When it comes to raking together piles of cash, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe is without peer. On questions of actual governance, though, his troubling lack of mastery and odd flippancy combine to paint a portrait of a deeply unserious candidate.
Back in March, the Virginian-Pilot reported that “in a recent interview, McAuliffe wouldn’t give specific responses when asked about technical aspects of legislative and governor’s office operations. Asked if he could name the positions in the governor’s Cabinet, for instance, McAuliffe said: ‘Maybe could, maybe couldn’t. That’s not what I’m going to do here today because that’s not what I’m talking about.” The Pilot later endorsed him.
McAuliffe complained that the query was a “gotcha” question, and perhaps it was. Rather than blunt its effect, however, the Democrat also has only sharpened its effectiveness by committing a number of unforced errors.