Terry McAuliffe Sworn In as Virginia Governor

72nd Virginia governor appeals for health care and bipartisanship

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Former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe made a plea for bipartisanship during his inaugural address Saturday, as well as pitched an expansion of Medicaid in the state under the federal health care reform law, the Associated Press reports.

McAuliffe, a big-time Bill and Hillary Clinton campaign financier, fought a difficult campaign and narrowly beat Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. He has appealed for an expansion of Medicaid to 400,000 low-income Virginians under the Affordable Care Act, as well as new ethics rules in the wake of a federal investigation into thousands of dollars of gifts and loans to outgoing governor Republican Bob McDonnell.

Virginia will face “serious economic headwinds” during his upcoming tenure, McAuliffe said during his address, and he is determined to avoid partisan gridlock.

“Common ground doesn’t move towards us, we move towards it,” he said.



Whatever his course as governor, McAuliffe's election stands as a striking repudiation of Republican strategy.

One can spin this as one will.  McAuliffe was a weak candidate: he was tainted in many ways.  However, there is one telling statistic, as reported by The Economist a few weeks ago.  Among single women voters (a diverse group, to be sure, but a group larger than African-American and Hispanic voters combined), McAuliffe bested Cuccinelli by a margin -- a margin -- of 42 percentage points.

Now, as I said, one can spin McAuliffe's election and Cuccinelli's loss (which may be more to the point) any way you want.  But the fact that an enormous block of voters was so overwhelmingly offended by the GOP's candidates (not only Cuccinelli but also his running mates for Lt. Governor and Attorney General) and voted in an off-year election should be of great concern to the Republican party.

So, the Republicans' path to ignominious oblivion is clearly laid out: if the GOP cannot stop obsessing about the different ways to control women's bodies, to control women's lives, to intrude into personal lives and limit personal freedoms of people who don't fit into conventional categories, to build higher fences around themselves and this country, to cut everything that helps people and to deny the truths that have shaped the world since Darwin's publication of The Origin of Species in 1859.  

It's reasonable to suggest that one day people will be learning about Republicans in museums of natural history, right next to other extinct species like  T. rexes and the dodos.


Another wimp lib in a Gov. seat. Good luck Virginia .



if a wimp lib is in the Governor's seat, what does that make is opponent in the election? 


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