In yet another example of Eric Cantor’s willingness to fall on his sword for insipid moderate Republicans, Cantor plans to endorse Lt. Governor Bill Bolling over conservative rock star Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in the race for Governor in 2013. This, from the Washington Post:
U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) will endorse Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling over Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in the primary contest for the GOP nomination for governor next year, according to several people with knowledge of the plan who were not allowed to speak publicly.
Cantor is headlining a fundraiser for Bolling next Thursday at former congressman Tom Davis’s Northern Virginia home (though Davis previously hosted a fundraiser for Cuccinelli and will not be endorsing anyone anytime soon, he says).
The event comes just before a showdown between Bolling and Cuccinelli supporters as the party’s governing board revisits whether to hold a primary or convention next year.
We all understand that Bolling feels humiliated. After all, he has been Lt. Gov. since 2006, yet he has been stymied time and again in his attempt to ascend to the number one spot from the most logical launching point. In 2008, he was passed up by conservative activists in favor of then-Attorney General Bob McDonnell for the gubernatorial nomination. He took it with grace and stepped aside for the sake of the party. At the time, he was thought to be the no-brainer choice for governor in 2013. He waited longer than his turn, didn’t he?
Well, that rationale only makes sense in a world that is governed by taking turns. The reality is that the Republican nomination for any office should go to the best conservative vying for the spot. In this case, we have one of the biggest conservative rock stars in the country in AG Ken Cuccinelli. If the Supreme Court strikes down Obamacare, he deserves the most credit for anyone in the country. In Virginia, he has used the office of Attorney General to fight the leftists on every front; from the homosexual agenda to the green lobby.
Bill Bolling, on the other hand, has nothing to show from his 7 years in office besides for his support for green energy statism. Yes, if some day Bolling is the best Republican running for governor, we will support him. But with someone like Cuccinelli, who is head-over-shoulders better than McDonnell (and certainly better than Bolling), there is no way the “next in line” mentality should trump Cuccinelli’s record. Cuccinelli is the Scott Walker of attorneys general.
It is quite telling how Cantor is willing to go out of his way to support a moderate, even when he is a serious underdog against a candidate supported by the entire conservative movement. The latest poll has Cuccinelli leading 51-15 – and for good reason. Yet, Cantor is undaunted in his commitment to support the most moderate candidate in any race. He did the same thing when he went out of his way to endorse Lugar, even though he was in the Senate (outside Cantor’s purview) and even though he was destined to lose.
At least Cantor is not a fair weather friend to his fellow moderates. He’ll stick with them through thick and thin.
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