I wasn’t going to write too much about the Virginia race. And I’m still not going to write too much about it.
But I did want to discuss it briefly because in a lot of ways what’s happening in Virginia is following the same pattern as what happened here in New York State.
More than a decade ago, New York got sucked into what I call the Blue Vortex.
Isolated, densely populated cities that are overwhelmingly Democrat are controlling the rest of New York. Despite the fact that the rest of New York is more moderate to conservative.
This was clear a year ago when Hillary Clinton won New York’s 29 electoral votes by winning only sixteen of New York’s sixty-two counties.
That’s the Blue Vortex.
Forty-six New York counties went to Donald J. Trump.
Look at the map:
But the Blue Vortex of these densely populated, blue-blue cities overpowered the rest of the state.
We’ve been dealing with this for years.
And to you in Virginia, all I can tell you is you have your own Blue Vortex.
As is clear from your own 2016 election results:
Joseph Curl over at the Daily Wire points out that in Virginia the number of registered Democrats outstrips registered Republicans 41 to 30.
So, the fact that Gillespie even got to 45% is against the odds (28% of those surveyed said they were “independent or something else”).
And that difference is almost entirely due to the Blue Vortex – as Curl points out:
Northern Virginia, one of the population centers of the state, voted more heavily for the Democrat than ever before. Northam won huge in places like Fairfax County (67-32) and Alexandria (78-21). But he also crushed in the growing suburb of Loudoun County (59-39) and took Prince William County 61-38.
You can see the problem.
When the densely populated areas are overwhelmingly blue, all those other counties have no chance of keeping the state from being sucked into the Blue Vortex.
This is exactly why I really didn’t expect Gillespie to win.
And frankly, even if Gillespie had (to use Reagan’s analogy) painted in bold colors rather than pale pastels, I’m guessing he still would have lost.
Though, maybe not by such a wide margin.
He probably would have mirrored Trump’s loss in Virginia a year ago.
Here in New York Andrew Cuomo has driven this state’s economy into the toilet. He has spent billions under the misguided notion that the government can spur economic growth. And he has nothing to show for wasting billions of taxpayer dollars. Businesses are still leaving and job growth is non-existent.
On top of that, he has further crippled our economy by banning fracking and raising the state’s minimum wage.
And yet. When he runs for reelection in 2018, he will win.
Because within the Blue Vortex, party matters far more than the economy.
I’m sure for those of you in Virginia, this is not at all encouraging.
But Democrats are like locusts. They relocate to prosperous, vibrant states and devour everything that made those states prosperous and vibrant.
There is one difference between the Blue Vortex here in New York and the one in Virginia.
Ours is a vortex of economic misery and stagnation coupled with government dependence.
Yours is wealthy – in large part because it feeds off of the DC Swamp.
But in that sense, despite this difference, they are still pretty much the same. Because both depend on government to sustain them. And so both will vote to keep the gravy train running.
Democrats may want to advance the narrative that Gillespie’s loss points to a greater Democrat-leaning momentum.
But I doubt that’s the case – mostly because Northam was always going to win this.
At the same time, the Gillespie campaign didn’t take this race seriously. They underestimated the pull of the Blue Vortex. And, as a commenter here at Patriot Retort put it:
As to Virginia, from one who lives here, Gillespie failed to connect and dump his old RINO Establishment persona. GOP was also lazy. They didn’t get voters to turn out and took them for granted. Democrats knocked on doors, GOP didn’t. Even outside the polling place a Democrat was handing out Democrat ballot sheets and GOP was nowhere to be seen. they presumed with Democrats at an all time low they could be lazy.
If Republicans in Congress do not start being bold – by actually getting to work and advancing a pro-growth, pro-American agenda – what happened to Gillespie will happen elsewhere.
Even in areas where there is no Blue Vortex.
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