The race for governor in Virginia has gone national. All eyes are on the blue state as Republican Glenn Youngkin has begun to give Democrat Terry McAuliffe a much tougher race than expected. Multiple blunders have populated the McAuliffe campaign, including a statement that parents shouldn’t have a say in the education of their children.
With the election just two weeks away and polling showing a toss-up, the Democrat candidate’s desperation has become tangible. Now, he’s offered up the best evidence yet that he thinks he’s losing. While being interviewed over the weekend, McAuliffe decided to brag about all the big names that were rushing in at the last minute to campaign for him.
.@TerryMcAuliffe on the upcoming Virginia gubernatorial elections: "Yesterday I had Dr. Jill Biden here, I've got Stacey Abrahams here, I've got Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, I have President Obama coming in on Saturday. The President of the United States will be here." pic.twitter.com/XM8oph1UNe
— The Hill (@thehill) October 17, 2021
Do you know what someone who thinks they are winning doesn’t do? They don’t talk about all the non-Virginia residents being drug in at the last minute to try to save their bacon. Yet, McAuliffe, tone-deaf as ever, doesn’t seem to understand that he’s undermining any perception of stability around his campaign by looking as desperate as he currently does.
Besides, figures like Stacey Abrams, Jill Biden, Kamala Harris, and Kiesha Lance Bottoms are only driving more division in a state that could be looking for a change. After all, McAuliffe was caught on tape admitting that Joe Biden is unpopular and a drag on his chances. Now, he’s going to bring him to Virginia to campaign? That only makes sense when you consider McAuliffe feels like he’s running out of options.
To the extent that any of this is a good idea, perhaps only Barack Obama could represent any kind of positive for McAuliffe, as the former president still appeals to the more moderate parts of the electorate.
To be clear, though, even if McAuliffe is acting like he’s losing, he may yet prevail. There’s a distinct lack of polling out of Virginia over the last week and the state still went to Joe Biden by 10 points. Youngkin has an uphill slog, and that shouldn’t be underestimated. But he’s done far better than anyone would have imagined just three months ago. That McAuliffe is running scared this late in the game in a deep blue state is a bad sign for Democrats heading into 2022 no matter how things shake out.