Cuccinelli, The Lone Rhinoceros
I’ve always wanted to be able to quote Adrian Belew (late era King Crimson guitairst, phenomenal solo artist as well) in a political context!
Cuccinelli is not only the last of a dying breed as an electable hard right social conservative idealogue, he is now alienating himself from the rest of his fellow Republicans in the General Assembly. He was the lone Republican NO vote for the repeal of the triggerman rule determining eligibility for the death penalty in Virginia (WaPo story here). The likely Dem AG nominee Steve Shannon is for this repeal, and will certainly beat Cuccinelli over the head with it should Cuccinelli somehow win the GOP nomination. Shannon is already favored to get most law enforcement endorsements against Cuccinelli, and this will further damage Cuccinelli’s chances for substantive law enforcement endorsements. The Brownlee campaign has picked up on this – some excerpts of press releases are provided in comments below.