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Buyer's Remorse: Americans repudiate leftward drift on cops, schools and economy

- JUST THE NEWS - John Solomon - NOV 3, 2021 -

Trump base fuses with suburbanites to send an unmistakable message to Democrats as Biden coalition frays.

From local school boards to the marquee Virginia governor's race, restless American voters on Tuesday used an off-year election to send an unmistakable message that their country has drifted too far left on issues like education, defunding police and the economy and beckoned both parties to take note as the pivotal 2022 elections put control of Congress up for grabs.

Republican Glenn Youngkin's win in the Virginia governor's race, Minneapolis' clear rejection of a plan to disband its police department and the election of law-and-order candidates like former police officer Eric Adams in New York City restored more moderate policies in many communities beset by economic decline and surging violence and seething with parental anger with school bureaucracies they believe have become too ideological.

The 2021 election, exit polling indicated, also realigned the coalitions that lifted Joe Biden and Democrats into power a year ago this week. Black voters and young voters who leaned Democrat last November stayed home in key races, leaving an older, whiter and more conservative electorate.

And Donald Trump's irrepressible base reunited with suburbanites to propel first-time politician Youngkin to surprising strength in Virginia, where Biden won by more than 10 points and where Democrat Terry McAuliffe was declared the loser by three points with more than 96% of ballots counted.

"In every election Tuesday people voted against the left, and the signal to Washington should be so clear even Democrats should get the message," former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told Just the News late Tuesday as election results began to solidify.

Win or lose, Youngkin's playbook offers a model for other GOP candidates seeking a winning strategy next year. He triangulated comfortably between Trump's base and the suburbanites who abandoned the 45th president in 2020, accepting Trump's endorsement but not putting the former president front and center. He then focused on economic, education and law and order issues while keeping his tone optimistic.

In contrast, McAuliffe tried to run a national campaign against Trump, one that a majority of voters said appeared to unfairly attempt to tar his GOP competitor while doubling down on an increasingly unpopular President Biden and the Democrats' big government agenda.

And in one fateful moment of the race's last debate, McAuliffe endorsed education bureaucracies over parental rights by proclaiming, "I don't think parents should be telling schools what they should teach."


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