James Pinkerton of Breitbart News has done a quick evaluation of Republican Glenn Youngkin’s victory in Virginia and what it means for the future of the GOP.
“The old conventional wisdom — that Virginia is a blue state — has to be retired,” Pinkerton said. “Youngkin seems to have shifted the vote by a dozen or more points, from minus 10 points to plus a few.”
He added: “If Republicans were to make Virginia-sized gains nationwide in 2022, we’d be looking at a midterm monster landslide on the order of (if not bigger than) the GOP ‘Tea Party’ victory in 2010.”
Pinkerton cited remarks from leftist Bill Scher, who said:
Youngkin’s way is not the Trump way. It’s a traditional and subtle way of straddling the base and the middle. It’s not as frightening to Democrats, which is why it’s more politically sustainable for the Republican Party.
The Breitbart writer added, “Youngkin ran a campaign that kept faith with Trump/Republican orthodoxy on issues such as guns and life. Indeed, conservative social issues, including education, loomed larger than economic issues, such as tax cuts.”
Meanwhile, Democrat Terry McAuliffe, who formerly served as governor of the commonwealth, has a legacy of vetoing a bill that would have given parents more control over the content in school libraries and defended that decision. “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” the Democrat said, as Breitbart reported.
Youngkin reportedly responded with a mic drop: “I believe parents should be in charge of their kids’ education.”
“So that’s how Youngkin did it. He got the old Republican band back together. Then he riffed on new issues, worked his tail off, and kept faith with his most important fans,” Pinkerton wrote for Breitbart. “A Republican star is born. And yes, every other Republican facing the voters next year is in the audience paying close attention.”