This morning on Richmond's Morning News With Jimmy Barrett (WRVA-AM in Richmond), Democrat gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe made a comment that may have slipped through the cracks to most, but here's my take on it: He slammed the two men whom he hopes to succeed — fellow Democrats Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. That can't go over too well with Democrat primary voters.
Here's what happened: Barrett asked T-Mac about charges he's carpetbagging. As usual for a rookie candidate, he went on too long. He listed a line of successful Virginia politicians who were not born here. Instead of stopping there, couldn't contain himself and continued:
"I think you want the next governor . . . who hasn't been part of these partisan battles down in Richmond. If you're happy with the way things have gone I'm probably not your guy." (Hear it for yourself by clicking here for a interview menu page or here for the podcast download.)
What's immediately hysterical is that this comes from Bill Clinton's DNC chairman, where McAuliffe was one of the most partisan figures in recent American history. So he's going to be the one to end partisanship? (Wasn't Barack Obama supposed to have ended that by now, anyway?)
But here's where T-Mac slams Virginia's latter day Democrat icons: They've been running the show the last eight years! Partisan and not getting things done? Warner, another self-proclaimed non-partisan, can't be happy with that. Is T-Mac blowing his cover? Is he criticizing Kaine, the new DNC chairman (by definition, the Democrat partisan-in-chief), for trying to do both jobs at once?
Maybe he has a point. He's either brutally honest and candid or he's slamming them for his short-term political gain. Either way, Virginia's two most prominent Democrats, as well as the rank-and-file, won't like that, whether true statements or not, whether he meant them like that or not.
He may backtrack, but at the least, he's admitted it takes two to tango — a governor and a legislature. But media, pundits and liberal interest groups have told the public the last eight years that the roadblock to Nirvana in Virginia has been House Republicans. So, however he spins it, Terry McAuliffe has laid at least some blame on the last two governors. Not quite what we're used to hearing, is it?