Since I was born and raised in the Commonwealth, I will try to be a Virginia gentleman on this issue and just say congratulations to Terry McAuliffe. I hope that he will temper his ambitious liberal agenda with some common sense about what it means to be Governor of the great Commonwealth. And to Ken Cuccinnelli, a man who labored against all odds, had little support form the national Republican establishment yet good support from some national Republican Conservatives, I say godspeed in whatever you decide to do going forward.
Now let's take a look at what actually happened in a few key elections and on one unique situation on the ballot around the nation. We'll start with the overall Virginia situation.
In Virginia, McAuliffe won by just over two percent, significantly less than all the pundits were calling for. He was elected, but he was not given a mandate. Cuccinnelli closed the gap in a major way in the final days over one critical issue: Obamacare. McAuliffe has called for Virginia becoming active in the medicaid issue and I suspect he will have difficulty moving that forward. Why? Where will the money come from. What's more, his views on gun control, global warming, and the union shop issue are not likely to be very popular. You see, he was elected because he was seen as the lesser of two evils, neither candidate had majority support for lots of reasons. So the legislature will play a major role here.
The House of Delegates, the lower House, remains solidly in the R column. And while the Senate was not up for election this year, it is right now a 20/20 split. It is likely to turn a bit more in favor of McAuliffe's point of view with a Democratic Lieutenant Governor available for tie breakers and the possibility of a couple of off year vacancies switching from R to D, although anything but certain. In the final analysis, however, I think that the House of Delegates will serve as a pretty strong leash.
New York: Surprise, after Daddy Bloomberg, NYC has now gone full out socialist, some even say outright Marxist. The new mayor is likely to lead a devastating assault on common sense in the Big Apple and I pray for her residents. He wants to handcuff the police and I'm sure the crime rate will go up dramatically. Furthermore, I'm sure the welfare crowd will flock around him, seeking ever more handouts to the paid for those who still believe in working for a living. Maybe we should just start calling the city San Francisco East. Or does this make San Francisco New York West? As Kathleen Sibelius would say, whatever. My prayers really do go out to the working people of New York who are going to really get the short end of the stick. But I guess you asked for it, so now you have it.
New Jersey: Chris Christie. Get ready to hear his name over and over in the media until you are sick of it. Christie will automatically garner a full-scale push from the RINOs toward 2016. And his election by such a large amount is impressive except, remember, this is New Jersey. It's a lot different in New Jersey than most of flyover country, so we'll just see how things go. I don't think, however, that the conservative wing of the Republican Party is just going to roll over for Christie, and there are a lot of good people out there to look over for a candidate. The key is proper vetting and pulling conservatives together. If conservatives fight battles amongst themselves and can't agree on one key leader, Christie will win just the way Romney did, by splitting the opposition. And we know what Romney got us in the general election, right Karl Rove?
Last, but not least, Colorado. I mention Colorado because of a couple of interesting items on the ballot. One was taxes and the other was secession. On the tax front, Coloradans voted down a major tax increase that Governor Hickenlooper wanted. I find this interesting and it shows me that conservatives are coming out of the woodwork, just like they did over the recall issue. They did, however, vote to put some significant taxes on the books on marijuana: good, tax it to death.
Regarding secession, six counties voted on the question of secesssion indicating they would like to see it potentially on the ballot. It was just a vote of sentiment, but it shows how upset the Real Colorado, the descendants of the early pioneers, are about their rights being taken away.
In a nutshell, it wasn't a good day but it wasn't the end of the world. Now the progressive media and the RINOs will all say that the Virginia and New Jersey elections were proof that strong conservatives can't win. And here's what I will say to that:
Since the media attacked Cuccinnelli from day one over his courageous stand against Obamacare, it's no wonder. And since the national Republican establishment wouldn't lend him a hand while George Soros and company was flooding the airwaves with advertising for McAuliffe, what would you expect? No, if this was proof that conservatism was dead Cuccinnelli would have lost by twenty points. The fact that he clawed back to a close finish proves just the opposite of their point.
And New Jersey? Well, let's face it. No real conservative will ever win a statewide race in New Jersey. And since Christie does have a few good conservative ideas in his playbook, he's about as good as you can get in the Garden State.
So conservatives, hold your head up proudly, stand resolute for what you believe in, and keep fighting for what you believe in. I know I will. And with God's help we will keep real hope alive.