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(Washington Post)   Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe wants to improve government with top-shelf liquor   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 47
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2014-02-06 08:18:39 AM  
Didn't the previous guy rack up a ton of cash on kickbacks? And he never considered sharing the wealth by having top-shelf booze at his parties? What a farking ahole.
 
2014-02-06 09:17:03 AM  
Good to see the Post is propping up McAuliffe since he's a terrible politician.  God forbid they do any honest reporting about the man.
 
2014-02-06 09:27:11 AM  
Yes, that's what it should take to get our elected officials to do their jobs:  Parties every night, with free booze.

I demand no less from my employer.

These guys still work for us, right?
 
2014-02-06 09:27:48 AM  
Damn it.  I was hoping this was a story about how the VA ABC would start carrying Pappy again.
 
2014-02-06 09:28:26 AM  
Sounds prettty standard.
Wealthy Republican = Evil exploiter of the proletariat
Wealthy Democrat = Fabulous party thrower
 
2014-02-06 09:33:45 AM  
• McAuliffe has not forgotten the teetotalers: he serves up daily breakfasts, picking up the private catering tab personally
• reached out to GOP legislators with daily phone calls and meetings.
• turkey hunting with a Republican from southern Virginia.
• added top-shelf liquor and microbrews at his own expense
• In at least one case, he sniffed out just which craft beer a GOP bigwig likes and made sure to have it on hand


Holy shiat, say what else you will about the guy but he's trying really farking hard to work with the GOP.  Good for McAuliffe.
 
2014-02-06 09:35:43 AM  

Lsherm: Good to see the Post is propping up McAuliffe since he's a terrible politician.  God forbid they do any honest reporting about the man.


He's spending money out of his own pocket to buy food and drink for the opposition in a move to try to appease them so they can work together.  Yeah, it's a political move and it's also awesome.
 
2014-02-06 09:43:46 AM  
Ooooohh suuuuuure when I drink on the job I "have a problem" and "need to go home."
 
2014-02-06 09:45:51 AM  
And meanwhile MD is thinking about banning Everclear. Guess we know which way the consumer cash will be flowing across that border.
 
2014-02-06 09:52:55 AM  
And there was much weeping in the executive suite at Bowman's.
 
2014-02-06 10:02:49 AM  
About what I expected from this clown.
 
2014-02-06 10:13:39 AM  

Carn: Lsherm: Good to see the Post is propping up McAuliffe since he's a terrible politician.  God forbid they do any honest reporting about the man.

He's spending money out of his own pocket to buy food and drink for the opposition in a move to try to appease them so they can work together.  Yeah, it's a political move and it's also awesome.


This.  The guy is paying for all of these events out-of-pocket to try and win over a hostile legislature and reach middle-ground solutions.  What is wrong with that?

Lsherm, how about you go back under your bridge.
 
2014-02-06 10:15:15 AM  
He's going back to old school Virginia politics. I wonder if he'll have any of Washington's recipe bourbon on hand from Mt. Vernon. Booze played a big part in politics in the voting process as well as the political process early in this country's history

That being said this guy is still a crooked jockey and drives a crooked horse
 
2014-02-06 10:25:16 AM  

bopis: Sounds prettty standard.
Wealthy Republican = Evil exploiter of the proletariat
Wealthy Democrat = Fabulous party thrower


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2014-02-06 10:32:45 AM  

megarian: Ooooohh suuuuuure when I drink on the job I "have a problem" and "need to go home."


need a government job
 
2014-02-06 10:33:53 AM  
Hero tag busy?
 
2014-02-06 10:35:33 AM  

bopis: Sounds prettty standard.
Wealthy Republican = Evil exploiter of the proletariat
Wealthy Democrat = Fabulous party thrower


So what you are saying is that republicans are victims of the mainstream media? What a new and refreshing piece of insight.
 
2014-02-06 10:38:41 AM  

lennavan: • McAuliffe has not forgotten the teetotalers: he serves up daily breakfasts, picking up the private catering tab personally
• reached out to GOP legislators with daily phone calls and meetings.
• turkey hunting with a Republican from southern Virginia.
• added top-shelf liquor and microbrews at his own expense
• In at least one case, he sniffed out just which craft beer a GOP bigwig likes and made sure to have it on hand

Holy shiat, say what else you will about the guy but he's trying really farking hard to work with the GOP.  Good for McAuliffe.


This worked so well at the national level, why not give it a shot in Virginia?
 
2014-02-06 10:45:42 AM  
Top-shelf liquor is a good start I guess, but top-shelf pussy is where it's really at.
 
2014-02-06 10:59:21 AM  

mbillips: lennavan: • McAuliffe has not forgotten the teetotalers: he serves up daily breakfasts, picking up the private catering tab personally
• reached out to GOP legislators with daily phone calls and meetings.
• turkey hunting with a Republican from southern Virginia.
• added top-shelf liquor and microbrews at his own expense
• In at least one case, he sniffed out just which craft beer a GOP bigwig likes and made sure to have it on hand

Holy shiat, say what else you will about the guy but he's trying really farking hard to work with the GOP.  Good for McAuliffe.

This worked so well at the national level, why not give it a shot in Virginia?


On the contrary, it failed at the national level with Obama and Republican Congressmen, so why should this Governor bother with Republican State Reps?  May as well pack it in.
 
2014-02-06 11:03:05 AM  
What is this crap?

Reaching out to legislators across the aisle to promote bipartisanship?

Aren't these guys supposed to scream "u r literally hitler" at each other and then, with the pouting face of a child, stamp their feet and refuse to do anything?

/and he does breakfasts on his own dime for those that don't like to drink?
//who does this guy think he is??
///??questionmarks??
 
2014-02-06 11:06:32 AM  

OhioUGrad: megarian: Ooooohh suuuuuure when I drink on the job I "have a problem" and "need to go home."

need a government job


No kidding.

Apparently my high school career counselor was withholding some pretty critical information.
 
2014-02-06 11:12:31 AM  

Lsherm: Good to see the Post is propping up McAuliffe since he's a terrible politician.  God forbid they do any honest reporting about the man.


Well, I dunno, Lsherm--seems to me he's an excellent politician, as the article lays out: lots of style, little to no substance. That is, after all, the precise definition of the word politician, is it not? ;)

(At least he's footing the bill out of his own pocket and not state funds--he's got that much going for him)
 
2014-02-06 11:15:49 AM  

lennavan: • McAuliffe has not forgotten the teetotalers: he serves up daily breakfasts, picking up the private catering tab personally
• reached out to GOP legislators with daily phone calls and meetings.
• turkey hunting with a Republican from southern Virginia.
• added top-shelf liquor and microbrews at his own expense
• In at least one case, he sniffed out just which craft beer a GOP bigwig likes and made sure to have it on hand

Holy shiat, say what else you will about the guy but he's trying really farking hard to work with the GOP.  Good for McAuliffe.


Forgot to also say this, which is another thing he's got going for him--more politicians should try this instead of just biatching about the other party constantly and never getting anything done.

McAuliffe is a slow starter, but he'll probably turn out to be like Clinton--despite his personal failings, that man was not actually a bad President at all. I doubt McAuliffe will be a bad governor at all if this is how he's choosing to go about doing business--working with instead of against the opposing party.
 
2014-02-06 11:21:20 AM  

megarian: OhioUGrad: megarian: Ooooohh suuuuuure when I drink on the job I "have a problem" and "need to go home."

need a government job

No kidding.

Apparently my high school career counselor was withholding some pretty critical information.


You never learned that people in Politics drink? When you heard about those "backroom deals" in history class, what exactly did your teacher tell you was going on in those backrooms? Hint: they were hammering those bipartisan deals out over a few glasses of booze.

Actually, a lot of the talk around why Congress is as screwed up as it is basically focused around the idea that members don't really socialize across party lines any more. It's the social occasions and lubrication of alcohol that allows deals to happen. People talk a little more honestly, and without the glare of the camera and media, things can get done. Ironically, part of the trouble is that ethics rules have made it harder and harder for venues for stuff like that to exist. Transparency has its drawbacks.

Oh, and lots of political events have free food and/or booze. Actually, most of them do. It makes it a lot easier to get people in a room to hear what you have to say, whether you're a media organization looking to draw a crowd to make you seem important, allowing you to get better guests, or you're trying to get people interested in reforming the structure of reforming your tiny little tax credit. If you want influential people to show up, you give 'em free stuff.

It's not hard to find free booze in the political world, government job or no. Hell, I got sent home with a leftover bottle of wine last week. Decent one too, though I was stuck with a white.
 
2014-02-06 11:27:08 AM  

Yakk: bopis: Sounds prettty standard.
Wealthy Republican = Evil exploiter of the proletariat
Wealthy Democrat = Fabulous party thrower

So what you are saying is that republicans are victims of the mainstream media? What a new and refreshing piece of insight.


Sarcasm, did you just invent it? So new and refreshing!
 
2014-02-06 11:27:23 AM  

cptjeff: megarian: OhioUGrad: megarian: Ooooohh suuuuuure when I drink on the job I "have a problem" and "need to go home."

need a government job

No kidding.

Apparently my high school career counselor was withholding some pretty critical information.

You never learned that people in Politics drink? When you heard about those "backroom deals" in history class, what exactly did your teacher tell you was going on in those backrooms? Hint: they were hammering those bipartisan deals out over a few glasses of booze.

Actually, a lot of the talk around why Congress is as screwed up as it is basically focused around the idea that members don't really socialize across party lines any more. It's the social occasions and lubrication of alcohol that allows deals to happen. People talk a little more honestly, and without the glare of the camera and media, things can get done. Ironically, part of the trouble is that ethics rules have made it harder and harder for venues for stuff like that to exist. Transparency has its drawbacks.

Oh, and lots of political events have free food and/or booze. Actually, most of them do. It makes it a lot easier to get people in a room to hear what you have to say, whether you're a media organization looking to draw a crowd to make you seem important, allowing you to get better guests, or you're trying to get people interested in reforming the structure of reforming your tiny little tax credit. If you want influential people to show up, you give 'em free stuff.

It's not hard to find free booze in the political world, government job or no. Hell, I got sent home with a leftover bottle of wine last week. Decent one too, though I was stuck with a white.


He just said "government job", not politics.

I would never go into politics because I'm not a total c*nt.

That, and I have exactly zero money. None. None monies.
 
2014-02-06 11:40:09 AM  

lennavan: • McAuliffe has not forgotten the teetotalers: he serves up daily breakfasts, picking up the private catering tab personally
• reached out to GOP legislators with daily phone calls and meetings.
• turkey hunting with a Republican from southern Virginia.
• added top-shelf liquor and microbrews at his own expense
• In at least one case, he sniffed out just which craft beer a GOP bigwig likes and made sure to have it on hand

Holy shiat, say what else you will about the guy but he's trying really farking hard to work with the GOP.  Good for McAuliffe.


It sounds like the right guys won this time.
 
2014-02-06 11:43:33 AM  

megarian: OhioUGrad: megarian: Ooooohh suuuuuure when I drink on the job I "have a problem" and "need to go home."

need a government job

No kidding.

Apparently my high school career counselor was withholding some pretty critical information.


It seems as though your HS counselor withheld the "it is okay to go out drinking with your colleagues after work" info.  I'm not sure why you failed to think that one up on your own though.
 
2014-02-06 11:44:41 AM  
The ROI on my investment portfolio was a middlin' 12% on Risk until .. I started buying Politicians. I've not had to work a day since I started buying Politicians instead of Equities ..
 
2014-02-06 11:48:18 AM  

lennavan: megarian: OhioUGrad: megarian: Ooooohh suuuuuure when I drink on the job I "have a problem" and "need to go home."

need a government job

No kidding.

Apparently my high school career counselor was withholding some pretty critical information.

It seems as though your HS counselor withheld the "it is okay to go out drinking with your colleagues after work" info.  I'm not sure why you failed to think that one up on your own though.


You sound like a really fun person.

I was kidding, jackhole.
 
2014-02-06 11:49:31 AM  
....also, "60 parties in 60 days" is a little more than "going out with colleagues after work." I'm not sure why you failed to think that one up on your own, though.
 
2014-02-06 11:52:20 AM  

megarian: He just said "government job", not politics.

I would never go into politics because I'm not a total c*nt.

That, and I have exactly zero money. None. None monies.


You need a political job, or at least political connections (or even the appearance thereof), to get the booze. That kind of stuff goes to people who can make real decisions or can influence those who do, and that means the political folks. With or without jobs in government. People with "government jobs" as commonly defined (civil service type work), don't have access to the stuff he wants.

Also, there are lots of very good people in politics. You do realize that the category includes a whole hell of a lot of people who aren't high level officeholders and don't have or make a whole lot of money, right? You don't have to run for office and spend lots of money to work in politics. There are plenty of us who work in nonprofit advocacy, or work as staff for officeholders, political consultants, election consultants, media consultants, or in political journalism (or yes, corporate lobbying gigs)... It's a pretty big world filled with a lot of good people. Some assholes too, but mostly good people who want to make the world a better place.
 
2014-02-06 11:55:31 AM  

Aigoo: Lsherm: Good to see the Post is propping up McAuliffe since he's a terrible politician.  God forbid they do any honest reporting about the man.

Well, I dunno, Lsherm--seems to me he's an excellent politician, as the article lays out: lots of style, little to no substance. That is, after all, the precise definition of the word politician, is it not? ;)

(At least he's footing the bill out of his own pocket and not state funds--he's got that much going for him)


Come now, he's a politician. You don't really believe those dollars coming out of his pocket are actually his do you?
 
2014-02-06 12:03:38 PM  

cptjeff: megarian: He just said "government job", not politics.

I would never go into politics because I'm not a total c*nt.

That, and I have exactly zero money. None. None monies.

You need a political job, or at least political connections (or even the appearance thereof), to get the booze. That kind of stuff goes to people who can make real decisions or can influence those who do, and that means the political folks. With or without jobs in government. People with "government jobs" as commonly defined (civil service type work), don't have access to the stuff he wants.

Also, there are lots of very good people in politics. You do realize that the category includes a whole hell of a lot of people who aren't high level officeholders and don't have or make a whole lot of money, right? You don't have to run for office and spend lots of money to work in politics. There are plenty of us who work in nonprofit advocacy, or work as staff for officeholders, political consultants, election consultants, media consultants, or in political journalism (or yes, corporate lobbying gigs)... It's a pretty big world filled with a lot of good people. Some assholes too, but mostly good people who want to make the world a better place.


Actually right now, I'm interning at DHS so I'm about to cross into the entire Government Job territory.

It's extremely polarizing and a little disheartening at first. You're right, there are a lot of good people (in government jobs) but man, the bad ones are really awful. I had one supervisor that was almost harmful to her clients and it made me extremely jaded for a while. My new supervisor is a gem. He's been in the social work realm/government job thing for decades and does some amazing work. So many of the workers there are simply sitting on this "government job...yay benefits!" attitude and from my perspective it seems like they are doing more harm than good. I watched one social worker string out a request for childcare out three months and by that time the client's opportunity had passed. There was no reason for it taking that long. I would imagine that many people in the upper levels of politics have a similar outlook and it's toxic and very sad. But yeah, you're absolutely right. The good ones make a huge difference. I just wish there was more incentive not to be a total asshole.

It simply makes me sad that they have to bribe people with booze to do the right thing and get along. I f*cking hate one of my coworker, but we get along at work because we're not infantile douchebags.
 
2014-02-06 12:12:59 PM  
"Better Booze, Better Legislation.  Papa Terry"
 
2014-02-06 12:22:22 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: "Better Booze, Better Legislation.  Papa Terry"


I love everything about this comment.
 
2014-02-06 12:23:57 PM  

Carn: Lsherm: Good to see the Post is propping up McAuliffe since he's a terrible politician.  God forbid they do any honest reporting about the man.

He's spending money out of his own pocket to buy food and drink for the opposition in a move to try to appease them so they can work together.  Yeah, it's a political move and it's also awesome.


And actually it sounds like he's a great politician if this is what he is doing.
 
2014-02-06 12:24:02 PM  

megarian: It simply makes me sad that they have to bribe people with booze to do the right thing and get along.


A lot of the free booze is really just competing for attention. There are lots of things that somebody thinks need to be done, and so you try to get influential people, preferably ones with actual power, to agree with you and dedicate some time to it. Does a congressional staffer with tech issues in her portfolio work harder on cybersecurity, net neutrality, copyright enforcement, broadband spectrum, privacy issues, consumer data transfer regulations, revising the regulatory structure for TV networks to match up to the internet age, what? Congress and the agencies have a shiatload to do, but it takes a lot of time and energy to vet a policy change, and Congress has the added burden of partisanship to deal with, where the political wing of an agency is all in line with the President's agenda. You've got to prioritize resources, so the biggest thing an advocate can do is keep their or their client's issue near the top of the pile, and getting people to events where they hear about your priorities again is a part of that.
 
2014-02-06 12:35:28 PM  
All I'm saying that a party a day for two months is a LOT of "resources".

If that's what it takes and it works, great! I wish I could drink all night every night! And I would LOVE to trade in my Black Velvet for a respectable whiskey.
 
2014-02-06 12:46:11 PM  
Makes you wonder what future fundraisers in CO and WA will look like...
 
2014-02-06 02:15:17 PM  

Lsherm: Good to see the Post is propping up McAuliffe since he's a terrible politician.  God forbid they do any honest reporting about the man.


"But his nonstop entertaining has created the most buzz, in part because it feeds into the narrative that McAuliffe is Virginia's schmoozer-in-chief. Whether his effort works remains to be seen. "

Lol liberal media!
 
2014-02-06 03:01:32 PM  
Outrageous! As a Virginia citzen I'm furious that my tax money is being wasted on...... wait, its being used to treat stressed out politicians to some good drink and help work things out? Huh.... carry one then.....
 
2014-02-06 04:24:10 PM  

megarian: OhioUGrad: megarian: Ooooohh suuuuuure when I drink on the job I "have a problem" and "need to go home."

need a government job

No kidding.

Apparently my high school career counselor was withholding some pretty critical information.


I think for high school career counselors now, they should show a video of Ron Swanson as incentive to want to work in government!
 
2014-02-06 05:55:01 PM  
Am I correct in assuming that in Virginia, you can still only buy liquor from the state-run Alcoholic Beverage Control stores?  How does the Governor get to give out free top-shelf liquor when everyday citizens are forced to buy it from the state?  It's been about 8 tears since I lived there, but I know growing up, there was only one liquor store per county and the state ran it, unless it was a dry county.

Whereas here in Louisiana, you can get a daquiri in a drive-thru as long as it has a piece of tape on the lid.  Go figure.
 
2014-02-06 10:20:33 PM  

cdcharles1973: Am I correct in assuming that in Virginia, you can still only buy liquor from the state-run Alcoholic Beverage Control stores?  How does the Governor get to give out free top-shelf liquor when everyday citizens are forced to buy it from the state?  It's been about 8 tears since I lived there, but I know growing up, there was only one liquor store per county and the state ran it, unless it was a dry county.


Yes, in Virginia the only place to get legal, hard liquor is at an ABC store run by the Commonwealth.

As it says in the article, the Governor is purchasing the liquor with his own money. It is not being provided gratis by the state.

There are 344 ABC stores, so there is definitely more than one per county. There are at least two ABC stores within a five minute drive of my home.
 
2014-02-07 02:50:11 AM  

wambu: lennavan: • McAuliffe has not forgotten the teetotalers: he serves up daily breakfasts, picking up the private catering tab personally
• reached out to GOP legislators with daily phone calls and meetings.
• turkey hunting with a Republican from southern Virginia.
• added top-shelf liquor and microbrews at his own expense
• In at least one case, he sniffed out just which craft beer a GOP bigwig likes and made sure to have it on hand

Holy shiat, say what else you will about the guy but he's trying really farking hard to work with the GOP.  Good for McAuliffe.

It sounds like the right guys won this time.


The term is early yet.  But this is hopeful.  The other guy in the race was complete crap so your point remains valid.
 
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