Terry McAuliffe gets credit for determination (if nothing else). He chose his strategy a long time ago and whether it is working or not, he is sticking with it. Terry, since the beginning, would have the undecided voters of Virginia believe that the GOP ticket this year is a who's who of fundamentalism, and he wants to convince folks that the top priority of this year's ticket is "a career-long mission to outlaw abortion in all cases and ban some common forms of birth control."
McAuliffe wants to focus on these issues because they can be divisive at the best of times and inflammatory at the worst. But what he is finding out is...his campaign is the only one making a lot of noise about abortion. Cuccinelli, Obenshain, and Jackson are talking about solutions; about jobs, the economy, and the way to move the Commonwealth forward.
Politifact, along with the politically active portion of society have easily rejected Terry's claim, by the way, as one more feeble barb coming from a camp with no real talking points. Throughout many appearances, interviews, and writings, Cuccinelli, Obenshain, and Jackson have made their point that this election is about creating jobs, and dealing with the economic issues that face us today.
But...But Terry would never lie to us...would he?
The Attorney General actually has a plan to create jobs and lower taxes. The McAuliffe manifesto is a pretty pile of glittering generalities and nice promises that doesn't really delineate any ideas as much as just lauding Governor McDonnell's pro-business policies (at least he got that part right). Other than a nice shout-out to Virgina's (truly excellent, let's not take that away) community college system, and a notion to strengthen our dependence on more government for more jobs, it is mostly vanilla political yogurt.
Changing the subject is his only recourse to remind people that he is still running. Dems have always loved to tout the "War on Women", it is provocative and can misdirect people from noticing a distinct lack of policy experience. Terry remembers that from when he was exporting that mantra from DNC Headquarters.
But when you can't distract the people any more, what will you do Terry?
He is too busy campaigning to debate, he is too inexperienced to have any record of success to run on, and his hyper-blue buzzwords from the DNC won't work on Virginia voters that want to hear solutions, not just attacks. So while the GOP and the Commonwealth look for real solutions to the problems that face us all today, the one candidate that is really bending over backwards to make people angry over abortion...is Terry.