Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial: McAuliffe's (Pitiful) Trip to Cuba

Wednesday, January 6, 2016
From The Richmond Times-Dispatch's Editorial Board:

McAuliffe goes to Cuba

During the apartheid era all right-thinking people insisted on divestment from companies doing business with the South African regime. Today the BDS movement — boycott, divestment and sanctions — reviles and shuns Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, for offenses sometimes real but mostly perceived.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration has begun to normalize relations with Cuba. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has embarked on a trade mission to the Castro brothers’ dungeon. Jason Miyares, a Republican newly elected to the House of Delegates, where he will become the first Cuban-American legislator in that body, has urged McAuliffe to visit with some of the dissidents there. Doing so would send an important signal to the regime — and perhaps an even more important signal to the people of Cuba. But the governor isn’t interested.

For some reason, Cuba holds a bizarrely romantic fascination for many on the left — some of whom have even worried publicly that introducing American-style commerce to the country might destroy the supposed authenticity that cruel dictatorship and stark deprivation have inflicted upon it. We doubt McAuliffe numbers among that misguided lot. Whatever their illusions, at least they embrace certain ideals. McAuliffe is driven by wheeling and dealing, which have always been his first love.

The governor rarely has allowed moral scruples to get in the way of a slick score. He clearly doesn’t want to risk that happening in Cuba. More’s the pity.