Regarding Cuccinelli: “Bad Cop” or “Mainstream”? 

In “Fight for the Right” (Cover Story, March 24), which explored the unknown aspects of the Cuccinelli-McDonnell relationship: I am not so sure that “battle for the soul of the GOP” is an accurate phrase. Later on, you note that Gov. Bob McDonnell quietly agrees with Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli on health care and global warming, and that McDonnell's anti-discrimination directive lacked the legal authority of an executive order and is therefore not very meaningful. I submit that the differences between these two men regarding public policy are cosmetic and stylistic rather than real.

Here's another way to look at their relationship: good cop, bad cop; Fakey and Flakey. Cuccinelli gets to become the darling of the Tea Party and the hard-right social conservatives, and McDonnell gets to look more moderate simply by virtue of Cuccinelli being so out there. It's a win-win in terms of political ambition. McDonnell's fake moderation may enable his national ambitions to bear fruit, while Cuccinelli may position himself as a future contender for statewide office if he happens to run in a year when states' rights and anti-gay values are running high. That's not rivalry, it's working in tandem.

Chris Wiegard
Chester

 

Apparently, in your slanted and opinionated story you missed a very large group of Ken Cuccinelli supporters: the citizens of Virginia. See, in the primary Cuccinelli ran against two moderate Republicans. He won the majority and was voted in by the people of this state. It seems the audience whom you are playing to in your free give-out are the minority. Maybe it's Ken who is mainstream and you and your devoted who readers are not.

Denise Holliday
Richmond

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