When Ken Cuccinelli ran for Governor of Virginia in 2013, he framed himself as a “libertarian-leaning Republican.” And recently his chief political strategist Chris LaCivita, let the cat out of the bag when he was interviewed for a June 6th, 2014 article at The Washington Examiner concerning North Carolina Libertarian Senate Candidate Sean Haugh.
In the article, LaCivita is quoted as saying: “Libertarians and quote unquote libertarian-minded Republicans exist for one purpose and one purpose only, and that is to keep Republicans from winning general elections.”
“From a political standpoint, those individuals are Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi’s best pals.”
Oh what seven months after an election won’t do to one’s memory. LaCivita forgets that he was part of a team of “political experts” who failed to convince voters that a should-be convicted felon was more “Libertarian” than the real Libertarian Candidate, Robert Sarvis (Sarvis is now running for U.S. Senate in Virginia). They even brought in former Congressman and 2012 Presidential Candidate Ron Paul (who is known as a libertarian-minded Republican) to seal the deal. Don’t forget too, that Rand Paul endorsed Cuccinelli over real Libertarian Sarvis. Of course, Rand Paul (Ron Paul’s son) always endorses Republicans over Libertarians, because, well, he is a Republican and, you know, Liberty.
For LaCivita – once you start telling lies, it’s hard to keep everything straight.
And we all know that Ken Cuccinelli himself, also feels the same way. But the way you woo Libertarians to your campaign is to lie and pretend you are one. Unfortunately for Cuccinelli – much like Mitt Romney – no matter how dishonest you are, you still can’t win an election.
Exit polls from the Virginia Governor’s race proved that had Sarvis not been in the race, Cuccinelli would have lost to Democrat Terry McAuliffe by an even wider margin. Let us not ever accuse Republicans of being as dishonest as Democrats.
Libertarians exist to keep both Democrats and Republicans from winning (you could argue that both parties are the same – and you’d probably be right). In most elections we pull evenly from both sides. There have been, on a few occasions, times when we have pulled more from the Democrats or more from the Republicans. But in general, we take from both sides evenly.
LaCivita, like many other Republicans, is being intentionally dishonest. It’s a growing pattern within the Republican party. A last ditch effort to save a dying brand that should have never been popular to begin with. It’s not as if LaCivita hasn’t looked at the exit poll data from the 2013 Governor’s race in Virginia. But that data doesn’t fit the narrative he’s trying to sell. So his only option is to lie through his teeth and hope that nobody does their own research.
Republicans and Democrats do not want Libertarians winning elections. Republicans seem to be the most vocal about it at this time. The Democrats just sit back with their feet propped up, laughing, while Republicans like LaCivita make fools of themselves and push more Libertarians away from the Republican Party.
I guess Cuccinelli shot himself in the foot when he claimed to be “Libertarian Leaning.” Because according to his chief political strategist, his one and only purpose was to keep himself from winning.
And that’s really good for the Libertarian Party.