The left had a bad, bad election day Tuesday. Not only did the "sanctuary city sheriff" get ousted in the hotbed of leftism, San Francisco, and the pro-LGBT "bathroom ordinance" die hard in Houston, the aggressive gun control campaign waged in Virginia was roundly rejected by voters. The series of failures has the liberal political analysts and the Democrats' "ultimate Super-PAC," the mainstream media, deeply worried that maybe progressive policies are out of touch with the American people.
The results were so bad in Virginia The Washington Post was left asking, "Did gun control cost McAuliffe and Democrats the Virginia election?" McAuliffe (with Michael Bloomberg's help) threw all of his political weight behind Democrat Daniel A. Gecker, taking the unusually aggressive step of openly opposing the National Rifle Association. The result was a strong backlash and a "huge" turnout in support for the pro-gun Republican:
When Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and his fellow Democrats study what went wrong for them in Tuesday’s crucial legislative elections, one possible mistake stands out: Their aggressive advocacy of gun control in a pivotal Senate race in the Richmond area may have backfired by producing a pro-Republican backlash.
In a race that proved decisive in enabling Republicans to retain control of the Senate, Republican Glen H. Sturtevant won the District 10 seat after benefiting from huge turnout in the conservative Powhatan area that analysts attributed to the gun issue.
Sturtevant beat Democrat Daniel A. Gecker after GOP supporters ran ads blasting Gecker for trying to win the seat with $700,000 of outside help from pro-gun-control TV advertisements paid for by a group linked to former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Virginian Democrats and media outlets have yet again collided with a reality the left refuses to accept: the majority of voters are passionate about protecting Second Amendment rights, and they're not buying Democrats' promises of a safer society through stricter gun control laws.
Accepting Bloomberg's ads, said the Richmond Times-Dispatch, turned out to be a "massive mistake." Democratic Sen. Chap Petersen admitted the same. “The gun thing, I would have done it differently,” said Petersen. “It’s speculation at this point, but I feel the Gecker seat was one we thought we were going to win," said Petersen, suggesting that the gun issue, which was "thrown in last minute" derailed the Democratic campaign.
Meanwhile, in an effort to out-left Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton has gone all-in for gun control, vowing to use executive power to tighten gun laws, floating the idea of a gun "buyback" (confiscation) program, and declaring war on the NRA and the Supreme Court over the Second Amendment. The best thing Clinton could do for Republicans is keep it up.
Image (via AP): Democratic Presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton, pictured with Governor Terry McAuliffe at a rally for grassroots supporters before the Virginia primary on March 1st, 2016 at Alexandria Market Square in Alexandria, Virginia on October 23, 2015.