The nasty attacks McAuliffe used against Cuccinelli would “look redundant and a little desperate” in a Senate campaign; Cuccinelli could likely count on more support from the Republican establishment who care about winning control of the Senate; and Cuccinelli has proven that “ObamaCare will be an albatross around donkey necks next fall as well, and especially around the necks of senators such as Warner, without whose vote the dreadful law would not have passed.”
“Cuccinelli’s loss this week surely isn’t the end of his political career,” Hillyer said. “It has more the feel of Ronald Reagan’s loss to Gerald Ford in 1976, laying the groundwork for triumph to come.”
The DC also noted:
One Republican operative who has worked in Virginia politics referenced Cuccinelli’s gubernatorial campaign and said the “effectiveness of the Obamacare message” at the end of the Cuccinelli campaign “certainly provides fodder for folks to speculate that strong incumbents like Warner and [New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen] Shaheen could be vulnerable.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself. The Obamacare website is just the tip of the problem. Once people start seeing what their premiums are through it, the rage will only grow against the program. Ken can make an even stronger case against Mark Warner on the issue of Obamacare than he did against Terry McAuliffe given that Warner actually voted FOR the bill – providing the crucial 60th vote needed for it to pass.
Cuccinelli can argue that Obamacare is hurting the economy and destroying full-time job opportunities as a means to hammer Warner on jobs and his failure to do anything significant in the Senate. No wonder Warner was part of the meeting of 16 Democrat U.S. Senators who are up for reelection next year to visit the White House yesterday to talk about the problems with Obamacare.
As NBC’s Chuck Todd said, another week of Obamacare stories and McAuliffe would have been toast. Fortunately, there are 52 MORE weeks before the 2014 mid-term elections.