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Virginia’s election could be a sign of things to come

“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”

Last week’s election results have given that quote an entirely new meaning. Throughout the nation, what happened in the Commonwealth of Virginia on Nov. 2 sent political shock waves throughout the country. It was a full red sweep. One MSNBC contributor went so far as to call it a “blood bath.”

Every state-wide race went Republican: Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General. Republicans even captured a majority in the Virginia House of Delegates. It was the first Republican statewide victory in over 12 years.

It was just one short year ago that Virginia gave Joe Biden a 10 point victory. Last week, however, with a massive voter turnout, rural Virginians overwhelmingly rejected the arrogance and direction of the Left.

What lessons were learned?

1. Labeling everyone and everything as racist is not only a failed message, but simply not true. The newly elected Republican Lt. Governor in Virginia is a black female. The newly elected Republican Attorney General is Latino.

2. Telling people the economy is booming when they know darned well it is not, is also a failed strategy. Rising fuel costs, grocery prices and overall inflation are hitting the poor and middle class the hardest. They know it, and only need to look at their bank account balances to prove it. Speaking to voters as though they are blind or stupid is a sure-fire way to lose elections.

3. The Left’s arrogant message to parents “to sit down and shut up” is an enormous failure. On top of CRT concerns, after it became national news that the father of a raped 15-year-old was arrested at a Loudon County, VA School Board meeting, parents, nationwide, and on both sides of the political aisle, began demanding school accountability and school choice. How did the Left respond? They called parents “domestic terrorists” and told them “your kids belong to us and also f*** you.”

They really said that. You couldn’t make this up if you tried.

Messaging matters, as well as the messenger. When you combine both, it is a roadmap to victory. What happened in Virginia appears to be a harbinger of what will happen in next year’s midterm elections.

The Left has loudly claimed to be “woke” for sometime now. This Nov. 2 election, however, demonstrated that people are awake all across the political spectrum. Personally, we are thrilled to see it. What happened in Virginia is a reminder to voters everywhere of the power they hold.

As Glinda said to Dorothy, “You had the power all along my dear.”

Yes indeed, and yes we do. Hold onto it. Exercise it. Onward to next year’s midterms!