"Despite his best efforts, there was no reason to be fooled about Mr. Cuccinelli’s real agenda in 2002. And there’s no reason to be fooled now."
There can be no more devastating indictment of a politician than this one - folks in media are not going to be fooled by a politician's talk.
I think WaPo Editorial Board has nailed it here - those politicians who actively go for "fooling people" to ram through their ideological agenda; Americans would not tolerate any more.
May be, may be; as more and more of American Media sees through designs of these politicians, we all might be better off. After all not all 'talks across the aisle' are futile.