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Barone: History has some bad news for Biden Democrats

As in the 1880s, we live in an era of polarized partisan parity, in which changes of opinion among independent voters can sweep election results. One year ago, Joe Biden was elected president with 51% of the popular vote. Now, with his job approval down to 42%, his party is in trouble. That's ...

Pitts: Fear is the great unspoken engine of American history

Maybe white students deserve more credit than they get. Maybe — apologies to The Who — the kids are all right. Leo Glaze seems to think so, based on a tweet I chanced upon last week. In it, he described himself as an educator who has spent his career in predominantly white private middle ...

Barone: Biden Democrats lose big — and on cultural issues

President Joe Biden returned the morning of Nov. 3 to a nation that no longer supports him or his party. Virginia, which he carried 55% to 44% in 2020, has elected Republican Glenn Youngkin as governor, Republicans for lieutenant governor and attorney general, and recaptured a majority in the ...

Harrop: Virginia race delivers a lesson to Democrats — and Republicans

Contrary to many political prophecies, the election of Republican Glenn Youngkin as governor of Virginia does not augur a bloodbath for Democrats in the 2022 midterms. If it finally pounds in the lesson that the woke crusades of the far left are poison to the party, it may even improve the ...

Buchanan: Who decides what kids should be taught?

Virginia is a newly blue state, with a Democratic governor and two Democratic senators, that Joe Biden won by 10 points. Hence, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe was an early and solid favorite to regain the office he vacated in 2017. But if McAuliffe loses Tuesday, the defeat will be measured on ...

Barone: Health and education elites forced to confess error

Confessions of error are rare enough in woke America that they should be strictly construed against the speaker. Two such confessions (the legal term is "admissions against interest") suddenly appeared last week. The first confession came in an Oct. 20 letter from Principal Deputy Director of ...

Witcover: Republican Party operatives helped fuel Capitol insurrection

WASHINGTON — Overshadowed by Facebook revelations of Donald Trump's role in publicizing the attack on the U.S. Capitol, Republican Party activists also joined in. The Washington Post has reported they convened a "command center" a block from the White House in the stately Willard Hotel, from ...

Lowry: What it means if Glenn Youngkin wins

A specter haunts the Democratic Party — the possibility of a Glenn Youngkin victory in the Virginia gubernatorial race. The former businessman and political neophyte is running neck and neck with Terry McAuliffe, the longtime Democratic fixture who is seeking a return to the governor's ...

Charen: Will Critical Race Theory sink McAuliffe?

There are two big reasons that Republican Glenn Youngkin shouldn't be within striking distance of Virginia's state house. The first is that Virginia has been trending Democratic over the past decade and a half. Joe Biden won the state by more than 10 points last year. The second and far more ...

Harrop: The lefties, not liberals, are toxic to Democrats

Things should be looking up for Democrats. Americans are flush with spending money. (They added at least $2.5 trillion to household savings during the pandemic.) Unemployment is back under 5%. As for stocks, the S&P 500 is up more than 30% from what it was before the pandemic. Most ...