Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s gubernatorial campaign has been in a freefall for the last two weeks, so much so that some Democrats in Virginia are trying to make some underhanded, last-minute changes to the way absentee ballots are processed, apparently in hopes that they’ll help drag their embattled nominee over the finish line in the event that there is an Election Night nail biter.
To use a popular phrase coined by the left, the struggle is real for the McAuliffe campaign, so much so that it was announced this week that they were bringing in three people who they believe could bring some real Democrat star power to the state in the closing weeks of the tightening race between him and Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin.
One of them is First Lady Jill Biden, who will campaign with McAuliffe on Friday in the midst of a barrage of negative press he brought on himself after stating and then doubling down on his insane claim during the last debate on how he doesn’t “think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”
Mrs. Biden is a former schoolteacher, so presumably, McAuliffe feels like her stumping on his behalf will help him gain back some of the credibility on public education he lost in the aftermath of the last debate.
Along with the First Lady, failed 2018 Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams will be traveling with McAuliffe this coming Sunday in an effort to motivate black voters to show up for him on Election Day:
Abrams will campaign with McAuliffe on Sunday, where the two will attend three churches in Norfolk, Va., and take part in a “Souls to the Polls” event in the city. McAuliffe and Abrams are then slated to host a grassroots event in Northern Virginia in the afternoon.
The choice to have Abrams speak on his behalf is rather interesting and some would say risky, considering how Abrams has yet to concede defeat in the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race, often alleging that the election was “stolen” from her. McAuliffe himself has come under fire for being an election denier, and was recently called out by a local reporter for refusing to admit the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections were legitimately decided — even as he has routinely and falsely portrayed Youngkin as an election denier over the 2020 presidential election.
Youngkin’s surrogates have already pointed out the inconsistency of having some like Abrams campaign for him:
“McAuliffe knows that while his team is asleep at the wheel, Republicans have the energy on our side,” said Republican Governors Association spokesperson Maddie Anderson in a statement. “His latest act of desperation is to call in Stacey Abrams, who has yet to concede her 2018 loss. This begs the question: if McAuliffe loses to Glenn Youngkin, will he concede or will he follow in the footsteps of his next surrogate?”
And just this morning, news broke that former President Barack Obama would be visiting the state next weekend to try and give McAuliffe a boost:
— Julia Manchester (@JuliaManch) October 12, 2021
Who is noticeably absent from all this? Obama’s former VP and our current President Joe Biden, who hasn’t campaigned for McAuliffe since July. The reason for that was revealed during a teleconference call McAuliffe was recently involved in, where he blurted out how Biden — just nine months into his presidency — was not popular in his state.
So, Jill Biden is being brought in to attempt a clean up on the education front, Stacey Abrams is being brought in to motivate black voters, even as McAuliffe has made it clear that he believes parents shouldn’t have a say in their child’s education and is a staunch opponent of school choice, which has increased in popularity in the black community over the last several years. And a former president but not the current one will be campaigning for McAuliffe towards the end of the month.
Yep, his campaign is in panic mode with just weeks to go, with the bigger problem here not being just the Democrat movers and shakers he’s bringing in, but who he’s not bringing in. There’s also the issue of McAuliffe repeatedly sticking his foot in his mouth and attracting (for him) the wrong kind of attention.
If he can’t keep it closed, it won’t matter who stumps on his behalf as Election Day draws near. McAuliffe has proven to be his own worst enemy, and at the rate he’ll only have his big mouth to blame if Youngkin comes out victorious on Election Day.