October 19, 2021

I'm reading too much into the headline "Everyone Is Reading Too Much Into Virginia’s Race for Governor/Many fear that if Terry McAuliffe loses, doom for Democrats is imminent. Don’t be so sure."

That's at The New Republic.

What I'm reading into that is that Democrats originally loaded a lot of meaning into that election, because they wanted to use it for leverage to argue in favor of their interests, to predict future success, and to demand support for vigorous exercise of ambitious power, and that now, they see a need to dismantle that foundation, because they think they will (or might) lose, so they want to unload the extra meaning attached and isolate the election as something random and local.

From the article, which is by Alex Shepard:

If McAuliffe loses to [Glen] Youngkin, it could throw an already chaotic scene into further disarray, as the various factions mull a response. A McAuliffe loss in a state that Joe Biden won by 10 points, and that a Democrat won by eight only four years ago, would be treated as apocalyptic harbinger—a sign of an imminent bloodbath in just a year’s time. Joe Biden’s agenda, along with all of the Americans who stand to benefit from its passage, could be a casualty in that mass panic....

Clearly, I'm cherry-picking, but that's there in the article with the headline chiding us about reading "too much" into the election. 

71 comments:

Mattman26 said...

What I'm reading into that is that they know McAuliffe is going down hard. (And that Dem-doom is imminent.)

rcocean said...

Youngkin is a complete zero. A rich guy, liberal on almost everything except maybe taxes and helping Big business. Its hard to think of an election that is more symbolic rather then substantive.

Other than bragging rights, the election is meaningless. BTW, I think the D will win. Repubicans don't seem to understand the concept of the Yellow Dog Democrat. Or how stupid Libtards are.

Lurker21 said...

That's at The New Republic.

Of course it is.

Joe Biden’s agenda, along with all of the Americans who stand to benefit from its passage, could be a casualty in that mass panic

And that's a bad thing? And who are these Americans who stand to benefit from Biden's agenda? Coal miners and pipeline builders? Or CEOs, lobbyists, and the teachers' unions?

Lloyd W. Robertson said...

For a partisan, every election you lose is an apocalyptic harbinger. I'm not shitting you. Literally true. That said, let's not read too much into it.

Temujin said...

When the articles start coming out downplaying a potential defeat by a long standing, well connected former Democratic Governor in a blue state, you know he's going to lose. The numbers must be clearly pointing to it.

From Terry McAuliffe to Ralph Northam and back to Terry McAuliffe appears to be too much even for random Democrats to swallow. As it turns out, Democrats are fine with a lot of bizarre ideas, but when you come for their kids in school, they seem to draw the line at that.

gilbar said...

Look, It's Important, to Understand; that IF
A Democrat looses... You Can't read Too Much into That; it's Just a Thing
A Democrat wins..... This Shows, that The World has Issued A MANDATE; It means, EVERYTHING

When the Democrats lost house seats in 2020..... It meant NOTHING!
When the Democrats 'won' the Presidency in 2020. IT WAS A MANDATE!

And, Of Course; a 50-50 Senate, Means............. MANDATE, Baby!!!

campy said...

"We have [...] the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics."

J. Biden

Narr said...

"vigorous exercise of ambition power" - 1.

Do you have a "harbinger" tag? You garner a lot of harbingers.

Narr said...

"vigorous exercise of ambition power" - 1.

Do you have a "harbinger" tag? You garner a lot of harbingers.

Wince said...

"Got to scrape that shit right off your shoes"

A McAuliffe loss in a state that Joe Biden won by 10 points, and that a Democrat won by eight only four years ago, would be treated as apocalyptic harbinger—a sign of an imminent bloodbath in just a year’s time.

Sweet Virginia

But come on, come on down Sweet Virginia
Come on, come on down, I beg you
Come on, come on down, you got it in you

Got to scrape that shit right off your shoes

West TX Intermediate Crude said...

The linked article does not mention it, but the mere existence of Youngkin rubs Dem's noses in the fact that the R's have an ever-growing bench of relatively young and energetic state politicians who are potential national contenders. The D's have The Squad.

Can Of Cheese for Hunter said...

We have lost our way.

Why are we only allowed to pick from insiders like McClinton? He already served a governor.

The insider big money forever in-power get-rich grift game is killing our nation. Pelosi-Biden-Clinton-Schumer-McConnell-McClinton... and on and on. No one new is allowed in. The cheat machine will guarantee a win for McClinton. No way the insiders give up power.
the big insider money whore game.

Howard said...

If McAuliffe wins, democrats lose the WH in 2024. If he loses, the dems might (maybe perhaps have a chance to) get the hint that Hillary DNC MSM Davos country club is political dead end.

Joanne Jacobs said...

You are reading the story correctly.

Lars Porsena said...

Democrats shouldn't worry. There will be enough mail-in votes.

Michael K said...

McAuliffe has run a crummy campaign but that could not be a factor. Telling parents they have no right to know what their kids are taught in school was a great moment. Arresting the guy whose daughter was raped by a guy in a skirt was brilliant.

Big Mike said...

Well, Terry McAwful is reduced to running ads (via “independent” PACs) questioning whether Youngkin would be friendly to second Amendment issues. Youngkin’s rating from the NRA is a question mark, which usually means that the candidate did not fill out the NRA questionnaire. However McAwful’s NRA rating is a solid ‘F’ so I doubt gun control is an issue that favors him. In fact McAwful had a slick commercial that touted his credentials as a gun grabber, but it was pulled after less than a day because in Virginia the commercial helped Youngkin and hurt Democrats.

That wasn’t the only McAwful commercial I have seen on TV that had to be pulled right away because it actually hurt McAwful and helped Youngkin. The guy’s kind of out of touch.

But the unforced error in the final debate where McAwful said that parents should not have input into what their kids are taught could cost him Loudoun County. That county is not just blue but iridescent blue, and I don’t see how Democrats win the state unless they carry Loudoun overwhelmingly.

But we will see.

Sebastian said...

"to demand support for vigorous exercise of ambitious power,"

Losing VA will stop them from doing what they have been doing for about a century?

"they want to unload the extra meaning"

Well, sure, they recalculate, but never renarrate.

Big Mike said...

BTW, I suspect that if there ever was any honest reporting on Biden’s agenda it would turn out that most of “the Americans who stand to benefit from its passage” would turn out to be a bunch of special interest groups and grifters who are already well off.

Jerry said...

'Doom' apparently means 'We won't be able to do everything we want, and we might be held responsible by the voters for the things we force on them!'

So... yeah, I'm wishing doom. Dems have shown they're only for Dems. I'm tired of it, I've had my fill of being told I'm evil, mean, and cruel - watching as all the things they insist will make life better for us all blows up in their faces, and then requires EVEN MOAR MONEYZ to fix.

A pox on 'em. Republicans aren't much better, but at least they seem to take time to THINK about what could possibly go wrong with their plans, instead of just implementing them and being surprised when they blow up.

wendybar said...

You know what is going to throw states into chaos?? Shipping illegal immigrant children to them in the middle of the night not telling the communities that they now have to take on the burden that the Biden Administration made, and continues to make because of their open border policies....Progressives are regressive if they actually think Americans deserve to be treated like cattle.

Drago said...

Terry McAuliffe is going Full LLR Chuck (and why not, they are political bosom buddies).

McAuliffe is now claiming that his very clear, oft repeated statements about parents needing to butt out of their childrens education are being taken out of context!!

Here's just one of those statements vomited up by every LLR's hero, Terry McAuliffe: "I don't think parents should be telling schools what they should teach"

Well.

I'm having flashbacks to LLR Chuck serially lying about Da Nang Dick Blumenthals oft repeated, over years, lies about serving in combat in Vietnam when, of course, he did no such thing.

Clyde said...

May they have a Carrie-style bloodbath, without the telepathic powers for revenge.

gspencer said...

Translation - whatever Democrats do is always for the best. You can believe that because the MSM, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Democrat Party, tells us so.

So if the Democrats state that "X is good," then X is good. Then if the Democrats then state that "X is not good," then at that point X is no longer good.

Mike (MJB Wolf) said...

Please add to your consideration the fact that last week the Democrats in charge of elections in VA asked to change the rules for mail-in ballots eliminating the requirement for signature matching, the same damn illegal maneuver so many other states did last year instead of the state legislators making the change, which is the way the Constitution spells it out.

YOU don't change election rules after voting has already started if you feel CONFIDENT, and such a desperate move telegraphs all you need to know about their need for this race to BE important, despite The New Republic's unpersuasive take of "move along. Nothing to see here!"

The taste of their flop sweat is delicious!

Paul G said...

Virginia and New Jersey have governor elections the year after presidential elections. There is a steady trend of those races serving as previews for a big election for the outparty in the next year's congressional elections. In 2005, democrat Tim Kaine won in Virginia, democrat Jon Corzine won in New Jersey, and then the democrats took back the house in 2006. In 2009, republican Bob McDonnell won in Virginia, republican Chris Christie won in New Jersey, and republicans had a big year in 2010. In 2017 democrat Ralph Northam won in Virginia, democrat Chris Murphy won in New Jersey, and democrats had a big year in 2018.

The New Jersey race is maybe just not winnable for republicans now, but the trend is steady, and I bet it wouldn't be hard to find the same version of this article from the right or the left (depending on who lost those governor races) in those years. Perhaps some columnist someday will have the guts to say "my side lost these governor races and so it will probably be bad for us next year," but columnists these days are not particularly known for guts.

Owen said...

Gaslighting, while in a flop sweat, can be hazardous.

Yancey Ward said...

Considering that the Democrats control the voting process, I predict McAuliffe wins Virginia by 5+%.

Mike (MJB Wolf) said...

From the article Terrified Virginia Democrats Seek to Change Election Laws After Voting Has Already Started dated October 11, 2021:

"Fairfax Board of Supervisors has asked Gov. Ralph Northam to waive the witness signature requirement that Virginia law stipulates for all absentee ballots. Board Chairman Jeffrey McKay insists that the waiver is necessary due to the threat of COVID-19, yet cases are declining."

Nothing says confidence like moving the goalpost during the game! Why do they place so much importance on this race? Losing Virginia in 2009 was a precursor and preview of the shellacking Barry Obama got in 2010, that's why. Losing now will seal the deal on Nancy's retirement in 2022. By the way, two names that do NOT appear in TNR's piece of crap are Pelosi and Obama. Wonder why they are avoiding the subject that the headlione appears to nod at! These idiots are so predictable.

Narayanan said...

Clearly, I'm cherry-picking,
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strange idiom : what else would you pick if you are at a cherry tree/orhard/basket [mixed fruits?]

unless : is there axe left around? as happened to some historic personage - I've heard about that

rehajm said...

They are lowering expectations so they don’t have to ‘come up with’ so many votes. He ‘wins’ by 1.5 percent…

Gunner said...

From 2016 through 2020, if a Republican city councilman was in trouble, it was a direct reflection on Trump.

Greg The Class Traitor said...

If McAuliffe loses to [Glen] Youngkin, it could throw an already chaotic scene into further disarray, as the various factions mull a response. A McAuliffe loss in a state that Joe Biden won by 10 points, and that a Democrat won by eight only four years ago, would be treated as apocalyptic harbinger—a sign of an imminent bloodbath in just a year’s time. Joe Biden’s agenda, along with all of the Americans who stand to benefit from its passage, could be a casualty in that mass panic....

Since that would be the correct response, it's amusing that they're trying to pretend otherwise.

Hell, if McAuliffe wins by only 2% o less, it will still pretty much be a disaster for the Democrats.

VA Gov should be a "Likely Dem" race. If McAuliffe does not win handily, that's going to tell every single Democrat in Congress in a "Leans Dem" or "worse" district / State that they're facing a wipeout in a year.

If McAuliffe's problems are because "progressive" voters just don't turn out, that will push the Dems to the Left.

if McAuliffe's problems are because those who aren't hard core Left turn against him, that's going to push any "moderate" Dem who wants to win next year hard to the Right.

So far, what I'm reading is that it's that later, not the former, that's happening. But most of what we read last year at this time was utter garbage, so I'm going to wait for the actual numbers.

wendybar said...

I live in New Jersey. Our Governor...Murphy, killed more elderly in Nursing Homes than Cuomo did...he just wasn't a bragger..wanting fame and more power for himself. That being said, the guy is a loser who came from Goldman Sachs and made our state a Sanctuary state that is shedding lifelong residents and replacing them with illegals....AND he is beloved by progressives. Go figure.

The Cracker Emcee Refulgent said...

"Democrats shouldn't worry. There will be enough mail-in votes."

Exactly. Pretending to be worried about a McAuliffe loss is just another kind of gaslighting. Every day, they're fine-tuning the fraud machine.

Freder Frederson said...

If I still lived in Virginia, I would be pretty pissed off if Terry McAuliffe were the Democratic candidate. Really?! We can't do any better than a washed-up Clintonite?

Probably not pissed off enough not to vote for him, but I can fully understand how the support for him is less than enthusiastic.

Enigma said...

Here's a political yard sign report from my peeking into the neighborhoods behind the DC National/Reagan airport (DCA) business hotels. This airport is in northern Virginia on the shores of the Potomac river and within line of sight of DC (versus Dulles/IAD airport, which is many miles out of town in the suburbs).

Per my review of voting records, the DCA area is hard left with many career DC employees. Some zip codes vote more than 90% for Democrats.

Before the 2020 election there were 0 yard sign for Donald Trump.
Before the 2021 election there are numerous Youngkin yard signs, perhaps 50%.

tim maguire said...

Howard said...If McAuliffe wins, democrats lose the WH in 2024. If he loses, the dems might (maybe perhaps have a chance to) get the hint that Hillary DNC MSM Davos country club is political dead end.

Parties need a good drubbing now and then or they sink into sloth and corruption, which is where the Democrats are now. In the long run, they will be better for what's about to happen to them just as the Republicans were in 2008.

Greg The Class Traitor said...

rcocean said...
Other than bragging rights, the election is meaningless.

Bzzt, thank you for playing, but you're wrong. A Youngkin victory would be very meaningful.

It means 4 years of Democrats in VA not getting to pass any of the laws they want.

It means that CRT becomes a nationwide big wedge issue. I don't think the Democrats are capable of pulling back on it. But if they lose in VA, it will show up in every suburban district in the country

It means the Gov going after teh school boards for 4 years, publicly calling out all their left wing BS. Which would end up flipping a lot of school board elections

And I expect it means down ballot effects. The State Senate is 21 D - 19 R. Flip two seats, and the Dems are still blocked even if McAuliffe wins.

Do you just really enjoy being a loser making up reasons why nothing can ever make things better?

Greg The Class Traitor said...

Mike (MJB Wolf) said...
From the article Terrified Virginia Democrats Seek to Change Election Laws After Voting Has Already Started dated October 11, 2021:

"Fairfax Board of Supervisors has asked Gov. Ralph Northam to waive the witness signature requirement that Virginia law stipulates for all absentee ballots. Board Chairman Jeffrey McKay insists that the waiver is necessary due to the threat of COVID-19, yet cases are declining."


If Youngkin does not fight this all the way up to the US Supreme Court (the US Constitution guarantees every state "a republican form of government." Allowing massive vote fraud destroys that guarantee), with poll watchers at every single Democrat counting place, he's not serious about winning.

So we'll get to see that well before the election.

Trump let this sh!t happen, and had the election stolen from him because of it. If Youngkin lets it happen, he deserves to lose

Iman said...

As much of deficient a-holes as McCauliflower and his fellow Dems are, it will take a minor miracle to put an R in the statehouse.

wildswan said...

"Yancey Ward said...
Considering that the Democrats control the voting process, I predict McAuliffe wins Virginia by 5+%"

This.
At the same time, i also know that there's trend away from the DemoCRaTs, among the Hispanics especially, which means that every election the 'CRaTs "win" moves more voters away from them. The kind of "win" the 'CRaTs are counting on depends on progressives being progressive about counting. So every election makes the DemoCRaTs more dependent on progressive vote counters and more likely to enact that agenda while at the same time every election is saying "move away from the progressives". Democracy is a marathon while autocracy is sprinter. Where will it end up?

rastajenk said...

When you get the actual numbers, Greg, are you going to believe them? They will have to be put through a Spin cycle before being shown to the public.

Drago said...

Howard: "If McAuliffe wins, democrats lose the WH in 2024. If he loses, the dems might (maybe perhaps have a chance to) get the hint that Hillary DNC MSM Davos country club is political dead end."

Careful Howard. Any criticisms of the Clintons and their machine is likely to draw the extreme ire of a particular LLR at Althouse blog.

Although the prospect of an Althouse "blue on blue" engagement would be fun.

Drago said...

BTW, I'm sure Terry will be fine in the end.

I am hearing there are a significant number of water pipes that are simply ripe for bursting right around midnight or so........

BillieBob Thorton said...

In NJ it's Gov Phil Murphy or as we like to call him Gov Horse Face. If/when he wins I expect him to go full tyrant with the mask and jab mandates.

Narr said...

Actually, "ambition power" is a pretty good coinage--it has echoes of Mencken's observation that "A reputation for arrogance can be a great asset for an ambitious young man [not to exclude other gender and sexual identities, preferences, and practices, now extant and to be discovered in the future]."

Quaestor said...

When the articles start coming out downplaying a potential defeat by a long standing, well connected former Democratic Governor in a blue state, you know he's going to lose.

I must sadly disagree with Temujim. Not matter what the polls show, even if a poll taken the day before the normal show-up-at-the-precinct balloting occurs shows a blowout for the Republican, the required mail-ins will miraculously descend from the Democrat twilight zone, like Zeus being lowered from the ceiling by a derrick, to give McAuliff the largest vote total ever recorded in Virginia.

Afterwards Resident Biden will read some crap composed by Ron Klain from the fake White House set before collapsing face-forward into his ice cream sundae.

Nothing will stop the Democrats. They have the machinery in place to overcome any political disadvantage. The only reason they haven't disappeared Cruz and Paul and the other gadflies of the rump of the State to a subarctic gulag is that their impotent rants have propaganda value where they are, like the artificial peasants inhabiting a Potemkin village. See, it's a democracy. So don't you dare object or protest or tweet or facebook or youtube against the Big Guy. The Big Guy is watching you! Nothing will stop the Democrats, nothing except -- you know.

holdfast said...

I think Terry McAuliffe is still more likely to win. Maybe not with a margin imagine a few months ago, but I think he will win, because Virginia is increasingly Democrat.

When he does win, the Dems/MSM will argue that this is a harbinger for next year‘s midterms. They should not be allowed to get away with that. Winning the governorship in a pretty solidly blue state doesn’t say anything about the swing congressional districts that will be the battlegrounds next year.

Skeptical Voter said...

This is what happens when politicians (of either party) get a faint inkling that the dogs--er voters--don't actually like the dogfood they are serving. Panic ensues.

It may well be that on election night the Dems and McAuliffe can just take two aspirin and wake up in the morning without a headache. But maybe not.

Quaestor said...

Clearly, I'm cherry-picking...

Clearly Althouse is picking something. However the orchard is The New Republic, where cherries haven't flowered in decades. More likely the fruit being picked are dingleberries.

Leland said...

It is good advertisement for readers. "Don't read too much into the headline, dear reader. Take some time and read much more that is in the article." It appears to have worked.

TomHynes said...

According to the betting sites, McAulliffe has a 77% chance of winning. For last 90 days, it has traded between 75% and 80%. Maybe they know they will win, with this spin they can raise more money then claim a bigger victory.

Narayanan said...

rcocean said...
Youngkin is a complete zero. A rich guy, liberal on almost everything except maybe taxes and helping Big business. Its hard to think of an election that is more symbolic rather then substantive.

Other than bragging rights, the election is meaningless. BTW, I think the D will win. Repubicans don't seem to understand the concept of the Yellow Dog Democrat. Or how stupid Libtards are.
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strange sort of (pretend?) argument (against interest?)
- to understand something don't you have to be able to tell it apart from something else and also yourself

Big Mike said...

@Greg, FYI, the Virginia State Senate elections are every four years, and won’t be contested until 2023. However the House of Delegates is ever two years, and may well be flipped this year. People are seriously passed, and McAwful himself nationalized the election, making it a referendum on how well Virginians approved of what Biden and Pelosi and Schumer are doing.

Oops.

Note that cheating in Fairfax County won’t help Democrats running in more rural districts.

robother said...

"Harbinger" is kind of my "garner." It portends a certain purple prose, with chances of biblical prophecy, potentially even apocalyptic in nature.

Kathryn51 said...

From the Daily Wire this morning (tried linking several times, but gave up):

URL: MSNBC Panel: DeSantis ‘Would Win By Over Double Digits’ In 2024, AOC Is ‘Suicide For The Democrats’ | The Daily Wire

Scarborough and Deutsch quaking in their boots over what the progressives have done to the Dem party. Very enjoyable to watch.

Listening to Kudlow right now and pundit says that now that Pelosi failed to meet the Halloween deadline for the pig-fest bill, moderate dems will watch the VA race closely - if McCauliffe loses, the bill is dead.

Drago said...

Freder Frederson: "If I still lived in Virginia, I would be pretty pissed off if Terry McAuliffe were the Democratic candidate. Really?! We can't do any better than a washed-up Clintonite?"

Just wait until Chelsea runs for something in NY (the Clintons are quite busy beating the bushes to clear a seat for her) and watching just how far George P Bush in Texas can move away from Jeb/W's reputation amongst the base to move on a Senate or Gov run. Spoiler: I don't think anyone is going to be fooled by that.

If anything can unite the United States of America and its citizens, it's no more Clintons and no more Bushes.

Drago said...

Greg the Class Traitor: "Trump let this sh!t happen, and had the election stolen from him because of it. If Youngkin lets it happen, he deserves to lose"

Yeah, because Trump had all the tools of the Presidency and the Executive Branch to fight back............not.

Drago said...

Greg: "And I expect it means down ballot effects. The State Senate is 21 D - 19 R. Flip two seats, and the Dems are still blocked even if McAuliffe wins."

There are still quite a few Romney's and Murkowski types floating around VA. When McAuliffe wins, there's about a .000001% chance he loses given full democratical control of the voting processes and the courts that would review it, Terry will have no problem flipping 1 or 2 of the squishier republican fakers.

If republicans take the State Senate, McAuliffe won't get the craziest crap that all LLR's and far left democraticals support, but he'll still get most of what he wants, because "muh normz".

rcocean said...

Youngkin isn't going after School boards. He's a liberal, in everything but taxes and helping big business. Yes, the D's won't be able to advance their agenda for 4 years by alaw. Unless you're some old Boomer trying to run out the clock, a Youngkin victory will be no more than a delaying action. Losing more slowly.

The cure is to nominate REAL Right wingers who will roll back the D gains. But because of Dumbo moderates/conservatives this never happens. They're alway happy campers who - "just want to win". With any R. No matter how liberal. That the moderate R will do nothing if elected, doesn't faze them. And that a Leftwing D will get elected again in 2-4-8 years and continue the march to the Left, is A-OK with them. Because....dumb.

You keep puting in QBs who just want to reach the 50 yard line and keep a tie score, and you'll always lose. Eventually.

Big Mike said...

@rcocean, nevertheless Youngkin is the candidate and the alternative is McAuliffe.

Maynard said...

If anything can unite the United States of America and its citizens, it's no more Clintons and no more Bushes.

Let's not forget about my new Unite America t-shirt, "Let's Go Brandon!"

Drago said...

rcocean: "You keep puting in QBs who just want to reach the 50 yard line and keep a tie score, and you'll always lose. Eventually."

There is no reason to drag the Broncos into this discussion.

Bunkypotatohead said...

When McAuliffe wins TNR will run an article claiming the exact opposite of this one.

Greg The Class Traitor said...

rastajenk said...
When you get the actual numbers, Greg, are you going to believe them? They will have to be put through a Spin cycle before being shown to the public.

If Terry loses, yes I will believe the numbers. At least from any post-mortem by Jay Cost.


Big Mike said...
@Greg, FYI, the Virginia State Senate elections are every four years, and won’t be contested until 2023. However the House of Delegates is ever two years, and may well be flipped this year.

They don't do 1/2 every two years? Weird! Thanks for letting me know.

They need to flip 6 seats in the House. So I wish them well, but I'm not holding my breath.

Drago said...
Greg the Class Traitor: "Trump let this sh!t happen, and had the election stolen from him because of it. If Youngkin lets it happen, he deserves to lose"

Yeah, because Trump had all the tools of the Presidency and the Executive Branch to fight back............not.


The Trump Campaign should have been filing lawsuits every time the Democrats tried to change the election laws by fiat, rather than by law, all through 2020.

He didn't. That's on him.

rcocean said...
Youngkin isn't going after School boards
1: Youngkin's sole chance of victory is by appealing to parents pissed off at those school boards
2: There's a difference between being a "liberal", and being a "CRT liberal". Whether or not he's the first, he isn't the second.

The cure is to nominate REAL Right wingers who will roll back the D gains
That's an awesome plan, when they can win. That kind of person isn't going to win in VA. So you can have a circle jerk of purity, or you can fight to win whatever you can.

I prefer fighting to circle jerks

Greg The Class Traitor said...

rcocean said...
You keep puting in QBs who just want to reach the 50 yard line and keep a tie score, and you'll always lose. Eventually.

You keep on putting in QBs would throw Hail Mary's every time you get the ball, you'll alwaqys lose. Quickly

Your choices aren't Ken Cuccinelli (who lost when VA was much more GOP) or McAuliffe, they're Youngkin or McAuliffe.

Go after Mukowski in Alaska? Of course! She's far to the Left of where an AK Senator can be. But whining about how "liberal" Youngkin is (or Susan Collins is) moronic.

Because you're not going to get anyone more conservative than them to win in their races

Lee Moore said...

The smarter Dems are not worried about a GOP victory in Virginia leading to a GOP blowout in 2022. All a GOP win in Virginia would mean is that Virginia Dems were overconfident and didn't cheat enough. They may have ordered only a 3% boost for McAuliffe - maybe he needs 5%. These things aren't easy to judge.

So that just means that in 2022, the dial needs to be moved up a few notches.

Greg The Class Traitor said...

rcocean said...
Youngkin isn't going after School boards
...
The cure is to nominate REAL Right wingers who will roll back the D gains


https://nypost.com/2021/10/20/democrat-terry-mcauliffe-abruptly-ends-tv-interview/:
'He [McAulliffe] then grew irate at Youngkin’s promise to “ban critical race theory as soon as he is elected.”'

So yes, he will go after the school boards pushing CRT, and yes, he will be "rolling back a D gain" by doing so.

What is it that you can reasonable expect a GOP Governor of VA to do, given that he is guaranteed a 21-19 D Senate for the next two years, that Youngkin isn't going to do?

Be specific, please

Lurker21 said...

McAuliffe announced his candidacy with the slogan, "Our Kids. Our Schools. Our Future. Terry For Virginia."

It sounds a little ironic now.

Lurker21 said...

McAuliffe cut off a television interview in the middle saying he had to go somewhere and telling the interviewer that he should have asked better questions. Not good optics. It looked like he was running away from questions he couldn't answer. Too high and mighty. It's like when Marcia Coakley, the Mass AG, ridiculed her opponent, Scott Brown, for standing outside Fenway Park in the winter cold shaking hands with prospective voters. The problem here, though, is that Northern Virginia Democrats tend to have government jobs and to be more committed to voting in midterm elections than voters in other states, so they just might drag McAuliffe over the top.