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The media refuses to call race the Virginia Gubernatorial race. But I will: Glenn Youngkin Beats Terry McAuliffe
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Youngkin neither wanted nor needed Trump.

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"Condolences to VA on becoming radically racist again according to the media...by electing by electing a black female lieutenant governor and a Cuban-American attorney general, rejecting racial essentialism in schools, and replacing a Dem governor who wore an actual KKK outfit."

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Backlash in San Francisco

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MSN reports Even in San Francisco, Progressives are Seeing a Backlash.

Parents are outraged by the state of public education. Citizens are tired of property crime and theft. Their combined frustration has turned San Francisco into an unlikely sign of where American politics is heading as the congressional midterms near.

Grim conditions on the city’s streets led voters, late last month, to resoundingly endorse a recall of District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who will face an election sometime next year.

Also headed to a recall are three members of the San Francisco Board of Education: Alison Collins, Gabriela López and Faauuga Moliga. Parents charge that they didn’t do enough to open schools during the pandemic while devoting months to a contentious and ultimately failed attempt to rename schools that had been named after purportedly objectionable figures like Abraham Lincoln and George Washington.

“Our school board chose to put ideology over the needs of students,” a local Democratic political operative, Joel P. Engardio, recently wrote on his website to explain why he wanted a school board focused on the basics of education, not the abstract notions of social change some progressives say are at least as important as those basics.

Progressives “haven’t made a case for their perspective,” said Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a political scientist at the University of Southern California and a longtime observer of the state’s complex politics, in an interview with Yahoo News. “I am knocked back on my heels by what I am seeing these days.”

538 Comments 

It’s really fascinating how critical race theory and education issues writ large have become huge issues in the Virginia governor’s race. I thought it was interesting enough that Youngkin pledged to ban CRT in schools on his first day in office, if elected, but recent reporting suggests that Republicans elsewhere are playing off of conservative parent’s fears, too. According to the Associated Press, which cited data from Ballotpedia, there are 76 school districts in 22 states where candidates took a stance on either race in education or critical race theory. I wonder some of these races — Virginia especially — will test the extent to which these fights really animate voters? I could see Republicans during the midterms really doubling-down on this strategy of attacking CRT if Youngkin is successful tonight.

Unreal Comments

CRT isn't real. What a hoot. 

Congratulations to Glenn Youngkin for his well-deserved victory over CRT in Virginia.

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