Regarding Norm Leahy’s All Opinions Are Local blog post “Dump McAuliffe, draft Webb” [Local Opinions, Dec. 16]:
Political parlor games might be entertaining, but they seldom add constructively to political debates. When politicians and politicos lambaste each other, I often think of the Bible verse “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” So, yes, Mr. Leahy is right to point out that Democrat Terry McAuliffe is a lackluster candidate for Virginia governor, but so is state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R). And it would be great if Sen. Jim Webb (D) were running for governor, or if former congressman Tom Davis (R) were running, but they’re not, so let’s move on.
Nowadays, people are so quick to point out the shortcomings in others, most often their opponents, and all too willing to brush aside their own weaknesses. Why not, instead of spending time dreaming of better candidates, challenge the current candidates to be better? Why not ask them to issue specific, realistic plans to address Virginia’s monstrous transportation-funding problems? Why not demand they go beyond the talking points and level with voters?
Answers to those questions, and not whether Tom, Dick or Harry runs, will better serve voters in Virginia.
Andrew Pike, Washington