A Theme for Youngkin: Lend Us Your Vote

Boris Johnson.

by Donald Smith

To all those who will vote in November, especially those who are thinking of voting Republican for the first time.

You may only lend us your vote. You may not see yourself as a natural Republican.

Your hand may quiver over the ballot, as you debate whether to put your mark in the Republican box—quite likely, for the very first time in your life.

And you may be determined to return to the Democrat Party next time around. If that is the case, I am humbled that, this November, you put your trust in me, that you have put your trust in us. I and we will never take your support for granted.

We will be grateful that you recognized that, sometimes, you have to base your vote on matters much bigger than normal partisan politics.

Glenn Youngkin should give that speech. Or put it in an ad. Because there’s an audience for it in Virginia right now. Many Democrats and moderates are troubled by progressive antics in Washington and Richmond. Those folks will listen to a pitch like this.

If the pitch sounds familiar, it is revised version of Boris Johnson’s victory speech on December 2019 after the last British general election.
The Conservatives’ campaign theme was “Get Brexit Done,” and they won resoundingly. Thousands of Labour voters voted Tory for the first time in their lives! Johnson acknowledged that in his victory speech. From the British newspaper Independent:

To all those who voted for us yesterday, especially those who voted for us Conservatives…for the first time. You may only have lent us your vote, you may not see yourself as a natural Tory. … Your hand may have quivered over the ballot paper before you put your cross in the Conservative box.

And you may think you will return to Labour next time around. And if that is the case, I am humbled that you have put your trust in me, that you have put your trust in us, and I and we will never take your support for granted.

Why did so many Labour voters vote Tory? Because, for that election at least, they had bigger priorities. They wanted to get Brexit done. Plus, many were disgusted with the ultra-left tilt of Labour. They wanted to express their displeasure with their party’s behavior. So they did, with their ballots.

Many Virginians are unhappy with how Washington and Richmond (both dominated by progressives) are behaving and governing. Critical Race Theory is something progressive activists want, not moderates or classical liberals like Dave Rubin or Bari Weiss. (Or most Virginia parents). Any softening of standards in Virginia’s education system, especially its state colleges, risks cheapening the de facto value of a degree. (Why pay over $100,000 for a degree from a four-year college that’s developed a reputation of producing woke graduates who aren’t ready for the workforce?)

City dwellers and suburbanites now wonder if their local governments can recruit and retain enough good people to field a competent police force. (Who wants to put their life on the line and fight criminals for a city where the city council is woke and the prosecutor is a George Soros tool?) Moderates and classical liberals watch in disbelief as the Biden Administration abandoned Afghanistan and opened our southern border. It threw Border Patrol agents –honest-to-God modern-day cowboys — to the wolves, ignorant that twirling split reins aren’t whips.

The brazenness of progressive politicians is breathtaking. “The Richmond” city schools “abruptly [decided] that they need to close the days before and after Election Day (they already had Election Day off) for employee ‘mental health,’ writes National Review’s Dan McLaughlin. “It does not take too much cynicism…to notice that, as the race tightens in polls, Terry McAuliffe’s most faithful backers — the public-school bureaucracy and teachers — are suddenly freeing up their people, still paid on the taxpayer’s dime, to go electioneer and get the vote out the day before the election.” (And fix election-related “problems” the day after).

As Richmond parents scrambled to arrange childcare on short notice, they might have heard a Virginia political legend criticize Kamala Harris’ video pitch for McAuliffe. The video, intended for airing in traditional black churches, risked “causing those churches to lose their tax-exempt status. … If this is legal, this is surprising to me” said Doug Wilder! It’s as if the vice president of the United States is daring the IRS to enforce the law. It’s as if progressive Virginia politicians no longer care how they’re perceived. Think about that!

IMHO, most moderates and classical liberals want their kids to be educated, not indoctrinated. They want law enforcement to get the benefit of the doubt. They want a degree from a Virginia state college to add value to a graduate’s job search. And they think that all politicians, regardless of party, should at least make an effort to keep up appearances, and act like public servants instead of party hacks. They think their elected leaders should follow the law, not skirt it.

The performance of modern-day Democrats, both in Washington and Richmond, must make them wonder if today’s Democrat Party really wants the same things.
Glenn Youngkin is not Corey Stewart. He can claim to be a different kind of Republican. One that Virginia independents, moderates and classical liberals can support, if only for one election. Youngkin should tell them that a vote for him and the GOP in this election can send a shot over the progressive bow. It can slow progressive momentum, not only in Virginia but nationwide. It can apply some brakes to the craziness.

Boris Johnson recognized, and seized, an opportunity. Virginia voters are smart enough to recognize that sometimes you have to put your policy preferences aside and vote in a way that addresses the bigger problems we face. Glenn should follow Boris’s lead.

Donald Smith was raised in Richmond. His mother was born in a house not far from VMI, and family members still live there.

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20 responses to “A Theme for Youngkin: Lend Us Your Vote”

  1. LarrytheG Avatar

    Youngkin has made significant inroads in the middle, independent voters, no question. Will he win over folks who typically vote Dem? Does he need to do that to win?

    But I must say – typical Dems don’t see the Dems as “radical” – they see folks aligned with Trump and against public education, medicaid, abortion, immigration, vaccines, etc… as “radical”.

    And they fear that Youngkin is very much a political sheep in wolfs clothing and fear what his connection to hard-right and Trumpsters would actually be if he wins.

    We got 5 days or so to find out.

  2. While I think McAuliffe was a do-nothing governor and won’t vote for him, the irony of using Brexit as an example shouldn’t be lost on anyone here.

    Brexit is ‘going badly,’ say Brits in new poll

    1. LarrytheG Avatar

      I thought the Brexit angle was a little on the weird side also. Basically the working class Brits want Britain to stand alone and independent, but the real world does not work that way anymore. I guess on that aspect, lower educated folks who want a more isolationist America might align – aka the New World Order stuff but most Americans know and understand that we have a world economy and have to actually compete – something the GOP used to believe in before they found out their base doesn’t like that.

  3. LesGabriel Avatar

    This approach shows respect for those in the opposition Party who are still open to debate and discussion of issues and for a search for common ground. These used to be aspects of civil discourse in theory, if not universal practice. Both parties should be reaching out to rational people in the opposition party (and independents) by presenting rational ideas and rational discussion. Unfortunately, Democrats over recent years have instead relied on demonizing conservatives and Republicans through name-calling and cancel-culture. The observation that Republicans see Democrats as wrong and Democrats see Republicans as evil gathers more evidence each day.

    1. LarrytheG Avatar

      The Dems actually SUPPORT things – public education, immigration, health care, vaccines, etc…

      Conservatives often and usually oppose these things.

      I think the “name calling: thing is hilarious given what we see at school board meetings, the Jan 6 deal, FOX news, and many blogs including BR!

      If the GOP had a positive agenda for the future – and got off it’s boogey-man foolishness, misinformation, disinformation and conspiracy theories.. it might help.

      We all know the Youngkin that is campaigning is not going to be the Youngkin that governs. It’s only a question of how many wacadoodles he accommodates inclding trumpsters.

      1. DJRippert Avatar

        “The Dems actually SUPPORT things – public education, immigration, health care, vaccines, etc…”

        Let me help edit your comment.

        The Dems actually SUPPORT things – public education MONOPOLIES with no choice at the K-12 level, UNFETTERED, UNCHECKED immigration WHETHER LEGAL OR NOT, health care PAID FOR BY OTHERS AND RUN BY THE GOVERNMENT, vaccine MANDATES, etc …

        I hope that helps.

        1. LarrytheG Avatar


          They support public education. The GOP is trying to tear it down.

          They support the dreamers – the GOP does not.

          Health care – Medicare? and Employer-provided where the govt forces the insurance company to cover everyone no matter their health status – and the money for health insurance not taxed – the biggest tax expenditure in the tax code.

          Medicaid – totally paid for and provides health care to low income and working poor – the GOP opposes it.

          Vaccine mandates – nope. That’s left up to employers to decide. The GOP wants to mandate what employers can do.

          The point here is that it’s a clear choice between what the Dems support and what the GOP supports – to include outright lies, disinformation and conspiracy theories.. because that’s what a good number of their base supports.

          Most Virginians are smarter than that and they’re not going to go along with a Texas or Florida style “governance”.

          Virginia is not California but it’s not Texas or Florida either – the question is what Youngkin is or will do if elected.

          We know this. It’s no secret. He’s a Trumpster…and that’s what his base wants but not much of the rest of the electorate in Va.

      2. LesGabriel Avatar

        Too much to unravel in your reply so I will let DJRippert’s comments suffice for Dem’s supporting things. As far as name-calling, your use of “wacadoodles” and “trumpsters” seems to show exactly where you stand on that. The GOP has an agenda–the same one it has had for many years—limited government, fiscal restraint, traditional family values, personal liberty, etc. (you can see it all by looking up the Virginia Republican Creed). Democrat policies today, however, bear little resemblance to Democrat policies of 10, 15, 20 years ago. The Carter-Baker report in 2005 spelled out the bipartisan consensus on voting integrity and access hammered out at that time. Today the Democrats would throw it all under the bus if they could by passing HR1. What Democrats are pushing today in terms of pornography in schools, abolition of female sports, defunding police, among others, would have repulsed Democrats a generation ago.

  4. energyNOW_Fan Avatar

    many Dems cannot lend a vote since they already voted straight Dem.

    1. LarrytheG Avatar

      I voted a couple weeks ago at the central polling place. It was busy – some were wearing MAGA hats…

  5. Donald Smith Avatar
    Donald Smith

    LarrytheG, just wondering…are you the Media Matters duty officer here?

    1. LarrytheG Avatar

      Nope. But there is a problem with lies and disinformation in the dialogue sometimes, IMHO, and it needs to be pointed out. Why do you ask? 😉

    2. VaNavVet Avatar

      Donald, I noticed that you had little positive to say about Youngkin personally. Not a big endorsement for lending a vote.

      1. LarrytheG Avatar

        yeah…what about that Donald!

        1. Donald Smith Avatar
          Donald Smith

          That’s a compelling comeback, Larry. Next, will you ask if I have cooties?

          1. LarrytheG Avatar

            oh no.. that would clearly be off limits!

            but what about your view of Youngkin?

          2. VaNavVet Avatar

            Apparently, he has nothing good to say about him,

          3. LarrytheG Avatar

            so probably on the Amanda Chase wagon? Surely he voted for Youngkin, no?

  6. Donald Smith Avatar
    Donald Smith

    Talk about not keeping up appearances. If this is true, a whole bunch of Democrats just got a vacation in Italy on the taxpayers’ dime. Terry McAuliffe is a creature of the same swamp that spawned Joe Biden.


    1. LarrytheG Avatar

      This is true. Trump would not have visited at all!

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