Cuccinelli, a Republican, is now running for Virginia Governor against Clinton crony Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat. As the Tuesday election approaches, Cuccinelli "fights off stench of doom", according to Politico.
Cuccinelli is a Tea Party favorite, and denying global warming is now mandatory dogma for any politician expecting to get Tea Party support.
I just finished reading Max Blumenthal's 2009 book, Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party. Blumenthal chronicles the rise of the Christian right wing in the Republican party. Although the Tea Party doesn't appear in the book, and is not even mentioned in the index, the Tea Party is a re-packaging of Republican grass-roots activists, who regrouped after the 2008 defeat (too late for inclusion in the Blumenthal book). It was a master stroke of propaganda to have Republican grassroots activists pose as some kind of grass roots revolutionaries. Blumenthal's book is brimming with insights. He documents that a typical Christian right-wing leader often had one favorite issue, which would vary from one personality to another. For example, Jerry Falwell's original pet issue was racial integration: he was against it. When public schools were desegregated, Falwell proclaimed that segregation was ordained in the Bible, and he and others set up a parallel system of all-white private schools. Only later did Falwell champion other issues (guns, abortion, gay rights, creationism).