Last night’s defeat of Republicans in Virginia and New Jersey will be cast among the elite media as a loss for Donald Trump. As another blogger noted before the election, Trump would be declared the loser no matter the outcome. If Republicans like Gillespie won, it would be cast as a rejection of Trump politics; if he lost it would be because Trump is not popular.
However, just the opposite is true.
Ed Gillespie is an old GOPer. This was his third attempt at an office in Virginia and his third loss. What do they say about three strikes?
He began his campaign by being Republican lite. He didn’t embrace conservative values wholeheartedly as Laura Ingraham noted in her tweet last night: “During his failed senatorial campaign @EdWGillespie played footsie with conservative populism but didn’t embrace it. Big mistake.”
President Trump noticed it and tweeted: “Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for. Don’t forget, Republicans won 4 out of 4 House seats, and with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!”
Not only did Gillespie only dabble in Trump policies, he also revealed his GOPe side by bringing George W. Bush to campaign for him. That’s like bringing Kevin Spacey to a Boy Scout jamboree. That hurt him as Bush is not popular. It just pointed out how Gillespie didn’t hear his voters’ needs. Was he that much different from the Democrat candidate?
The media will pounce all day on this outcome, along with the loss in the gubernatorial race in New Jersey. As one commentator noticed, that’s probably a good thing as New Jersey right now is a giant mess. Good luck there!
They will be joined by the Never Trumpers. Breitbart’s Raheem Kassam writes,
Earlier on Tuesday, Republicans Under Notional Terms (RUNTs) like Bill Kristol and Evan McMullin took to social media to discourage people thinking of voting for Ed Gillespie.
They wouldn’t have made a massive impact, if any, in the race. But they got what they really wanted: a Democrat Virginia Governor, an “upset” for the Republican Party under Trump, and a chance to pretend “this is a sign we need moderate candidates!”
Bizarrely — laughably even — the pair decided that former lobbyist Ed Gillespie was TOO pro-Trump. Ha!
The truth couldn’t be more opposite if it tried. Gillespie, as Trump noted late on Tuesday night, was scarcely a MAGA candidate. And the operation the Virginia GOP put down in the state was nowhere near the Obama for America-style blitzkrieg campaign they needed to win.
Yet Republican senators like McCain, Collins and Flake continue to kick up dust and show their swamp credentials at every turn. They imperil decent senators up for reelection and their power arrogance turns off the voters. They are a threat to our House majority as well.
If anything, last night’s routing shows what will happen to many in the GOP if they cling to their bitter self interests and elitist beliefs.