Out-of-State Surrogates Are Coming!

by Kerry Dougherty

Here it is. Another sign of Democratic desperation.

I’m talking about this parade of out-of-state lefties coming to Virginia to demand we vote for Terry McAuliffe.

While Glenn Youngkin goes from overflow crowd to overflow crowd with a positive message for the future of Virginia: no grocery tax, more money for education, no CRT in schools, no return of parole, an increasingly frenzied McAuliffe screams two words over and over: “Trump” and “abortion.”

It’s ghoulish. And it’s as if he’s written off independents and centrists. McAuliffe is appealing to his base.

For instance, former President Barack Obama was in Virginia this weekend and in his peculiar sneering way lectured us about a “phony” culture war:

“We don’t have time to be wasted on these phony trumped-up culture wars, this fake outrage the right-wing media peddles to juice their ratings.”


Apparently, Obama believes that a girl being raped by a boy wearing a dress in a high school lavatory is not a problem. Parents protesting sexual attacks are the real threat.

Oh, and the fact that it appears a suspected sexual predator was quietly moved to another high school where he could attack more unwitting girls is something being ginned up by overly concerned right-wing parents.

What a heartless man.

I remember when Obama got all teary-eyed about Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old who was shot to death in Florida in 2011.

“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” Obama said at the time. “When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids.”

Last time I checked, Obama has two daughters. Odd that he doesn’t empathize at all with the parents of the girls who were attacked at school and choses instead to insult those of us who think schools should be safe spaces for all kids.

Go back to Martha’s Vineyard, Obama. You’re out of touch.

One of McAuliffe’s relentless complaints is that Trump refuses to accept the results of the 2020 election. Yet he’s been palling around with Stacey Abrams, the imaginary governor of Georgia. Abrams still hasn’t conceded the election she lost in 2018 and McAuliffe supports her “Big Lie.”

Hypocrisy anyone?

One of the worst governors in America, Gretchen Whitmer, was scheduled to parachute into Virginia to try to help a foundering McAuliffe campaign, but withering criticism from Michigan Republicans who reminded her that she was supposed to be bringing an “all-hands-on-deck” approach to solving a serious drinking-water problem in Benton Harbor caused her to cancel on McAuliffe.

What exactly was McAuliffe trying to do? Does he really believe that Whitmer moves the needle for him in Virginia?

One African-American politician weighed in on McAuliffe’s pathetic campaign this weekend: Former Gov. Doug Wilder. What the Democrat had to say about Youngkin was mighty close to an endorsement. And what he had to say about McAuliffe certainly wasn’t.

Wilder mocked McAuliffe’s bringing in out-of-staters to campaign with him:

”Surrogates are not going to determine the outcome of this election. People will,” he said. “Knock on somebody’s door and tell them Stacey Abrams said they should vote, or the former mayor of Atlanta — Keisha Lance Bottoms. They’re going to say, ‘Who?’ Do they know Virginia? Do they know the status of our schools?”

Wilder praised Glenn Youngkin’s promise that, “[a]s Governor, every budget I sign will include direct funding for all five Historically Black Colleges and Universities.”

Wilder said voters notice.

“When Glenn Youngkin says that it’s a high priority, there are people who won’t forget it.”

While higher education is a critical issue in the race, so is K-12 schooling. Parents balked when McAuliffe said last month that he did not think parents should be weighing into the classroom.

McAuliffe’s words could hurt him with black voters, Wilder said.

“When the [prospective next] governor of Virginia says, ‘I am not going to allow parents to tell schools what to teach,’ You say, ‘My God,’” Wilder told the Washington Examiner. “Parents vote to have something to say about the education of their children.”

Wilder did not offer an endorsement, but he made it clear that he is not pleased with the Old Dominion party he once led. And he is not surprised that McAuliffe is struggling to nail down the support of the Democratic Party’s most reliable constituency.

Virginians “are independent-thinking people,” he said. “And you see what the polls are showing as it relates to independents: Youngkin is leading with independents as they crossover.”

Indeed, polls show McAuliffe’s support with independent voters collapsing in a neck-and-neck race Democrats expected to win handily.

Asked why black Americans may be reluctant to support McAuliffe, Wilder responded, “The better question would be: ‘What reasons do they have to turn out?’

“No Virginian running for statewide office is going to be elected without strong black support,” he said. “And what has anybody done in Virginia to merit that?”

Good question, Gov. Wilder. Maybe it’s time for a change in the Governor’s Mansion.

This column has been republished with permission from Kerry: Unemployed & Unedited.

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22 responses to “Out-of-State Surrogates Are Coming!”

  1. James Kiser Avatar
    James Kiser

    Lets go Brandon

    1. JuniusQuercus Avatar

      Don’t you mean, “Let’s go Barry!”

  2. Stephen Haner Avatar
    Stephen Haner

    Every single D attack ad now features Trump. Most use fake video to make it appear the candidates are together with him, when they were not. When the R’s take the House back next week, guess what! The D’s will have done the impossible: Rehabilitate Trump as a political force. Quite a roll of the dice, guys….

    1. LarrytheG Avatar

      a bit of fairy tale. Trump needs no “rehabilitating”. He actually does represent a real base and other GOP know it and will not cross that base and we’re now seeing a purge of RINOs and CINOs from the GOP.

      What the Dems are doing is no surprise.

      Basically the GOP and Youngkin have successfully made inroads to the middle/independent voters to make up the shortfall their pure base is in numbers.

      The Dems response to this is to get out their base – some of which tends to not vote unless urged to do so.

      It’s pitiful that Youngkin and the GOP cannot be honest about what they truly will do once elected.

      They will get one term then get tossed – unless they truly do represent a majority of voters. Of course, they’ll do as much damage as they can while they can like Trump did.


      1. Stephen Haner Avatar
        Stephen Haner

        There is no better sign that the Democrats are losing steam than the fact that you are here alone trying to keep up their end. Crickets otherwise….

        What about those Wilder comments, Lar? Doesn’t Wilder’s opinion matter more to Virginians than some out-of-state partisan? Wilder is pretty careful and if he is leaning publicly, it reflects what he is hearing and seeing.

        1. Eric the half a troll Avatar
          Eric the half a troll

          No sense jumping into the fray when Conservatives are in full-on election frenzy freak out mode. Will just let the results speak for themselves and quietly come back to say “told you so” afterward while you are licking your wounds.

          At this point, this is a GOTV operation and a damn good one on the D side, imo. Lots of warranted media coverage and snapshot messages designed to motivate our voters. EV turnout is up now where we need it to be. I think I read somewhere about a Youngkin train trip or something…🤷‍♂️

          To put it in polling terms, at this point in 2017, 2 different polls had Gillespie up by 2 and 8 points. Today the Republican pollster couldn’t even figure out how to give Youngkin the lead….

          I won’t make any predictions though so have at it and good luck.

        2. LarrytheG Avatar

          Wilder has always been a wild card and not particularly friendly to Dems anyhow. I never thought much of Wilder to be honest. He associated himself with a now-defunct Slave Museum in Fredericksburg and it sounded “sketchy” from the get-go.


          I like the “out of state partisan” narrative.

          Like Trump is “out of state” but clearly on the minds of Youngkin voters, no?

          I stand by what I said.

          The GOP wins with successful boogey-man hate/fear politics. The exploit it to the hilt and yes, they ARE goodat it.

          The bigger test is how do they actually govern.

          And – if Youngkin gets elected – and he keeps the idiots under control and does a legitimate job at governance – then the GOP will take back Virginia.

          I’m sure we both agree on that, right?

          Do we agree he’ll keep the Trumpeters and related idiots under control so we don’t end up like some other GOP states and if he does not – Virginia voters will be okay with that outcome?


          Myths and fairy-tale thinking versus realities…

          1. Stephen Haner Avatar
            Stephen Haner

            This from the party telling vaccinated people to wear masks in open fields and while driving their cars. Without fear, Democrats would have nothing to sell.

          2. LarrytheG Avatar

            No one really knew in the early going and it was not Dems – it was epidemiologists, which some on the right now equate the two.

            Was it Dem FEAR that convinced you to get vaccinated?

            see.. those narratives have to have some semblance of truth to them beyond culture war idiocy.

            We see what GOP states do about masks and vaccinations and COVID rates, right?

            We want that in Virginia, right?

            Will the GOP try to make Va like Florida and Texas?

            Well, we might find out and I predict a quick end to GOP governance if they do.

    2. Kathleen Smith Avatar
      Kathleen Smith

      What is most awakening in the decision of who to vote for is your report on the JLARC economic growth study, not a surrogate politician.

    3. Ralph Northam was elected governor without his endorsement, so I don’t know how much real influence Mr. Wilder has with black voters in Virginia today. However, it is a sad day for the democrats when they cannot get the first elected black Governor in Virginia (and the country) to endorse their gubernatorial candidate. And it’s not as if he decided to stay completely out of the political races this year – he endorsed Justin Fairfax.

      It seems to me that if Glen Youngkin is going to be as bad for blacks in Virginia as the democrats say he is, they could at least get Mr. Wilder to endorse the man’s opponent.

  3. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
    James Wyatt Whitehead

    It is impressive that Wilder can still make a headline at age 90 and can still be insightful.

    1. tmtfairfax Avatar

      Wilder is far from perfect but he has a level of integrity not seen by many politicians on both sides of the aisle. I still like the fact that Governor Wilder give the Post editorial board the finger when he refused to seek tax hikes in a recession. Rather, he did his job and managed the Commonwealth through tough times. Indeed, George Allen kept Wilder’s Secretary of Finance.

      1. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
        James Wyatt Whitehead

        When Wilder was Lt. Governor he spoke at my high school graduation. Stonewall Jackson in Manassas. He flew in on a helicopter, gave a speech, and then flew away. I thought that was pretty darn cool. I don’t remember a word he said and it might have been the first time I even knew that Virginia had a Lt. Governor.

        1. LarrytheG Avatar

          Wilder was never really a Dem, and that’s why the GOP and conservatives “like” him.

          What are his major accomplishments in his roles in public life?

          1. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
            James Wyatt Whitehead

            No he was not a Dem, Wilder is a Virginian. That used to mean something once.

          2. LarrytheG Avatar

            It was hard for me to know what he stood FOR. He never seemed to have a North Star to me. He never struck me as a leader who had a vision and got folks on board with it.

            He had integrity – yes but he did get involved in some sketchy issues like the Slave Museum in Fredericksburg. Once he bailed it crashed. Not a big thing on a bigger picture but again I don’t think I ever knew what his big picture was.

            He was not a favorite of black folks. He never really dealt with any of the racial issues that are now in front of us.

          3. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
            James Wyatt Whitehead

            Wilder’s story is so good. Overlooked. You might enjoy this Mr. Larry.

          4. LarrytheG Avatar

            You’re right. That was a good article! Wilder was a bit of a maverick IMHO. I still don’t look back on him as a significant leader of consequence who changed minds and changed Virginia especially on race. During his tenutre, we had confederate memorials all over the place, streets and public buildings named for Confederates and Segregationists and black kids going to schools name for Confederate heroes, etc.

            Then in 2020 – he does this: ” Former Gov. Doug Wilder accuses Library of Virginia of racism for not yet finishing his gubernatorial papers”


            That’s an unfair accusation in my mind. He used race for his own purposes not as something to be addressed on a wider policy basis.

            That’s pretty much classic Wilder. He was/is a complicated figure who, in my mind, often seemed to prefer to engage in kerfuffles rather than ways forward.

            I could change my mind but that’s where I am right now. He’s like by GOP and Conservatives more than Dems.

          5. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
            James Wyatt Whitehead

            Wilder’s run in 1985 was spectacular. He won votes from all across the state. Reached out to Virginians on a crisscrossing trail all over the state. All on a shoe string budget. A.L. Philpott’s endorsement was the launch pad. Those two had an interesting relationship. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ea744823807df9b2674245aaec2c2b19351668fd6f0df9bc68132c25e5d53892.jpg

          6. LarrytheG Avatar

            He did – he was perceived as a maverick that did not engage in party politics – at least my impression.

            But over and over, he seemed to promote himself rather than collaborate to build true bi-partisan support for legislation and policies.

            No big surprise for politicians – but he pretty much was for Wilder more than Virginia and the GOP liked him because he self-identified as a Dem but clearly has disdain for Dems in general.

  4. tmtfairfax Avatar

    Let’s go Brandon!

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