Virginia governor’s race hinges on one thing: Turnout

AG Cuccinelli speaks to veterans.

AG Cuccinelli speaks to a veterans’ group. (Photo: Cuccinelli campaign)

Today Virginians decide who will run the state named for the “Virgin Queen,” Elizabeth I. Polls generally favor the Democrat Terry McAuliffe whose loyalty to the Clinton dynasty is well-known. He was rewarded with stump candy from both former President Bill and one-time Sec. of State Hillary.

Republican Ken Cuccinelli, current attorney general of Virginia and the most qualified candidate if you want to proceed logically, certainly had his work cut out for him. 

As Democrats trotted out the Clinton rhetoric, the Republican Party was slow to come around. This should have been a no-brainer for the party because off-year elections like this one are all about turnout, not polls.

Sometimes I ask myself if the Republican Party goes after a win every time because we often seem to sacrifice elections. The New Jersey Senate race comes to mind.

Official Libertarian Party candidate Robert Sarvis—bear in mind that a number of small ‘l’ libertarian types are Republicans—has polled well for that ambitious party but not well enough to be included in various debates. Editors at The Richmond Times-Dispatch said if Sarvis earns 10 percent of the vote, the party would gain official status in Virginia for future elections including federal elections. The paper advised readers that a vote for Sarvis would be “unwasted.

Another newspaper in Virginia chose today to run an editorial claiming the freedom to vote is “under attack” and claiming vote fraud just doesn’t warrant attention. And you thought deception was just for politicians. 

The same newspaper ran a photo of both the Dem and the GOP candidate on the front page. The photo of Cuccinelli is not flattering. The photo of McAuliffe evokes Mr. Rogers of Neighborhood fame. Not hard to tell who got the editorial love from The Virginian-Pilot.

Cuccinelli has drawn praise from the likes of libertarian-minded statesmen like former Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas). Paul pointed out that Sarvis was positive about a mileage tax when asked by a prog pundit whether he supports one. Breitbart said:

“In an interview on MSNBC, Sarvis indicated that he could support ‘vehicle-miles-driven taxes.’”

Some Libertarians buy into the global warming, carbon tax approach, but when they cheer a mileage tax I guess they forget the tax money and subsidies public transportation gets to provide all those rides most days, major weather catastrophes excluded. At critical times a car really does come in handy.

McAuliffe has a long paper trail; it’s quite hard for me to believe even a Democrat of sound mind would vote for the Clinton-era politico, but I have Dems among my loved ones and they seem not to mind it when their candidates “misspeak” (the rest of us call it “lying”), get caught trying to sell access to elected officials, or engage in deception about creating jobs in the U.S. while schmoozing China in the back alley.

Cuccinelli fought the good fight over the health tax bill most call Obamacare, and in my opinion, he did the state a favor. If McAuliffe is elected and Virginia gets the Medicaid expansion the health tax bill demands, the state’s voters will know within a few years exactly what the Dem would bring—higher taxes and a state level nanny to assist the federal nanny who can’t seem to keep her nose out of our lives, our bedrooms, and our deeply personal information.

Good luck, by the way, when the “boat loads” of federal money dry up in a few years. Remember Justice Elena Kagan touted the “boat loads” as she promoted the Obamacare tax bill when the Supremes took it up. Democrats.

McAuliffe—The Wall Street Journal recalled his nickname The Macker—has been successful at lining his own pockets, but there’s little he’s done in the way of public policy other than to raise funds for Dems and promote the Clintons. WSJ said:

Everyone remember The Macker? Best Friend of Bill. Chairman of Hillary’s 2008 presidential campaign. Famed money-tree shaker. Former Democratic Party chief. Failed 2009 contender for the Virginia governorship but now back as the party’s nominee for that position in this fall’s election. Oh—and in Mr. McAuliffe’s words—”a Virginia businessman” intent on “creating jobs.”

WSJ broke down McAuliffe’s jobs campaign basically consisting of a green car company run by Dem party “insiders” and carrying on the green crony arrangement Dems are so fond of.

Will Sarvis earn his coveted 10 percent and elevate the official Libertarian Party in the process? Will Democrat supporters, loyal even in the face of utter ineptitude and deception, head to the polls to hand the governor’s office over to “The Macker”?

Cuccinelli is the candidate I’d vote for if I lived in Virginia. I have libertarian leanings on some issues, but I also have enough sense to realize that a true libertarian does not like tax hikes of any kind and in the governor’s race, a vote for a big ‘L’ Libertarian will work more for McAuliffe than for Cuccinelli.

AG Cuccinelli has a solid record, including combating Medicaid fraud, addressing problems like human trafficking and gangs, and advocacy for consumers. In troubled times, a state needs a steady hand and in this race, that steady hand is Cuccinelli’s.

This race is all about turnout and by night’s end, we’ll see which party managed to get more warm bodies to the polls, jokes about the dead voting aside.

 (Commentary by Kay B. Day/Nov. 5, 2013)

About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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