My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday. Of course, the two candidates the title refers to are Ken Cuccinelli and Mark Obenshain.
It seems illogical that the polls show Cuccinelli losing while Obenshain is keeping the race close. As I said in the article, Obenshain is Cuccinelli 2.0. I guess the voters simply aren’t aware.
I can’t make that excuse for the editorial boards at some papers. After all, they are supposed to be closer to the candidates than the rest of us. The Richmond Times-Dispatch refused to endorse in the gubernatorial race, yet endorsed Obenshain for AG. Here’s what they said about Cuccinelii:
On social issues such as abortion and homosexual rights, Cuccinelli not only takes stands we find objectionable but pursues his divisive agenda with a stridency that was unbecoming in an attorney general and would be unbecoming in a governor. We do not support abortion for any reason at any time and have embraced bans on late-term abortions, for instance; we remain troubled by Cuccinelli’s approach to personhood and to regulations on clinics.
We disagree with Cuccinelli’s opposition to Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation package.
How, exactly, does Obenshain differ from Cuccinelli on any of these issues? He doesn’t. But obviously that didn’t concern the RTD because they mentioned none of these issues in their gushing endorsement of Obenshain.
Thursday morning saw a similar act from The Roanoke Times. After endorsing Obenshain Wednesday, based on his promises to not be like Cuccinelli, that paper refused to endorse in the gubernatorial contest Thursday. Nevermind Obenshain’s record – “the causes the Republican has chosen to champion have often been disappointing” – because he promised to do better.
Unbelievable. And irresponsible.
It’s no wonder the voters, many of whom have never heard of Obenshain before now, don’t know his record.
Four years ago, Virginians were warned about what kind of AG Cuccinelli would be. Having been burned by him, you’d think we’d be – or at least, those in the know would be – a little hesitant about putting into office someone The Washington Post called “Cuccinelli’s Clone.”
Let’s not make that mistake.
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