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Colin Reed: If McAuliffe fails in Virginia, Biden’s current agenda will also be in jeopardy

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Colin Reed: If McAuliffe fails in Virginia, Biden’s current agenda will also be in jeopardy

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A few months ago, Glenn Youngkin needed an interior strait to become the next governor of Virginia. Now, on Halloween weekend, everything is to come for the Republican upstart, with a Fox News poll showing him opening an eight-point lead.

In no time, Terry McAuliffe has gone from heir apparent to the post he once held to a besieged candidate desperate to change the course of a seemingly receding race. Much has been said about the role education plays in running, including the McAuliffe debate refusing parents to sit at the table to learn what their children are learning.

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A blunder is when a politician accidentally tells the truth, and in this case McAuliffe has essentially admitted that he is beholden to the teachers unions who fund his campaigns. The incident allowed Youngkin to gain a foothold in the voice-rich suburbs of northern Virginia, where Republicans have lost so much ground in recent election cycles.

McAuliife didn’t respond well, doubling down on his main campaign “post” – if you can call it that. As the National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar observed, “McAuliffe only needs three words to make a sentence: a noun, a verb and Donald Trump.”

This is where the Democrats’ biggest challenge lies. Whatever happens in the Old Dominion next week (and the New Jersey gubernatorial race for that matter) will be extrapolated and applied to next year’s midterm elections – a proposition still dangerous, but which cannot be avoided.

In McAuliffe’s own words, voters are tired of “their little gossip” in Washington, DC He is right, and since Democrats control all levers of the federal government, they risk being blamed. The off-year elections are the first opportunity for voters to deliver their verdict on the new administration.

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President Joe Biden and his majorities in Congress have little to show for their first nine months in office. He lacked political capital to push his own party to join a bipartisan infrastructure bill that received 19 Republican votes in the Senate over the summer – a difficult task in these polarizing times.

To make matters worse for Biden and his team, they have managed to offend voters across the spectrum.

The right is raging against the chaos on the southern border and the humiliation of the withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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The left is furious at the continued filibustering and failure of Democrats to move forward with their rascality schemes implementing a European-style cradle-to-grave welfare state.

By this point in the Obama presidency, the “stimulus” had been passed and health care negotiations were heating up – bad policies to be sure, but nonetheless galvanizing problems for the Liberals.

Perhaps most concerning for Democrats should be Biden’s standing among independent voters of any party affiliation. According to Gallup, only 34% of independents approve of Biden’s performance at work, a steep drop from 61% in February.

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The drop coincides with widespread inflation and a rise in the cost of living as an uncertain Christmas season approaches. These are not esoteric questions that go in the direction of partisan or ideological lines. Everyone is concerned about the ability to afford functions that impact all facets of daily life.

His party’s lack of tangible accomplishments in Washington gave McAuliffe little to say during the election campaign. As a result, he resorted to dusting off the scarecrows of Democrats in years past. But elections are always about the future. Voters don’t like to look back.

In his last ditch effort to rally his party to his legislative priorities, President Biden said: “Majorities in the House and Senate and my presidency will be determined by what happens next week.”

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He was referring to the Capitol Hill negotiations. But the statement also applies to the events unfolding in Virginia. If McAuliffe fails, so will Biden’s current agenda. The writing on the wall will be there for vulnerable Democrats

If you look around you can usually see the signs of a political wave. Be careful, as the first ripples may well land in Virginia next week.

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