“Terry has an unbelievable litany of baggage,” the exasperated candidate said. “It’s actually so big, what do you, you know, what do you talk to people about? I mean, Lincoln Bedroom, Air Force One, Teamsters, unindicted co-conspirator, you know, campaign stuff from the Clinton years.”
Sadly, Mr. Cuccinelli is head and shoulders above his Democratic opponent — in every way. He would make an excellent governor. But few voters seem aware of his vast experience, his decades of steady service for Virginians, or even the broadest strokes of his campaign pledges. And two weeks from now, he will be shellacked in an election seen as a harbinger for the 2014 midterms — and Hillary’s expected 2016 run.
Perhaps it’s more the messenger than the message: The Republican can’t seem to break past the filter to reach voters.
Still, maybe his claim will bear out: Maybe Virginians really will start paying attention in the campaign’s final two weeks and he’ll close that massive gap. And maybe the candidate himself will finally get angry, ditch the monotonous drone of his recent campaign stops and shout some sense into voters.
Asked if he has something “in his back pocket” for the final push, he said: “Not that I’m going to tell you on Oct. 19th. We can talk about it in a month.” Hmm. Evasion, or a secret Super Plan for Victory.
Right now, everything points to a thumping. Especially that half-empty box of Dunkin’ Donuts. And sadly, Virginians don’t seem to even know they’re about to suffer four horrible years.
• Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times and is now editor of the Drudge Report. He can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter @josephcurl.