Here’s the thing about Terry McAuliffe: I don’t like him. At all.
Whether the man were a Democrat or a Republican I wouldn’t like him. I don’t trust him. I don’t believe that his motives are good. I think that he’s the opposite of what the Democratic Party needs, and I think he’s wrong for Virginia.* The DNC did terribly under his tenure. He’s never done anything for Virginia—and I’m not talking politically, although that’s clearly the case, too. He had to decide which state he was going to run for governor in—Florida or New York—and apparently found that the bar to running Virginia was the lowest. He’s routinely made an ass of himself on national television. He’s apparently willing to promise anything to anybody, regardless of whether it’s politically tenable, because that’s what people like to hear. (Norm Leahy provides a good example of this.) The man keeps his mouth moving long after his brain has disengaged.
I defy you to make it through this whole lowlights clip that Talking Points Memo put together without cringing at the thought of “Gov. Terry McAuliffe”:
There’s really nothing about McAuliffe’s candidacy that I like. That he’s made it this far boggles the mind. That he’s leading the polls makes me fear for the sanity of the populace.
It’s particularly stunning to me that some of my friends are supporting McAuliffe, and would like me to do likewise. It’s as if they’ve discovered Scientology, and are trying to recruit me. If you’d just go to an auditor, I could get you right with Xenu, I just know I could! It’s totally incomprehensible to me. Maybe there’s a form of Toxoplasmosis native to McAuliffe?
Brian Moran I like. Creigh Deeds I like a lot. There are a bunch of reasons why I think Deeds would do better in the general election than Moran, and I won’t belabor those, but the point is that I’d be proud to have either of them as the Democratic nominee, and I could get behind either one of them. The point here is that I’m not demonizing McAuliffe as a political opponent. I genuinely think he’s an ass. Because he is.
Vote for Creigh Deeds. Failing that, vote for Brian Moran. Failing that, don’t vote. Instead, consider Scientology.
* Understand, I’d still take the guy over Bob McDonnell. McAuliffe is a opportunistic hustler, while McDonnell is an opportunistic hypocrite who would lead Virginia backwards a good couple of decades. But it’s a lousy choice.