Last night, a Republican no one ever heard of a year ago won the right to occupy the Governor’s Mansion in Virginia, which Joe Biden had won by 10 percentage points less than a year ago. A Democratic incumbent governor generally assumed to be a shoo-in for re-election in New Jersey until recently was trailing his Republican challenger in a race too close to call. Back to “Ol’ Virginy,” Republicans also took the Lt. Governor and Attorney General slots. Minneapolis’s referendum seeking to replace the police department with an Orwellian “Department of Public Safety” was soundly defeated.
Good. The Democrats were begging for a rebuke like this, and they got it. A better example of what George Will, back when I respected him, called “condign justice” could hardly be imagined. More ominous still for Joe Biden’s party, it is difficult to see how the carnage of last night doesn’t make an epic wipe-out in the 2022 mid-terms in 2022 a near certainty, except that Republicans are fully capable of lousing up a sure thing.
While all this was going on, those objective, professional, unbiased analysts on MSNBC, CNN and just about everywhere else but the jubilant Fox News were freaking out; presumably the pundits and reporters in the Post and the Times will be emulating them. They were all complicit in the Democratic wipe-out, refusing to report just how bad the Biden Presidency has been for the first ten months (with the occasional exception, like the Afghanistan debacle), continuing to bash Donald Trump as if he was still tweeting, and generally insulting any American who wasn’t ready to do their his or her impression of Winston Smith.
Watch: this will be characterized across the board as proving how racist the United States still is, and how democracy is in dire straits, when the real significance is exactly the opposite. (Well, let me clarify that: the Democrats are still promoting anti-white racism, but they just got slapped for it, and democracy is still under attack, but last night represented a stout and spirited defense.) What last night also proved, again, is that Lincoln was right: you can’t fool all the people all the time, with this key addendum: you especially can’t do it while calling the people evil and racist, blatantly lying, and behaving as if you are certain they are morons, all while looking awfully dumb yourself.
That last part fairly describes how Terry McAuliffe and his allies campaigned. As a Virginian (well, a Bostonian in exile in Virginia), I was certain that McAuliffe would lose when he inadvertently spoke the truth during his debate with now Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin: he (and his party) don’t want parents interfering with the ideological indoctrination of their children. It wasn’t a “gaffe,” as the news media decribed it; the statement was an accurate description of how public schools and school boards have been behaving in Virginia (and elsewhere). McAuliffe doubled down on his statement, tripled down, quadrupled down, and then, when his polling showed that it wasn’t working, did a triple-somersault mid-air and said he was taken out of context, which was ridiculous since the context was on live TV for everyone to see. More lies followed; after all, this guy was trained by the Clintons. He talked about how much he admired Virginia’s public schools, though all but one of his children never attended them. He and his surrogates followed the Left’s “It isn’t what it is” script by denying that critical race theory or its equivalent was being taught. McAuliffe kept describing Youngkin as a Donald Trump disciple, even claiming that Trump was campaigning with the Republican, though he never entered the state. At the same time, the Biden administration showed its complicity by quickly responding to a call from those indoctrination-minded school boards to keep angry parents at bay with a speech-chilling memo from Merrick Garland threatening them as aspiring domestic terrorists if they crossed vague and ill-defined lines in their passion. Brilliant.
And all of this was going on while a weak and declining President, chosen only because he could be disguised as a “moderate” while decidedly non-moderates were pulling his strings, was failing on every front, and real moderates in his party, unwilling to ram a socialist, nanny-state agenda through Congress that would add more nitro-glycerine to the debt and inflation, were being harassed in bathrooms by the party’s “base” and being excoriated by the party’s captive news media. At the same time, statues of the Founders were being torn down, professors who dared to express non-woke opinions were being punished, “anti-racism” measures that were obviously racist were being extolled, and dissent was being censored by Big Tech and social
And they really thought they could get away with it!
That’s the most amazing part of all. They really have that much contempt for Americans. In the end, last night’s reckoning was born of hubris, arrogance, incompetence and hate.
More to come in Part 2.
But I need some sleep.