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James Golden, affectionately known by his fans as “Bo Snerdley,” staunchly disagrees with the conventional thinking that the GOP’s success this week in Virginia is proof that the party should distance itself from former President Donald Trump.
Speaking on “Fox News Primetime” this Thursday, Golden, the former producer for the late Rush Limbaugh, warned that the party distancing itself from the controversial former president would be them taking in the “wrong lesson.”
“I’ve heard some of the pundits say that this is proof that they should distance from Trump. That was the Trump base that came out! Be very clear about that!” he said.
Trump appears to feel similarly. After Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin trounced Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Tuesday’s election, the former president hit back at those who’ve been pushing for the party to distance itself from him.
“Without MAGA, [Youngkin] would have lost by 15 points or more. Instead of giving us credit, they say, ‘Oh he’s more popular than [Trump].’ It’s unbelievable,” he reportedly said.
Trump on John Fredericks about VA Gov win: “I’ve heard Virginia is blue but I’ve never believed it was blue…without MAGA he would have lost by 15 points, more…instead of giving us credit they say oh he’s more popular than [Trump]”
— Meridith McGraw (@meridithmcgraw) November 3, 2021
In fairness to the president, he earned more votes in the 2020 election (1,962,430) than Youngkin did in the 2021 race (1,658,691).
But on the other hand, 2021 was an off-year election, and early exit polling data suggested that the Virginia champ attracted a lot of crossover voters, namely Democrat and Independent parents exasperated by the Virginia Democrat Party’s embrace of racial essentialism and “wokeness.”
During his remarks on Fox News this Thursday, Golden himself admitted that “‘wokeness’ is actually putting Democrats to sleep — their electoral chances, anyway — across the country.”
“Because what you have is a radicalism that can’t be hidden from the American people anymore. And you have today — just today — AOC went on the launch pad that the reason they lost the election was because they were too moderate,” he said.
AOC is short for radical Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
“And so she wants more [radicalism], to which I say by all means, please go even further to the left and lose more elections, and let’s see what happens in 2022,” Golden added.
He recently published a book, “Rush on the Radio,” that documents his decades of experience working alongside Limbaugh:
Golden was then asked by Fox News host Rachel Campos-Duffy what “the lesson officially [is] not just for Democrats but for Republicans.”
He responded first with the point about Trump, before moving on to his second point.
“The second lesson that they should take is to be optimistic, be a happy warrior. If you look at what happened in Virginia, especially you just had the lieutenant governor on – very optimistic, very positive thinking. The governor is the same way. He talked about the promise that Virginia had for their children. He talked about educating, making Virginia a place where people wanted to live,” he said.
“He never gave in to the negativism coming from the intellectually lazy left who can only engage in name-calling. What he did was offer an optimistic viewpoint for the people of Virginia, and it resonated. He also talked about the concerns of parents. And these are real concerns, and that resonated. What did Obama do when he came to town? What did Joe Biden do? They demonized parents. It didn’t work. Stay optimistic and stay on course, and you will win elections,” he added.
Conventional thinking has it that Youngkin won primarily because of his decision to court disgruntled parents who’d been betrayed by the Democrat Party — not just by the party’s embrace of “wokeness,” but also by its alliance with teachers’ unions.
It was the Democrat Party-backed teachers’ unions that lobbied hardest for schools to remain closed, thus forcing already overwhelmed, struggling parents to moonlight as their kids’ temporary teachers.
As noted by Reason magazine’s Robby Soave, this “put public employees ahead of citizens and taxpayers” and “subordinate[d] the needs of families.”
To this day, in fact, unions continue to be a burden, with them being the loudest advocates of keeping children — even vaccinated ones, apparently — masked in perpetuity.
The Democrat Party as a whole caters to these COVID zealots. Just prior to Tuesday’s election, for example, McAuliffe campaigned alongside the most powerful teachers’ union leader in the country, Randi Weingarten:
— Julia Manchester (@JuliaManch) November 1, 2021
Meanwhile, McAuliffe and his allies — including former President Barack Obama and current President Joe Biden — relentlessly attacked the parents who’d had the courage to stand up to the unions.
It was a recipe for electoral defeat and, according to pundits, it’s a recipe that Republicans can rely on again and again and again, so long as the Democrats continue to put teachers’ unions, racial essentialism and “wokeness” over parents and their children.
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