As regular readers of this blog already know, in my opinion Virginia Attorney General Ken "Kookinelli" Cuccinelli is certifiably insane and belongs in a mental ward rather than the Virginia Governor's mansion. He is a religious extremist of the highest order and unlike EVERY attorney general who has run for the governorship over the last 30+ years, Kookinelli has refused to resign from office while he campaigns full time for governor. In effect, Kookinelli is forcing every Virginia tax payer to underwrite his extremist campaign as he pushes an agenda dangerous to the rights of countless Virginians. Now, Kookinelli is publishing a book that may well help document just how crazy this man is and how unfit he is for any elected office, including the office he currently holds. It is also noteworthy that Kookinelli wrote the book of his director of communications who is also on the state payroll. As Politico reports, Kookinelli's delusional book may well be embraced by Democrats seeking to convince voters that Kookinelli is a clear and present danger to Virginia and every Virginian who isn't an angry white ultra conservative Christian. Here are highlights from Politico:
Ken Cuccinelli will publish a book next month that could boost Democratic efforts to define him as an overly-ideological conservative in the increasingly purple state of Virginia.
Promotional materials promise that “The Last Line of Defense: The New Fight for American Liberty,” out Feb. 12, will offer “a behind-the-scenes account” of the Republican nominee’s clashes with the Obama administration as the state’s attorney general.
The synopsis provided by the publisher notes that Cuccinelli was the first state attorney general to argue in federal court against Obamacare, as well as “an unapologetic defender of the Constitution, and a man admirers and detractors alike said ‘was tea party long before there was a Tea Party.’”
The book was written in collaboration with Brian Gottstein, who is employed by the state of Virginia as the attorney general’s director of communications. The longtime activist was formerly a radio host and columnist for the Roanoke Star Sentinel, an alternative newspaper
Polling shows that “tea party” has become a more politically-perilous term over the last three years. The movement now is viewed unfavorably by many independents in places like the Northern Virginia suburbs that will be critical to the outcome of November’s general election.
Professionals believe Cuccinelli’s best hope to win the race is to replicate outgoing Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell’s successful 2009 campaign model of focusing on pocketbook issues such as the economy and roads — and deemphasizing many of the controversial social issues that have been centerpieces of Cuccinelli’s tenure as attorney general.
Just last week, he [Cuccinelli] told an Iowa-based radio show that opponents of a federal mandate for contraception coverage should be willing to “go to jail” to fight the law.
Campaign-year books are not unusual. Many politicians with national followings write books to drum up support, lay out plans and cash in on their celebrity. The list price for this book is $25.
But books can also backfire, giving ammunition to opposition researchers. Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) was damaged during his failed 2006 reelection bid for questioning two-working-parent households in a book that came out in 2005 called “It Takes A Family.”
Rick Perry published a book called “Fed Up!” in the wake of his 2010 reelection that called Social Security a “Ponzi scheme” and “violent attack” on traditional American values — among other controversial points later seized upon by Mitt Romney’s campaign.
Indeed, the only explanations for the timing of the book are (i) that Cuccinelli is insane and (ii) Cuccinelli hopes that other Neanderthal religious extremists will buy the book and then be convinced to contribute to his Inquisition inspired agenda.