I’m glad that Terry McAuliffe lost.
I’ve explained my reasoning. No politician in the country inflicted more damage on the organized movement than McAuliffe through his control of the Virginia State Police in Charlottesville. We have also continued to see a meaningful difference between the two parties in how Democratic governors have coddled BLM and Antifa during the George Floyd riots.
This is not a small thing. Ever since Charlottesville, we haven’t trusted Democratic governors and Democratic mayors to protect our First Amendment rights, which is why activists have resorted to flash rallies in Democratic cities or holding public rallies in Republican-controlled states and cities. The reason that hundreds of Trump supporters were arrested over the Capitol Siege is because they trusted law enforcement. The reason that Kyle Rittenhouse is on trial for murder is because Gov. Tony Evers allowed a BLM and Antifa mob to burn down Kenosha. Rittenhouse didn’t get the memo.
In Charlottesville, the mistake that we made is that we assumed based on previous experience in the pre-Trump era that our First Amendment rights would be protected by the Charlottesville Police and Virginia State Police. We assumed that would happen because we had a federal court order. There were hundreds of police officers there. The event should have been safe, but it wasn’t because of the political climate in Charlottesville and Virginia. It was an opportunity for Terry McAuliffe to screw us.
Anyway, I can say that we learned something that day and haven’t made the same mistake again. We are under no illusions about Glenn Youngkin though. We’re not expecting much at all. Generally though
“On Tuesday evening, a man won an election in a place that does not exist. The man, who had previously been the CEO of a company that does nothing, was elected governor of Nowhere after promising to do something about issues he could neither define nor describe.
If the above summary is slightly unfair to the achievement of Glenn Youngkin, to the no-doubt jolly and life-enhancing work in private equity and consulting done by his former employer the Carlyle Group, and to his place of residence in Northern Virginia, where McMansions and fake brick-veneered apartment complexes and shopping centers seem to emerge spontaneously from the earth like the “spacious wound” out of which the mansions of hell arise in Milton, take comfort. Youngkin has already earned more than his fair share of praise from conservatives both here and abroad, some of it fairly cringe inducing.
If I had my druthers, we would not overdetermine the consequences of this election. The opposition besting the president’s party in the first midterm contest is not exactly a world-historic first. But since everyone seems to insist that we have to talk about it in grand sweeping terms, I will take a shot at explaining why, apart from the bare fact of enjoying a loss for the Clintons as much as the next right-of-center take-worker, I am not optimistic, much less enthusiastic, about Youngkin. (I will resist the temptation to make any jokes about the similarity of his surname to a brand of Chinese malware dolls.) …”
I agree that the Youngkin takes are overdetermined.
Clearly, Youngkin was swept into power by the same national backlash that nearly made Jack Ciattarelli the governor of New Jersey. This is partially due to the normal churn of American politics like 2009. It is partially due to the Wokelash. It is partially due to the fact that the economy sucks right now. Trump voters are also fired up because of the vaccine mandates and because they think the 2020 election was stolen while Democrats are depressed and pulling their hair out over Joe Biden’s stalled agenda. The results in Virginia and New Jersey mostly reflect the fact that Independent voters have turned on the Democrats which has been evident in the polls for months now. The national political environment simply favors generic Republican candidates right now. There is nothing special about this guy.
Note: Check out Terry McAuliffe’s closing argument below.