On many issues, the Republican and the Democrat are exact opposites. McAuliffe favors not just abortion on demand, but also abortion paid for by Virginia's taxpayers. You cannot get more radical than that. He supports gay marriage, Obamacare (even single-payer health care), tax hikes, you name it.
But somehow McAuliffe is given a complete pass. The Washington Post lamely reports he "presented himself as a business-friendly moderate."
Meanwhile, Cuccinelli is described by a Norfolk reporter as launching "social conservative crusades" and by a ridiculous Richmond columnist as a "strident extremist whose views on social issues make Cotton Mather look like Caligula."
The newspapers here are reporting hand-in-glove with the McAuliffe theme that Cuccinelli is "too extreme for Virginia," even though McAuliffe is so left-wing on the social issues he'd please hippies in Vermont -- and no one else.
3. Cuccinelli has received twice as many stories on his ethics controversies as his ethics-challenged opponent. During the study period of June 12 (after the Democrat primary) to Aug. 31, 91 news stories and 61 columns mentioned or discussed Cuccinelli's ethics, most of them referring to his acceptance of gifts from businessman Jonnie Williams. But only 48 news stories and 27 opinion articles talked about McAuliffe's ethical problems, mostly on his leadership of GreenTech Automotive, which is now under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Overall, readers could have found 152 stories on Cuccinelli's ethics, to only 75 on McAuliffe's.
But how serious are these ethical issues for each candidate?
Cuccinelli admitted error in failing to disclose gifts from Williams, then asked a Democrat to investigate the matter, who absolved him of impropriety. The End. McAuliffe continues to use the Clinton playbook -- dodging, weaving, denying, even lying about charges dealing with massive fraud. Yet Cuccinelli's "problems" get twice the coverage of his rival.
Virginia is a swing state, with a Republican governor, two Democratic senators and a House delegation that is 8 to 3 Republican. But the purple state's most influential newspapers are deep blue and are aggressively pushing Virginia to swing to the Left.
Virginians are well advised to get their news elsewhere.