Terry McAuliffe on stage at the Friday Night Jamboree.

Virginians overwhelmingly oppose tea party tactics in Washington

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe.  He's visited Floyd.  Where's Ken Cuccinelli?
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. He’s visited Floyd. Where’s Ken Cuccinelli?

A new poll from Quinnipiac University says Virginians, by nearly a 3-1 majority, oppose Congress using Obamacare as a way to delay approval of a budget and forcing a partial shutdown since October 1.

The same poll also shows that voter anger over the shutdown is playing in the favor of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe and hurting his opponent, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a favorite of the same tea party that is trying to hold Obamacare hostage in the continuing debacle over the shutdown and a looming default on the nation’s debt.

Not surprisingly, Cuccinelli lately has been trying to act more like a moderate and less like a tea party puppet but polls suggest the public is not buying his conversion.  It seems too convenient for a candidate in serious ethical and political trouble.

Cuccinelli has avoided Floyd County in this campaign.  The Democratic candidates for both governor and lt. governor has appeared here but nada for the GOP ticket topper.

The loud and raucous few who make up what remains of the rapidly-shrinking tea party in Virginia claim they represent the bulk of Virginians.  Polls suggest otherwise.  Few identify themselves as either a believer in or member of the tea party and most say they consider those who belong to the faux grassroots movement to rank somewhere below used car salesmen and politicians.

Even the uber-rich Koch brothers, who funded the tea party to further their own hidden agendas in the early days, are backing away and putting their money to use somewhere else.

Writes Bob Lewis of The Associated Press:

Playing out just across the Potomac River from shutdown central, the Virginia governor’s race has turned into a real-time test of Republican and Democratic positions in the congressional budget battle raging in the nation’s capital.

With polls indicating more public resentment toward Republicans than Democrats, the federal work stoppage directly affecting thousands of Virginia residents has forced Republican Ken Cuccinelli on the defensive while giving Democrat Terry McAuliffe an opening in a race that had been neck-and-neck for months.

Now, public and internal surveys show voter support has started breaking McAuliffe’s way, with the Democrat leading by 8 percentage points in a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday. The same poll showed that by a nearly 3-1 majority, Virginians opposed Congress shutting down the government in a fight over President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Looks like the fire is out under the tea pot.

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2 thoughts on “Virginians overwhelmingly oppose tea party tactics in Washington”

  1. Like it or not, this is exactly what the Tea Party people were elected to do – go against the status quo and shake up Washington. They are doing the job they were elected to do. Whether or not it is a good job or a popular job is a matter for discussion.

    It seems that a lot of people want it both ways. They elect people because they don’t like what they see in DC, but when the result come out they don’t like that either.

    Guess it is a matter of damed if you do and damned if you don’t. At least they are voting the way they said they would, even if it is not popular.

  2. We’ll soon see if poll answers match up with election results. The Tea Party is on the ballot here in the guise of the 3 Republican statewide candidates as well as many races for the House of Delegates. Time to put your vote where your mouth (or at least your poll response) is.

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