As we’ve previously reported, Gov. Since January 15, Glenn Youngkin (Republican) and his government have caused a lot of hurt feelings on both the left-leaning and mainstream media.
Youngkin took office and has since overturned mandates to remove masks from children in public schools. Youngkin also effectively banned the teaching of Critical Race Theory and removed vaccine mandates that were placed on state employees. Jason Miyares, the state’s new Attorney General, has also been busy trying to “un-woke” the AG’s office, firing some 30 employees including some attorneys that were in the civil rights division.
Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears’ mere existence also continues to trigger the Usual Suspects, as they can’t deal with the fact that the first woman and black woman to hold the Lt. Gov. This isn’t a woke Democrat.
Youngkin, Sears and Miyares are continuing to work to repair the damage caused to the state in the past by former Democrat Governors. Ralph Northam and Terry McAuliffe, their critics are launching a new line of attack, suggesting that maybe Youngkin and Company are overstepping their boundaries because they didn’t win by huge margins or something.
For instance, here’s how the Washington Post started off a weekend piece that was critical of just how “red” Youngkin had shown himself to be his first week in office:
One thing that is not known about Governor. Glenn Youngkin (R) as he ran for office last year — apart from the exact size of his vast fortune — was just how red the political newcomer really was behind that easygoing demeanor.
A week into the term, mystery solved.
Youngkin stormed to Richmond in a declaration of executive power. This has delighted the GOP base, but also caught some of his allies by surprise. He has since made it clear that he will not be backing down.His victory margin of 2 points is a mandate to conservative change.
On down into the article a bit, they noted the differences between Youngkin’s election and another Republican who won the governor’s seat a long time ago – George Allen in 1994. “But unlike Youngkin’s slim victory, Allen could use his 17-point win to claim a resounding mandate,” they wrote.
Further upsetting the WaPo is the fact that other Republican gubernatorial candidates appear to be mimicking Youngkin’s campaign approach/style in some ways, with requests for joint fundraising appearances increasing:
Republicans seeking to run for office in another state may try to seize Youngkin and some of his trappings. Gary Rabine in Illinois is a businessman who has put a photograph of Youngkin onto a flyer. A rival for the nomination, state Sen. Darren Bailey (R), has begun sporting a vest embroidered with his name and campaign logo — much like Youngkin’s signature campaign attire.
According to an advisor who spoke under anonymity in order to share internal strategies, Youngkin received more than two dozen requests from other states to be the head of GOP fundraising events. The adviser stated that he has rejected them all.
Echoing this line of attack have been some Democrats in the state, including State Senator Scott Surovell, who virtue signaled against Miyares’ pro-life views by suggesting he had zero mandate to do what he was doing, and saying that the state senate would be “a brick wall for women”:
VA’s AG was elected by 0.8%, or 26K votes from 3.2M. This is a state with over 60% support for abortion and has filed a brief declaring that Roev Wade should not be upheld.
The @VASenateDems will be a brick wall for women if the AG will nothttps://t.co/q7zxITp1mC
— Senator Scott Surovell (@ssurovell) January 22, 2022
All of this is incredibly funny, especially considering that some people told us after Joe Biden won the 2020 election, that he had an overwhelming mandate for change. This was further reinforced by the claim of Democrats Jon Ossoff, Raphael Warnock winning their respective Georgia Senate seats in January.
The Senate was made 50/50. And in the 2020 House elections, though Democrats maintained control they were dealt a drubbing, losing 13 seats and shrinking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s majority considerably.
In contrast, in last year’s election, not only did Youngkin, Sears, and Miyares win their races (the first time a Republican has done that statewide since 2009) but the statehouse flipped back to red in dramatic fashion. Democrats 21-19 still control the state senate where four-year term members are elected. Elections for these seats will take place in 2023.
Beyond that, if we go by the left’s rules – which is to maneuver numbers in whatever way makes our candidate look best, Youngkin still absolutely does have a mandate for change:
Biden’s EC margin of victory in GA+AZ+WI+NE-2: 65,009
Youngkin’s margin of victory: 63,480
Yes, we are playing the left’s game and using the power we earned to MAKE CHANGE https://t.co/qIb9s20dIW
— Tim (@TimDCpolitico) January 23, 2022
He has a point. Democrats, your rules. Your rules.
Related: Here’s How We Know Glenn Youngkin Is Already Winning