Follow-up: Cuccinelli in Virginia

Ken Cuccinelli lost the Virginia election for governor yesterday, but he sure made it interesting. I wrote about him a few months ago, quoting his dead-on-target remark about how being “almost” pro-life doesn’t work for a candidate. The dynamics of the Virginia race have been well-covered elsewhere, and summarized by bloggers far better connected than I. (I commend to you Jonah Goldberg’s thoughts on last night’s Virginia results.) The race turned out to be much closer than predicted, after recent polls showed the eventual winner leading Cuccinelli by double digits. What apparently turned the race into a last-minute nail-biter was voter anger over the Obamacare web site mess and the “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” Presidential untruth.          

Videos: a homecoming queen promotes adoption, and women in VA fight for a pro-life candidate

I came across two short videos today that are too good not to share. Please, pass them on. One is about a woman who is seizing a unique opportunity to promote adoption, and the other is a reminder of what’s at stake in a Virginia election next month that could be a preview for the 2014 campaigns in other states.

First, here’s the video that Molly Anne Dutton made to promote her candidacy for Homecoming Queen at Auburn University. She won. She has a wonderful story as the daughter of a mother who chose life despite pressure to abort.

Second, here’s an ad being run by a group of pro-life women in Virginia operating independently of gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli and the Republican party. (I am having trouble embedding the video, so click on the link below to view the ad.) Cuccinelli is behind in the polls as his much-better-funded opponent is hammering him with the war-on-women theme. I think ads like this are the wave of the future for pro-life voters. If a party won’t get a message out, we have to do it ourselves.

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What happens to a political party that’s “almost” pro-life?

“We ran on a message of almost being for tax cuts, almost for smaller government, almost for protecting Second Amendment rights, and almost being pro-life. As a result, the voters almost came out and voted for us.” 

Ken Cuccinelli (photo by Gage Skidmore)
Ken Cuccinelli (photo by Gage Skidmore)

Those words were spoken by a Virginia state senator named Ken Cuccinelli, a Republican, after the GOP in Virginia got spanked in the 2005 election. (He was quoted in The Wall Street Journal, “How to Turn a Red State Blue”, 2/23/06.)

Cuccinelli survived that election, and went on to become Virginia’s Attorney General. He is now the Republican nominee for governor, going up against abortion advocate Terry McAuliffe. I don’t know Cuccinelli’s voting record offhand, but Planned Parenthood’s corporate knickers are in a twist over his candidacy, so he must be doing something right.

Being “almost” pro-life proved an unwise posture in Virginia eight years ago. What about today? McAuliffe, like many Democratic candidates last year, is aggressively pro-abortion, right down to insisting on public funding for abortion providers. Nothing “almost” about him. Cuccinelli is standing by his own pro-life record.

Since 2005, an unapologetic abortion advocate has been elected president twice. The GOP at the national level has shown itself unwilling to challenge this President on the life issues. It’s left to state-level candidates to prove that it pays to be more than “almost” pro-life.  Good luck to Mr. Cuccinelli.