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Cuccinelli - Governor's Mansion Fever or Potomac Fever?

by: Elaine in Roanoke

Sun Mar 28, 2010 at 11:42:36 AM EDT

I can't figure out what is driving Ken Cuccinelli to make himself the center of attention and the guy in the McDonnell administration that is hogging all the headlines. Is he already running for governor? Does he have aspirations for some Washington job? Perhaps he wants to vie with the Republican governor to get his name on some short list for vice president. Or, perhaps he is just an egomaniac who has to be the center of attention.

Whatever drives him, he has made sure he filled the headlines and airwaves with his agenda. First, there was the filing of a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, stating that, in Kenny's estimation, the agency has no authority to regulate CO2 emissions (even though the present conservative Supreme Court has already ruled that it does.)

Next came that letter to all the state colleges and universities, telling them to go ahead and discriminate against GLBT employees and students.

He followed that with his ridiculous lawsuit against the recently passed health reform legislation. His suit is based on the "supremacy" - in his mind - of a Virginia law denying the right of the federal government to mandate individuals to have health insurance. I guess Cuccinelli didn't check the wording of the law he so vehemently opposes.

There is NO penalty - financial or criminal - for anyone who fails to pay the penalty the law imposes for those who refuse to have health insurance. Thus, there is no standing to sue because no one will have damages because of their failure to follow the mandate ("Waiver of Criminal Penalties" and "Limitations on Liens and Levies" sections of the law)

Maybe Cooch wants the overturn of the health reform law under the pre-Civil War idea of nullification. (Probably, he just wants more publicity, knowing that his suit will fail.)

Elaine in Roanoke :: Cuccinelli - Governor's Mansion Fever or Potomac Fever?
Several times in our history the concept of nullification has been put forth as a way for those who believe in the supremacy of states' rights over the federal government to ignore any law they believe is unconstitutional. Not only did Andrew Jackson assert the supremacy of the federal government, but we did fight that Civil War after Abraham Lincoln was elected president to prove, once and for all, that the union must be preserved and the federal goverment is supreme over state governments.

Cooch must have taken his history lessons from the same sort of textbooks that Texas now demands for their students...the ones that distort American history to fit preconceived notions.

Perhas his textbooks didn't contain the part of the Constitution that says, "This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding."

We can expect other extremist acts by Cuccinelli, I'm sure. After all, he introduced bills in the Virginia State Senate to amend the 14th Amendment so as to revoke the citizenship of children born in this country to undocumented immigrants. He's also responsible for the law that says any person passing a "test" on the Internet qualifies for a concealed gun permit.

In 2005 Cuccinelli claimed a George Mason University event which explored issues of safe sex, date rape and sexual health was "designed to push sex and sexual libertine behavior as far, fast and furiously as possible" and to promote "every type of sexual promiscuity you can imagine." After all, talking about safe sex and date rape means that you want to "have" sex, huh,...weird sex...deviant sex?

Oh, how I wish Cuccinelli had returned to Edison NJ after he graduated from UVa with a mechanical engineering degree and had gotten a job there. Instead, we are stuck with him here in Virginia.

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Egocentric, yes. Ambitious, yes. Absolutely stupid: YES.
Our (not mine, I disclaim any responsibility for any idiotic statement from the mouth of this "informationally challenged"(stupid) AG excuse for a thinking person and his embarrassment to my Commonwealth of Va.

His legal "specialty" is Patent Law, and he clearly has zero knowledge of Constitutional Law.

It is too incredible that he actually graduated from UVA with a Mechanical Engineering degree (mine Va.Tech Electrical engineering degree included the same mandatory  ME courses he took that he apparently forgot about after he graduated) but then George Allen attended UVA School of Law and apparently also doesn't remember anything he learned (except how to party) at UVA either (assuming that either one actually attended classes or didn't pay someone to take their exams - not making a charge, just wondering how they could pass but still be so ignorant).

BTW, how does a person with a Mechanical Engineering degree from UVA qualify for the job of "Top Lawyer for the state of Va." ? Easy question, and the answer is that the voters will elect anyone regardless of their qualifications (or lack thereof) if we the grassroots let them get away with it. Lessons (re)learned: Elections have consequences; work hard to recruit, nurturer and elect qualified and progressive candidates.

He may think he is in Hollywood where any publicity is good publicity.
Maybe he hired a Hollywood agent who told him the only thing he has to do for publicity is to generate "Name Recognition", no matter if it's good or bad publicity. If he did, I would not be at all surprised if he paid the agent with Va. Taxpayer funds. In fact, now that I'm on that line of reasoning maybe his "legal adviser" is his his Hollywood publicity agent. Is there a Va. AG budget item called "public image publicity agent expenses" ?

I want my money back for what he has and will waste for this b.s.

Tech Degree vs UVa Degree
I don't want to start a rivalry here, but I would contend that a ME degree from Virginia Tech is light years better than the same degree from UVa.

Cuccinelli did get a law degree from George Mason. That may explain his obsession with the safe sex and date rape conference at GMU. He couldn't stand his alma mater actually discussing S-E-X.

My problem with the wingnut is his ability to park his common sense somewhere while he delves into his strange obsession with other people's sex lives. Plus, he doesn't seem to understand that the Civil War ended his thoughts that nullification isn't dead and buried with my Confederate ancestors.

How anyone in Virginia could have voted for this second-rate mentality is beyond me. The next time people say that "X is not good enough for us to work for" should remember what we got in November 2009.

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Good points, Elaine. And it happens that I'm 1/4 Wahoo and 3/4 Hokie.
My twin brother (who lives 5 miles from Va. Tech) and I attended what's now UVA at Wise (formerly Clinch Valley College of the University of Va., a two-year college that was commonly referred to as an extension of UVA back in our College freshman school year of 1958-1959. So, for us the "rivalry" is within our heads. The point here, though, is that the ME courses at UVA and Va. Tech were identical, even with the same text books, and I must emphasize with the same high quality of education, even though on the national level Tech had a somewhat better reputation because Va. Tech had and still has a much greater range of engineering curriculum choices. But my basic point is that the professors were equally well qualified, there just weren't as many elective choices.

But now that we have a GOP-controlled General Assembly and a GOP Governor bent on destroying Virginia's superb higher education system, not to mention our K-12 education system, we are at risk of both of these great Va. public Universities falling to the levels that would make them both equal to not just each other but to state supported Universities of other states whose students too often graduate with a degree that will make it very difficult for them to find employment. I fear if we the political activists fail in our duties that within a generation we will see Va. college graduates who are functionally illiterate and our public Universities no long able to be accredited. That may seem too extreme, even in the category of GOP fear-mongering, but we are already seeing the damaging effects of draconian education budget cuts with thousands of teachers laid off, etc. Restoring the minimum acceptable level of state funding for education will take a sea change in the political climate in Virginia, and this disastrous anti-education cycle will take a generation to reverse.

We must start that reversal now by working as hard as we know how to elect/re-elect good progressive Democrats to Congress, build on that resulting momentum next year in Va. state and local elections, and  continuing to build on those successes if we can achieve them on to the 2012 Presidential and Congressional elections.

We do still have much hope, and we know and accept that we have much work to do. But we must not and I believe will not fail to answer the call to duty. We've done it before and we can, must and will do it again.


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Mr. Cuccinelli is not really "stupid"
He actually has a high IQ. It is just that he is like an idiot savant about his obsessions and his ideology: able to zero in with laser intensity on anything touching his obsessiive ideology to the exclusion of everything else, including common sense. This makes him a formidable debater and a very dangerous individual when he has access to, or is in a position of, power. Once one accepts his basic premise, no matter how strange it may be, he can build an elaborate structure with what seems like compelling internal logic, and bulldoze ruthlessly right over any disagreement.

He is using his position as Attorney General to make policy for the Commonwealth. Policy is made by the General Assembly, not the AG---- it is simply not in his job description. What we have here is mission creep in a big way. McDonnell is letting Cuccinelli run with it because it suits his own agenda: it strokes his own nut-base and his AG's extremism ends up making the Governor look moderate to unwary voters.  

Good Points
I certainly agree that Cooch is quite intelligent - in a biased and obsessive sort of way.

I wholeheartedly agree that he fails to understand that his job as attorney general is simply to offer legal opinions when asked, not to attempt to transform Virginia into his version of a bigoted theocracy.

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He may
very well be firing on all cylinders but his wiring is still faulty. As a result, he's a fanatical creep.

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