Virginia voters vs. leftist agenda: Goodwin

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When it began, the Virginia gubernatorial race gave the impression to be a strictly native affair with little nationwide which means. The commonwealth has gone from purple to purple to blue in recent times, its standing confirmed when Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump by 10 factors.  

With well-known Democrat Terry McAuliffe, a former governor, closely favored to defeat Glenn Youngkin, a Republican businessman making his first political run, the stage appeared set for a predictable end. 

Then all hell broke free. 

The change started in unlikely vogue — with guardian complaints over crucial race principle and different far-left approaches in faculties in Loudoun County, a suburban Democratic stronghold within the northern a part of the state. That was adopted in fast succession by an infinite McAuliffe blunder and a heavy-handed risk by the Biden Justice Department towards dissenting dad and mom. 

In a flash, the Virginia race has develop into the final word referendum not simply on the Biden presidency but additionally on a lot of the tradition warfare engulfing America. 

Reflecting sharp nationwide divisions, McAuliffe and Youngkin are in a lifeless warmth, at 45 % every, based on a USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll launched Tuesday. 

Biden, after all, is proving to be a drag on Dems, together with his approval amongst Virginia voters simply 41 %, towards 52 % disapproval, barely worse than his nationwide numbers. 

But the paramount situation facilities on faculties and the position dad and mom ought to have in what their kids are taught and the way faculties are run. By definition essentially the most native of points, these questions have spawned a motion that might show decisive in subsequent yr’s midterms and even the 2024 presidential race. 

If that occurs, the credit score, or blame, will go to an offhanded comment by McAuliffe. In a debate, he foolishly mentioned “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” and Youngkin grabbed it like a life raft. 

President Joe Biden and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe Arlington
President Joe Biden ignores his endless crises at the border and shipping yards to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe Arlington, Virginia on October 26, 2021.
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He put the remark in adverts and the change in his fortunes was nearly instantaneous. In Tuesday’s ballot, when requested who ought to have extra of an affect on a faculty’s curriculum, 49.8 % sided with dad and mom in contrast with 38.8 % who mentioned faculty boards.

That is the stuff of political ­revolution.

That discovering additionally displays the fallout of a widely known Loudoun school-board assembly in June when a father, Scott Smith, started berating board members, saying his daughter had been raped in a lady’s restroom by a boy figuring out as a lady and that the varsity had lined it up.

Smith was dragged to the bottom and arrested by police — and the left, together with a lot of the media, mocked him as a nut.

But we all know now Smith was proper in each of his prices. First an e-mail surfaced exhibiting the superintendent of faculties telling board members in regards to the restroom assault although he had mentioned publicly “the predator transgender student or person simply does not exist,” and that “we don’t have any record of assaults occurring in our restrooms.”

Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin
Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin is rightly gaining momentum as Democrats insist on pushing crucial race principle in faculties.
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Then, on Monday, a household court docket choose discovered the teenager responsible of the restroom assault. The boy, who was mentioned to be sporting a skirt, was allowed within the restroom due to a Loudoun coverage that lets college students use the restroom that matches their gender identification, a coverage that can also be fueling guardian anger. It seems the boy can also be charged with a second sexual assault, in one other highschool in the identical county.

Still, there’s a good probability these disparate details won’t have coalesced right into a probably decisive political situation apart from the position of the White House. In a traditional case of attempting to make synthetic turf appear like a grassroots motion, Biden aides secretly labored with a nationwide school-board affiliation to craft a letter alleging that rising threats towards lecturers and officers amounted to a type of “domestic terrorism.”

Soon after he bought the letter, Attorney General Merrick Garland directed the FBI and federal prosecutors and US Attorneys to fulfill with native regulation enforcement to “discuss strategies for addressing this disturbing trend.”

In reality, there isn’t any pattern, and the school-board affiliation withdrew the letter and apologized for the language, saying the 2 officers who wrote it had no authority to take action. Garland has but to apologize or disband his proposed process pressure to criminalize guardian complaints.

Former Barack Obama campaigns on behalf of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe at a grassroots rally in Richmond, Virginia on October 23, 2021.
Former Barack Obama campaigns on behalf of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe at a grassroots rally in Richmond, Virginia on October 23, 2021.
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Meanwhile, one of many officers who wrote the recanted letter, Viola Garcia, was appointed by the White House to a nationwide board that develops student-tracking assessments. The odor speaks for itself.

The sequence reveals that the incompetence of the Biden White House continues unabated. Obviously attempting to assist McAuliffe by making his remark about offended dad and mom look clever, they ended up damaging him and themselves. 

They additionally revealed that Garland’s Justice Department is keen to make use of regulation enforcement to chase political enemies, actual and imagined. 

Here’s the great news: Many Virginia dad and mom are awake, however not woke. Rightly alarmed by authorities overreach, they understand they’ve ceded an excessive amount of energy to high school officers who regard them as nuisances at greatest. 

That alarm was sounded once more when Barack Obama campaigned for McAuliffe over the weekend and defended faculty boards whereas blasting guardian assaults. “We don’t have time to be wasting on these phony, trumped-up culture wars, this fake outrage that right-wing media peddles to juice their ratings,” the previous president mentioned. 

Parent teams had been livid throughout, and accused Obama of being as tone deaf as McAuliffe. The solely shock is that they had been shocked. Recall that Obama’s Education Department began the coverage that lets boys who determine as women use the women restroom. 

None of that is to foretell that Youngkin will pull an upset on Nov. 2. But if he does, and even comes shut, it will likely be a nationwide shock wave that might have an effect on the subsequent election and the whole lot Congress does between every now and then.

In impact, the result in Virginia may neuter what’s left of the administration’s radical assault on conventional American values and tradition.

Fingers crossed.

Be woke or go broke

Reader Eric Moore reveals that the varsity wars are all around the Empire State, too. He writes: “Here in jap upstate New York, within the rural Cambridge faculty district, an argument arose across the faculty mascot being an American Indian. There was a number of forwards and backwards among the many residents and finally, the varsity board voted to retain the [team] title Indians, though beforehand there had been a vote to ban it. 

“Just recently, the state Education Department sent a highly threatening letter, demanding that the district eliminate the use of the Indian mascot. If they don’t comply, their state aid will be taken away, which would bankrupt the district.”

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