2) Murphy (D) neck and neck with Ciattarelli (R) in Jersey
3) Minneapolis ballot initiative that would have replaced PD with Dept. of Public Safety fails
Dems also lost control of the State legislature.
And one could say that the Lincoln Project once again managed to accomplish jack shit. Some are arguing that in fact it may have lost the Dems the election, though a lot of people think this was more about schools than anything else.
Predictably "woke Twitter" (clogged toilet that it is) is trying to spin this as proof that the US is controlled by "something something wHiTe SuPrEmAcY," rather than a rebuke of progressives across many levels of government pushing a toxic, deranged, and (ironically) racist agenda that the overwhelming majority of the country is against.
Turnout surged across the state compared with the last gubernatorial election in 2017, a showing that initially gratified Democrats earlier today. The actual results served as a reminder that higher turnout in off-year elections no longer benefits only Democrats. The party once dominated constituencies that tend to vote less frequently, including young adults, Black and Hispanic voters, and white voters without a college degree. But the shift of white voters with less education toward Republicans, particularly in rural counties, has upended Democrats’ old assumptions about turnout. Trump was able to mobilize and excite those ex-Democratic voters during his campaigns, but whether a Republican who didn’t run explicitly under his banner could turn them out was an open question. Tonight, the answer appeared to be a resounding yes.
I think the argument/analysis in this piece is, by and large, stupid. And I think it perfectly reflects the out-of-touch self-involvement that people in the media insist isn't reflective of what they are writing.
This Va Governor's race wasn't about Biden and it wasn't about Trump. Mostly, it was about a walking, talking entitled douchebag named Terry who sucked eggs as a governor, who only got to be governor previously because of the Clinton Machine, running a stupid AF campaign and losing a race the Dems probably could have won. And the driving issue seems to have been education, not Trump, not Biden, and certainly not Biden's infrastructure bill.
“The GOP ran a master class on race-based identity politics,” wrote CNN’s Bakari Sellers. “The return of the Lee Atwater playbook. Pretty grim,” is how former Harry Reid chief of staff Adam Jentleson put it. “Hats off to the depraved cynicism and villainy and race baiting. It worked in Virginia,” seethed Wajahat Ali of The Daily Beast. Van Jones last night called Youngkin the “Delta variant of Trumpism.”
Just as McAuliffe had no message apart from trying to tie Youngkin to Trump, these commentators seem helpless to do anything but fall back on a cookie-cutter formula for responding to Republican electoral victories in the Trump era. This drive-by commentary misses the weedsy, multi-layered nature of the Loudoun County mess. Some of the parents I interviewed last night, for instance, didn’t agree with Tanner Cross, the Christian gym teacher who spoke out at a school board meeting this past May, saying his religion would prevent him from complying with a proposed transgender policy requiring the use of preferred pronouns. “I’m a teacher, but I serve God first,” he said. However, some were still furious that Cross was suspended after his speech, essentially for violating a rule not yet put in place.
I met people who didn’t care about “Critical Race Theory,” if they even knew what it was, but were still offended by the existence of a closed Facebook group — the “Anti-Racist Parents of Loudoun County” — that contains six school board members and apparently compiled a list of parents deemed insufficiently supportive of “racial equity efforts.” Still others were troubled by a controversy involving the process by which an outside consultancy called the Equity Collaborative came to be hired, at a cost of roughly $500,000, to conduct an “equity assessment” based on a report of racial insensitivity at one school.
There is a version of that latter story that is almost too comical to be believed — one reason I have to go back is to nail down those particulars — but it’s undeniable there are Loudoun County parents, many of whom are high-powered professionals working at banks or white shoe law firms, who initially smelled a rat on the finance side and only later worried about the politics.
Taibbi thinks there's a movie/series in this Loudon County mess. I think he's right.
Also some good stuff here in The Atlantic from Yasha Mounk. Essentially, the Dems are in a strange, alternate-reality denial that the concerns of voters, especially parents (of all races/ethnicities) aren't real or are somehow based on "something something fake news". Continuing to stick their heads in the sand will lead to more embarassment at the polls for years to come:
But the one option that is both intellectually dishonest and electorally disastrous is to insist on a verbal trick unworthy of a middle-school debate team: to keep claiming that widespread concern over these ideas is misguided because the term by which they have publicly come to be known technically applies to an academic research program rather than the lessons that real children are being taught in real schools. And yet, this is precisely what McAuliffe and so many others attempted to do—with disastrous results—over the closing months of his campaign.
For anybody who cares about making sure that Donald Trump does not become the 47th president of the United States, it is crucial that Democrats avoid repeating the mistakes that just put a Republican in Virginia’s governor’s mansion. It is impossible to win elections by telling voters that their concerns are imaginary. If Democrats keep doing so, they will keep losing.
Pretty much anything that happens to the Democrats is a sign that they’re weak and losing and should be worried, according to the storylines into which mainstream media tends to stuff news. Pretty much nothing, including losing, seems to signify that the Republicans are losers. In so habitually and apparently unconsciously fitting a wide array of new and varied facts into familiar old frameworks, the media shape the political landscape at least as much as they report on it.
People on ludes should not write editorial pieces...