Wednesday, November 6, 2013

McAuliffe Wins Virginia Governorship

Terry McAuliffe
Virginia voters went to the polls and elected a Democrat yesterday to be their new Governor in January.

Terry McAuliffe, who is as insider as insider can get when it comes to the Democrats, defeated Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a Tea Party darling,  I'm glad I didn't have to vote in the Commonwealth yesterday.  Robert Sarvis, the Libertarian, was also a player in this one.

Let's review.  McAuliffe was the Chair of the Democratic National Committee from 2000 to 2005, a very dark period in national politics for Democrats.  He's whiz at raising money and organizing, but he's always been a behind the scenes guy.  Party chairs will tell you that sometimes you break a few eggs to make an omelette.  McAuliffe's tactics have been, by and large, on the negative and nasty side.

There were plenty of negatives to point out with Cuccinelli, one of the Tea Partiest candidates the Tea Party could offer up.  No sense kicking the man while he's down.  It will be interesting now to see how McAuliffe makes the transition between Clinton family friend and party boss to Governor of Virginia.  I wonder how easy the pivot will be.

Finally, some have said that Sarvis' campaign won this for McAuliffe.  I don't know if that's true.  You had two major party candidates here in this race that didn't ignite much passion, and Sarvis.  Perhaps the people that voted for Sarvis knew what they were doing and everyone else stayed home.  Just a thought.

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