Conservatives Learn the Wrong Lesson From GOP Defeat in Virginia

Posted Noviembre 13, 2017

Philosophical - and in contrast to how the President uses Twitter.

It was a glimpse at a more assertive chief of staff on policy matters, and a reminder that Kelly leans conservative on immigration issues. Democrats did not just lose the White House in 2016; since 2009, we lost roughly 1,000 legislative seats nationwide.

"It's disgraceful that the registrar and two members of the Electoral Board in Stafford County refuse to count military votes", said Susan Swecker, chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Virginia.

— Virginia Tech fell out for the first time this season after a losing its second straight game.

Northam also got a lot of help.

Ed Gillespie went from potential vindicator of Trumpism to "cuckservative" in the space of a couple of hours. Planned Parenthood's Virginia affiliate kicked in $3 million. That's the lowest mark in 25 years. Democrats want to reach out to those voters to encourage them to show up by Monday to have their vote count. The NRA bought more than $1 million in TV ads for him.

- Consider 15 the magic number - meaning if the Democratic advantage stood at 15 points in late October 2018, then any remaining "Speaker Ryan" stationery becomes a collector's item. "And you have to take into account incumbency, fund-raising, conveying the right message, grass roots organization and strategy".


I feared that given the divisions our country faced, which were of course magnified during the campaign cycle, I simply could not back a candidate for president that would enter the Oval Office embroiled in scandal.

"Another big opponent of keeping the Hondurans in the United States under this status was Attorney General Jeff Sessions". Gillespie's campaign shows even more clearly than the Trump victory did that, among Trump (and Gillespie) supporters, racial animus and cultural grievances are a greater factor than conventional issues such as economic well-being.

"They say the candidates can't keep spending, spending, spending", she added.

"He's out now tweeting himself, instead of this alias of Reihold Neibuhr, the theologian he was hiding behind for all these months, Talev said". At least once or twice?

A former chairman of the RNC, Washington lobbyist and White House aide, Gillespie is an establishment Republican unconvincing in the role of a fighting populist conservative.

Views on race were perhaps the clearest predictor of how Virginians voted. So much for Adams' portrait of the people.

Steven Rogers is assistant professor of political science at Saint Louis University. But taking back the House is not guaranteed, and it would be shortsighted to make that our only goal.


Virginia's elections set off a wave of panic inside the House GOP on Tuesday night, increasing worries that the party's majority is in jeopardy in 2018 and that more incumbents may decide to retire rather than run for reelection next year.

In 1776, John Adams wrote that a "representative assembly" should "be, in miniature, an exact portrait of the people at large". Speculation then turned to Flynn and the question of his legal peril. Except that those opponents actually outspend Dominion in the aggregate. These Middle Americans are in inexorable demographic decline.

The DCCC now has its sights on 91 GOP seats next year.

And, he said, all sorts of variables enter every campaign and must be taken into account.

Yet this, too, is no surprise.

On Tuesday, we saw what's possible when we commit to competing everywhere. Which means all the money he spent, and all the money spent by others to elect him, is nothing to get upset about. His campaign was a frequent target for pundits and liberal activists who doubted and fretted about his ability to mobilize voters.