Republicans hit the panic button after 2023 election debacle

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When Republican Glenn Youngkin ran for Governor in the swing state of Virginia in 2021 and very narrowly won by pretending to be a moderate, it wasn’t a sign of anything, really. Too many Democratic Party activists were still too hung over from 2020 and dropped the ball, and that’s a good way to lose competitive elections. It certainly wasn’t a sign that Virginians actually liked Youngkin, or supported his extreme positions.

So once Youngkin got into office and revealed himself to be a far right extremist, that was about the end of him. Even as the national media bizarrely hyped him as a Republican rising star, he was washed up pretty much as soon as he took office. We saw overwhelming proof of this when Virginia voters used the 2023 election to hand the Virginia House of Delegates to the Democrats.

Now Virginia House Republicans are blaming Youngkin for hyping his own extreme anti-abortion position, and they’re trying to oust their own leader in the hope of distancing themselves from the 2023 debacle.

This isn’t going to help Republicans in a swing state like Virginia, because they’re still debating whether to be loud and proud about their extreme anti-abortion position, or be more quiet about their extreme anti-abortion position. As long as the Republicans remain on the wrong side of the issue, it makes it very easy for the Democrats to use the issue against them.

In any case the Republicans are so panicked over how poorly the 2023 elections went for them, they’re already trying to oust their own side’s leaders over it. That’s how you know they’re lost at sea.

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