Terry McAuliffe on Saturday said three words about the Virginia gubernatorial race that concede defeat: “not about Trump.”
Even the mainstream media noted the significance of this admission
CNN reported, “McAuliffe says Virginia election ‘is not about Trump’ after making former president central figure in campaign.”
The story said, “Terry McAuliffe claimed on Saturday that the Virginia gubernatorial election is “not about Trump’ — even though the Democratic gubernatorial candidate has invoked the former Republican president perhaps more than any other political figure.
“The comment, which belies the fact that tying Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin to Trump has been a central political strategy for McAuliffe since the start of the campaign, represents a significant shift for the Democrat just days before Tuesday’s election and on the final day of early voting in Virginia.”
The reason this is an admission of failure on McAuliffe’s part is simple. He dragged Obama, Biden, and Kamala into his race. He owes them. He nationalized his race by bringing up Trump. Now he must defuse his nationalization of the race to spare Obama, Biden, and Kamala the embarrassment of losing.
McAuliffe happens to be right this time. He blew the race by saying in a debate, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”
He sucked up to the teacher unions and educrats at the expense of parents. And the parents he ticked off were in Loudoun County, which is his own base. They either will stay home or (gulp) vote Republican.
Hamas-Shielding AP said, “Democrats in Virginia are scrambling to stave off disaster in the state’s governor’s race — the most competitive major election since Trump left the White House. The surprisingly tight contest has exposed the depth of the party’s dependence on Trump as a message and motivator. Without him top of mind for many, and with headwinds from Washington, Democratic officials privately fear they may lose their first statewide election in Virginia in more than a decade on Tuesday.
“Public polling has been shifting in Republican newcomer Glenn Youngkin’s direction in recent weeks, while Democrat Terry McAuliffe, a former governor and close ally of President Joe Biden, has struggled to energize his base as Biden’s approval ratings sink. Republicans, consumed by infighting and crisis while Trump was in office, are suddenly optimistic they can win in a state Trump lost by 10 percentage points last year.”
By Don Surber