In Which Terry McAuliffe and Stacey Abrams Make the Case For... Glenn Youngkin

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Exactly two weeks ago, we reported on how House Speaker Nancy Pelosi inadvertently made the case for Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin in remarks she wrote in a fundraiser invite on behalf of Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe.

In it, she pointed to the tightening polls out of the state and warned that “If a Trump Republican wins a state that Biden won by 10 points, it will essentially steamroll a path for Trump’s comeback.”

As I noted at the time, that is of course not a bad thing. Well, for hardcore Democrats it is but not for others including Republicans, obviously, and even conservative southern Democrats in the state who want to try and get their state and country started back on track to where it was headed before Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. And if not Trump, someone like him (maybe Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis?) who doesn’t back down from the media when they launch fake news attacks and who refuses to fall victim to the policy traps Democrats routinely set.

In any event, I’m pleased to report to you today that McAuliffe himself along with campaign surrogate and failed 2018 Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams made a pretty convincing case Sunday for Youngkin, too – by telling people if elected, Youngkin could turn the state into something resembling Texas or Georgia:

From the CNN piece:

“If you want to figure out what could happen to you in nine days if you don’t get out and vote, pick up a newspaper that talks about Georgia. If you want to know what happens in nine days, if we don’t get out and vote, looking at what’s happening in Texas,” Abrams said. “If you want to know what happens to Virginia, if we don’t vote, if you don’t turn out on November the 2nd, then remember what you felt like in November of 2016.”

McAuliffe made similar remarks.

I mean, I dunno about y’all, but that sounds pretty darned good to this born and bred southern girl.

Though the remarks were designed specifically to scare and motivate the people in attendance at that Sunday event, they could have an unintended effect of having wavering or undecided voters consider the possibility of their state looking more like the freer states of Georgia and Texas, which did not go Full Metal Dictator during the pandemic – and then voting for Youngkin accordingly.

With all that said, and as I’ve written before, we need to keep things realistic here. Glenn Youngkin, if elected, while obviously much better for the state than McAuliffe would not be turning the state into a full-blooded red state like Texas or Georgia, because – assuming it could actually even happen – it would take more than four years considering all the damage Democrats have done to the state of Virginia. The changes of the magnitude Virginia needs to get back on the right track would not happen overnight.

But what he would be able to do is pull it back from the brink of blue domination with at the very least a smattering of Republican policies while GOP candidates who come after him can get to work doing what they can to build off of that (and hopefully with a GOP-controlled state legislature to match).

As I’ve also said before, it shouldn’t be held against Youngkin that he’s not portrayed himself as a mini-Trump. The big thing to remember here is that he’s not Terry McAuliffe. And considering how McAuliffe has not even been able to represent his state with dignity during his campaign and how he has treated voters (parents!) with so much disrespect in the final weeks of it, that’s the most important factoid of all for voters to consider at this stage in the game, in my opinion.

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