No Terry, Republicans Are Not Interested in Helping You Govern
The news in the state of
Virginia this past fall was that the state
responded to the Republicans nominating a bunch of hardline conservatives by
electing Democrats to every statewide office.
And the news recently is that the newly elected Governor, Terry McAuliffe
is starting out in a bi-partisan manner.
|Mr. McAuliffe's Inauguration - In the stands are all the Republicans who will work with him.|
With moderate Cabinet picks and an ardent courtship of Republicans, the colorful former Democratic National Committee chairman and political fundraiser has projected an image of seriousness, caution and bipartisanship that critics had doubted he could muster.
His deliberate approach appears meant to win over skeptics in both parties who dismissed him as a flamboyant
insider with no interest or experience in state politics before his failed bid
for governor four years ago. He especially needs to woo Republicans if he wants
to get his priorities through a GOP-dominated House and a Senate where control
is in flux. Washington
“I was expecting it was going to be crazy liberals and political hacks,”
David B. Albo
(R-Fairfax) said of McAuliffe’s Cabinet appointees. “And I have been very
surprised — pleasantly surprised — that he really seems to be appointing people
who know what they are doing, who are mainstream, who know how to run a
government, who’ve been in the job before. So, pretty impressed.” Del.
And so Republicans are acting pleased, with the emphasis on the acting. The Republicans in the
Virginia legislature are
“burn the state down, the hell with government” conservatives. They will attack and thwart Gov. McAuliffe at
every turn, no matter how much he tries to placate them, no matter how many
Republicans he brings into his administration, no matter how reasonable and
considerate he is.
Mr. Obama took years to learn what Republicans are really up to, it will be interesting to see if Mr. McAuliffe can do better. So far, pretty doubtful.