Terry McAuliffe’s campaign for governor of Virginia is a total disaster, and they aren’t even pretending otherwise anymore. That may not mean defeat in the largely blue state, but it’s still enjoyable to watch the Democrat squirm. A few days back, McAuliffe was so upset by the reporter that he ran away from an interview with local media. Prior to that, McAuliffe popped off at a voter for questioning him, demanding she put on a mask even though he’s fully vaccinated.
The downturn really started at the final debate in which Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin got McAuliffe to admit that he does not believe parents should have a say in their child’s education. Ever since, the Democrat has been flailing.
This brings us back to McAuliffe’s admission that Joe Biden was not very popular in Virginia, which was reportedly made a few weeks prior. McAuliffe was making a factual assertion, which was why it was wise for him not to be associated with the White House. McAuliffe, however, is now encouraging Joe Biden to visit McAuliffe in an attempt to boost his campaign.
INBOX: It’s official: President Biden campaigning for McAuliffe next Tuesday in Arlington, VA. pic.twitter.com/7ebOwHeKLl
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) October 21, 2021
It screams of despair. A candidate that is in a good position going into election day doesn’t have this much confusion to their campaign. Biden might be popular, which he probably is. But why do you suddenly laud his arrival and then flip-flop? Is it worth inviting him?
It’s simple, I believe. McAuliffe is seeing his path to victory shrink because he’s losing the argument. In an effort to overcome the Youngkin’s enthusiasm, McAuliffe is trying to increase far-left turnout Northern Virginia. It’s not a terrible strategy given that Virginia is a blue state, but it’s one that telegraphs just how far his campaign has fallen.
Still, it’s an incredibly risky move and one he would not be making if he didn’t feel like he had any more options. This whole thing could backfire because Biden is not popular. Youngkin could see this as an opportunity to increase turnout, since it reminds voters who is responsible for the current inflation crisis and other economic problems that are plaguing the country. George W. Bush did not run for president in 2008 because he was unpopular, and the country mostly blamed him. This is the same principle. McAuliffe is facing an obstacle in Biden.
But again, it’s the only play he’s got left. It’s up to him that NOVA participation is high. If that happens, he’ll be elected governor despite all his blunders.