Well, it's down to four weeks. Just 28 days away from knowing if the people of Virginia are going to make an okay choice, or a really awful one.
Let's start with the 'okay' candidate -- Terry McAuliffe. As far as candidates go, there's really not too much to say about him. He's a Clinton lap dog, a pooch, a mutt. He's a business man who, like Romney, has some questionable dealings in his past. His record on outsourcing jobs is marginal at best. He also was the chairman of the DNC, but during a losing national campaign against George Bush.
He also had some very questionable legal wranglings -- where else, but in Florida -- when he sided with his friend, Hillary Clinton against Obama. That issue was when he went against the party (which he previously ran) in forcing the seating of an "illegally" elected set of delegates to the national convention. But ultimately it got worked out. As for his cred on being a Democrat, he's not exactly a progressive, but he's on the right side of most issues.
Now the 'really awful' one -- Ken 'the Cooch' Cuccinelli. He's against every social fairness issue. He's anti-gay, anti-racial, anti-progressive, anti-woman's rights; oh this list can go on and on. (LAFFY NOTE: SCOTUS just slapped down his anti-sodomy ruling). Here's the video:
Simply, he's corrupt -- having taken bribes while in office -- from the same guy his boss did: Star Scientific and its Chief Executive Officer Jonnie R. Williams Sr.
A man of conviction, he may soon turn into a convicted man. There is movement afoot and an ongoing federal investigation over his accepting gifts while in office -- buying his legal backing.
So what kind of Republican would he be? A hypocrite.
Cuccinelli said over the summer there would be "less to worry about" with more Ted Cruzes in the Senate.
So why then did he avoid all contact with Cruz this past week at the Virginia candidates forum where the Texas junior senator was there to speak on Cuccinelli's behalf? Cooch ducked out rather than be photographed with his hero. Ken, you're some ingrate for inviting a featured guest and then deserting him.
Cruz, for his part, handsomely praised Cuccinelli at the Family Foundation Gala in Richmond where the two appeared. Senator Cruz gave a 54-minute speech, calling him "smart," "principled," "fierce" and "fearless."
Cuccinelli - McCauliffe
Sensing desperation in his faltering race with McAuliffe, Cooch tacked left. Yes, left. He avoided any direct contact or photo-ops with Cruz and ducked out early.
"How does Cuccinelli suddenly not be a full-throated supporter of the tea party? He was the first to sue Obamacare. He's championed the tea party causes. He's gone to their rallies. He's been to their convention. He's their hero -- as is Ted Cruz. All of a sudden -- I barely know the man?" Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) told reporters. "The shutdown is going to stick to him like a fly sticks to flypaper."
Ken's new campaign slogan just came out. My sh*t don't stink... as much anymore.
So the games continue, the last minute maneuvering has begun. McAuliffe has a slight lead right now according to two established, statewide pollsters.
A new Hampton University poll found McAuliffe up 5 points over Cuccinelli.
A separate poll by the University of Mary Washington on Friday found McAuliffe ahead of Cuccinelli by 7 points among likely voters.
In all fairness, there is a third candidate, who seems to siphon more support from Cooch than the Pooch. He's Robert Sarvis, a libertarian, and he's getting high, single digit support.
But the stakes in this race are really bigger than just Virginia. This is a chance to send a national statement about the public's dissatisfaction with Republicans over the government shutdown.
Only time will tell, but hopefully the people of Commonwealth of Virginia will let all of our voices be heard next month.