An Important Distinction

By VA Blogger

WaPo corrects itself:

A May 22 editorial on Virginia’s Democratic gubernatorial primary incorrectly stated that Terry R. McAuliffe had described himself as a “huckster.” In his autobiography, Mr. McAuliffe described himself as a “hustler.”

hus-tler [huhs-ler] (n):
1. an enterprising person determined to succeed; go-getter.
2. Slang. a person who employs fraudulent or unscrupulous methods to obtain money; swindler.

I wonder which one Terry McAuliffe was calling himself, and which one everyone else thinks he is.

(h/t Del. Bob Brink)


  • Ryan says:

    I know:

    Slang. a person who employs fraudulent or unscrupulous methods to obtain money; swindler.

  • I Bleed Obama Blue says:

    Gee, VAB, it’s just SO darn hard to tell…go-getter…unscrupulous fraud…go-getter…unscrupulous fraud…go-getter…unscrupulous fraud…go-getter…unscrupulous fraud…

    Tell you what: You go call the McAuliffe campaign, find out, and then let us known, ‘kay?

  • Brilliant counterpoint, “Obama’s bleeding out”.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    Maybe he is a Huckabee supporter – Huckster??

  • George says:

    Maybe he got a contribution from Larry Flynt?

  • VA Blogger says:

    Brian, I hadn’t considered that. Perhaps he’s a go-getter about being fraudulent, and enterprisingly dedicated at obtaining money for himself.

    And George, given his current list of donors, that wouldn’t shock me at all.

  • NoVA Scout says:

    Ah yes – the huckster/hustler distinction. Very important. One would no doubt spend quite a few hours before sensing that it’s better for the Governor of the Old Dominion, the Mother of Presidents, to be one, as opposed to the other.

  • Loudoun Moderate says:

    Call McCauliffe what you may, huckster, hustler, carpetbagger, or whatever, I don’t think he will be called Governor. Absent a “macaca moment” or wingnut intervention in his campaign, McDonnell can take back the Governor’s Mansion.

  • RichmondDem says:

    The primary isn’t over until its over, you know.

  • Jp in VA says:

    Huckster = Hillary Clinton with pants.

  • RichmondDem says:


    Hillary is much smarter than Mac the Hack. She can be as slimy as him, but is much more intelligent.

  • Wolverine says:

    “Huckster” might be a very applicable word in this case. The original meaning of “huckster” in the American vernacular was a farmer or the agent of a farmer who piled the farm produce into his wagon and took it to the city market for sale to restaurants, grocery stores, and the general public. A quite honorable part of domestic commerce. People were even listed in the old telephone books and in the U.S. Census under that occupational title. I suspect that just about everyone on this blog could find hucksters as part of their own family history.

    In my opinion, McAullife was a “huckster” of sorts, as is just about anyone who tries to “sell” a political candidate to the voters, even including those on this blog who advocate for a particular candidate. McAuliffe should stick with “huckster.” The “hustler” bit was a wrong choice of words.

  • Wolverine says:

    That McAuliffe actually called himself a “hustler” in his autobiography ought to give you a solid clue about his personality. Almost all of us played on sports teams which had a guy who was, indeed, known for his “hustle.” Pete Rose was even known as “Mr. Hustle” or “Charlie Hustle.” The point is that this was a title conferred by others, not one’s self. The coach, perhaps some of your teammates, and the press called you a “hustler.” I never met an athlete who went around calling himself a “hustler.” Just a bit immodest that!

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