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In the Virginia governor’s race, trust the spin

Political operatives rarely flirt with the truth, but in the Virginia governor’s race, they’re the only ones who can be trusted. There’s no reason to manufacture scandals or distort voting records — the truth is bad enough for Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli.

The Washington Posthas documented how Cuccinelli accepted money and gifts from a businessman whose close ties to Gov. Bob McDonnell and his family are under federal investigation. Published reports also revealed that McAuliffe’s former electric-car company, GreenTech, is being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with its foreign investors.

McAuliffe, the most unlikable political creature I’ve ever observed, is a major reason why I don’t trust the Clintons. He oozes insincerity, though, to be fair, insincerity is a born liar’s only option. If Terry McAuliffe is involved, assume the worst.

Cuccinelli, meanwhile, is your classic religious right tool(bag). He supports the “personhood amendment” that even Mississippians rejected and believes sodomy should remain illegal — an issue Georgia settled a generation ago.

It’s like going to the movies and having to choose between “St. Elmo’s Fire” and “Very Bad Things.”

Sadly, I fear this is a preview of elections to come. And those of us who reject automatons, regardless of ideology, will finally say the hell with it.

 “It’s awful to be so apathetic,” said Guarav Sirin, a 40-year-old director at a technology company. “I probably won’t vote is what it comes down to, unfortunately. What difference does it make?”

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