Here’s my post-election analysis of the Virginia gubernatorial race:
Ken Cuccinelli was the right candidate to run for governor on our side. Say what you want about his conservatism, which didn’t hurt him, he only narrowly lost to Terry McAuliffe 45.27% to 47.75%. Had a moderate Republican been selected, McAuliffe would have won in a landslide. Exit polling showed that Cuccinelli actually won independents on the issue of ObamaCare 47 to 38%. Thankful for grassroots groups like Women for Ken and countless volunteers for their tireless work. (Yes, it is because of them – not the RNC – that this race was a narrow loss.) Yes, Cuccinelli should have been more ruthless…McAuliffe had so much dirt, we should have exploited it better. But McAuliffe had $15 million more to vilify, defame, and lie about Ken.
Why did Cuccinelli lose? No, it’s not because he was conservative. (Cuccinelli out-performed Romney in areas he won and even won a few liberal counties.) My only concern was that Ken wasn’t aggressive enough. Lack of help from the RNC is mostly to blame and the Obama bundler-backed “libertarian” Robert Sarvis did spoil the race.
There’s a number floating around saying the RNC spent $3 million in this race. According to records, the RNC donated $85,098 to Ken’s campaign (Virginia Public Access Project). The RNC put more resources into the NJ governor race although we all knew Christie would win in a landslide. Give me a break about having limited resources. If they weren’t so intent on undermining conservative candidates, we would have won this race. Everything is local, which is why you dedicate time to winning the Governor’s Mansion. They did diddly-squat for Cuccinelli. This incompetence is only foreshadowing the imminent war between the grassroots and Establishment. Don’t say that we didn’t warn you… (More on this later.)
Robert Sarvis, that squirmy “libertarian” spoiler who was backed by an Obama campaign bundler….This guy spoiled the race and took some votes from Cuccinelli. This guy supported high taxes (gas mileage), Medicaid expansion, taxpayer subsidized abortion, and wasn’t a fan of Austrian economics. People like this creep should never EVER be given the day and time in politics. This guy screwed libertarian ideas (especially economic ones) over by aiding and abetting McAuliffe.
What’s the takeaway? Cuccinelli was fighting for you; Terry McAuliffe was fighting for his pockets and Hillary Clinton. You will reap what you sow. ObamaCare is going to hurt our great Commonwealth, and angry white liberal males who were scared about a mythical war on birth control will get full maternity coverage under ObamaCare — until they lose their HC coverage. Terry McAuliffe will try to pass a lot of executive orders to usher in Marxist policies. We must be prepared to stop him.
Fellow Virginians: I’m not giving up on the Commonwealth of Virginia and neither should you. Be prepared to fight.