Terry McAuliffe’s Schmoozing for Naught — at Least for Now (WJLA)

wjla(WJLA) – Well, so much for that.

New Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe did his flesh-pressing best the past several weeks during bipartisan, after-hours soirees/shoot-the-breeze sessions at the executive mansion. He had the bar re-stocked with better spirits at his own expense, urged old-fashioned backroom haggling and more or less openly played his cards as the get-things-done deal maker he was while chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

And for all that. . .No deal.

“Schmoozing,” says University of Mary Washington political scientist Stephen Farnsworth, “is a useful strategy when you have some people who could be persuaded.”

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