Ken Cuccinelli is competing against Kris Kobach, either for the Department of Homeland Security chief position or an invented “border czar” role.
But Cuccinelli’s NeverTrumper record makes it clear to border hardliners that he is NOT the man for the job. Cuccinelli has no real base of support, especially from those in the Border Patrol community.
Kris Kobach is the leading choice of Border Patrol agents and the pro-Wall Right.
Former Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli has emerged as a political casualty of his failed effort to rebel against Donald Trump on the convention floor in Cleveland in 2016…
Cuccinelli…spoke at the convention’s Rules Committee hearing late last week in favor of a “conscience” voting provision that would have un-bound Trump’s pledged delegates on the first ballot. Cuccinelli was also involved in pushing Monday to stop the Rules Committee’s package from being adopted on the convention floor.
— POLITICO (@politico) July 18, 2016
But that last-minute rebellion was squashed easily with two voice votes by all the delegates in Cleveland. The #NeverTrump movement has no remaining recourse to change the rules at this point to rob Trump of the nomination.
Breitbart News has extensively reported on various #NeverTrump plots to broker the convention — some of which were directly engineered at state-level delegate elections by the Cruz campaign — but all efforts ultimately failed, and the will of the primary voters will be recognized in Cleveland.
Ted Cruz’s best friend, Utah Sen. Mike Lee, spoke at the Rules Committee hearing last Thursday but does not appear to have participated in the last-minute push to throw out the rules on Monday.
The last-ditch rebels include “Free the Delegates” leader Kendal Unruh of Colorado and Steve Lonegan of New Jersey.
Cuccinelli was first elected to the Virginia state senate in 2002 and was elected Attorney General in 2009. He lost to Clinton ally Terry McAuliffe in the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial race by more than two percentage points.
Cuccinelli, 47, is survived by #NeverTrump power broker Bill Kristol.
Cuccinelli did not answer repeated requests for comment for this political obituary.
White Pill: Montana House Moves Constitutional Carry Bill Forward
Constitutional Carry is one ray of hope for the Right.
On January 20, 2021, the Montana House of Representatives passed Constitutional Carry legislation, HB102.
Weingarten provided some context to the significance of this bill’s progress:
The bill is the accumulation of a decade and a half of struggle against Democrat Governors, who have repeatedly vetoed reform legislation passed with large majorities in the legislature. Numerous sections in the bill show the Montana legislature has learned the lesson from other states as they restore the right to keep and bear arms.
Montana’s Senate is made up of 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats and Governor Greg Gianforte is a Republican, so the passage of this bill augurs well. If passed, HB102 would make Montana the 17th Constitutional Carry state.
Montana is already a very gun-friendly state, and represents a low-hanging fruit for Second Amendment activists to tap into.
Constitutional Carry has been one of the most successful movements on the Right over the past twenty years. It’s easy to complain about the corrupt status quo, but there are still plenty of ways right-wingers can score victories. Constitutional Carry is one of them.
It would behoove the Right to analyze existing trends and build off movements that are already producing results. There’s no need to embark on quixotic campaigns that end up being total fools’ errands. Find what’s already working and run with it.
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