“Frustrating Democrats who hoped to prove decisively that running on a gun-reform message could produce winning margins at the ballot box, the Virginia Senate remained in Republican control Tuesday night after an expensive campaign left the party breakdown right where it has been for the past four years.” So lament our Bloomberg-backed buddies at The Trace. Hear that? That’s the sound of millions of gun owners quivering in paroxysms of schadenfreude-fueled joy. If you’ll remember . . .
The bilious little billionaire threw a stack of cash at Virginia with the goal of buying at least one senate seat for a Dem. That was all he needed to wrest control of the upper house from pro-gun Republicans and advance what The Trace euphemistically calls “gun reform.” And after that strategy went down in a twisted pile of flaming wreckage, the Washington Post reports that Mikey isn’t the only anti-gunner disappointed by last night’s results:
It’s a huge blow to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who went all-in to make it happen. Democrats could have won by capturing just one seat because of the tie-breaking authority of Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D). But Republicans held every single seat.
Bloomberg and McAuliffe pulled out all the stops to prove that running on an anti-gun message could be a winning electoral formula…and they got their
asses hats handed to them. It’s a strategy enthusiastically embraced by the inevitable Democrat presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.
But after last night’s resounding defeat, we can now look forward to loads of think pieces in the MSM explaining that America is actually populated by an electorate that values their guns and individual freedoms…people who don’t take kindly to oligarchs and their statist Democrat minions infringing on Second Amendment rights…not. Seriously, who are we kidding here? Focusing instead on Houstonians’ obvious lack of compassion and Donald Trump’s alleged Nazi sympathies is much more congenial to the preferred narrative.
Still, The Trace tried to apply a generous coat of lipstick to yesterday’s electoral pig.
Resounding wins on Tuesday night would have been a simple data point heading into 2016, showing the clear upside to running on gun safety in swing states. Instead, reformers got a split decision.
A split decision? Actually no. It was an clear defeat for the so-called reformers arrayed against Virginians’ right to keep and bear arms. That’s a knockout in anyone’s book.