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The Virginia inaugural dilemma: gloves or no gloves?

Rosalind Helderman

A fun tidbit to watch for at today's Inaugural festivities: Will the inaugurees be wearing the traditional gloves with their traditional grey morning suits?

Attorney-gen.-elect Ken Cuccinelli told us recently that he, Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling had made a pact to ditch the gloves. But when we asked the gov-elect's office about the departure from the norm, we were told, no no, McDonnell would be wearing the gloves, as normal.

So we went back to Cuccinelli at his recent appearance to announce that he would be donating Inaugural funds to Richmond charity Daily Planet, and asked him about his gloves plan again. He was emphatic: "I'm not wearing any white gloves. It will not happen." (The gloves were apparently blue in 2005, but you get the idea.)

Cuccinelli went on: "It'll be a warm day. Haven't you heard? Global warming will sweep Virginia." This is sarcasm, of course. Cuccinelli's a well-known skeptic about global warming. He went on. "Did you know the globe warms every day, around 7 a.m.? And starts to cool at 4 p.m.?"

As for Bolling, he said Friday that he was clueless on the glove situation. He noted that four years ago, all three men getting sworn in wore gloves, but only Gov. Tim Kaine remembered to remove the glove when he raised his right hand to swear the oath of office. Bolling and McDonnell took the oath with their gloved hand held aloft, marring their pictures a bit.

But, Bolling said he'd wear gloves this year, if he's been given gloves. "I haven't even looked in the bag, to see what's in it. Does it got gloves in it?" he asked, turning to a staffer, who shrugged. "If it's got gloves in it, I'm gonna wear 'em."

So gloves, or no gloves? We'll be watching.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 16, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  Bill Bolling , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman , Timothy M. Kaine  
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I could be paddling a rowboat down Market Street in San Francisco after the poles have melted, and there will still be conservative fanatics who deny that humans are responsible for Global Warming or that it is even real. Please, read this article on this urgent issue:

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