The Resistance movement that ignited after the surprise election of a reality TV host, is alive and well at the voting booth.
For all the Republicans who think running on racism, taking away peoples’ healthcare, or any kind of Trumpism is a winning formula, they weren’t paying attention to what happened last night in Virginia. Trump was indeed on the ballot, and everything he represents lost bigly.
These Virginia results — more than Flake speech, more than Corker, more than Russia news — will do more to put a brake on GOP embrace of Trump than anything else. Elections matter.
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) November 8, 2017
By all accounts, Democrats gave new meaning to the word ‘wave’ as they defeated Republicans on every level – even in gerrymandered districts. The big story here is not just that Democrat Ralph Northam will be moving to the governor’s mansion, but that the GOP-controlled House of Delegates, pending a handful of close race recounts, will turn blue.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports,
The potentially stunning reversal of power in the House could break a political logjam over expansion of Medicaid in Virginia under the Affordable Care Act… The political shift also will make it much tougher for Republicans to pass legislation to expand “school choice” through voucher-like programs to shift public per-pupil funds to private schools or to establish more charter schools.
Turnout was at a 20-year record high for an off-year election, which means that the Resistance movement that ignited after the surprise election of a reality TV host, is alive and well at the voting booth.
As Governor-elect Ralph Northam said in his acceptance speech, without calling out Trump by name, he reflected on the mood of the electorate in more places than just Virginia.
“We need to close the wounds that divide… We will not condone hatred, and bigotry, and to end the politics that have torn this country apart.”