Full Episode notes, “The Electorate Says NO”

The Electorate Says “No” to the Progressive Agenda

This past Tuesday, Americans across the nation said “no” to the divisive progressive Democrat agenda. Most notably, Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin, who ran a race focused on education and the economy defeated one-time governor, Terry McAuliffe. The election turned on one issue primarily, the question of who should decide what Virginia kids get taught in school, teachers or parents. McAuliffe said teachers, parents said “wrong!”. While kids in the Commonwealth were home last year attending classes at home, parents got a rare close-up glimpse into what was their kids were exposed to in school including elements of racist CRT doctrine, and graphic depictions of sex not just in sex-ed, but in school board approved literature.

The wave of conservative and GOP wins across the country have been widely seen as a repudiation of the Biden Administration and the policies of the extreme left, including defunding the police and excessive government overreach when it comes to COVID policy, especially the vaccine mandate. Buck Sexton writing for Townhall.com highlighted some of the major takeaways from Tuesday’s elections.

Here’s are Excerpts from Buck Sexton’s November 3rd article in Townhall.com :

(4) Examining a few demographic notes from the CNN exit polls, Youngkin won three of four major age groups, with the lone exception of the youngest voters (18-29), which he only lost by seven points.  He carried independents by nine points. He won roughly one-third of Hispanics and Asian-Americans while peeling off 13 percent of the Black vote.  The Republican won men by 12 points, making up for a six-point shortfall with women.  White women swung hard back into the R column.  The Fox News voter analysis mirrored some of these findings, but had some interesting departures, too.  For instance, the Fox data showed Youngkin winning Hispanics outright.  Some progressives are struggling to grapple with these losses and are going the tone deaf, racially-divisive “white-lash” route.  Calling people racist is partly how Democrats got themselves into this mess, and it’s farcical and cartoonish to seethe in this particular manner about the victory of a ticket that features the first Black woman ever elected statewide in Virginia, alongside a Latino Attorney General:

Virginia, which broke the color line in the south by electing a black man lt governor in 1985, tonight elected a black woman lt governor and a Cuban-American attorney general

Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) November 3, 2021

(6) Terry McAuliffe ran on Donald Trump, COVID mandates, and abortion.  He brought in a slew of Democratic superstars for enthusiasm help, then closed his campaign with Randi Weingarten, for crying out loud.  It didn’t work.  Youngkin focused on schools (siding with parents, who’ve been battered on an array of education-related fronts, with CRT just being a sliver of the wider issue), the economy, and state-level concerns.   He picked his spots, and leaning into some of the culture war issues that voters cared about, fighting back against the Left. He won.  Both campaigns’ strategies will be analyzed to death, and I think Republicans in purple areas across the country would be very well-served to study Youngkin and his entire approach very closely.

This is the first election since a series of disastrous ones that saw the Republicans lose the White House, then two Senate seats in Georgia. Since then, the Biden Administration has been faced with one disaster after another– a slowed-down economic recovery from COVID, a disastrous pullout from Afghanistan, inflation, and now shortages of many imported goods. The GOP wins in VA and school-board elections across the country are a serious blow to one of the Left’s sources of strength, our education system. Without control of the public education system, they cannot indoctrinate our nation’s youth with their woke values.

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