On Tuesday night, Democrats lost big in Virginia, a state that went for Biden by 10% in 2020. In New Jersey, which Biden carried by 16%, Governor Phil Murphy eeked out a victory.
The media has gone to town on Biden and his agenda. Mitch McConnell has said that the elections were effectively a mandate against the president’s agenda.
Rachel Maddow took on the media hysteria during her Wednesday night show. According to the MSNBC host, the results were pretty standard for a president in their first year.
“Honestly, what happened here,” Maddow began, “for the past 30 years, every single time we’ve had a new president, that first year of the new president, the president’s party lost both the Virginia governor and New Jersey governor, every single time, except this time the Democrats didn’t lose New Jersey. In a rational world, this would not be a cause for democratic panic. Quite the contrary. Democrats have beat the odds. They’ve done everything that the great communicator, Ronald Reagan did.”
Rachel Maddow explains why Biden's "bad election night" wasn't bad, "for the first time since the 1980s, Republicans weren't able to flip those two governorships like the opposing party has been able to do in the first year of every new presidency." pic.twitter.com/ZmmskP3qxx
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The MSNBC host continued:
“Last night, for the first time since the 1980s, Republicans weren’t able to flip those two governorships like the opposing party has been able to do in the first year of every new presidency going all the way back to Poppy Bush. They only got one. Dems held onto the other. Why this scenario should be cause for Democratic freakout is beyond me. I mean, if you’re a Democrat and you enjoy freaking out, knock yourself out. Be my guest. But rationally, big picture, you would rather be the party of Joe Biden than the party of Donald Trump right now.”
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