- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 8, 2017


Many Americans did exactly what Big Labor has been asking them to do for two generations: Support Big Government.

The culture card — historic firsts, which the Democrats always play and the Republicans conveniently ignore — was the trump move.

Gender, immigration and people of color have come to represent “greater” America, and the purveyors of Big Government want to prove as much.

Look at Greenbelt, a planned community in Prince George’s County, Maryland, where better than 50 percent of voters on Tuesday approved a referendum that, if the charter is changed, would allow 16-year-olds to vote in city elections.

Look at Virginia, where voters like Democrats for statewide races and so chose Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam to replace Terry McAuliffe as governor. Both U.S. senators are Democrats, and Lt. Gov.-elect Justin Fairfax is another typical Democrat.

While nationwide turnout didn’t set any record, Virginia gets a special nod and New Jersey gets a what-the-what.

New Jersey had more than 5.7 million registered voters leading up to its gubernatorial election, but only a tad over 2 million exercised their right to vote — and they, too, chose a Dem for governor.

Virginia voters, meanwhile, not only made their Democratic voices heard but appeared to be ready to best their gubernatorial election record of 20 years ago, so Republican Gov. George Allen, could handover the keys to the Executive Mansion to another Republican, Jim Gilmore.

The Democratic Party’s victories on Tuesday don’t immediately change America’s political landscape, of course.

They do, however, give momentum to the anti-Trump movement that showed its ugliest side on Inauguration Day and played directly into the visual and social media ploys that will surely come.

No matter whose website or TV channel you tuned into on Tuesday night, you got a sense that the blue wave began with local and state elections on the East Coast and wasn’t going to stop until it reached the Pacific Northwest.

The slew of historic firsts is certainly noteworthy.

Virginians, again by example, elected Danica Roem to be the state’s first transgender delegate and Mr. Fairfax to be its second black as lieutenant governor.

New Jersey elected its first black female lieutenant governor, Sheila Oliver, and after a pitch from the Minneapolis Star Tribune, transgender activist Andrea Jenkins is poised to become a first on the Minneapolis City Council.

What do Big Government types really want? Depends on the weather.

That’s the clear-as-clear-can-be message that voters sent to Republicans, conservatives and libertarians a message.

How should Republicans, conservatives and libertarians respond?

In-kind: Walk very loudly and carry a very big stick.

Deborah Simmons can be contacted at [email protected]

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