Former Virginia governor and Democratic Party hanger-on, Terry McAuliffe, said on Tuesday that President Biden’s unpopularity is creating “headwinds” for his gubernatorial campaign in the state. McAuliffe hopes to be the first governor since Mills Godwin to serve two non-consecutive terms in Virginia. Godwin accomplished the feat in 1974.
McAuliffe, who holds a narrow lead of 49-45 percent over Glenn Youngkin, has a few hurdles to overcome if he wishes to succeed, and one of them is out of his control.
A new Quinnipiac poll was released on Wednesday that shows Biden’s job approval at an unprecedented low of 38 percent. The reasons for that are so innumerable they wouldn’t fit on a CVS Pharmacy receipt, and it’s only nine months into Biden’s term.
The obvious and glaring problems of the surrender in Afghanistan and the unmitigated crisis at the southern border come to mind, to say nothing of pitting neighbor against neighbor in the name of vaccines and reckless never-before-seen spending.
If Joe Biden is unpopular in the Democratic stronghold of Virginia, then he’s probably unpopular, well, everywhere. The French certainly aren’t fans of the septuagenarian president.
“We are facing a lot of headwinds from Washington,” McAuliffe said in a virtual rally for his campaign, on Tuesday, even before the poll was released. “As you know, the president is unpopular today, unfortunately, here in Virginia, so we’ve got to plow through.”
Even if things looked better for the president, McAuliffe would still have his own share of unlikable qualities – qualities in which he appears to have much confidence and pride.
In September, he was spotted and photographed on an Amtrak train not wearing a mask, which was in clear violation of the federal order and Amtrak’s policy on the matter. A sign with Amtrak’s rules was even in the photograph with McAuliffe. The rules for thee, not for me system of government is not a philosophy unique to him or most any politician, but it still bears mentioning.
During the same month, McAuliffe got a little huffy and puffy with a Virginia sheriff during a Q and A session when the sheriff said he didn’t believe the non-answer the candidate gave as to whether or not he supported de-funding police and abolishing ICE.
“I don’t care what you believe!” he snapped at the sheriff.
That provided some free ammo for Matt Wolking, the communications director for his opponent, Youngkin.
“Terry McAuliffe explodes on a Virginia sheriff when confronted over his support for ending qualified immunity and his embrace of groups that want to defund the police. Treating law enforcement officers with such contempt is disqualifying,” he wrote on Twitter in a post featuring a video of the exchange.
More recently, the gubernatorial hopeful raised a lot of eyebrows and ignited a firestorm when at a debate he declared that parents shouldn’t have a say in what schools teach their children.
Youngkin laid out his position, closing with “You believe school systems should tell children what to do. I believe parents should be in charge of their kids’ education.”
“I’m not gonna let parents come into schools and actually take books out and make their own decisions,” McAuliffe smugly declared. “I stopped the bill that I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”
Talk about tugging on Superman’s cape.
But in what has to be the most grotesque deviation from decency among all of McAuliffe’s shortcomings – and one that should be talked about more since he is campaigning again – he once abandoned his wife and newborn son, in their car, to attend a Democratic fundraiser.
He even wrote about in a matter-of-fact style in his 1997 book, “What a Party”. The Washington Examiner has audio of him reading the tale aloud in a story here.
McAuliffe wrote at the time:
Dorothy was starting to well up in the backseat. She was having trouble understanding how I could be taking my wife and newborn baby to a fund-raiser on our way home from the hospital. We got to the dinner and by then Dorothy was in tears, and I left her with Justin and went inside. Little Peter was sleeping peacefully and Dorothy just sat there and poor Justin didn’t say a word. He was mortified. I was inside maybe fifteen minutes, said a few nice things about Marty, and hurried back out to the car. I felt bad for Dorothy, but it was a million bucks for the Democratic Party and by the time we got home and the kids had their new little brother in their arms, Dorothy was all smiles and we were one big happy family again. Nobody ever said life with me was easy.
My guess is, no one ever will. One can only hope the voters of Virginia agree.
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