Editorial: It’s The Culture War, Stupid


Take Note, GOP: Here’s How Youngkin Won

From the Editors of American Remnant

The Republican sweep in Virginia, most notably Glenn Youngkin’s win over Clinton legman Terry McAuliffe for governor, demonstrates that white voters can be mobilized to push back against woke lunacy, and what mobilized them to vote for the GOP: the promise to fight the anti-white culture war, not slogans about “tax cuts” and “limited government” from Conservatism, Inc., and the halcyon days of the Gipper. 

Resisting Critical Race Theory was an electoral winner, but we should not forget the “gender fluid” boy in a dress who attacked a girl in a high-school bathroom in Loudoun County, or that McAuliffe’s scoffed at the idea that parents should have a say about what goes on in public schools. Parents pushed back. 

Note, however, that white parents did most of the pushing, with whites voting 62 percent for Youngkin, and non-whites voting in large numbers for McAuliffe: 86 percent of black voters, 66 percent of Latinos, and 67 percent of Asians cast ballots for the Democrat, CNN reported. Non-whites, unsurprisingly, are apparently not opposed to “critical race theory.”

What’s more, given the level of woke absurdity in the Old Dominion, as Ann Coulter observed, the GOP margin of victory was still “ridiculously close” —  about 51 percent to 49. Coulter further noted that the GOP won by “driving up the white vote,” something party luminaries and Conservatism, Inc., pundits will never acknowledge. And Coulter is right that Democrats will answer their defeat with more “mail-in” ballots, and more mass immigration, which was largely responsible for turning Virginia blue in the first place. If mass immigration isn’t halted, we’re delaying our trip to the gibbet with a stopgap election victory.

The class divide in the election was also striking: 66 percent of white men and 57 percent  of white women voted for Youngkin. But only 47 percent of white college graduates went for the GOP candidate. A whopping 74 percent of working-class white women voted for Youngkin, a leap of 20 points over the Trump vote in 2020. So working class whites were the most enthusiastic GOP voters. The “whitelash,” as leftists call it, was not across the board — “less educated” whites are far less susceptible to ideas that are so stupid only “educated people” can believe them. The GOP has a pool of voters out there to which it can appeal … if only it will.

Our side faces two huge problems apart from the GOP bigwigs who hate their own voters, and don’t seem all that fired up about halting the Third World’s border rush or even the Democrats’ electoral chicanery. The first one is complacency. Victory tends to breed a sense that all is going back to “normal.” That isn’t true. The second is a lack of strategic thinking. The American Remnant should not count on voting its way out of the crisis it faces. And it is a crisis. Our side must tenaciously combat the ongoing social and cultural revolution. The struggle ahead will be a long one, but the GOP victory shows we have a chance to organize and coordinate a broad, Middle American Resistance. Who will pick up that political hundred-dollar bill on the sidewalk?

The GOP can and should look back at Youngkin’s narrow victory and how he won. Youngkin might sell out the people who voted for him, as have so many Republican politicians, but that can’t change what won the election for him: The Democrats utter cultural insanity, and his promise to stop it.

To paraphrase James Carville: It’s the culture war, stupid.

When Barack Obama visited Virginia for McAuliffe, he declared that “we don’t have time to be wasted on these phony trumped-up culture wars, this fake outrage, the right-wing media’s peddles to juice their ratings.” 

Oddly that claim — that culture war issues are phony and dangerous to Republican candidates — has been conventional wisdom among Republicans since George H. W. Bush ran away from Pat Buchanan’s speech at the GOP National Convention Houston in 1992, then won the lowest percentage of the popular vote of any incumbent president since William Howard Taft. Maybe if Bush 41 had listened to Buchanan, we wouldn’t have been discussing cigars and interns in the White House six years later. Then again, recall what helped Bush win  in 1988: The prison furlough of murderer Willie Horton.

Likewise, CRT and a bathroom rape won the election for Youngkin, which shows that culture-war issues, far from harming Republican candidates, can be the key to victory. And far from being phony, such issues are the most important issues. They define us as Christians and Americans. 

Buchanan was right in 1992. And he’s right 30 years later. Youngkin’s victory proves it. The GOP can win. But to do so it must stop the sloganeering about issues that don’t matter to voters — and run on the issues that do.

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