15. Whether you support or oppose his proposed law, it shouldn’t be anywhere close to being a major issue that you and your fellow travelers have imagined it to be, unless the intent is to willfully deceive in order to paint Cuccinelli into something he’s not.

    Second, the libertarian is on the record as supporting the adding of a new tax based on the number of miles you drive. How’s that for a great “free market” idea? He is also on record as saying that he doesn’t know where he could cut state spending. Oh my, where could we possibly cut? In short, he was/is a leftist idiot posing as a libertarian. Too bad you were blinded by Cuccinelli’s War on Women

    Third, McAullife’s “no restrictions” position on abortion is more extreme and out of the mainstream than Cuccinelli’s, even if it makes you feel self-important to pretend otherwise.

    Cuccinelli on the other hand, was on the tip of the spear fighting and litigating against Obamacare, the largest most pernicious big govt. power grab in decades. He also took on the EPA in VA and WON. He is a do-er and a fighter against major leftist initiatives, and FAR more conservative than the libertarian mercenary.

    So yeah, I am pointing fingers at Sarvis and all the idiots who voted for and defended him. While patting themselves on their back, they helped put a serious scumbag into an important state governorship. If Sarvis was a sincere Ron Paul type who wasn’t taking $$ from Obama bundlers and not telling people about it, then you’d have a decent point. But with Sarvis and your drama queen talking points about Cuccinelli, you don’t.

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  24. Hal_10000 *

    Which still doesn’t explain what you are claiming in your opening post, that being what Christie has “now twice done” that no one else has done since 1988.

    Not what no one else has done; what no GOP Presidential candidate has done since 1988. Every election, the GOP basically writes off 40% of the country then complains than their candidate lost because he wasn’t conservative enough. In 1988, Bush was competitive in almost every state, with Rhode Island showing the lowest support at 43%. In 2012, there were 15 states were Romney polled worse. The GOP’s strategy, if you can call it that, is to win the red states and hopefully get enough of about 10 battleground states to eek out a narrow victory. The idea of a landslide is gone (as is any GOP congressional representation from large swathes of the country).

    Here’s a guy who enacted a conservative agenda in a blue state and won re-election by 20 points. Here’s a guy who could potentially turn the entire map red. Here’s a guy who shows that this received wisdom that conservatives can’t win blue states is bullshit. And the response of the GOP rump is to declare him a RINO that they could never support.

    Mook:

    Yes, I’m sure that $10,000 (out of several hundred thousand raised) was all part of Obama’s nefarious plan to tip an election where the Democrat was getting millions in outside contributions and winning, at that stage, by double digits. For a certified idiot, this Obama guy sure comes up with some cunning plans. In this case, it involved a billionaire contributing to a PAC that contributed to Sarvis. OMG, we’re through the looking glass! It’s not like other rich guys ever contribute money to multiple parties to make sure they have influence in the … oh, wait.

    (One of the untold stories about Obama’s election is just how many rich corporate cronyists were supporting him. And how many more rich guys supported him because they didn’t want their businesses getting stomped on. Is Liemandt one of those? Or is he an evil nefarious tool of the grand chess master Obama? I don’t know and neither do you.)

    Again, I point to the exit poll which showed that Sarvis drew more people away from McAuliffe than Cuccinelli.

    As for the Sodomy Law, Cuccinelli was trying to restore the existing law — which included adults — and made it clear that at least part of his problem is with homosexual acts (http://hamptonroads.com/2009/10/steve-shannon-attorney-general). After the Lawrence decision, Virginia tried to update their sodomy law to be in compliance, but Cuccinelli opposed it. If he’s concerned about a 47 y/o going after a 17 y/o, why not raise the age of consent? Why not pass a law outlawing any solicitation of sex from a 17 y/o, not just oral? Why not have agreed to rewrite the law ten years ago? Because that wouldn’t allow him to go after gays.

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  25. CM

    Tax based on the number of miles you drive sounds like attempting to allocate costs to those that generate them. User pays as opposed to subsidisation. Which is certainly a market approach.

    I know Cuccinelli as the science-denier nutjob who decided to go an expensive and pointless witch-hunt against Mann. It was such a blatantly partisan move that even some climate change deniers spoke out against it. Which is simply unheard of.
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attorney_General_of_Virginia's_climate_science_investigation

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  26. Hal_10000 *

    CM, I didn’t want to raise that issue and spark yet another global warming debate. But it was a big concern of mine: an attorney general who said he should be allowed to go on a fishing expedition of Mann’s personal correspondence — Mann not having been accused of misconduct or criminal acts — because Climategate or something.

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  27. Section8

    Tax based on the number of miles you drive sounds like attempting to allocate costs to those that generate them. User pays as opposed to subsidisation. Which is certainly a market approach.

    Don’t know how it works in NZ, but in this country cars run on fuel, not miles. No need to track anyone mileage wise if the concern is about fuel usage. Taxes are already factored in at the pump. Then as your car runs it burns the fuel, and to get more you have to go back to the pump. Your car will not get more miles than the fuel you put into it. Hopefully that will help clarify things.

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  28. AlexInCT

    Don’t know how it works in NZ, but in this country cars run on fuel, not miles. No need to track anyone mileage wise if the concern is about fuel usage.

    It’s about making sure you know that they will know wherever you go or are. This is the resurgence of fascism & communisms all might state.

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  29. Section8

    As far as Cuccinelli is social views are crap. The GOP needs to get away from worrying about who is fucking who. Who gives a rat’s ass? It’s not what is putting this country at risk, and distracts from the topics that are putting the country at risk. Then there is Joe public out there that only believes in the idea of smaller government in theory, and that’s the biggest problem of all.

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  30. Mook

    If he’s concerned about a 47 y/o going after a 17 y/o, why not raise the age of consent?

    Does this really need to be spelled out for you Hal? A relationship between a 19 yr old and 17 yr old is very different than a 47 yr. old soliciting sex from a 17 yr. old. Does it make more sense, as you suggest, to raise the age of consent for everyone, or find another tool to go after the sexual predators?

    Cuccinelli believes homosexuality is wrong as do a lot of Christians, Muslims and Jews. I recall one of the most liberal states in the country voting for Prop. 8, so stop the pretend game that Cucinelli’s view on disapproving homosexual behavior are somehow a “tiny fringe” belief.

    These issues are distorted and exaggerated to an extreme by the left in an attempt to deceive and mischaracterize. On the MOST important issues, Cuccinelli was far more conservative and willing to fight against liberal legislation than his phony libertarian opponent. No candidate is perfect. It’s a leftist tendency to focus on issues of LOW importance to create a tempest in a teapot to distract from the more important issues.

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  31. Hal_10000 *

    Does this really need to be spelled out for you Hal? A relationship between a 19 yr old and 17 yr old is very different than a 47 yr. old soliciting sex from a 17 yr. old. Does it make more sense, as you suggest, to raise the age of consent for everyone, or find another tool to go after the sexual predators?

    It’s called Romeo and Juliet laws. I’ve blogged about them. Cuccinelli can believe anything he wants on homosexuality. I draw the line when he wants to enshrine it into law.

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  32. Mook

    I draw the line when he wants to enshrine it into law

    So in terms of priorities, in your view does Cuccinelli’s support of Sodomy law trump his track record in fighting Obamacare and the EPA among other conservative actions and positions? Does the Sodomy law disqualify him as the best candidate in your judgment? If so, can cite any case where sodomy laws were used in VA to harass consenting adults since Cuccinelli was in state office?

    We know the libertarian in this race had some big govt. ideas, in addition to being financed by Obama cronies.

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  33. Hal_10000 *

    So in terms of priorities, in your view does Cuccinelli’s support of Sodomy law trump his track record in fighting Obamacare and the EPA among other conservative actions and positions?

    Oh, please. Cuccinelli’s lawsuit over Obamacare was dismissed by the courts. When it came to the SCOTUS decision, he was not involved. He didn’t write the arguments, he didn’t speak to the Supreme Court. His victory over the EPA was on stormwater runoff. His challenges to greenhouse gas regulation and efficiency standards were dismissed (also lacking standing). In each of these cases, it was quite clear that his suits were not going anywhere. So spare me the image of Cuccinelli as the brave man who took on Obama and won. He files high-profile lawsuits on hot button issues than go nowhere.

    The sodomy law isn’t the only reason to oppose Cuccinelli. There’s the legal pursuit of people he doesn’t like (see CM’s post above). He issued an order for law enforcement to check immigration status of anyone they stopped — there not being an actual law authorizing this. He’s a vehement sex work prohibitionist, supports searches of student phones for evidence of sexting and pushed for abstinence only education.

    He’s promised to cut spending. Yea. What I’ve learned over the last few years if that making a devil’s bargain with hard culture warrior and power player like Cuccinelli almost always ends with us getting screwed. They have been very big lately on pushing culture war issues (gay marriage bans, transvaginal probes, abortion bans, creationism) and expanding law enforcement authority and notso-hotso on actually reducing the size and power of government.

    I disagree with Sarvis on a number of things, including the GPS business. He’s not an ideal candidate by any means. But in the choice between corrupt shitbag McAuliffe and culture warrior Cuccinelli, he was the best choice, IMHO. YMMV.

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  34. Mississippi Yankee

    I disagree with Sarvis on a number of things, including the GPS business. He’s not an ideal candidate by any means. But in the choice between corrupt shitbag McAuliffe and culture warrior Cuccinelli, he was the best choice, IMHO. YMMV.

    DamnHal, you Ivory Tower Elitist have never been know to be practicable people but your self-justification in supporting Sarvis appears to be directly dripping out of that bleeding heart you’re wearing in your sleeve.

    Can your first pro Hillary post be far away? May I suggest that you lose some of that post baby flab before you attempt to twist yourself up into “those” knots. Perhaps some satanic yoga to start off.

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  35. CM

    Mook/Section8, I misread that completely…obviously distracted or something at the time.
    I’ll need to look up what was proposed, and how it was not in fact ‘user pays’ or an attempt to allocate costs.

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  36. Xetrov

    Not what no one else has done; what no GOP Presidential candidate has done since 1988.

    It’s not that difficult, Hal. From the OP –

    now twice done what no Republican Presidential candidate has done since 1988: win a blue state.

    Since you tried to clarify that you meant GOP Presidential Candidate – When did he run as the Republican Presidential candidate, and further when did he twice win a blue state running for that office?

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