KEN CUCCINELLI: WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN
The surprisingly close Virginia governor’s race may be over, but the campaign to assign blame has only just begun…the story we tell ourselves could have major implications. If the framing that takes hold suggests that an avowed social conservative can no longer win in a swing state, that would have repercussions on future races all across the nation… Of course, the fact that we have to fight over the framing implies that revisionist history is often more opportunistic than accurate. But if there’s a danger in over-hyping the significance of this race, there’s also a danger in conservatives assuming everything that happened was an accident — that there is nothing for us to learn from all this. It would be easy to just write this off as bad luck. The Bob McDonnell gifts scandal, a controversial running mate named E.W. Jackson, a libertarian candidate who some believe played spoiler, the government shutdown — none of it was good for Ken Cuccinelli.
CHRISTIE HITS LIKELY 2016 THEMES
Christie described his win – his aides repeatedly called it history-making, as the second-highest margin of reelection for a Republican since Tom Kean in 1985 – as a product of working assiduously to court all kinds of voters. He blasted the “dysfunction” in Washington and made passing reference to sticking to “principles” even while believing in compromise. “You don’t just show up six months before an election,” said Christie, whose aides believe he will be able to expand the GOP electorate in a way similar to how Obama performed in 2008. “You show up four years before an election.” Over the past four years, he said, “I was the governor of all the people and tonight overwhelmingly those people have said, ‘Fine, come on board.’ …Let’s have more people support the governor.”
THE PORTENTS OF ELECTION 2013: ON CHRISTIE
WALL STREET JOURNAL
One mistake for the GOP to avoid is casting Mr. Christie as a “moderate” because he won twice in a Democratic state. The Governor has by and large governed as a conservative reformer. He vetoed a tax increase on millionaires and capped property taxes. He pushed tenure reforms that will make it easier to fire bad teachers, and he extracted far more pension reform out of a Democratic legislature than did Democratic Governors Jerry Brown in California or Andrew Cuomo in New York. … Republicans everywhere should study how he managed to win among non-Republican voters. You need them to become a majority party.
THE PORTENTS OF ELECTION 2013: ON CUCCINELLI
WALL STREET JOURNAL
Mr. Cuccinelli’s supposed friends in the tea party also stabbed him in the back by pushing the government shutdown. About 30% of Virginia voters live in the Washington, D.C., suburbs that are packed with government employees, and nearly 90% of voters in exit polls blamed Republicans for the shutdown. If Senator Ted Cruz, Heritage Action and the kamikaze caucus had spent money for Mr. Cuccinelli instead of attacking fellow Republicans in August, he might have won.
NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK VOTERS SEND A MESSAGE WITH THEIR BALLOTS
This [landslide victory] was not necessarily foreshadowed in the first year or two of Mr. Christie’s term, which began in 2009. The Republican governor made a national name for himself by confronting opponents, sometimes in angry language. But the issues he tackled — educational and pension reform — were genuine. And when the time came to legislate, he proved capable of working with Democrats. His embrace of President Obama when Superstorm Sandy hit his state during the waning days of the 2012 campaign may have infuriated GOP leaders, but it was in his constituents’ interest. You don’t have to be a fan of Mr. Christie to be impressed by his victory, just someone who believes that the entire two-party system would benefit if more Republicans were to follow his more inclusive brand of politics rather than the tea party variant.
THE SIN OF OMISSION IN OBAMACARE
This sin of omission wasn’t an accidental oversight. It was a feint because many Americans wouldn’t have followed… had they known the truth. … The president kept repeating the promise — some 23 times — because the White House was trying to keep things simple so as not to confuse people with too many details, he said. This is not only insulting on its face but also not precisely true. Some might have been alarmed by the details, but they wouldn’t have been confused. Either the White House doesn’t have faith in the people or it doesn’t have faith in its own plan. To sum up, the American people were duped…The administration knowingly misled with a false promise and a deliberate omission. Worse, it did so for your own good because you might be confused by the truth. Call it what you will.