The general election in Virginia is over, and the Democrats think they won. What exactly they won remains to be seen, but that is the way it usually is with elections. It has been a year now since President Donald Trump won the presidency, and most Republicans are still trying to figure out what that means. Most, I think, have been pleasantly surprised. The rest, except for some RINOs, are just happy Hillary Clinton lost. Nevertheless, the news media has air time and blank space to fill. So the airwaves and news print are filled with the brilliance of 20/20 hindsight.
I won’t bore anyone by repeating what everyone else saying. Instead, here in part 1 I will just link to a few reports, and I will make a few personal observations.
- Election Night Reporting and Statistics (elections.virginia.gov): Here is the scoop from The Department of Elections in Virginia.
- ‘This is a tidal wave’: Democrats blow Republicans out of the water in the key bellwether state of Election Day 2017 (businessinsider.com): It is interesting that Democrats went into this election uncertain of victory. So now they are calling an election in a state that H. Clinton by 5% a great victory. Yet they framed they election around Trump.
- Danica Roem of Virginia to be first openly transgender person elected, seated in a U.S. statehouse (washingtonpost.com): This is the election result I find most shameful. Even in Northern Virginia, I am astounded that people voted for this guy.
- Trump distances himself from Ed Gillespie after Virginia election loss (usatoday.com): This is a funny story. Given the alternative, Trump tried to help Ed Gillespie, but imagine if Gillespie had been Jeb Bush. That is the Republican mold that Gillespie was poured from.
- Why the Virginia election is a harbinger of an ugly 2018 (theweek.com): Curiously, this only talks about Gillespie’s ads. Northam sponsored ads calling Gillespie a racist, lied about it, and that is no big deal (see here and here)?
- 5 Takeaways On Virginia’s Election Sweep For Democrats (thefederalist.com): The message here is that it is time for Republicans in Congress to start keeping their promises. Who knows? Maybe they will try harder.
What will part 2 be about? That will be my takeaway from the election results. I doubt anything I say will be especially profound, but hopefully some will find my thoughts encouraging.