On February 12, 2008, Virginia held its presidential primary election. In the Democratic Primary the results could not have been clearer: Barack Obama won the Virginia Democratic primary by an astonishing 63.66% to 35.46% for Hillary Clinton.
By mid-May 2008, the math was clear: Hillary Clinton would not be the Democratic candidate for president. But Clinton did not concede; she fought on, as was her right, until June 3, 2008. On that day Barack Obama secured enough delegates and super delegates to ensure that he would receive the Democratic nomination for the presidency. On that day what the Democratic Party needed was a gesture of unity.
So where was Terry McAuliffe on June 3, 2008, nearly four months after Virginia Democrats voted nearly two to one for Barack Obama?
Ask Jon Stewart . . .
Some questions for McAuliffe supporters . . .
1. Do you believe that Terry McAuliffe behaved in a responsible fashion on June 3, 2008?
2. Do you believe that Terry McAuliffe was in- or out-of-step with Virginia Democrats on June 3, 2008?
3. Do you believe that Terry McAuliffe's behavior on June 3, 2008 hurt the Democratic Party or helped it?
For the record I will support Terry McAuliffe if he wins my party's nomination for the Virginia governor's race on June 9th, 2009, but I do not believe that he is our party's best choice.