Breitbart, Dimbart. I have been seeing articles about Terry McAuliffe on the conservative Breitbart web site lately. I start with a quick look at the Drudge Report and then see the Breitbart article and chase the link. I came to “Bloomberg talking with gun control ally McAuliffe about the Virginia election” and had to laugh. Serious candidates for governor in Virginia might talk to Bloomberg but they wouldn’t bring gun control into their political calculus! Or would they?
Raising Kaine. This was Tim Kaine’s position on gun control in 2005 when he was running for governor:
“Tim Kaine strongly supports the Second Amendment. As the next Governor of Virginia, he will not propose any new gun laws. Instead Tim Kaine will guarantee strict enforcement of our existing criminal laws. He will also expand the use of such enforcement strategies as Project Exile that target criminals who use guns rather than law-abiding gun owners.”
In 2009, Doug Wilder refused to endorse Creigh Deeds because Deeds wouldn’t support the one-gun-a-month legislation so beloved by Wilder.
Jefferson, guns and the Chesapeake Bay. There are three things that all successful politicians in Virginia must love – Thomas Jefferson, guns and the Chesapeake Bay. McAuliffe seemed to understand this holy trilogy of Virginia politics when he was very publicly spotted buying a shotgun last January. However, on Monday of this week Terry McAuliffe’s campaign updated his web site with a call for some specific gun control measures. What gives?
Countdown to catastrophe? The McAuliffe campaign seems to be making some very odd political calculations in the closing days of this campaign. Jim Bacon detailed a very awkward decision regarding McAuliffe and the governance of UVA. Now, McAuliffe violates “the Virginia rule” by bringing up gun control measures late in a campaign. What next? Will he be seen spitting into the Chesapeake Bay or trampling on a picture of Thomas Jefferson?
This was dumb, Terry. Just plain dumb.
– DJ Rippert