Tea Party Rejected: Terry McAuliffe Wins, Democrats Take Virginia

mcauliffeIn what some people are calling “Obamacare” vs. the tea party, Democrats can celebrate in Virginia with Terry McAuliffe winning tonight’s election and becoming the state’s next governor.

McAuliffe was the chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2001-2005 and served as one of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairmen during her 2008 campaign.

In a race that featured visits from President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, both Bill and Hillary Clinton along with several leading tea party Republicans, Democrats claimed victory in probably the biggest race of this election night.

This is just another sign that the tea party is losing influence with mainstream America.  Granted, the tea party has become very popular among the most ardent conservative voters, but it’s quickly falling out of favor with the vast majority of Americans.

While the tea party claims they’re “listening to Americans,” it’s clear that they’re only listening to what the most radical members of their party are saying.  Their radical right-wing “anti-establishment” stances seems to only appeal to those on the extreme base of their party and as time goes on continues to alienate many conservatives from the majority of Americans.

McAuliffe’s opponent, Ken Cuccinelli, ran on a clear premise of being a “true conservative” and an “anti-Washington” tea party Republican—and failed.  Despite strong support from the tea party, Mr. Cuccinelli couldn’t overcome his Democratic opponent in a result that should be eye-opening for the GOP.

But the results tonight really aren’t overly surprising — polls had shown McAuliffe with a clear lead over Cuccinelli, and a lot of who won tonight depended heavily on voter turnout.

This also confirms what most polls showed where Americans overwhelmingly blamed Republicans — and more so tea party Republicans — for the ridiculous 16 day government shutdown last month.

This is a great victory for Democrats, as it signals that Virginia is shifting towards being a “blue” state.  It’s also a clear sign that with most Americans, the radical tea party message simply isn’t resonating.

Tonight marks the first step towards next November when the stakes couldn’t be any higher.  While every election night is extremely important, next November’s elections will present liberals the golden opportunity we’ve all be waiting for to take power back in the House of Representatives and seize more control in the Senate.

I congratulate Virginia and governor-elect Terry McAuliffe.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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