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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Ken Cuccinelli, the Virginian -- By Mary Claire Kendall, The Washington Times

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington TimesIt's tempting to call what's going on in the Virginia gubernatorial race entertainment, mirroring the dysfunction across the Potomac River in the nation's capital. It is, unfortunately, real. The outcome will shape the political landscape for years to come, impacting not only the 2014 elections — given the morale and policy boost — but more importantly, the critical 2016 presidential race.

Will the other half of the Clinton power partnership — Hillary Rodham Clinton — sit in the White House, thanks to her buddy Terry McAuliffe working from his perch in the Richmond governor's mansion, when she seeks the presidency?

Or will a Republican with the seriousness of purpose of a Gov. Ken Cuccinelli, radiating out over the Virginia Commonwealth, occupy the White House come Jan. 20, 2017, thanks to rising Republican leadership?

Make no mistake: Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is by far the better candidate for governor than Mr. McAuliffe.

How, though, to get past the lies?

There's that famous line uttered by Gary Cooper's character in "The Virginian" (1929), the first Western "talkie," based on the novel by Owen Wister: "If you wanna call me that — smile."

Mr. Cuccinelli could say the same to Mr. McAuliffe, who is attempting to distract from his nonexistent governing record by lobbing untruths about the attorney general.

Mrs. Clinton, ending her five-year political hiatus, endorsed Mr. McAuliffe at a rally on Oct. 19, in Falls Church, Va. "I believe Terry has what it takes to lead Virginia forward in this rapidly changing world," she roared.

The Northern Virginia Technology Council PAC (Tech PAC), which endorsed Mr. Cuccinelli last month, begs to differ.

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