So as many of you heard, Virginia is getting a new governor. A slime-coated, plastic, corrupt little despot by the name of Terry McAuliffe. How this noxious carpetbagger was able to march into Virginia and get thousands of people to give them their vote was an unfortunate combination of an incompetent campaign run by the minions of Republican Ken Cuccinelli, a smear campaign run by Democrat operatives, with the support of the libertarians, the scumbaggery of corrupt RINO politicians in Richmond and outright betrayal by the establishment GOP, exacerbated by Lt. Governor Bill Bolling’s hissy fit, because it was HIS TURN TO BE GOVERNOR, DAMMIT!, and the lack of support from the GOP and from big business, whom Cuccinelli pissed off more than once.
I’ve seen numerous Facebook posts and Internet articles debating whether Libertarian Robert Sarvis took away more votes from McAuliffe or Cuccinelli.
I would submit to you that it does not matter. At. All. And here’s why.
No one is entitled to a vote. Every person running for public office needs to run their own campaign, emphasizing their strengths and promoting their view of government and public service. If the people agree he or she is the best one for the job, they cast their vote accordingly. Sarvis didn’t “take away” votes from anyone. He had his own fan club, and 7 percent of voters in Virginia gave him their confidence, either because they believed he was the best one for the job, or because they were sick and tired of the two major parties.
Cuccinelli’s people ran an incompetent campaign. Cuccinelli is a pretty damn good liberty candidate. It’s true that he’s a social conservative, and a religious one at that. He believes life begins at conception. He does not personally support gays getting married. That said, he also wants to get the government out of marriage, and while gay marriage is against his PERSONAL beliefs, he has said his goal is to “make Virginia a place where everyone has equal opportunity.” When asked about abortion restrictions, he told the Washington Post a few months ago, “I do not expect to use the political capital of the governor’s office to be moving those pieces of legislation. My focus is on job creation and job growth.” And he’s actually open to marijuana legalization!
And yet, when Democrats and libertarians began to advance the narrative about Cuccinelli being a misogynistic Neanderthal early in the game, the Cuccinelli campaign allowed them to define him, instead of striking back hard and striking back early. They didn’t define their candidate. They allowed those whose goal was to defeat him to do so. And guess what! It worked! McAuliffe spent millions of dollars he received from sources outside Virginia – sources interested in seeing him win the governorship – on sliming Cuccinelli as someone who wants to regulate women’s vaginas and anal sex!
Guess what! Twenty percent of Virginia’s voters admitted in exit polls that abortion was their top issue! ABORTION. Not the disastrous health care law. Not the economy. Abortion. McAuliffe’s support was pretty strong among women, who just happen to be the sole recipients of abortion procedures, and apparently voted with their genitals, not their brains.
And what did you think would happen if Virginians were consistently bombarded with ads falsely claiming Cuccinelli was a monster who would ban abortion, legislate their vaginas and wanted to ban birth control (an outright lie, by the way – I read the legislation the liberals allege would ban contraception, and there’s no mention of it and no way it could be construed to even attempt to ban birth control)? What would happen if loud libertarian voices echoed that message from every corner on the Internet? Exactly what happened. The “Vagina First” voters came out in droves to vote against Cuccinelli, because VAGINA!
Bill Bolling, who has had sand in his vagina ever since the upstart Cuccinelli got himself nominated for the GOP candidacy for governor, has been trying to sabotage the Republican’s campaign from the start. First, desperate to split the GOP vote, Bolling, desperate to get even, contemplated running for governor as an independent. He refused to do the classy thing, preferring to be a sore loser, and wouldn’t endorse Cuccinelli for governor. Then, he tried to persuade the Northern Virginia Technology Council to rescind their endorsement of Cuccinelli in favor of McAuliffe. Meanwhile, RINO scum comprised of Eric Cantor’s former chief-of-staff, joined the McAuliffe campaign, after his buddy Bolling didn’t get “his turn.” With friends like that, who needs enemies!
Governor Bob McDonnell’s corruption scandal dragged Cuccinelli in knee-deep. Unfortunately the Star Scientific scandal took its toll on Cuccinelli, even though he wound up giving the money to charity. ABC news reported in August that voters overall were divided about the candidates for governor when it came to honesty and trustworthiness, though the McAuliffe’s numbers were slightly better. McAuliffe. Even AFTER revelations about an SEC investigation regarding worker visas secured by his car company, GreenTech, and the way in which the firm attracted wealthy foreign investors. If you think McDonnell’s corruption had nothing to do with Cuccinelli’s defeat, I have a bridge to sell you.
The establishment, traitorous, corporate-welfare loving RINOs actively sabotaged Cuccinelli. There’s not much I can say that the linked article hasn’t said already.
Remember that the establishment came out hard four years ago for the now-tainted RINOish governor Bob McDonnell, but this year largely left the cash-strapped Cuccinelli to his own devices against the fabulously wealthy Terry McAuliffe, the Democrats’ Daddy Warbucks.
According to the Virginia Public Access Project, key GOP fundraising organs lavished funds in the 2009 election cycle on the ethically slippery McDonnell. The Republican Party of Virginia and the Republican National Committee gave McDonnell $2,704,348 and $2,253,500, respectively.
In the 2013 election cycle, the two big political committees were stingy, according to available data. As of Oct. 23, the Republican Party of Virginia had given Cuccinelli $843,085, and the RNC had coughed up a paltry $85,098 for the gubernatorial candidate.
As much as we hate to think that elections are won with money, they’re won with money. McAuliffe had millions of it, and he used it to bombard Virginia with television and radio ads, painting Cuccinellli as some kind of Taliban imam who would wrap women in burqas and force them to stay home barefoot and pregnant (as opposed to leaving them in the car crying with a newborn, while you attend a fundraiser). Meanwhile, the GOP stood on the sidelines and did practically nothing.
Misinformation came from all ends. It wasn’t just the Democrats who besieged the airwaves and social media with the mythical war on women allegedly being waged by Cuccinelli. Yeah, those lofty libertarians piled on as well. From every corner of the Interverse, all I heard was how Cooch was a tyrant, how he was a theocrat, how he wanted to legislate vaginas and sex… all from the libertarian camp. And that wasn’t just the “war on women and gays” that the libertarians spread misinformation about! Even on issues such as gun rights, the Sarvis campaign tried to tank Cuccinelli, who was by the way, one of the most pro-gun candidates we’ve ever had! EVER. He cites this RPV effort to get gun owner info via the Freedom of Information Act, ignoring the fact that there’s not a single indication that KC supported this effort, and Mark Obenshain actually tried to stop this effort. But hey, don’t let that stop the Sarvis campaign of falsely tying Cuccinelli to something he didn’t do! Between the dogpile about Cuccinelli’s supposed misogyny and the faux connection between Cuccinelli and the RPV’s efforts to invade the privacy of gun owners, I don’t ever want to hear Sarvis complain about how he’s been slandered as a Democrat plant! EVER!
Frankly, I want nothing to do with Sarvis. Period. While he wasn’t a bad candidate, I supported Cuccinelli as the candidate whose views more closely matched mine in matters most important to me. I would have been happy to vote for Sarvis, had the GOP candidate been a corrupt scumbag like Bolling, but I honestly thought Cuccinelli was the better man for the job. Meanwhile, Sarvis admitted to Rob personally that he knew he had no hope of winning. His was a campaign to teach the GOP a lesson. And that lesson helped Terry McAuliffe to the governor’s mansion. Meanwhile the LP is jumping around squawking about how the Sarvis campaign helped spread the message of liberty.
Yeah. Right. By running a candidate who had no chance of winning with the goal of “spreading the message,” they helped tank a decent candidate – not perfect by any means, but decent – in favor of a corrupt, plastic, slimy leftist carpetbagger who couldn’t care less about Virginia, doesn’t know about Virginia and is using Virginia as a rung on his political ladder. They sent the message that they will whine about misinformation spread about them, while doing a whole lot of mudslinging of their own. They sent the message that bigots exist everywhere – bigots who will discount a religious candidate, because… OH NOES! VAGINA LEGISLATION! And they sent the message that it’s perfectly OK to elect a slimy, smarmy, corrupt leftist, who will work hard to relieve Virginians of gun rights, property rights and the right to make choices regarding their own health care, just to punish the social conservatives.
I’m all for spreading the message of liberty, but not at the expense of ACTUAL liberty, of which McAuliffe will work to relieve us.
And while I don’t believe, like some, that Sarvis was a Democratic plant, he certainly did his part to help McAuliffe get elected – and it wasn’t by siphoning votes.