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Ken Cuccinelli
Here we go again.
Move over Joe Walsh, Steve King, Michele Bachmann, Allen West, Bobby Jindal, Todd Akin, Jan Brewer, Sarah Palin and Zombie Ronald Reagan. The far-right has a new national hero, and it's Virginia Republican Ken Cuccinelli. That crazy bastard is going places!
On the day his chief rival for the GOP gubernatorial nod dropped out of contention, Virginia  Republicans rallied around Cuccinelli — their attorney general who spearheaded a lawsuit against Obamacare and ruled in 2010 that police officers are allowed to check the immigration status of those they stop or arrest.
Cuccinelli hasn't won the governorship yet, mind you, but he's got all the right fixins to become the newest Republican national darling and/or national embarrassment. He hates all the right things, and is willing to spend heaps of other people's money to screw with the things he hates:
As attorney general, Cuccinelli sued the Environmental Protection Agency over greenhouse gas regulations. He lost a court fight to release the emails of a University of Virginia professor who studies climate change. He pushed for building regulations that make it harder for abortion clinics to operate. He issued advisory opinions that made it harder for schools to prevent students from bringing guns onto campus.
He's Arizona-plus levels of crabby about immigration:
He then lists accomplishments on immigration such as seeking to use the office of the attorney general to implement E-Verify for state employers, opposition to in-state tuition for illegal immigrants and the fact that he sponsored a law that allows termination of state contractors who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
He's got the requisite people saying that once you get to know him, he seems real nice for an anti-everything far-right aggressively mean asshole:
“He’s totally normal. That’s what gets me,” [Dave] Albo said. “When Ken was in the Senate, we’d play pool late at night and drink beer. He’s funny. He’s nice. … The problem is it’s very hard to have a personal conversation with eight and a half million people. … He’s really going to have to go out and meet people. I just don’t think we win this thing on the air.”
And the right establishment Republicans worrying that maybe putting an anti-Obamacare, anti-immigrant, pro-guns-in-schools anti-abortion climate-denier out as the fresh new face of their party is maybe, you know, stupid:
“If the attorney general is the nominee, we don’t yet know what themes he will run on,” [Former VA Gov. Jim Gilmore] said after Bolling’s announcement. “We don’t know whether his background is something he can run on. … There’s no way of answering that question yet.”.
All the elements are in place for the rise of a new tea party hero, so you'll be hearing a lot about Cuccinelli in the next year. It couldn't have come at a more opportune time, either. Conservative heroes tend to have a short shelf life, frequently losing their national appeal somewhere near the moment when people start actually paying attention to them. Let's watch, shall we?

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  •  Oh Boy! (16+ / 0-)

    He's more batshit crazy than Michelle Bachmann.  Name an issue and he's somewhere on Pluto.  He's probably got a position on Pluto being a planet.

    "It's too LATE to stop now!" - John Lee Hooker

    by Rolfyboy6 on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:03:22 PM PST

    •  Pluto isn't even a planet anymore (0+ / 0-)

      This guy is working the extremist crowd for votes and activism. Compare his campaign with Adolph Hitler's, stirring up the anti-Semitic crowd in the 1930's. Tell me, short of the time difference, how his campaign differs from the Nazis.

      Who's up for countering his wacko ideology? We have the 'Net on our side and all its allies. Silence this idiot and its ridiculousness. Drown it.

      •  See, you have a position on Pluto (3+ / 0-)
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        Eyesbright, Tfill, grover

        Why can't he?  It's a terribly important one too.

        Are you by any chance missing the point of Hunter's post?  Let the Cooch expose himself in public.

        "It's too LATE to stop now!" - John Lee Hooker

        by Rolfyboy6 on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:26:58 PM PST

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        •  Letting Mitt Romney speak into a microphone-- (0+ / 0-)

          -- and his pals Murdock, Koster and Akin too-- was probably our best strategy: with a little help from the unnamed fundraiser microphone-placer, of course.

          I see no reason to back away from a winning strategy.

          © grover

          So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

          by grover on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 03:08:37 AM PST

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  •  The Kook is NOT going to be governor of Virginia (36+ / 0-)

    if we lady-Virginians have anything to say about it.

    You did a good job of hitting the highlights of the Ayatollah General's career to date, Hunter, but here's another one:  he tried to ban lady-students at Virginia colleges from obtaining birth control pills at their college clinics.

    The bastard.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:04:34 PM PST

    •  I hope not since the VA Gov… (3+ / 0-)
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      charliehall2, JustGiaco, Aunt Pat

      …has gone to the contra White House party since 1977.

      Teh stoopidTM, it hurts. Buy smart, union-printed, USA-made, signs, stickers, swag for everyone: Get your We are the 99% Yard Sign.

      by DemSign on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:12:16 PM PST

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      •  Cooch for Goob? (0+ / 0-)

        Yes, and VA had gone Republican in every presidential race since 1964 -- until 2008.

        It really is turnout, isn't it?  That's why I support McAuliffe.  Contrary to what some people seem to think, he's the candidate he need, persuasive and funny on the stump, and with his own kind of business/ economic cred.

        People who supported Moran or Deeds last time out should give Terry a second look.  He'll give our people plenty of reasons to cometo the polls.

        •  Well, let us hope. This site was filled in 2010 by (1+ / 0-)
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          people supposedly on our side blasting McAuliffe and crying that Mr. Deeds was "not inspiring them" so look who we have in Richmond now. In that "sit out" of 2010 for whatever reason, and there was a sit out, we got the Cooch Kook as AG in his escape from a senate district increasingly hostile to his kind and the loss of some very good local representatives, Margaret Vanderhye being one.

          Look at the results that put him in as AG. He lost Fairfax County 129,267 to 141,452. Fairfax County! The official county results shows 626,961 registered voters for that election. There we go again with another low turnout, at least on our side, election giving this guy another leg up. His first office had county totals of 111,135 registered and 18,405 of us turning out for a glorious 16.6%! He and Virginia's oddball (apparently intentional from segregation days) state official cycle far away from federal cycles tend to give him that leg up.

          The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

          by pelagicray on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 08:07:18 AM PST

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    •  He is if the Democrats can't come up with (6+ / 0-)
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      Aunt Pat, gfre, devis1, colleen, sturunner, MHB

      anyone better than Terry McAuliffe.

    •  Ah, there it is. The woman-controlling plank. (1+ / 0-)
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      I kept reading for it since everything else fit. I was ready to be pleasantly surprised--and my surprise would have been great indeed--in case this was the one person with the platform listed in this diary who does not, in fact, want to control women.

      I'm amazed by people's courage and kindness in the face of everything and life.

      by LaraJones on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:18:52 PM PST

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    •  Hey! Condoms for men, no pills for women! It is (0+ / 0-)

      God's law (or something).

      Save the Home Planet

      by Mayfly on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:59:55 PM PST

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      •  Transrectal ultrasounds for men who are (11+ / 0-)

        contemplating taking Viagra!  And they must watch a 30-minute film on the effects of priapism and get their wives' consent to get a prescription for Viagra.

        Wouldn't it be funny if LADIES controlled the Virginia legislature and passed those laws restricting men's freedom!

        "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

        by Diana in NoVa on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 03:02:38 PM PST

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        •  Diana in NoVa, obviously you are a bad girl. :-) (2+ / 0-)
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          Save the Home Planet

          by Mayfly on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 03:05:38 PM PST

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          •  Actually, Sen. Janet Howell proposed this... (2+ / 0-)
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            grover, Diana in NoVa

            ...or something very like it.   Sen. Howell (D-Arl/Fairfax), responded to the ultrasound bill with a sarcastic, yet pointed floor amendment, proposing that:

            Prior to prescribing medication for erectile dysfunction, a physician shall perform a digital rectal examination and a cardiac stress test. Informed consent for these procedures shall be given at least 24 hours before the procedures are performed.
            The amendment lost, of course, but only 21-19.

            I am strongly hoping that everyone concerned with reproductive rights in Virginia remembers this, and comes out to vote Democratic this year, whoever is our candidate.  If we take the Governorship, these kind of bills can be vetoed. If we take the Lt. Governorship, we regain control of the Senate, which is currently tied.  

    •  Yeah, the problem with idiots like this gaining (1+ / 0-)
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      office is that while they make the crazy apparent, they do so much damage!

      Cats are better than therapy, and I'm a therapist.

      by Smoh on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 05:15:54 PM PST

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    •  That's funny (but good): women are going to (2+ / 0-)
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      Eyesbright, totallynext

      keep the cooch out of the governor's office.
      Good time for a woman governor of VA.

      You can't make this stuff up.

      by David54 on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 05:31:01 PM PST

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  •  Just when I thought (5+ / 0-)

    I had overdone the monthly popcorn purchase ...
    Thank you GOP.

  •  Check out the videos here: (7+ / 0-)
    This is hilarious.

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    by annrose on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:07:33 PM PST

  •  Heh, I have his campaign slogan picked out! (9+ / 0-)

    Picture this, you see a woman heading to a PP clinic and then ol' Ken would show up to prevent her from entering and say --

    "Whoa, Nelly! It's Cuccinelli!"

    That'll be sure to win him some votes!

    To me progress is not so much a goal as it is a process and I believe it will not follow a straight course. Remember, the drops of water that form the river may not take the shortest path but they will still reach the ocean.

    by ontheleftcoast on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:07:59 PM PST

  •  Sometimes I think of this cartoon: (3+ / 0-)
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    One piece of free advice to the GOP: Drop the culture wars, explicitly.

    by Inland on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:08:05 PM PST

  •  He's a walking catastrophe... (2+ / 0-)
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    DemSign, charliehall2

    ...but he actually could beat Terry McAuliffe.

  •  let's not forget him suggesting Obama only won (10+ / 0-)

    thanks to voter fraud

    ACOBUS: There needs to be a way for people to be able to report this stuff and have it looked into. I mean, just across the country, we’re hearing so many stories. And people can talk about it, but nothing seems to be done. And, in fact in these states where voter ID is required to vote…

    WILSON: Photo ID.

    JACOBUS: Photo ID. Voter photo ID.

    Obama lost every one of those states. He can’t win a state where photo ID is required. So clearly there’s something going on out there and until there’s a way to have something done about it where when you report it, you know it’s going to be looked into, the other side just says “Oh, well, you’re just poor losers,” and that sort of thing.

    CUCCINELLI: Your tone suggests you’re a little upset with me. You’re preaching to the choir. I’m with you completely.

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:09:38 PM PST

  •  I love the "accomplishment" of (2+ / 0-)
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    Eyesbright, DSPS owl

    "seeking to use the office of the attorney general to implement E-Verify for state employers" - conservative Republcians will NEVER create a means to check illegal workers. Hiring illegals is the bread-and-butter of wage suppression.

    Send conservatives to for re-education.

    by filthyLiberalDOTcom on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:10:25 PM PST

  •  The question I have is "who do we have that has a (1+ / 0-)
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    real shot in the race?

    •  Jim Webb? (2+ / 0-)
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      Gordon20024, OldDragon

      Its a consideration...He does appeal to  moderate republicans..and he has won a statewide election.

    •  Tom Perriello, hopefully. (2+ / 0-)
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      skohayes, Eyesbright

      He's young, but Tom Perriello has cred.

      Perriello was Special Advisor to the international prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, where he worked with child soldiers, amputees, and local pro-democracy groups, and helped to prosecute warlords. He later became the Court's Spokesman and helped to indict Liberian dictator Charles Taylor, peacefully forcing him from power. He has worked as a consultant to the International Center for Transitional Justice in Kosovo (2003), Darfur (2005), and Afghanistan (2007) where he worked on justice-based security strategies. Perriello has also been a fellow at The Century Foundation and consultant to the National Council of Churches of Christ. He helped to launch, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, and is a co-founder of and, an international on-line community of 3.3 million members, operating in 12 languages, dedicated to building a global response to "problems without borders" such as climate change
      I'm ready to cast my lot with Tom Perriello. He has the background and religious cred that's necessary in this state. He's of the same cloth as Tim Kaine (newly elected Senator to replace Jim Webb).

      I admire his attitude. more than anything. He's a fighter and a person of stature I would support fully.

      Tom comes across as an honest and trustworthy neighbor. Someone you'd ask to keep an eye on your house while you were out of town. He's that kind of guy.

      What, sir, would the people of the earth be without woman? They would be scarce, sir, almighty scarce. Mark Twain

      by Gordon20024 on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:42:41 PM PST

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    •  anyone really (2+ / 0-)
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      OldDragon, Virginia Victory

      Cooch might be toxic enough that he takes himself out without us.  He's certainly no McDonnell who can create the illusion of suburban moderateness.  Wouldn't want to count on it but the guy causes most Dems and Independents paying attention to back off, so there will be a significant amount of reflexive anti-voting.  Anyone who gives it a run should start with at least an outside chance regardless of how Some Dudey they are.

      The two interested candidates are Terry McAuliffe and Tom Perriello.  McAuliffe will have money at least and Perriello has beat a nut on more challenging territory with a lower profile (VA-5 against Virgil Goode).  I'd prefer Tom but I'm voting for whoever has the D in Novermber.  

  •  Far right Republicans (3+ / 0-)
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    skohayes, The BigotBasher, Eyesbright

    and teabaggers are consistent, I have to give them that. Consistently stupid. Someone remind me how exactly their insane and fact-free opinions became acceptable? Who decided that we shouldn't heap ridicule on these clowns whenever they start spouting their nonsense?

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:12:16 PM PST

  •  Oh, this will be fun. (5+ / 0-)

    Bet he doesn't last a week after he loses in the governor's race. But he, he's got a square jaw and looks like he's straight out of a JC Penny mature clothing ad. That'll work for the Republicans.

    Oh, wait...

    The Grand Bargain must be stopped at all costs to protect the 99%.

    by cybrestrike on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:13:39 PM PST

  •  Cucinelli is nuts (2+ / 0-)
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    JGibson, Gordon20024

    I welcome him as a Senate nominee. VA isn't conservative enough anymore for him to win (I hope!)

    •  do you live in Virginia? (2+ / 0-)
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      OldDragon, kindler

      I do, and I'll only welcome him as a Senate nominee AFTER he loses. I can't afford to "hope."

      Sure, the crazies are fun to watch -- from a safe distance -- but given there's an off chance the Republicans could lie/cheat/suppress their way into winning, it's a little scary.

      The good news is, even the more conservative outer suburbs are getting bluer. Prince William county officials are almost all Republicans, yet Obama carried PWC both times, by large margins.

      Surely all those PWC Republicans are getting nervous. At least I hope so.

      "I think in America, the opposite of poverty is justice." Bryan Stevenson

      by gfre on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 03:18:20 PM PST

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  •  GaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaG (4+ / 0-)

    Living part of the year in Virginia, and as an Va resident, this guy makes me want to hurl. He is a Class A ASSSSSSSSHole!

  •  Cuchinelli, "Let's See How Can I Discount, (3+ / 0-)
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    Aquarius40, skohayes, Gordon20024

    Alienate, Reject, and Anger women, gays, Hispanics, and minorities so I maintain my status as Mr. White Male GOP strong man."

  •  Why (1+ / 0-)
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    does Va. vote dem. for president and then turn around  vote in teabaggers for state elections? Inquiring minds want to know. It makes no sense.

    •  Most likely if McAuliffe is the Dem nominee. (3+ / 0-)
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      NoMoJoe, Gordon20024, wombat

      McAuliffe would be a disaster, like Romney.  Men of no conviction.

      There is no hell on earth appropriate enough for those who would promote the killing of another person, in the name of a god.

      by HarryParatestis on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:33:46 PM PST

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    •  contrariness and turnout (3+ / 0-)
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      since 1977 the governership has gone to the party that just lost the pres election nationally, for whatever reason.

      Also, if you look at the turnout levels for the yearly elections between 2008 and 11 the ranking would probably be

      1.  2008 presidential
      2.  2010 midterm
      3.  2009 governatorial
      4.  2011 state legislature

      the new VA Obama dems have yet to make yearly voting as much of a priority as the headliner in the 4 year cycle.  Hopefully we can get more people out.

      •  I ran some numbers from official returns for (1+ / 0-)
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        someone here disputing there was a fade by Obama voters in off elections. They were probably unaware that Virginia isn't just off in terms of being mid-term but by being completely off the federal election cycle. This is an extract of that reply that had links to the official returns and more discussion:

        So let's review:
        2005    1025942    Kaine
        2006    1175606    Webb
        2008    1959532    Obama
        2009    818950    Deeds
        2010    911116    Democrats for Congress

        If my quick little spreadsheet is right that puts the total Democratic vote for the Governor that would determine majority status on ever election board in the state and the coattails for every statehouse race for reapportionment for the next decade at 359,279.2 votes under the average of all those years and 1,140,582 under Obama's vote the previous year.

        Nobody sat at home when--forget the nutter Cuccinelli as AG, forget the nut jobs in our part time legislature--reapportionment was at stake?

        Disgusting is hardly the word. Frightening that so few "citizens" realize that an election determining so much is important. In Virginia every local election board's majority is determined by the party holding the governorship. Thus, Fairfax County, pretty solidly blue, gets a majority TP/GOP election board with none other than Mr. Voter Fraud, Hans A. von Spakovsky, as a member. That is minor compared to the redistricting issue that put in legislative office those that would draw those new CD lines to help ensure the U.S. House stayed red.

        The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

        by pelagicray on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 08:30:56 AM PST

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    •  It's all about turnout - esp in NOVA. (2+ / 0-)
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      A key factor is that Virginia State Elections are held in non-Federal (odd-numbered) years.  This was designed by the old Harry Byrd machine to depress turnout.  It has worked.   The electorate in state elections is 25-33% smaller than in Federal elections, and skews more Republican.

      One reason for the skew, in my estimation, is that a large chunk of the reliable "federal" Democrats in Northern Virginia are oriented to national politics and don't really focus on what happens in Richmond.  

      This needs to change in 2013, for the reasons that many have set out. Cuccinelli is a real threat. He would make Scott Walker look like a moderate. Virginia, next year, is the next important battleground in the fight to push the wingnut agenda off the national stage forever.  

      Virginia Democratic activists will be working hard to defeat Cuccinelli and make that happen.  We will need all Democrats to come out, and we could really use the same kind of help from progressives nationwide that our colleagues in Wisconsin received.  Please don't forget us in 2013.

      •  And mcauliffe is the right candidate to do (0+ / 0-)

        just that, not a Perillio or a Webb.  Terry will bring in both Obama and Clinton to turn out the 2012 voters.  

        The number one surrogate at the OFA office openings in Virginia was Terry!

        All terry has to do is define e Cooch as the crazy guy who sued Obama for obamacare...that will get the presidential and Obama voters in his column early!

        Takin it to the Streets! time to GOTV

        by totallynext on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 07:50:43 PM PST

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  •  This is funny. (2+ / 0-)
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    We don’t know whether his background is something he can run on.

    "The human eye is a wonderful device. With a little effort, it can fail to see even the most glaring injustice." Richard K. Morgan

    by sceptical observer on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:16:29 PM PST

  •  Kooch Also Hates "Teh Gays" (1+ / 0-)
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  •  and he's white (0+ / 0-)

    Unlike Piyush Jindal or Marco Rubio.

    That matters a LOT to the gopper idiot base.

  •  "Never Let You Be Governor" (1+ / 0-)
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    Follow the link below to see the response of CoochWatch to his candidacy. (If the link doesn't work, search YouTube for "Never Let You Be Governor.") It's worth the effort!

  •  Oh my god you're killing me (1+ / 0-)
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    “We don’t know whether his background is something he can run on."

    Yes, you do, and no, he can't.

    E Pluribus Unum does NOT mean "every man for himself"

    by Daddy Love on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:28:33 PM PST

  •  Watch Bob McDonnell (2+ / 0-)
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    Gordon20024, OldDragon

    He's another right-wing lying fascist asshole with a telegenic smile.

    -9.00, -5.85
    Quite an experience to live in fear, isn't it? That's what it is to be a slave.

    by Wintermute on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:31:18 PM PST

    •  Bob was on the short list for Veep (0+ / 0-)

      before he advocated the trans vaginal probe thingy for women considering abortion.
      That step was a bridge too far for even Rmoney.

      What, sir, would the people of the earth be without woman? They would be scarce, sir, almighty scarce. Mark Twain

      by Gordon20024 on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:54:36 PM PST

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    •  But, Bob does have great hair (1+ / 0-)
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      so there's that going for him.

      Pat Robinson seems to be going 'into retirement' soon. It wouldn't surprise me to see Taliban Bob step up to fill Pat's shoes on the televangelical network.

      BTW, I think Pat's witnessing the rising sea level first hand there in Va Beach and may be rethinking some of his more hateful remarks about Katrina, Ike Sarah and the such.

      What, sir, would the people of the earth be without woman? They would be scarce, sir, almighty scarce. Mark Twain

      by Gordon20024 on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 03:03:10 PM PST

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  •  Cuccinelli is quite the fellow (1+ / 0-)
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    Blue Bronc

    No one can accuse him of being a RINO.  He is as far right as they come.  We can expect to hear a lot about him in months to come.  The clown car is filling up already, and it is three years until primary time.

    A new birth of freedom..

    by docterry on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:32:28 PM PST

  •  Don't forget Brownback, it's what's the matter (1+ / 0-)
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    with Kansas.

    Hey, GOP - Get In, Sit Down, Shut up, & Hang On!

    by 88kathy on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:33:00 PM PST

  •  Cooch will carry out McDonnell's dreams (0+ / 0-)

    of persecuting gays, co-habitators, and fornicators.

    Everyone is crying out for peace; no one's crying out for justice...

    by mojave mike on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:37:20 PM PST

  •  I thin I have Cuccinelli figured out.He's an Onion (1+ / 0-)
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    plant no, not that kind of onion---although). He is taking nsteps to make it harder for them black U. N. helicopters to track his children, though.

    "A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere ". C. S. Lewis

    by TofG on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:39:30 PM PST

  •  As an Italian-American, I'm personally ashamed of (0+ / 0-)

    all these pezzi di merda.

    "There's a lot to be said for making people laugh. Did you know that that's all some people have? It isn't much, but it's better than nothing in this cockeyed caravan." --Joel McCrea as "Sully," in "Sullivan's Travels."

    by Wildthumb on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:41:57 PM PST

  •  REALLY REPUBLICANS?! (2+ / 0-)
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    So the most recent strategy of picking a racist white guy didn't work.

    And now your "rising star" is an even more racist white guy who helped create the transvaginal ultrasound nonsense?

    An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

    by OllieGarkey on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:42:29 PM PST

  •  Denial is Not a River in Egypt (0+ / 0-)

    Cuccinelli might be a New Face to folks outside of
    Virginia But He is dragging around ALL the same tired, Old,
    Rejected Ideas that Lost the Recent Elections.

    As if the Voters of Virginia Don't already KNOW that
    Cuccinelli is a Total Wingnut.

    On Giving Advice: Smart People Don't Need It and Stupid People Don't Listen

    by Brian76239 on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:43:21 PM PST

  •  is bachman still married? (1+ / 0-)
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    sounds like the perfect match ...

    Women are 51% of the population yet are represented in congress by barely 17%! Until our representation reflects the population, we risk sliding backwards .....

    by 51percent on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:49:04 PM PST

  •  Thanks to candfidates like Cuccinelli Va. is well (0+ / 0-)

    on the way to follwing Pa. in trending from light pink to solid blue (in state-wide elections).Gerrymandering aside for other positions.

    Given a presidential Democratic heartland of Maine to Virginia, and out west the west coast ans southwest, demographics don't look good for the GOP. (Oh, and Illinois and Minn. also in solid blue areas, of course). That's some3 250+ electoral votes BEFORE you get to swing states.

    "A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere ". C. S. Lewis

    by TofG on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:51:23 PM PST

  •  unbelievable (0+ / 0-)

    xmas coming early once again this year, will the presents ever stop coming from the gop, thanks cons keep on digging, there is a new shovel in the mail compliments of me.

  •  one word (0+ / 0-)


    "No one listens to jazz. Science teachers and the mentally ill, that's all jazz is for." -Vince Noir

    by sydluna on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:57:42 PM PST

  •  Gotta get these goofs out of government (1+ / 0-)
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    Learn more at www.Represent.Us

  •  Do you really think that (0+ / 0-)

    Terry McAuliffe can beat the Cooch in the general.  Or is a more electable Democrat going to step up to the plate. (No Creigh Deed, not you -- running away from President Obama is not a winner in Virginia)

    Wait a minute, Perriello is making noises about running.  VA OfA folks, can you get it together again?

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 03:20:07 PM PST

  •  GOP leadership = Angry white guys (1+ / 0-)
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    and the short, flat-headed women who bow down to them.   That's appealing, isn't it?

  •  VA's radioactive two'fer (1+ / 0-)
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    Look what VA can look forward to in 2013:
    The "Cooch" as gov AND
    Uranium Mining...

  •  Please. Pleeeze! We beg of you, GOP ... puleeeze. (1+ / 0-)
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    Bring this hero of the Commonwealth to all the people, this rapidly rising Prince of the firmament.

    Don't let him be satisfied with a governorship, even if it is of One of the Original Thirteen. Cooch deserves so very much more. Let us all - nationwide - get to see this Man of All Men up closer and more personal, in words and deeds.

    Bring him on.

    2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House.

    by TRPChicago on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 04:05:45 PM PST

  •  I wish... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...that this dooosh was unelectable, but you are talking about Virginia, the capital of the confederacy.  They elected him to one state office.  What makes you think they aren't stupid enough to make him governor?

    •  He was elected on mcdonnells coat tails (0+ / 0-)

      Plain and simple.  He barely won his encumbent senate seat over Janet Oleszek in 2007 by 300 votes.

      In nova he is despised and now he has a state wide record of his craziness for all to see!

      2009 was a stupid year for Virginia dems.  The pissed away the whole spring not defining the  republicans a with a contentious primary, (and let mcdonnell gain traction as some sort of moderate) then the actually candidates deeds literally went freakin silent until September because he had no money.

      This year I believe that all parties on the dem side are gonna come out swinging against Cooch early and often!

      Takin it to the Streets! time to GOTV

      by totallynext on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 08:00:52 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Brilliant. The Dems couldn't get a better opponent (2+ / 0-)
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    OldDragon, totallynext

    Bob McDonnell was smart enough to bury his past social nuttiness and focus on economic matters while presenting a nice moderate face. (It was only later in office that he became Governor Vaginal Probe.) This guy simply isn't capable of that. He sometimes seems less like a man and more like some kind of freakish Tea Party lab experiment to put every offensive and disgusting facet of their movement into one single living being. He's another Akin or Mourdock waiting to happen.

    Plus, with Bolling threatening to go rogue and run as a indie, this race could really get crazy.

    •  McDonnell (0+ / 0-)

      I think he actually might have the "cred" with the wingnuts and the slickness that he can make a run for the Republican presidential nomination.  He is as slick as Rick Perry and can appeal to the religious righties since he is a Pat Robertson guy.  Hadn't thought about his next move but this is a real possibility if he can put together the money.

  •  Will Mittney write a special entry into Mr. Diary (0+ / 0-)

    today about his white turkey lunch with the Big Guy? I bet he's still all breathless!

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 05:28:01 PM PST

  •  Fiscal conservatism exists for one reason. (1+ / 0-)
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    It is a cover for social conservatives.

    McDonnell was the first radical social conservative in the recent era to successfully market himself as a "fiscal conservative".

    We'll see if Cooch can successfully market himself as a socially moderate fiscal conservative.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 05:35:39 PM PST

  •  And #1 enemy of science (2+ / 0-)
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    While all the above is true, I personally find his most shocking act to have been his vicious and dictatorial attack on the University of Virginia to get at climate scientist Michael Mann.  In case you missed it, here is what he demanded of Professor Mann in his subpoena -- based solely on wacko climate change denial conspiracies:

    the original and any copies of any written, printed, typed, electronic, or graphic matter of any kind or nature, however,  produced or reproduced, any book, pamphlet, brochure, periodical, newspaper, letter, correspondence, memoranda, notice, facsimile, e-mail, manual, press release, telegram, report, study, handwritten note, working paper, chart, paper, graph, index, tape, data sheet, data processing card, or any other written, recorded, transcribed, punched, taped, filmed or graphic matter now in your possession, custody or control.
    Limited government to protect your liberty?  Hardly.

    While thank heaven the courts threw it out, his legal assault cost U-VA over half a million in legal fees.  Way to treat Thomas Jefferson's university.  

    You can read his full subpoena here.  (And you can follow the Virginia race every day at Blue Virginia)

    Freedom is the freedom to say two plus two make four.  If that is granted, all else follows. -- George Orwell, 1984. Now on Twitter.

    by kindler on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 05:42:24 PM PST

  •  a rattlesnake is perfectly normal to another (0+ / 0-)


    He’s totally normal. That’s what gets me,” [Dave] Albo said. “When Ken was in the Senate, we’d play pool late at night and drink beer. He’s funny. He’s nice. …

    john "boy" mccain and senator ms. lindsey "the ticklish" graham are just plain stupid.

    by longtimelurker on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 06:21:10 PM PST

  •  cockinelli (0+ / 0-)

    There is absolutely NO WAY we Virginian's can let this guy win the governorship. NO WAY. He is an absolute, grade A, number one, asshole. Never replies to emails either. He is everything that is the worst of the worst about the hopefully soon to be defunct tea party.

  •  Never underestimate the Cooch to pull one off. (0+ / 0-)

    This critter got his first taste of public elected office in an off election with a couple of obscure local bond items if I recall to what was my old state senate district that I long ago described:

    This creature won a very obscure special election August 6, 2002 in Fairfax County where he was opposed even by his Republican predecessor. Turnout was 16.6% and his virulent anti-abortion church supporters turned out in force while most citizens went about daily business. There, again, we have the evil associated with "too busy" or "too enthused" to turn out for an election. He got in and got incumbent advantage. Now he has "bloomed" into a statewide problem with another too busy to care electorate to blame.
    The original link with full county data is now less accessible though still available at Fairfax County's Election Returns page by selecting "Special Election August 6, 2002" in the menu. There it shows 111,135 registered voters in the 37th district with only 18,405 showing up. I remember very bored poll workers perking up when we walked in. As we left a church van was headed in for Cuccinelli excitement.

    They guy, despite offending even his GOP colleagues of the day by hijacking every possible meeting for his anti-abortion crusade, managed to get reelected in what was an increasingly purple area; then he got out to statewide AG when it was probably going to be impossible to win. Perfect timing of his trajectory for higher office.

    Never underestimate the ability of Ken Cuccinelli to pull one off and the time to start organizing to make sure there is no fade of those in parts of the state that turned it for Obama in 2014 as it did in 2010.

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 07:47:28 AM PST

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