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Race to the left, regret, and stupid candidate tricks

Garren Shipley - May 15, 2018

All across Virginia yesterday, Democrat primary candidates ran to the left, rallied for impeaching President Trump, and otherwise exposed themselves as the left-wing liberals they are. In the 10th District, candidates gathered with Tom Steyer to answer questions
  
How did our motley crew of 10th District Democrats perform in said event? Not great. Watch the highly entertaining video here.
 
One read a poem she wrote slamming President Trump. Another showed off her talent to recite all 45 Presidents in 45 seconds. No, we’re not making that up.
 
But wait, there’s more!
 
Further south in the 5th District, Vanity Fair takes a look at Leslie Cokburn’s campaign and winds up with a heart full of regret. Vanity Fair is the same magazine ran an article from her earlier this year explaining why she was running for office — but they’ve got a serious case of buyer’s remorse.
There is a lot to like about Cockburn, but her ability to win in in purple Virginia is far more in question. As one Democratic strategist said to me, “It’s a little sad. With the right candidate, in the right year, [VA-5] could be competitive,” but Cockburn may be too liberal, too universalist to pull enough support from the fractious district. Cockburn might be the Democrats’ preferred candidate, but she may not help them flip the House.
Oddly enough, it wasn’t the forum with Impeachment Tom that generated the most impeachment buzz. That award goes to the 1st CD Democrats, who spent a lot of time trying to show they were truly the one who would impeach the President (in a district POTUS won by 12 points).
 
Edwin Santana Jr. of Stafford County said Trump has “done more than enough to show he should be removed from office if you want to talk about incompetence or just blatantly criminal things.”
 
John Suddarth of Prince William County said there’s “plenty of evidence that President Trump and his cronies, cohorts and colleagues have done a lot of things—money in politics, influence peddling, corruption, collusion.”
 
And Vangie Williams of King George County called impeachment “necessary,” though she added: “It’s a shame that we are even having this discussion when we have so many bigger issues going on like education, infrastructure, transportation. But this president has sucked it all out of us.”
With comments like that, the spectacle in the 7th District hardly even merits a mention — other than to note that the candidates were uniformly against tax cuts and in favor of more government control over health care.
 
As you write about the ongoing train wreck that is the Democrat primary, please consider the following quote from me:
“All across Virginia, Democrat Congressional candidates showed their true colors. Democrats will vote to raise taxes, put the government in charge of our health care, and impeach President Trump to please their base. Meanwhile, under Republican leadership, the economy is roaring, paychecks are growing, and businesses are hiring. Calling these candidates ‘out of touch’ simply doesn’t do it justice.” —Garren Shipley, RNC spokesman
 
 

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