by Rod D. Martin
November 4, 2021
First, Virginia was a “lost” state: red-turned-blue and written off by all the “smart people”. It was a no-hoper…where we just won back the top three statewide offices and the House of Delegates.
Six months ago, or six weeks ago, nearly everyone would have told you that was impossible. But politics is fluid: what you think is “lost forever” never is. Colorado was “impossibly” Republican not long ago and is now “impossibly” Democrat. Virginia was “impossibly” Democrat when I was a kid, went 180 degrees the other way to rock-solid Republican, was “lost forever” under Obama, and now just gave the Socialists a nervous breakdown.
Ditto Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin in 2016, a “blue wall” now turned “swing states”. Ditto Georgia and North Carolina. Ditto California some day.
Politics is fluid. Fight everywhere, always.
Second, Republicans won in Virginia by relentlessly telling the truth about Socialist policies and how they hurt real, everyday people. Some will say that running against something isn’t as good as running for something, but let’s be real: every election is against something. That’s just how the world works. The “for something” part is now, when the Republicans get a chance to build something in Virginia that’s hard to be against, as Reagan did in the 1980s, and as Congressional Republicans (and GWB) repeatedly failed to do in the 2000s and 2010s pre-Trump.
The issues that won in Virginia will win everywhere, not just in conventional politics but in other places like the Southern Baptist Convention. Normal people are fed up with the racist, elitist left which constantly labels them racist deplorables entirely to amass corrupt power. Fed-up people show up to vote, and they win.
Oh, and don’t forget: those “evil white supremacists” elected a black female lieutenant governor, a Christian gunowning Marine veteran who is the first black statewide officeholder in the history of Virginia. Just like those “evil white supremacists” at the SBC elected a black academic dean and pastor their First Vice President, and will probably elect him President in the near future.
Third, Virginia Republicans were sufficiently proactive about preventing fraud that fraud just wasn’t a major factor. Those who said that the stolen 2020 election meant there was no point in turning out ever again were flatly wrong.
Those Virginia Republicans learned last year’s lesson that the courts won’t save them: you have to turn out, you have to actually win, but you also have to do the hard work of fraud prevention on the front end, not wait and hope for a deus ex machina. There’s no magic kindergarten teacher to “make things fair”. Politics is a contact sport. Play to win, or lose.
By the way, that means everybody. Parents made the difference in Virginia: black, white and every other color, but just plain old everyday parents, horrified by what the leftists were doing to their kids.
If you don’t want to lose your institutions, if you don’t want to lose your freedoms, you have to be engaged now. There’s no in-between, and there’s no waiting for someone else to do it. Voter turnout used to be very low in America: now it’s extremely high, and growing. If you don’t do your part, the other side will. And what you have, whatever you have, whatever you care about, will be lost.
See my first point above: there’s no question that losing an election, or a string of elections, isn’t forever. But a lot of damage can be and has been done while you’re losing, damage that sometimes is hard to undo and perhaps never undone. Look at Roe v. Wade, still on the books half a century later, as was Plessy v. Ferguson before it. Losing carries a high price.
Don’t pay that price. Don’t make your grandkids pay that price.
Famed abolitionist Wendell Phillips said eternal vigilence is the price of freedom. Pay it.
UPDATE: One other point: my friend Robert C. Cahaly nailed the Virginia polling yet again. He’s one of the very best in the business, and a true conservative warrior. Ditto for Mark and Patty Meckler. The movement needs everybody, but it certainly needs brave, smart leaders who will stand in the gap when no one else will.