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Cuccinelli: 'I didn't get elected not to do something'

Rosalind Helderman

To emphasize how ready Virginia is to take the health care overhaul to court, take a look at this tweet from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli this morning:

"Well, they did it. Once the president signs it into law, we'll walk across the street and file suit b/c the ind mandate is unconstitutional"

We eagerly await a look at the filings penned by Cuccinelli's office. But in a lengthy interview on the topic late last week, Cucccinelli indicated he would argue -- as his tweet suggests -- that requiring individuals to purchase health care exceeds the federal government's authority to regulate interstate commerce.

He also said that requiring states to participate in a health insurance exchange, as envisioned by the bill, violates state sovereignty.

Cuccinelli said then that he was getting "overwhelmingly positive" e-mails and calls in response to his forcefulness on the issue. It's also made him something of a national voice of pushback from states on the bill -- he's been all over national cable news since last week.

"We'll see how it plays out. Whether [response to] a lawsuit is positive or not isn't terribly relevant. What matters is if you're right on the law. Ultimately, a court will decide if they press ahead. I think we have a very strong case," he said.

He said he was "perfectly sensitive to the notion" that public sentiment can change over time.

"That hasn't been a basis for our decision. As it hasn't been on some other things," he said chuckling, a reference to the uproar sparked when he sent letters recently to Virginia's colleges and universities informing them it was his legal opinion campus nondiscrimination policies could not legally include reference to sexual orientation.

"An attorney general who held my position and had done the legal research we've done could just do nothing and lament the process. If you do something -- and I didn't get elected not to do something -- you have to act consistently with your legal conclusions. My first obligation is to defend the constitution of the United States and of Virginia," he said.

"We have tried to make it clear before hand what we anticipated we would do. We're not trying to sandbag anybody. And it's not like I'm unique in the United States of America. There are other attorneys general who are talking about this."

By Rosalind Helderman  |  March 22, 2010; 9:59 AM ET
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After a brief stint with sanity, Virginia has become northern Alabama again. Its funny how neither McDonnel or Cuccinelli mentioned these types of things as a priority while begging for money in northern Va.

Posted by: Dessalines | March 22, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Oh whatever. States rights, Obama-care destroys the Constitution, blah-de-blah. This debate is not about "health-care" for anyone.

The only thing this is about is money. Those who are currently uber-rich due to the current health-care system are simply leveraging their mouthpieces (Republican party) in attempt to stop change that MAY affect their richness.

And since 2000 that's been the ONLY purpose of the Republican party: to keep the uber-rich in their beach homes on both coasts and McMansions, without regard to anything or anyone else. Screw the rest of the Nation, screw the environment, screw the Constitution (or most any Rule for that matter).

Posted by: AnonPoster | March 22, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Aren't we having a major budget crisis? How much money is Cuccinelli's which hunt going to cost Virginia taxpayers? It's bad enough that he has made this state look like a bunch of backwoods homophobes with his anti-gay college "issue".

Posted by: janeway1 | March 22, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

As a Virginia Taxpayer, I support Ken Cuccinelli protecting the interest and independence of Commonwealth.

Posted by: WeThePeopleofVirginia | March 22, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Janeway1, that's what I was wondering. I just read where McDonnell cannot begin to meet his promises on transportation because, well, there's no money. So, where is the money coming from for Cuccinelli to sue the US? And, yes, Dessalines, McDonnell and Cuccinelli kept their real views on things at bay when running for election. But, you didn't have to look far to find out what they believed before the election. As for the role of Northern Virginians, seems to me that they stayed home in droves on election day. And Cuccinelli IS a Northern Virginian! I would suggest to Northern Virginians that until the next election for governor, they exercise a little more vigilance in the future, they vociferously make their view known in Richmond until these clowns can do no more harm, and they begin thinking about who they (and other Virginians--its not just Northern VA that's embarrassed by these two) want to run their state in 2013.

Posted by: dnealesq | March 22, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

All together now, kids. How do we spell "laughingstock"?

Posted by: ceefer66 | March 22, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Get a life Cuccinelli - We voted Obama in office and that was one of his major pledges so where do you get off suing the Government over this and besides it will cost Virginia a fortune to do that but you don't care. And by the way you have the taxpayer's money providing you with health care don't you. I hope you read some of these comments but you probably won't. Typical Republican use the system when it's good for them but fight it when it's good for the middle class or lower class

Posted by: davpenjas | March 22, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

As MSNBC has said, the current occupants of the chairs of power in Richmond are turning Virginia into Jesse Helmsastan.

Posted by: yenta1 | March 22, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

The foolish criteria that Cuccinelli is using against health care could also be applied to other federal programs, from Medicare, foodstamps, Social Security, Medicaid, education, etc. This kneejerk reaction is representative of the sorry state of the RNC. All the more reason to research the candidates and vote intelligently.

Posted by: CliftonHermit | March 22, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Cuccinelli is a disgrace to the office he holds. he cares little for the rights of virginians. he sends letters to state universities telling them they can discriminate against gays and now he wants the state of virginia to waste millions sueing the federal govenment to stop the US from providing universal healthcare. I guess there is no crime in virginia now, and his office has a surplus of money and time to waste on his politicial boondogeries.

Posted by: MarilynManson | March 22, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

heaven forbid we actually provide insurance for all the citizens in the state.

Posted by: teach1 | March 22, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

When Cooch loses this case, he may want to consider having Virginia secede from the Union; we all know how well that worked out in the 19th century!

Posted by: TomPaine2 | March 22, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Ah well. Virginia insists on becoming Mississippi or South Carolina.

Anyway, Cuccinelli will be fun to point at and laugh at.

Posted by: yetanotherpassword | March 22, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Let's see ... is the Virginia AG suing because people are forced to pay taxes for support road, bridges, schools, police departments? How about car insurance? Does he want to take that on as well, since everyone must have that? How ridiculous!

Posted by: cricket35 | March 22, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Typical Republican tea-bagger wannabe. Full of sound and fury and homophobia and signifying nothing.

If Medicare deductions from your paycheck are constitutional (and they are), so is health reform. Let the legal challenges come. Spend your own money on this one, Mr Cucinelli. Spend a lot of it. Spend it ALL.

Posted by: cbl55 | March 22, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

GOP, pay, perks and pork

Senator McCain has been on Capitol Hill some Twenty-eight years. The only things he has to show for it is something to do with campaign finance. He has done absolutely nothing of note for the American People. The people in his State are, as far as quality of life goes, about where they were when McCain first came to congress.
In the meantime, whereas the middle class in Arizona has slipped towards the poverty line McCain, through self-voted pay raises and perks, has forged ahead at the speed of light.

How dare McCain and McConnell of Kentucky, et al, while gorging themselves on tax payer provided pork, pay and perks (just another form of benchmarks) ad nauseam, do everything in their power to prevent other Americans from accessing the most meager amount of health care insurance. Have the GOP members no shame? It would appear that they don’t.

But, we know that in the final analysis, the GOP doesn’t care one iota about ordinary Americans. Their primary focus is on the rich. With the middle class slipping badly and the rich are doing better and better, they, GOP, voted to give the latter huge tax cuts. There is evidence to suggest that those windfalls are winding up in Swiss and other off shore accounts. Not one job has been made or saved and not one business has been opened or saved from closing. The financial collapse was not prevented from occurring in the lease.

Posted by: vmonroe_valnesio | March 22, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Can someone please tell me if the lawsuit filed over the civil war has gone to trial as of yet?

Posted by: knjon353 | March 22, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

It's about time someone told the federal government to back down. It's getting too powerful.

Posted by: melador | March 22, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Kooky needs to put his KKK hat back in the closet and quit wasting my tax money!

Posted by: GenuineRisk | March 22, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I thought Ken would wait at least 6 months before starting his campaign for McDonnells job, but I guess I was wrong.

Well VA, you get what you vote for, and this kook is it. Thus far he has spent all his time on national issues, completely ignoring the state he works for.

Posted by: Nosh1 | March 22, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Go snorkel or something.

Posted by: Its_the_Truth_Anyhow | March 22, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

This is about as blatant as one can get as far as setting themselves up to run for higher office in the coming years. This is VA's Attorney General at work. I wonder if he will ever get around to doing what an AG is supposed to do? Or does he intend on running an unending campaign from his, er, Virginia's, AG's office?

Posted by: dougw3 | March 22, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like Cucccinelli just read Don Quixote but stopped about half way through.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | March 22, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

*SMH* That's all I can do in response to this frivolous lawsuit.

Posted by: missann1913 | March 22, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

After takes a moron to vote for a moron. It's gonna be a sad and repressive 4 years in Virginia.

Posted by: therev1 | March 22, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

McDonnell pummeled his competition by almost 20 percentage points. More people now disapprove of Obama than approve.
It's good to see someone stick it to the man.

Virginia is leading the fight against an overreaching federal government. Why do liberals want to take everyone's money? Because most of them are poor!

Posted by: melador | March 22, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

the italians r something . l mean not all of them . nobody ls dumb. and we gonna fight u rich bully. just wait till we get somebody that ls really black! u havent seen anything yet. the years too come ty~!!!!!!

Posted by: murdock_822 | March 22, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

well, the liberals on this site seem to be the ones with nothing but venom to spout. Quickly glancing at the comments, I read more than 5 ad hominum attacks with little substance. Sad that the only thing you have to add are tired, uninteresting, unoriginal and inaccurate insults. Says more about your intelligence and emotional maturity.

Posted by: fighterDC | March 22, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

There you have it. Virginia has just reaffirmed it's solid position in the (repugnican) Confederacy. They've solidified the North/South, Blue/Red border that is the Potomac river. I wonder if O'Malley or Fenty will ever talk to McDonnell.

While VA is suing the feds, and easing the state's already extremely lax gun laws, DC and Maryland are legalizing and recognizing gay marriage respectively. It's a pity those who live in parts of NoVa like Arlington have to suffer from the nonsense in Richmond.

It's amazing people were actually calling "Old Virginny" "purple" after they had Tim Kaine for 4 and elected Obama. lol. In just TWO MONTHS in office McDonnell, Cuccinelli, and friends have started turning Virginia into Mississippi. I can't imagine what the state will look like 4 years from now...

Posted by: TheMarylander | March 22, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

You know, I am starting to think that the Repukes may actually have something, when they say lawyers are f'king up health care. Chuchinelli seems to be a great example of ground glass in the KY.

Posted by: daweeni | March 22, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

This should tie up Kookynutty for a while, leaving him with less time to do more damage to our great Commonwealth.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | March 22, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Maryland is full of bootlickers.

Posted by: melador | March 22, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Cuccinelli, stop being against something and start being for something. Doesn't the state have an interest in ensuring that its citizens have equal access to health care?

Posted by: JohnnyU2Berry | March 22, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, anyone who thinks he is standing up for states' rights, constitutional rights, or far rights is completely delusional. Ken Cuccinelli is standing up for Ken Cuccinelli and nothing else. His inflated ego drives his political ambitions into places his brain is ill-equipped to handle.

But using Virginia money to campaign for national office is a complete and utter conflict of interest and constitutes fraud and larceny. If anyone should be sued, it's him. That suit would take the form of impeachment.

Posted by: thuff7 | March 22, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I see Cucenelli just announced his race for Governor!

Posted by: bertwake | March 22, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

My first obligation is to defend the constitution of the United States and of Virginia
Ken Cuccinelli AG Virginia

Wow, and I thought that's what we had Congress and the Supreme Court for.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | March 22, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

If the Commonwealth of Virginia wins this lawsuit, the verdict is likely to also overturn Federal mandates that every American to participate in Medicare and in Social Security. Isn't it about time that we got rid of all of these programs that serve the middle class at the expense of the wealthy?

Posted by: Ballen375 | March 22, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

God Bless Cuccinelli ...

Posted by: AlbyVA | March 22, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

As a VA Taxpayer and a Military Veteran who has served my country with blood and honor I find Cucinelli's efforts insulting and a waste of VA resources. Instead of focusing on using the law to create Jobs, preserve our natural resources, and enforce pollution laws he's spending all his time advocating Right Wing policies in line with political Right Wing priorities.

Every action he has taken as VA attorney general has been a slap in the face to military veterans and their families and the sooner he is removed from office the better off Virginia will be. We need an attorney general who will fight for our economic strength, energy independence, public safety and against environmental pollution.

Posted by: liveride | March 22, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Although I did not vote for Cuccinelli, on this matter I think he is totally correct. This so-called Health Care Reform Bill does not address a number of very important items, such as tort reform and being able to buy drugs in Canada at greatly reduced prices. Thus, it is truly not Health Care Reform but instead a liberal agenda for health care which the majority of the American public does not want. The force someone to buy insurance is a taking of property without due process. Auto insurance is an entirely different matter becuase driving is a privilege and not a right. Living and not buying health insurance is a right protected by our constitution. As a lawyer, I can tell you this law will not withstand a challenge in the courts. Hence, Cuccinelli and the other state attorney generals who challenge this law will be on the winning side and then perhaps we can have true health care reform.

Posted by: Alexandriaman1 | March 22, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Virginia is leading the fight against an overreaching federal government. Why do liberals want to take everyone's money? Because most of them are poor!

Posted by: melador | March 22, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Really - libs are poor?

Top Five Wealthiest States in order-

1) Maryland - Blue State
2) New Jersey - Blue State
3) Connecticut - Blue State
4) Hawaii - Blue State
5) Massachusetts - Blue State

Bottom Five

All RED-

Mississippi (50)Poorest
West VA (49)
Arkansas (48)
Oklahoma (47)
Alabama (46)

Who is stupid now, stupid?

Posted by: Buddy1232 | March 22, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Tort reform and the ablility to buy drugs in Canada are fine and should be included in future proposals. The GOP has vowed to vote against any health care unless it favors insurance companies at the expense of the majority of citizens. The health care bill enacted is only a middle of the road approach that included many GOP requests to no avail. They are more focused on staying in power than in serving the American people. I certainly support the ability to buy less expensive drugs and a reasonable tort reform if GOPers would promise to actually vote for it instead of just using those suggestions as a stalling tactic for which they will vote against anyway.

Posted by: liveride | March 22, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

"Da Cuch" is Governor Robertson's beard for the latter's sub rosa conservative aganda(s).

Posted by: kinkysr | March 22, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Before wasting his time and Virinia's scarce fiscal resources on his grandstanding law suit, Mr Cuccinelli might want to read Wickard v. Filburn, 317 US 111, establishing the broad reach of the federal government's power to regulate commerce.

Posted by: flwood2341 | March 22, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

"Da Cuch" is Governor Robertson's beard for the latter's sub rosa conservative agenda(s).

Posted by: kinkysr | March 22, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm ashamed to be a Virginian. I've reluctantly tolerated what the "good ole [Republican] boys" in the Commonwealth have done in years past, but this is too much. To embrace a homophobic philosophy and then to rally in favor of defeating federal legislation that actually helps people within the Commonwealth, who have fallen on hard times, is pitiful!

We are a hardworking, college-educated family caught up in this economic nightmare...a publicly adopted special needs child, unemployed husband, disabled wife, COBRA that is ending soon.... The VA post-COBRA HIPAA options are dreadful, individual policies with much lesser coverage for much more money. The state already does little for its this??!!

I hope Cuccinelli's ill-conceived efforts fail and that the Democrats, or even moderate Republicans, take back the Commonwealth. Those in power now are just plain extremists. What are they doing to my state and my family's well-being?

Posted by: OrangeBlossom44 | March 22, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Ken Cuccinelli is an experienced attorney, who knows as well as anyone that he doesn't have a snowball's chance of overturning health care reform. All he is doing here is grandstanding in preparation for a run for governor, and of course wasting the taxpayers' money doing it.

BTW, WeThePeopleofVirginia, as a Virginia taxpayer, I resent this unconscionable waste of funds, especially now, when the state is so short of money.

Posted by: GordonCash | March 22, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

What happened with his lawsuit over losing the civil war?

Posted by: knjon353 | March 22, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Stupinellei puts his foot in it again...this is going to be an interesting fours years as we watch the new Gov and Ag make one after another decisons that awaken Virginians to the right wing radicals they elected to these offcies.

Posted by: changeisconstant | March 22, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

It our Commonwealth income tax dollars at work (not). Wonder how many tens of thousands of dollar$ this will end up cost us.

Posted by: Nohti | March 22, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

"Those who are currently uber-rich due to the current health-care system are simply leveraging their mouthpieces (Republican party) in attempt to stop change that MAY affect their richness."

The democrats accepted far more money from the health care industry than the republicans.

Try again.

In fact, the poster child, Charlie Rangel accepted over $3M in "donations". As reported in the Washington post. It's fascinating, they have a whole list in the house.

Lots of people from both parties got over $1M. But bottom line, if you think this is a republican or democrat thing, you're simply a tool.

I would note that health care stocks are up today as investors realized the windfall they are about to reap.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | March 22, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

GOOD LUCK Cuccinelli!!!!!!

Posted by: Sparky15 | March 22, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Keep fightin Virgina. Other states will gladly take YOUR TAX DOLLARS and use them while you fight for your right to healthcare -----

Posted by: racerdoc | March 22, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Virginia has become a very scary place to live. It has re-invented itself to be an icon of dysfunction and derision led by people who have their own personal agendas and not the best interests of the citizens. Valuable time and resources will be wasted in trying to hash things out in court. As a taxpayer, our resources can be spent far more wisely and appropriately elsewhere.

Posted by: R2And | March 22, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Mr Cucinelli,

A State which is offering it's employee's pink slips and ferlows can't afford your brand of justice.

Posted by: SterlingLion | March 22, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

The medical malpractice tort reform implemented by Texas in 2003 is held out by proponents as the best model for the rest of the nation to follow. Yet, Texas has highest rate of uninsured residents in the nation at 25%. While tort reform might help, it obviously does not solve all of the problems. Based on Texas experience, even with tort reform we should expect 75 million uninsured in this country - one in four.

Posted by: Ballen375 | March 22, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

What I notice lacking from any of these incredibly thoughtful posts is any discussion as to whether Cuccinelli (as , you know, Attorney General and the individual tasked with upholding and defending the law in the Commonwealth of Virginia) is right on the law. Personally, think he is spot-on in saying the the Federal Government has overstepped its bounds by passing into law a *requirement* for every man, woman and child in the country to buy something they may not want nor ever need. How is that possibly within the bounds of the enumerated powers of the Federal Government? And why shouldn't we care that it's not? Because *you* think it's a good idea?

Nor does any one seem to want to address the idea that the Government has just dumped an unfathomable financial burden on the states. Again, is that Constitutional? Maybe. But maybe not.

Nor does any one seem to want to discuss the fact that at least 37 other Attorneys General are doing the same thing, on the same grounds.

Gee, do you think maybe, just maybe, what the Federal Government just did was a major overstep of its enumerated powers.

No matter how good an idea you might think this law was, I do believe Cuccinelli (and the 37 other AGs) are right on the law.

This debate and battle are just beginning. Bring on the Supreme Court!

Posted by: mattwalter | March 22, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

"Before wasting his time and Virinia's scarce fiscal resources on his grandstanding law suit, Mr Cuccinelli might want to read Wickard v. Filburn, 317 US 111, establishing the broad reach of the federal government's power to regulate commerce."

This is the best comment I've seen here.

By the way, why don't people take former Congressman Tom Davis to task for dressing up the GOP ticket as moderates? Or do people think he's surprised by what's he's unleashed in Richmond?

Posted by: NorminVienna | March 22, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

What a Taliban state Cuccinelli and his fundamentalist boss are turning Virginia into. If lived there I'd be embarrassed that my "leaders" still thought it was 1700. Guess some people there like living in a time capsule. *shudder*

Posted by: B2O2 | March 22, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

mattwalter, your post is inaccurate.

For one, several people have discussed the constitutionality issue and have even cited "Wickard v Filburn" as precedent.

Secondly, 11 state AGs including Cuccinelli have stated intentions to file suit. That's not quite 37.

But, you know, don't let little things like facts get in the way of a good argument.

Posted by: VaTerp1 | March 22, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Even the stodgy, conservative Washington Post editorial page predicted this man would become an embarrassment to Virginia if elected, and they were right. Nice job, Virginians.

Posted by: B2O2 | March 22, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

In a word; Kookinelli.

Posted by: kabej | March 22, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

The saddest, or most ridiculous, part of all is that Cuccinelli and his Taliban Mullah McDonnell claim to be Christians.

Christians. Yes, the church founded by a fellow from Galilee who said: "whatever you do to the least of us, you do to me". And who told the story of the Good Samaritan, to stress that helping the sick and suffering was a fundamental value in life.

But these twisted conservative pseudochristians *despise* Jesus and every last one of his teachings, whether it's about helping the poor, working for peace, or not judging one another. They absolutely ABHOR that liberal freak Jesus.

Posted by: B2O2 | March 22, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Fellow conservatives: pay no attention to these (mostly) out of state liberals. It is a scant seven months until their Waterloo...we will then get Virginia mostly cleansed of Democrat Congress trash and then after re-apportionment in 2012 we will finish the job! Revenge is a dish best served cold!

Posted by: dcmowbray1 | March 22, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

So cut education funding for my kids, not do anything yet for transportation, and then Mr Haircut and the Cooch want to waste my tax dollars on this Quixotic mission? And after making gays in the workplace and school issue #1? I don't think this rises to grounds for a recall, but I wish it did. I think a lot of Virginia centrists who were snookered by these two might be having second thoughts.

Posted by: hitpoints | March 22, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Bigoted bozo didn't think it was enough to attack Virginia college policies preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation. Now he wants to embellish his campaign to be the next Governor by taking back hard won progress on health care. I'm sorry Virginians were so stupid last election. We in the great state of Maryland will help defeat this blowhard next time. JERK.

Posted by: karlanne1 | March 22, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

With all of the budget cuts being made in Virgina, I am surprised there is money to sue the Federal Government. And comparing the election of the Governor of Virginia to the election of the President of the US makes no sense. I voted in both and had to stand in line for a very long time to vote for President. I walked in voted and walked out when I voted for Governor. Could it be that a lot less people voted that time? It is partly due to the people who don't bother to vote that cause idiots to be elected to office.

Posted by: ctree | March 22, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

way to go, virginny...good work electing these embarrassments to america. i can hear the banjos a-playin' now.

The Cooch is just a-doin' what republicans do these days. Only three things:

1) scare people
2) protect the very wealthy
3) scare people

Posted by: rtravers63 | March 22, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Purchasing insurance should be optional, and by declining to do so, you thereby waive your rights to any medical care you cannot pay for in. Simple as that.

Posted by: yetanotherpassword | March 22, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Attorney General Cuccinelli takes on Federal Government -

Attorney General Cuccinelli continued his assault on the Federal Government today, announcing that his lawsuit against the health care reform bill would be followed by lawsuits against the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution. "The founding fathers recognized slavery in the Constitution," he said, "and only a rogue Congress without true representation from the Southern states could have passed these vile amendments." Cuccinelli noted that states rights had been severely infringed by the Great Society legislation on civil rights and voting rights. "Roger Tawney had the right position," he said. "Lyndon Johnson let the South down when he caved in to northern interests and passed these terrible bills over the objections of great Americans like Strom Thurmond and George Wallace." Cuccinelli made his announcement with great fanfare while reintroducing segregated facilities on trains, buses, and airline flights originating in Virginia, and announcing the termination of all gays and lesbians employed by Virginia government agencies, schools, and colleges. "The people of Virginia elected me to bring back the good old days, and I'm not going to disappoint them," he said, while handing out buttons for his campaign to succeed the current governor. "If Prince William County could tie itself in knots by persecuting immigrants, I don't see why Virginia can't do even better by going after gays and ignoring all those stupid edicts from Washington."

Posted by: karlanne1 | March 22, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Cuccinelli says, "I didn't get elected not to do something."

Aside from the double negatives there, he didn't get elected to try to overturn a law enacted by the United States Congress, either. He was elected to first uphold the laws of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

I am not a fan of the Attorney General's conservative and regressive outlook. I do not believe he will succeed in the vanguard attack on healthcare reform, but let him try if he thinks it will further his political career. Keep in mind, however, that Virginians helped to elect President Obama and healthcare reform was a major factor in that choice.

Posted by: talitha1 | March 22, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

"Aren't we having a major budget crisis?"

You have to love the logic of Democrats on this. Translation of the above statement:

We just wasted trillions of taxpayer dollars implementing 2500 pages of law which 1) do not address a single one of the countless issues we paraded in front of the media and the people, and 2) will do absolutely NOTHING to limit or reduce future cost increases in health care. Here's the funnier thing; increasing the demand on the health care system by adding 30+ million more to the insurance roles, and mandating that insurance companies must never cap payments and must include anyone regardless of how sick they are, we are virtually guaranteeing that costs must rise dramatically. Now, want to spend a trillion more by our estimates. But, of course, we always miss the mark on these estimates, usually by 10 to 40-fold. So expect those cost to rise dramatically, too!

But now we are going to complain about how much someone is spending because they possess the common sense (and realize that virtually 100% of the cost of these mandates will be passed on to the state, and pulled from their already limited budgets) to contest our efforts on the basis that the process and the mandates both violate some old document called the Constitution. Not that it is the basis of our founding and our country, or anything.

Just give us our free stuff.

Posted by: waterloom | March 23, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

This is not about Cucinelli upholding the constitution. It's about him running for higher office in the future. Whether he wins or loses the case, he solidifies his position with the Republican party of Virginia to be their nominee for Governor or whatever he runs for. Pathetic.

Nothern Virginia needs to succeed from the rest of this backwater state.

Posted by: JW9288 | March 23, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

If Cuccinelli is so worried about the constitutionality of requiring insurance, he should start in his own backyard.

From the Virginia DMV site:

"To purchase license plates or decals, you must certify that the vehicle is covered by the minimum insurance requirements or pay the uninsured motor vehicle fee. "

The fee is FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS PER CAR. Why isn't he fighting for the people of his own state to get rid of this supposedly unconstitutional mandate?

Posted by: katabann | March 23, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

When you Dems want to make a point please get your facts straight. Everyone in the state does not have to buy auto insurance. You can pay into the uninsured motorist fund, you can buy insurance but only if you want to own a car. You are not forced to buy insurance or pay a fine. This is not unconstitutional. Not all Virginians put Obamma in office. I agree with Mr. Cuccinelli, I voted for him and would again. We will see how things go in Nov. People are tired of the Liberal spending of the Federal money and borrowing more from China. I guess the President is out flying in Air Force 1 again. Talk about spending money, flying that plane and the other one costs a fortune. I hope this country can hold on for 3 more years and not hit rock bottom before we get someone new in there.

Posted by: onceadem | March 23, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

What a jerk! This chap obviously has no interest in helping people, just hurting them.

Posted by: griffith1 | March 24, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

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