The Pinoc­chio party

The Washington Times Daily - - Editorial -

If Terry McAuliffe had any scru­ples, he would de­cline the key to the gov­er­nor’s man­sion. But he long ago proved, along with most Democrats in power from Pres­i­dent Obama on down, that he has no scru­ples.

The Vir­ginia gu­ber­na­to­rial race was made a sham when Democrats fi­nanced get­ting Lib­er­tar­ian Robert Sarvis on the bal­lot to split the con­ser­va­tive vote. Mr. McAuliffe won by a slim 2.5 points; Mr. Sarvis pulled 6.5 per­cent. Do the math. Democrats and the GOP have both been com­plicit in do­ing away with hon­est elec­tions, but the Democrats lead the league in chi­canery by a large mar­gin. The phony third-can­di­date ploy has be­come a top item in the Demo­cratic play­book from coast to coast.

In my Cen­tral Florida area, re­pug­nant Demo­crat Rep. Alan Grayson took it to a new low in 2010 when he se­cretly backed a fam­ily friend as a phony Tea Party can­di­date to peel away votes from Dan Web­ster, whom he show­ered with bla­tantly false at­tack ads. Mr. Web­ster won any­way. In 2012, Mr. Grayson made it back to Congress by win­ning a new seat in a largely His­panic dis­trict em­ploy­ing even greater slime. He ran at­tack ads against the fa­vored of two His­panic can­di­dates in the Repub­li­can pri­mary (in which Mr. Grayson was not in­volved), then turned his nasty ad ma­chine on the more vul­ner­a­ble of the two in the gen­eral elec­tion to win. He had man­aged to take out the GOP can­di­date he thought he couldn’t beat in the gen­eral elec­tion.

The closer-than-fore­cast Vir­ginia re­sults can be at­trib­uted in part to the grow­ing out­rage to­ward Oba­macare and the pres­i­dent’s forked tongue. Where is for­mer Rep. Bart Stu­pak, the pro-life Michi­gan Demo­crat who was in po­si­tion to block Oba­macare when he and four col­leagues were pre­pared to vote against it, but al­lowed him­self to be duped when Mr. Obama falsely as­sured Mr. Stu­pak that Oba­macare would never fi­nance abor­tions or con­tra­cep­tion?

The Wash­ing­ton Post has awarded Mr. Obama four Pinoc­chios. Mr. Obama and Mr. McAuliffe, Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Harry Reid, House Mi­nor­ity Leader Nancy Pelosi, et al., each de­serve six or eight. LARRY GUEST Or­lando

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