Tag: Glenn Youngkin

Do Republicans Need Another ‘Contract With America’ in 2022?

 

Amidst debates among Republicans, such as the extent to which the U.S. should support and defend Ukraine, this has emerged: Do congressional Republicans need a positive, pro-active agenda to run on for the 2022 midterms? You know, like the 1994 Contract With America? Will it help? Is it politically necessary?

Then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich, flanked by future Speaker John Boehner, outlines progress on keeping their promises from the 1994 “Contract With America.”

In December, House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said he and his caucus is rolling out a “Commitment to America” over the year. It has already started with a “Parental Bill of Rights,” queuing off Governor Glenn Youngkin’s success with the issue of education with voters in the 2021 Virginia elections.

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Fresh off the win for his client in the Virginia’s Governor race, Republican strategist and campaign manager Jeff Roe sits down with David Drucker to talk about turning the Commonwealth from +10 Biden to +2 Youngkin, and looks forward to the next two election cycles.

Uh Oh. Youngkin Meant What He Said

 

Two unique characteristics partially define the Commonwealth of Virginia’s governor. First, he (or she, although no woman has yet been elected governor) is elected in odd-numbered years. And second, he serves only for a single four-year term. Governors here cannot run to succeed themselves (but they can try to run again later, as former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe tried and failed to do in 2021).

That may give some partisans in the losing party hope that a new governor might not govern as promised. Perhaps “legacy mode” kicks in on Day One. There’s no political pressure to deliver other than mid-term (also odd-year) state legislative elections.

Virginia’s I-95 Snowmageddon: Advice for Gov.-Elect Youngkin

 

Fortunately, no one appears to have died. But it was still a disaster and potentially life-threatening for those stranded in vehicles without provisions after a freakish snowstorm that shut down a key section of I-95 in northern Virginia for upwards of 27 hours.

The storm dumped close to a foot of snow in the Washington DC suburbs. Initial predictions had it close to three or four inches. Less snow and more rain fell about 90 miles south towards Richmond. At times, the storm dumped close to three inches per hour. That’s a lot. It brought back memories of my near-disastrous travel in northern California last week.

UVA Must Fire Woke Democrat Larry Sabato

 

I know Larry Sabato. Make that; I thought that I knew Larry Sabato.

A few years ago, and I can’t remember the occasion, long having deleted my personal Twitter account, I suggested on that social medium that he was less than fair in his analysis of a particular political campaign. I mentioned that he once worked for Virginia’s (then) most liberal governor, Democrat Henry Howell (who was right about Dominion Energy, by the way).

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the strongest public comments yet from Sen. Joe Manchin about why he cannot yet support the massive reconciliation bill. They also chronicle Terry McAuliffe’s blatant lies in the closing days of the campaign, from falsely accusing Glenn Youngkin of being anti-vaccine to grossly inflating number of kids hospitalized with COVID. And they fume as more than two dozen New York City firehouses went out of service due to first responders being unvaccinated.

 

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I recently warned you to ignore public opinion polling this week in Virginia’s hotly contested gubernatorial election between first-time GOP candidate Glenn Youngkin and former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe. I feared that Democrats and their media allies, likely the Washington Post/ABC polling outfit, would engineer a poll designed to suppress the GOP vote as they did in […]

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Strange Signs Pop Up Across the State of Virginia

 

I’m not quite sure what to make of the new signs that began popping up in the state of Virginia on Monday morning.

Earlier today, The Virginia Project, a group whose mission it is to build a 21st Century Virginia GOP, posted photos of new signs purportedly from the campaign of gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, that say: “Keep Parents Out of Classrooms; Vote McAuliffe; Keep Virginia Blue.”

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Click on your favorite internet search engine (mine is duckduckgo.com) and type in “polling failures.” You might be surprised just how many writers, bloggers, and election analysts criticized the quality of political polling both in 2016 and 2020. “The Worst Polling Failure in American History.” Preview Open

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Join Jim and Greg as they enjoy watching Terry McAuliffe make mistake after mistake in the homestretch of the Virginia governor’s race. They also welcome a Wall Street Journal report on the simple reality that only fossil fuels can meet our energy needs in terms of abundance and cost but fume that Democrats insist on pursuing policies that are not realistic and are sending prices much higher. And they they wince as reports suggest Democrats appear to be closing in on a consensus for a $2 trillion spending binge on far left priorities.

 

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Conventional political wisdom, as it were (remember, Donald Trump was NEVER supposed to win), suggests that special elections are not indicative of trends in the electorate leading up to a mid-term or presidential election. Maybe, maybe not. It depends on several things, including the nature of special elections themselves. What are the demographics and political […]

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Having spent a quarter-century working in, or with, dozens of congressional campaigns, I consider myself pretty plugged in and reasonably well connected in politics. But even I was surprised on Tuesday morning while listening to the first hour of the estimable Hugh Hewitt’s national radio show. The Democratic candidate for Governor of Virginia, Terry “The […]

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The Virginia gubernatorial race was once Terry McAuliffe’s to lose. But a series of gaffes has voters rethinking their support for the former Democrat governor. His most egregious remark came during a late September debate with his Republican challenger Glenn Youngkin when he said, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.” […]

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe, meet Andrea Weiskopf. You said several times during your WAVY-TV Roundtable yesterday (Oct. 7th) that Critical Race Theory “is not taught in Virginia” and has never been taught in Virginia. Journalist Anita Blanton asked you three times to define CRT. You refused and instead reflexively and wrongly repeated that it doesn’t matter […]

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It should have been no surprise that Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell expertly timed a proposal late Wednesday – after the “markets” closed, and more about that later – to go along with a temporary, conditional “deal” to extend our government’s debt limit until December, including a “price tag” just south of $500 billion. Senate […]

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Apparently, Democrats have determined to “trick or treat” early in the Commonwealth of Virginia this year. Not waiting until October 31 for Halloween, they didn’t even wait until October 1 to begin their dirty tricks to influence the November 2nd election. Virginia and New Jersey hold statewide elections this year, the only two conducting major […]

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Despite the “best” efforts of the Democrats’ retread gubernatorial candidate, New York native, Bill Clinton bag man, and corrupt Terry McAuliffe, Glenn Youngkin stayed focused on Virginia and won the second and last debate. On education, job creation, and comparison to other states, Yougkin scored. And that was no small challenge. Climatista and never-Trumper Chuck Todd of […]

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Virginia’s Youngkin Wins First Debate

 

Virginia Republicans last May put their faith in a first-time candidate for public office, Glenn Youngkin, as their nominee for Governor in the state’s odd-year general election on November 2nd. They chose him over more experienced political veterans such as former House Speaker Kirk Cox, State Senator Amanda Chase, and long-time GOP supporter and candidate Pete Snyder.

Choosing a novice candidate is risky, especially when running against a long-time political pro and former governor like Terry McAuliffe. But Virginia’s GOP saw in Youngkin what I did when first meeting him in December 2020 – the best natural candidate I’ve ever met. And I’ve worked in over 35 congressional and US Senate campaigns in 25 states over a quarter-century, where I’ve done my share of helping negotiate debates, coach candidates, and conduct mock debates.

So many Republicans were no doubt a little trepidatious of tonight’s gubernatorial debate at Appalachian Law School in Grundy, Virginia in the Commonwealth’s far southwest corner, bordering Kentucky and West Virginia. They need not have been. Youngkin won the contest.