and maybe a few purge-happy Republicans!
Republicans have a secret weapon. It’s MSNBC and the Woke Progressive movement. Rachel Maddow, Joy Reid, and Nicolle Wallace were getting it wrong Tuesday night as they condemned the voters for electing Glenn Youngkin, the first Republican to win a statewide race in Virginia in 12 years.
Joy Reid argued that Terry McAuliffe, a former governor, didn’t fight enough for the issues people care about. Like global climate change! As an issue, climate change registered in the single digits. Joe Biden is schmoozing and snoozing at the Glasgow climate confab instead of opening up American pipelines and supply chains. The big issues in Virginia: Schools and the price of gasoline. WHAT? The state taxes groceries?
The three ladies agreed that Youngkin sold suburban soccer moms a bill of goods. Critical race theory isn’t being taught, the ladies tut tutted. In other words, mom and dad are stupid, easily gulled. Closet racists. “Lee Atwater’s playbook,” according to Joy Reid.
Calling voters racist is arrogant — but so progressive! Thereby fulfilling the prophecy of Erick Woods-Erickson, who predicted early Tuesday “They will then do what the press and progressives do best — blame the American people. … America is racist again.” Speaking of condescension:
‘I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach’
— Terry McAuliffe
In truth, Republicans were guilty of listening to the people rather than lecturing them. (So far as is known, Glenn Youngkin never wore blackface, unlike Virginia’s current Democratic governor Ralph Northam.) Republicans were on pace to pick up the lower chamber of the legislature (the upper house was not on the ballot) and other statewide constitutional offices.
→ Rep. Ilhan Omar’s referendum to abolish the police department in Minneapolis lost.
→ The Republican in New Jersey was also doing well at this writing (10 p.m. Tuesday) (UPDATE Wednesday morning: Headed for a recount). A state that Biden won by 16 percentage points!
→ In Buffalo NY, the capital S Socialist India Walton, darling of John Nichols and his fellow travelers at The Nation, lost to the incumbent mayor, who had to run as a write-in after losing to her during the Democrat(ic) primary.
→ In Seattle, a Republican was elected city attorney over the defund-the-police candidate.
→ Former cop and one-time Republican Eric Adams was elected mayor New York. Republicans won races throughout Long Island, Queens and Brooklyn. — New York Times.
Progressives have made education political
- Wisconsin Republicans should remove the requirement that school district superintendents hold a doctorate in education. Schools of education are assembly lines of CRT.
- Put the Department of Public Instruction in the governor’s appointive cabinet.
- Erase race questions from the next Census. (What is Tiger Woods? A great golfer and a dangerous driver.)
Glenn Youngkin did better among Washington D.C. suburban mothers who buried Trump, who lost statewide by 10 points. Youngkin reversed that, winning by 10 points (as of this writing at 9 p.m. Tuesday, 2 November 21). Youngkin won without Donald Trump. Went out of his way not to antagonize Trump voters but kept arm’s length. Never shared the same stage or the same screen with #45. Trump also under-performed Republicans in Wisconsin’s prosperous Milwaukee suburbs, as Sen. Ron Johnson reminds.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: McAuliffe campaigned with Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and national teachers union boss Randi Weingarten. He would have done better to carpool with Jimmy Carter. Build Back Better, whether $3.5 Trillion or $1.75 Trillion, just took a flat. Thank you Bernie, AOC, Mark Pocan, The New York Times’ 1619 Project, and the ladies of MSNBC.