A couple of my dear friends hosted a small, informal meet-and-greet with Virginia Attorney General candidate Ken Cuccinelli on Saturday. The State Senator spoke for about 45 minutes in front of a blazing fire in their entertainment room, with its walls of framed rock-band posters, racks of DVDs and videotapes (including the entire “Star Wars” and “Planet of the Apes” series), and rotating Simpsons lamp.
Describing himself as a “down-the-line conservative”, Sen. Cuccinelli hit just about all the right notes for the equally conservative group of gathered friends.
He spent much of his time taking about property rights, and particularly his successful fight to pass a law protecting Virginians from the more egregious “eminent domain” abuses sanctioned by the U.S. Supreme Court in Kelo v. New London.
The rights to life, liberty, and property are the foundation on which the Republican Party should be built, the Senator said, and “life begins at conception.”
The Republican is no GOP apologist. Taxes have been a “big, big fight”, he said, and it’s been largely a “Republican-on-Republican” fight.
Sounding hopeful rather than discouraged, he pointed to this month’s “wipe-out election” as an opportunity for the Republican Party to return to its core principles. Right now, he said, the way for Republicans to win is on the issues, not the GOP brand.
The group was favorably impressed. After Sen. Cuccinelli departed for the Nation’s Gun Show in Dulles, the talk over bowls of fabulous chili (homemade, with sausage as well as beef!) included laments over Kelo, but focussed as well on the perception that the Senator brought a coherent philosophy to bear on policy considerations, something many agreed is increasingly hard to find among Republican politicians.