The McAuliffe campaign has a gut-punch of a TV ad running that takes aim at legislation Ken Cuccinelli supported while in the General Assembly to tighten Virginia’s divorce laws. The audience is clear — women voters.
So, how on earth does the Cuccinelli campaign respond? It could lean on a Daily Press editorial that calls McAuliffe’s attack “a specious ploy” to expand the gender gap confronting the Republican’s campaign.
But an unsigned editorial won’t change many minds. Far better is to enlist the aid of McAuliffe’s patron, Hillary Clinton. As Jim Geraghty notes, Mrs. Clinton had an op-ed of her own on this topic back in 1996:
As I say in my book, I think getting a divorce should be much harder when children are involved.
For much of the 1970s and 1980s, many believed that a bad marriage was worse than a good divorce. Now, however, we know that children bear the brunt of failed marriages.
…Most marriages dissolve because of far less desperate circumstances. Divorce has become too easy because of our permissive laws and attitudes. Just look at our culture today: Good marriages are seldom celebrated, while every tiff or spat in a celebrity marriage becomes tabloid fodder.
For too many people, “Till death do us part” means “Till the going gets rough.” With so many marriages failing — nearly half end in divorce in our country — we need to do more to encourage parents to work out their problems, stay together and strengthen their families. In cases where problems can’t be reconciled, parents ought to put the needs of their children first in working out the terms of divorce. They must understand that their parental responsibilities continue even after a marriage splits up.
The good news is that attitudes about marriage and divorce seem to be changing. Some states are beginning to examine whether their divorce laws are too lax. Grass-roots campaigns to help preserve marriage are flourishing around the country.
This race has created more strange bedfellows than any I can recall. Boyd Marcus on a Democrat’s payroll? Hillary Clinton giving cover to Ken Cuccinelli?