Tag: Election 2021

Trump Will Be Back on the Ballot Next Year, in All But Name

Above all, though, Youngkin benefited from the absence of Trump. As the race tightened, McAuliffe and his allies hammered Youngkin’s connections to Trump and tried to draw the former president into the race. It didn’t work. Trump did a “tele-rally” for Youngkin, but the gubernatorial candidate didn’t participate. Instead, Trump largely sat out Virginia’s race, […]

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After the Virginia Disaster, the Democrats Better Get to Work

First—actually, about first through fifth—they cannot let themselves be dragged into an endless intra-party debate about what they should do about critical race theory. This is the kind of thing the Democrats get sucked into, or suck themselves into, time and time again. Don’t do it. This result in Virginia is a disaster, yes, but […]

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The GOP’s Only True Purity Test Is the Delusional Belief in Election Fraud

This is an extraordinary development after January 6’s attempted insurrection. And yet the threat of spread of conspiracy theories about the 2020 election has arguably only increased since then; and its position as the keystone of GOP orthodoxy has only been further cemented. A harrowing Washington Post investigation into the insurrection only illuminates this further: […]

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How Daylight Saving Time Screws Up Voter Turnout

You’d think that an extra week of late-afternoon daylight, by translating into an extra hour for daylight voting, would expand turnout. But it doesn’t, according to a 2014 paper by Robert Urbatsch, a political scientist at Iowa State University. The reason it doesn’t is that when Election Day falls within two days of the changeover […]

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Guess What Card Glenn Youngkin is Playing in the Closing Week

How do you solve a problem like Virginia? No less an authority than The New York Times assured us as recently as July that Virginia was “solid blue.” But the Old Dominion suffers periodic spasms of nostalgia for the Lost Cause of the Confederacy and massive resistance to school integration and the cotton, corn, and […]

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Glen Youngkin Wants to Ban Toni Morrison’s Beloved

Here is the most embarrassing thing I can think of. You are a high school senior. You read Beloved, Toni Morrison’s searing novel about slavery and family, as part of an A.P. English class. Then you have a nightmare about the book. For some reason, despite being 17 or perhaps even 18 years old, you […]

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Glenn Youngkin Wants to Ban Toni Morrison’s Beloved

Here is the most embarrassing thing I can think of. You are a high school senior. You read Beloved, Toni Morrison’s searing novel about slavery and family, as part of an A.P. English class. Then you have a nightmare about the book. For some reason, despite being 17 or perhaps even 18 years old, you […]

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Hey, There’s Another Governor’s Election in 2021, and It’s a Bellwether Race, Too

The last time a Democratic governor won re-election in New Jersey, Americans were packing theaters to watch Luke Skywalker save the galaxy in Star Wars, the top TV show was Three’s Company, disco ruled the airwaves and the only “media” that was “social” was this thing called the rotary phone. That year was 1977, and it’s […]

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Virginia Democrats Turn to Barack Obama to Cure Their High Anxiety

“I was also very surprised and scared by how close the last personal presidential election was,” she said. “And, you know, Youngkin stands for shitty things, like anti-choice and anti-gay rights.” (Youngkin indicated in a recent interview with the Associated Press that he did not support same-sex marriage, but that it was “legally acceptable” in […]

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The Erie County Sheriff’s Race Is a Matter of Life or Death

“We see the sheriff’s office as really critically important in advancing a whole bunch of reforms and changes in the criminal legal system in the region.” “We see the sheriff’s office as really critically important in advancing a whole bunch of reforms and changes in the criminal legal system in the region,” she said. Noting […]

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Everyone Is Reading Too Much Into Virginia’s Race for Governor

Virginia’s off-off year elections also tend to favor whichever party isn’t occupying the White House, moreover. Between 1973 and 2009, Virginia elected someone from the opposite party that held the White House in each gubernatorial election—it was McAuliffe, who narrowly beat then-attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, who broke the streak. Even with Virginia’s shifting demographics, winning […]

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The MAGA-Lite Future of the Republican Party

Youngkin was neither the most nor least Trumpist candidate in the Republican primary. The Virginia GOP’s convoluted process for choosing a candidate was nearly overrun by hard-core Trump supporters, who hijacked the nominating convention. (Virginia’s Republican primary was settled via a convention, which some MAGA-aligned candidates felt was meant to rig the process against them.) […]

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