Ken Cuccinelli lost the governor's race in Virginia, but here's the thing — he didn't lose by that much. Only 3 points. Because the race came so close, far right Republicans blame the GOP establishment for not doing more to give Cuccinelli a boost. The Republican National Committee put $9 million into Gov. Bob McDonnell's campaign in 2009. This year, Cuccinelli got $3 million. Cuccinelli "was betrayed by his own party," Rush Limbaugh told listeners on Wednesday afternoon, but the betrayal was not a surprise. Limbaugh said:
"In Virginia the GOP simply didn't want a Tea Party candidate winning there. They just didn't. 'Cause they coulda won that race, folks. I mean, it's really a shame. I was gonna say stunning, but it really isn't stunning."
Limbaugh, like many other conservatives, argues that contrary to the media narrative — Republicans win when they're moderates like Chris Christie and lose when they're conservatives like Cuccinelli — the opposite is true. Conservatives just need to be given a chance to thrive. But instead, resources were withheld from Cuccinelli, "So now the Republican establishment can run around and claim the Tea Party is an albatross around their neck."
Conservative radio host Mark Levin tweeted Wednesday morning that Cuccinelli's loss was "RINO sabotage." Levin referred to reports that Chris Christie refused to campaign for Cuccinelli, and linked to a Breitbart.com story noting that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's former chief of staff joined the McAuliffe campaign.