"Bill Clinton, the nation’s politician-in-chief, is on a roll on behalf of his friend Terry McAuliffe, the frontrunner in next week’s election for governor of Virginia.
'If we become ideological, then we’re blind to evidence,' the former president explained to a crowd of loyalists gathered at a VFW hall here last weekend. Previewing a message he is taking across the state in stumping for Democrats facing a Republican ticket led by an unapologetic right-wing ideologue, Ken Cuccinelli, Clinton added that ideology 'excites people, but it doesn’t get a darned thing done.'
Yet those inspired by passionate belief — people, Clinton says, with 'steam coming out of their ears' — do have one important virtue: 'They will show up and vote.' Offering a quick political science lecture about who votes when, Clinton explained that 'in the non-presidential years, a whole different America shows up than in the presidential years.' The lesson to moderates and progressives: 'You’ve got to care as much about this election as you did about the election in 2012.'"