2017 elections

Democrats claim victory over Trump, but Virginia may not be a trend

Howard Kurtz, Fox News

America, in short, is not Virginia or New Jersey. The Democrats would need to pick up 24 seats, some of them in red states. The Dems got a much-needed morale boost, but the midterms are still a year away and the Trump presidency could look very different by then.

That Bloodbath in Old Dominion

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Ed Gillespie was Virginia’s version of Jeb Bush. The lesson for 2018: While the solid support of Trumpians is indispensable for GOP victory, it is insufficient for GOP victory. Republican candidates will have to decide how close they wish to get to President Trump, or how far away they can risk going and survive.

GOP’s Virginia Loss Tells Us Little About The State Of American Politics

David Harsanyi, The Federalist

Was the Virginia loss also a backlash against the president? I’m sure that’s part of it, too. Trump is historically unpopular, and his presidency has become the all-consuming topic in Washington. But Virginia was not unique. Arguing that these conventional political losses denote colossal shifts in American politics is disingenuous unless you can explain why these results are different from what’s happened in the past.

Diagnosing Virginia (And Other Items Hither And Yon)

Scott McKay, The American Spectator

The ad didn’t attack Gillespie. It attacked his supporters. It was a classic case of this is what they think of us, something Republicans and conservatives are painfully accustomed to seeing from the news media, pop culture, slimeball politicians, and the arts crowd — particularly in the wake of Trump’s victory. And now that Northam has won, that ad will be repeated and copied over and over again until the Democrats recognize it doesn’t work anymore.

Ominous electoral warning for Republicans

Editors, Washington Examiner

Even if history and time is not on their side, Republicans can vastly improve their position. They must get on with governing. They must pass the tax reform bill that is now at the top of their agenda, and allow the tonic of lower rates and untangled incentives to work the economic magic that it always does. Rising prosperity, freedom of commerce, the promise and then the fact of higher incomes, and better jobs, have a way of making incumbent parties look good to voters.

Voters Sent The Republicans A Wake-Up Message

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Maybe the most powerful line in American politics is “send them a message” and on Tuesday the voters sent Republicans a series of unmistakable messages.

GOP Nice Guys Will Finish Last In 2018

Republicans running in 2018 should expect the same kind of anti-Trump ads and attacks from Democrat-affiliated race-baiters that Ed Gillespie was subjected to, so the time to start thinking about how to get ahead of them is now.