"The Cooch" is on a roll 

It's been a very good week so far for Ken "The Cooch" Cuccinelli, Virginia's hard right attorney general. And it's only Monday.

On Sunday, The Washington Post magazine published a glowing profile of the iconoclastic official who has gained notoriety for himself and Virginia for his anti-gay advice, lawsuits against the federal government for calling carbon dioxide a pollutant and for probing a former University of Virginia professor about his global warming research.

Without seeming to ask any hard questions, a Post reporter took us on a whirlwind jaunt with Cuccinelli. We visited the "sun-splashed" kitchen of his sprawling home in Prince William County where he lives with his wife and seven children, visited the Capital Ale House where he downed a few brews with friends and then to a baseball diamond where he stroked some hits.

On Monday, the good news continued as U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson denied a motion by federal lawyers to quash a Cuccinelli legal challenge to health care reform. The attorney general says the feds are intruding where they shouldn't be by requiring Virginians (and all Americans) to buy health insurance. The judge says there's enough here for the case to proceed.

And if that weren't enough, Cuccinelli has reiterated state law that police can check the immigration status of people they suspect of being undocumented aliens (last week's federal court ruling in Arizona be damned).

So far so good, for "The Cooch."

Peter Galuszka

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