14 November 2011

Only The Second Time Since The Civil War


I recall smiling with amusement when all the "experts" and political pundits announced after the 2008 Presidential election that Virginia was now officially a "purple" state. In their dreams. Virginia voters have a long tradition of possessing an independent streak and, while remaining right of center, are willing to occasionally roll the dice with someone left of center when they are feeling a bit restless. That was part of the reason Virginia voted for Barack Obama in 2008. Obama's emotional appeal to young voters, minorities, academics and other ruling class elites also played a role in ramping up turnout while having John McCain at the top of the Republican ticket had a depressing affect on the conservative base.

What a difference a couple of years has made. After Virginians realized that they had not helped elect a new kind of politician, but rather had helped put a Marxist into the White House, they returned to common sense and, in 2010, elected one of the most conservative tickets in Virginia history to the state's top three offices - and they did so by almost 20 points. That margin and change was, like 2008, also historic. Purple indeed.

But that's not the end of it. In voting last week, Virginians just made history once more:

Let's just say the New Dominion is looking an awful lot like the Old Dominion. If anything, more so . . . The state GOP is looking at unified control over government for only the second time since the Civil War.  (More here.)

Making history. What Virginians do best. What do the "experts" and pundits have to say now? Nothing.

7 comments:

Brock Townsend said...

I guess they are just forgetful........:) Posted.

Michael Aubrecht said...

Richard. Do you think that the lack of voter turnout may have had an impact in this huge reversal? According to Red State VA barely a quarter of registered voters were anticipated to turn out. I did not, nor do I know of anyone personally who went to the polls, so I cannot verify turnout in our area.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Some, but not as much as Obama and the hyper-left's drag on the Democrats. Wait 'til 2012.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Virginia - Mississippi also gave control of almost all state offices to GOP, first time since Reconstruction.

13thBama said...

Turnout was low in the bottom of the valley also.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Anon - the consequences of overreaching.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

BTW Michael, if any "community" should be held to a high standard of credibility and scrutinized, its institutional academia. They're welcome to come here and refute what I say, as some have done in the past. However, the evidence supporting my positions are empirical. It's a bit futile on their part, which likely explains why so few of them do comment about it here.

You've taken the Tea Party to tasks for what you view as their politicization of history, do you think academia gets a pass? They're much more accountable on that issue than common citizens are.