Monday, May 03, 2010

Cuccinelli's credibility goes tits up


For those of you who don't read blogs on the weekends and who are just catching up, our genius Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is in the middle of yet another minor scandal that is making him--and by extension Virginia--look extremely foolish.

Here's the short version of what happened. Cuccinelli noticed that the official Great Seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia featured the image of Virtus--a young woman--standing over the body of Tyranny, which she has defeated. In the official seal, Virtus is dressed as an Amazon--a mythical tribe of female warriors. Just one problem with this from Ken Cuccinelli's point of view: Amazons bare their left breast. In short, the Great Seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia has a boobie on it.

The controversy--a double controversy really--came about when Cuccinelli decided to order new lapel pins for the Attorney General's office. The pins were paid for with funds from his PAC. The design, well the design was from 1861 and showed Virtus wearing an armored breastplate which covered both of Virtus' breasts. Wait a minute, didn't something of historical consequence happen in Virginia in 1861?

Answer: yes, in 1861 Virginia seceded from the Union at the beginning of the American Civil War. The "boob-less" design that Ken Cuccinelli chose to bring back into use was apparently the Great Seal of the Confederate State of Virginia. And he did it during the widely criticized Confederate History Month.

And there you go, a double controversy: Cuccinelli reveals himself to be both a prude and a crypto-Confederate. Nowhere is this more obvious than the comment pages of the Richmond Times DIspatch. The Richmond Times Dispatch is widely regarded as the most conservative newspaper in Virginia. If Cuccinelli was going to find a sympathetic audience for his actions, then he'd be likely to find it among the readers of the RTD. No such luck. Let's sample the reactions, shall we?
Posted by xxxx on May 02, 2010 at 3:58 am

Can Cuccinelli and McDonald please stop! I realize that some people crave the limelight good or bad but these two are making the Commonwealth the laughingstock of the nation. They’ve been in office since the middle of January and it’s been one thing after another with them. Frankly I’m sick of it.

If this is all this guy has to do during staff meetings then I question why we even have an AG? He may have used non state funds to make the pins but he used state funds in the form of the salaries paid to those folks who had to sit through that staff meeting. That 15 minutes spent to do this was 15 minutes of who knows how many staff member salaries that the Commonwealth had to pay for not to mention his time working on doing it. It was a waste of taxpayer money.
Posted by jbrob on May 02, 2010 at 8:31 am

What is it with this man? A classical statue is now considered pornographic? The thought police is coming back.
Posted by Venutian on May 02, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I live in California. I am a native of Richmond. Since the election last November, when anyone asks where I’m from originally, I now say West Virginia. There’s less ridicule in being from West Virginia these days.
Posted by Yodasghost on May 02, 2010 at 4:46 pm

With fruitcakes running the state, sanctioning official religions, ranting about a woman’s breast as depicted on the state seal - (What? Hoochi-Coochi gonna cover it up so everyone ain’t going to run crazy with lust after several hundred years?) Sems Virginia just naturally lends it self to the late night comics Mickey-D and Hoochi-Coochi should get writers pay for the comedy lines they generate for Leno and Letterman.
Posted by Anon on May 02, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Cooch’s lapel pins are an insult to our Founding Fathers. The state seal is treasured by every Virginian. Bowdlerizing the emblem that unites the entire Commonwealth makes a mockery of everything the Washington and Jefferson stood for.
The RTD's coverage of the story quotes noted political scientist Larry Sabato:
"When you ask to be ridiculed, it usually happens. And it will happen here, nationally," he said. "This is classical art, for goodness' sake."
It's official: Ken Cuccinelli, largely as the result of his own actions, is now a laughingstock.

1 comment:

Robert said...

Jefferson's original design of 1780 shows a two breasted Amazon...

This incident inspired the following words to be sung to the tune of "Give me that old time religion"

Give me that old time Amazon.
Give me that old time Amazon.
Give me that old time Amazon.
It's good enough for me.

It was good enough for Jefferson.
It was good enough for Madison.
It was good enough for Mason
It's good enough for me....