Is Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s months-long losing streak finally over?
Today, a federal judge in Richmond declined to throw out Cuccinelli’s lawsuit over the federal health-care reform law passed by Congress. It can go forward, the judge ruled.
We will put that in the win column for him, even though it means Virginia taxpayers will be losers, because he’s frittering away our money to challenge that law.
This must come as some relief after May, June and July, which truly were some rough months for the Attorney General.
1) First he had to back off Breast-gate, the ill-fated and rather boobish attempt to replace a bare-chested Roman goddess on the state seal with a more modestly attired one.
2) Then Cuccinelli, among many politicians in Virginia and elswhere, embroiled himself in the midst of NavyVets-gate. He single-handedly defended the honor (and $55,500 campaign contribution to Cuccinelli) of one Bobby Thompson, as Republican and Democratic attorneys general in half a dozen other states launched probes into whether Thompson is a con man. Last week he threw in the towel and said he would donate Thompson’s contributions to a non-scam veterans charity, a move other politicians from both parties did months ago.
3) Also last week the Environmental Protection Agency — which under the Bush Administration had ruled carbon dioxide emission threatened human health and should be regulated — reviewed that decision and found it correct, and basically told Cuccinelli to go pound sand with his allegation of CO2-gate.
4) Which is kind of like what the University of Virginia did when the attorney general sought university records so he could go on a fishing expedition and put the screws to a climate scientist he suspects — with little reason — of committing some kind of fraud, i.e. Global Warming-gate.
But hey, going 1-4 is a better than 0-5 as any baseball pitcher will tell you.
Maybe Cuccinelli’s luck is about to turn. Maybe he’s on a streak that will at least even his record.