There is a great article in Style Weekly about the Cooch’s reign of insanity. Here are a few of my favorite bits:
- Nearly three years after his election, Cuccinelli’s time in office has been marked not by any particular aptitude at his job, but rather by his obsession with media coverage and his belief that the best way to do that is to pursue red-meat conservative pet issues, even when (or especially when) they have nothing to do with his job.
- This isn’t to say Cuccinelli’s the only party to blame in all this. McDonnell, who’s made no secret of the hard-right religious groups influencing his office, was responsible for the initial regulations, and just this month appointed John Seeds, who described abortion as “turning away from God and His love,” to an open seat on the state Board of Health. But it seems a little too convenient that Cuccinelli has catapulted himself back into the news cycle after the Supreme Court decision, which, had it gone differently, would have been a huge boost for him.
- But at the end of the day, it probably doesn’t really matter to Cuccinelli if his actions draw public protests, or if the Supreme Court smacks him down, or even if what he’s doing isn’t actually within his purview as attorney general. Because Cuccinelli’s activism isn’t necessarily about success or failure; it’s about letting the true believers know that one of their own is in the attorney general’s office, and, moreover, that he thinks he was elected to that office to harass climate scientists, encourage discrimination against gay people and keep women from having legal medical procedures.