Again, what’s going on in Virginia? (See earlier post.)
Twenty four hours after State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli decried Virginia’s primary ballot of just Ron Paul and Mitt Romney – and he vowed to open it to all the candidates – he reversed his stance.
Now he says the law must stand and that it will remain just Romney vs. Paul.
What could have possibly happened to make this guy turn? Could it have been money or a smack from the Republican establishment?
Maybe. He suddenly has taken up with Lt. Gov. Bolling, who just happens to be running the campaign for Mitt Romney. Did Romney promise the ambitious AG a post in a Romney administration? Guess we’ll find out if a. Romney wins (doubtful) and b. Romney gets his guy confirmed.
If you’ll recall, Cuccinelli was the first lawyer on the scene of the crash that was Obamacare. He filed suit against it as fast as he could, taking the helm for the other states. That endears him to conservatives and it was a good move. It does, however, indicate he has his eye on a higher job than state AG.
But – and there’s always a but, isn’t there? – this disenfranchisement of Virginia voters (because that is what it truly is) could turn the state from turning out its Republican base. Why bother with a primary with only those two on the ballot? Might as well stay home. And that has implications for the Senate election (George Allen vs. Tim Kaine) and fund raising.
Here’s what the Daily Caller noted:
Since 1980, there have been 66 closely contested battles for U.S. Senate seats, and the Senate candidate who shared the same party affiliation as the presidential nominee who captured the state won 58 percent of the time, according to the University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato and Isaac Wood. Therefore, this entire ordeal could not only cost the Republican Party a Senate pick-up opportunity in Virginia, but possibly control of the upper chamber of Congress as well.
A federal judge will look at the suit brought by Rick Perry and the other presidential contenders on January 13. One judge has already expressed surprise at Cuccinelli’s flip flop. However, the bar for getting the legislature to overturn it is quite high – a vote of 80%.
It’s a shame for virginia and it’s a shame for Republicans.