Thoughts after the break…
I have two options here – change my tune and say what a great AG candidate Cuccinelli will be and how he’ll help the ticket win in November, or stick to my guns and be straight out honest and say what I feel. You folks should know by now I speak my mind. This will turn out to be a big mistake.
Only in a convention could an electoral disaster like this be cobbled together. The convention itself was a truly messy affair – I’ve never seen or smelled bathrooms more disgusting in my life! Whew. How in the world can it take three frigging hours to tally up votes???
The Brownlee camp sufferred from real world syndrome. A beautiful May day Saturday where too many average Virginians chose to stay home with their families rather than make a long trip for a long day inside the Richmond Coliseum. 11,000 signed up but only 6,800 showed. I guess Foster could say the same thing, but his turnout was pathetic. Of course the wide eyed Cooch fanatics came out in droves, giving him the 54-40-6 margin of victory.
Bob McDonnell did great, and his video montages were truly excellent. Bill Bolling wiped the floor as expected with complete ass (couldn’t have said it better, VAB) Patrick Muldoon. Pat Mullins won over Bill Stanley, but I think Stanley did very well and deserves a high ranking post in RPV. Mullins needs to watch his mouth as we get closer to November – I see the potential for Frederick-like gaffes on his part.
Cuccinelli. Ugh. He will be painted as an extremist and it will stick. He got 54% of 6,800 people so that gives him around 3,500 hard core fanatic followers that will supposedly turn the Virginia Democratic tide against itself. With all the talk of NoVA strength on his part he wil be demolished in Fairfax and Loudoun counties. Check the last election results in Loudoun to see how his type does in Loudoun these days – the days of Dick Black are long gone thanks to the old LCRC growth mentality. Southside Virginia? You’ve got to be kidding – he’s dead meat there. Shenandoah Valley, he’ll do okay. Hampton Roads/Norfolk – who knows, depends on how certain issues play out. He’ll bring out the hard righters for sure but their numbers simply aren’t enough in the new Virginia.
My greatest concern is the negative effect on Bob McDonnell and Bill Bolling. After hearing from some insiders that neither wanted Cuccinelli on the ticket, they now have to deal with it. If they didn’t want this outcome maybe they should have spoken out. I got texts from the McDonnell camp just befoire the vote urging votes for Bolling and Mullins. They better tell Cuccinelli to watch his mouth and not do anything crazy. No more “that’s how they track you” paranoia.
Don’t worry, my Cooch bashing days are over, I do want this ticket to win, but this decision by this archaic insular limiting method (which must go the way of the dinosaur) just made that goal a hell of a lot tougher. We’ll see how it pans out. I’d be more than happy to say I was wrong after election day, but honestly I don’t think I’ll be doing that.