McAuliffe's Rhetorical Gymnastics: How To Be Against It Before You Were For It, Then Be Against It Again

Democrat gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe is nothing if not a flip flopper. But he takes it to a new level this year, topping even John Kerry's "I was for it before I was against it" classic from 2004. Earlier this month, he put out a video to solidify his homosexual agenda cred. Now, why would a liberal politician need to do that, especially when he so easily contrasts against his conservative opponent, Republican nominee and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli? Easy. Four years ago, T-Mac was as adamant as adamant can be in opposition to repealing Virginia's Marriage Amendment during his failed campaign for the Democrat nomination. See this video of his comments during a primary debate at the time (which I chronicled here as making some type of sense):


But fast forward four years and he's now the nominee. With Democrat activists not too interested in his campaign and GOP enthusiasm more intense, McAuliffe is shooting flame throwers in all the disparate directions of the liberal coalition to light a fire under his base. That includes homosexual activists. So at the beginning of the month he released this video claiming he was down with their struggle, except that he doesn't sound especially enthused. He may have misfired because, with only 391 views in two weeks as of tonight, there appears to be no such urgency among the public for "social issues" (but funny how the Left continues to bring them up). So uncomfortable, in fact, he refuses to use the word "Gay" before "Pride" in the video's title. So much for commitment to the cause. So much for his focus on "jobs and the economy."


To confirm his cynicism, McAuliffe appeared to distance himself altogether from the issue he himself brought up and regressed to the position from his losing 2009 campaign — that he would not seek to overturn Virginia’s Marriage Amendment and that Democrats needed to get over that — saying this late last week:

[LGBT rights] are not an issue that I’m going spend my time focusing on . . . the constitution is not going to change in my term. I’m going to focus on issues I can make a difference on — jobs, economic development, Medicaid expansion. …

So, there you have it. Against the homosexual agenda, for it for for two weeks four years later, against it two weeks after that. Only time will tell if taking rhetorical gymnastics to a higher level than John Kerry will lead to better results.