Blaming McAuliffe | National Review

Blaming McAuliffe | National Review


I think we can predict that a lot of Democrats — especially those who want to argue that the Virginia results are not worrisome for the party in next year’s races — are going to say they’re a function of McAuliffe’s weakness as a candidate.

Cutting against that spin: McAuliffe is a former governor and the only candidate who has ever beaten the state’s trend of electing governors from the opposite party of the president (something he did in 2013, albeit narrowly). The more Democrats deny the race is a sign of things to come, the more it will be.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.






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