Episode #44: Revenge of the Karens

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In this special election recap episode, Jacob and Eric analyze the astounding results of the 2021 election cycle, with the Virginia gubernatorial race being the most prominent. They discuss how the anti-Critical Race Theory backlash galvanized White voters, especially rural and non-college-educated Whites, to vote for Republican Glenn Youngkin in even greater droves than they did for Donald Trump, and how White women especially propelled Youngkin to the governor’s mansion. They also discuss the historic upset in New Jersey, where a based Republican trucker defeated the President of the State Senate after spending just $153 on his campaign, as well as the razor-thin margin by which incumbent Governor Phil Murphy narrowly defeated Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli. Plus, a Republican somehow managed to win the election for City Attorney in the city of Seattle, and Minneapolis overwhelmingly rejected a ballot measure to abolish the police department.


00:00 Intro
03:00 Virginia and New Jersey Election Recaps
07:35 All the Dems’ horses and all the Dems’ men could not put Terry back together again
11:23 What Critical Race Theory?
13:31 Fairfax Public Schools pry into teens sex and family lives
25:14 Did Youngkin win on the issues or on identity?
43:17 Rural counties go dark, dark red
50:38 When demographics are destiny, Democrats don’t need to run on issues
55:08 The War on White Women


Eric’s article on how Trump (and the Culture War) won Virginia: https://amgreatness.com/2021/11/04/trump-and-the-culture-war-won-virginia/

Fairfax County schools send out survey asking prepubescent children about having sex: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/11/04/fairfax-schools-survey-teens-sex-trans/

Education was the dominant issue for Youngkin voters: https://www.foxnews.com/media/virginia-voter-tells-msnbc-mcauliffe-hurt-himself-with-education-comments 

94% of Youngkin voters said parents should have “a lot” of say in their children’s education: https://www.axios.com/newsletters/axios-am-90448911-21c3-4d38-96fd-854da2e3af6d.html?chunk=1&utm_term=emshare&fbclid=IwAR3BEScQyqbgawA6ZFpgJRti5y7dSvMIPPhDgjBqF_0cjBaUjpAnqmfbT3k 

Umair Haque whines about Youngkin being a fascist: https://eand.co/how-youngkin-resurrected-american-fascism-e0c2a5bf76ec 

New York Times warns that the Democrats could lose even more rural voters: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/06/us/rural-vote-democrats-virginia.html 

An example of how Youngkin juiced up rural turnout: https://twitter.com/Redistrict/status/1455745207048278020 

Every county in Virginia shifted further Right from 2020: https://twitter.com/McCormackJohn/status/1455746658814382080

Exit polls from the 2020 presidential race in Virginia: https://www.cnn.com/election/2020/exit-polls/president/virginia 

Exit polls from the 2021 gubernatorial election in Virginia: https://www.cnn.com/election/2021/november/exit-polls/virginia/governor/0

More key demographics from the 2021 race: https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/politics/republican-glenn-youngkin-wins-virginia-governors-race-nbc-news-projects/3373389/ 

Boston Globe says White women are “dismantling democracy:” https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/11/04/opinion/white-women-voters-dismantling-democracy/

Washington Post says White women will always vote for Republicans: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/11/27/white-women-vote-republican-get-used-it-democrats/ 

The Week advises Democrats to stop bashing White people: https://theweek.com/politics/1006801/operatic-disdain-for-white-people-is-bad-politics 

NAACP president Ben Jealous advises Democrats to shift from social issues to economic issues: https://amsterdamnews.com/news/2021/11/05/lesson-for-democrats-in-virginia-defeat-give-voters-something-to-vote-for/ 

Wajahat Ali whines about White women “killing America:” https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-white-women-who-just-elected-glenn-youngkin-are-killing-america 

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