When The Cooch sends out his thank you cards for his AG nomination, I hope he sends a big bouquet of roses to Bob Marshall. While there is no empirical evidence to prove it, I have a hunch I hit things on the head in January of 2008 when I wrote (in part):
But the real winner of Bob Marshall’s quixotic candidacy?
My State Senator; the only GOP State Senator in Fairfax County; the one, the only…the man, myth and legend known to many simply as “The Cooch”-Ken Cuccinelli…
Cuccinelli is one of Marshall’s prominent supporters, a member of his exploratory committee. There will be times when Marshall cannot attend meetings, even local mass meetings, and will need surrogate speakers to carry the flag…and who will be waiting? The Cooch!
The Cooch has the chance to travel the Commonwealth proselytizing for Marshall, and at the same time show himself to party activists in ROVA who are not familiar with him. They will have the chance to encounter Cooch for the first time not as a candidate but as a genial, effective speaker. They will be impressed with his presentation skills and with his ardor in supporting the candidate of his choice…and when time comes for his run in 2009, many months after the Marshall candidacy has been disposed with, these same party activists will remember meeting The Cooch up close and personal.
They are going to remember how well he came across. They will remember how he was the only GOP Senator in Fairfax County to win his election. They will remember the ardor and the effectiveness…and they will say, “I like him…I think I will back him for AG”.
The Bob Marshall candidacy will provide The Cooch a much smoother path to the 2009 AG nomination, and maybe…just maybe…even farther.
Dollars to donuts that opportunity touring the state gave the Cooch a critical edge over Brownlee and Foster, It got him out in front of convention delegates and allowed him to sharpen his style, comfort level, and campaign planning-all while campaigning for someone else-and gave likely delegates seeing him for the first time a chance to see him as an advocate and not as a candidate.
Uh, Cooch…better make that two bouquets…