We congratulate Governor Elect McAuliffe on his win. It was a slugfest and he emerged from the brawl. He should enjoy the moment.
However the win was anything but a mandate. McAuliffe nearly lost the race he had been leading by double digits just a couple of weeks before. People remember his role as the chief money guy for the DLC Democrats and so many on the “Left” don’t trust him. This is a big reason why “Mac” was nearly knocked out last night. His supporter pool is very shallow. He is not liked. But the pool was just deep enough to win last night, and that’s what counts this morning.
Going forward however it is likely to be a different story.
Check out this article from from the progressive Mother Jones.
(From Mother Jones)
Allow me to explain. McAuliffe represents an unseemly slice of Washington. His primary role in politics for the past two decades or more has been raising money—most notably, for the Clintons. He cooked up the idea of essentially renting out the Lincoln bedroom during the Clinton administration as a fundraising vehicle, and he smashed all previous presidential fundraising records in the process. When McAuliffe was the Dems’ top fundraiser, a campaign finance scandal besieged the Clinton White House. Coincidence? No. McAuliffe was all about pushing the envelope when it came to the political money chase.