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Dems Big Night


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Ralph Northam ran a bland, unmotivated, and confused campaign without a trace of enthusiasm in the race for Virginia’s governorship. Who could have predicted the Democrat had such long coattails? Nobody.

While political analysts believed Northam would win Virginia’s governor race, they felt it would be a squeaker primed for a Republican upset. It was the Democrats’ race to lose, and the Republicans have to be very upset.

Ed Gillespie ran a very racist campaign that The Washington Post said, “has not been just a dog whistle to the intolerant, racially resentful parts of the Republican base; it’s been a mating call.” While racial animus and cultural grievances are strong among Republican voters, Democrats and Independents who outnumbered them on Tuesday were focused on conventional issues, like guns, healthcare, and the economy. The majority of people in the state favor keeping Confederate statues, but that turned out to be an issue of lesser concern to the voters.

While Gillespie didn’t speak of Trump or have him campaign on his behalf, he mimicked the Trump playbook. He ran ads in support of Confederate statues (and how Northam wants to take them down), Latino gangs, sanctuary cities (in a state that doesn’t have any), and accused his pediatrician opponent of supporting restoring gun rights to pedophiles.

Trump tweeted before the election how Gillespie was better for veterans than Northam, who is an actual veteran, and will turn around Virginia’s “poor economic performance,” where unemployment is under four percent. Seriously, does nobody ever give Trump Cliff Notes on anything?

After Luther Strange lost in the Republican primary for the vacated Alabama Senate, Trump deleted all his tweets endorsing the guy. Being on the other side of the planet didn’t stop him from throwing Gillespie under the bus either (you’re next, Jared). After the results came in, earlier than expected, Trump tweeted Gillespie failed because he, “did not embrace me or what I stand for.” While Virginians weren’t voting for or against Trump, they did vote against what Trump stands for which Gillespie fully embraced tighter than Don Jr. hugging a Russian lawyer with a briefcase full of dirt on Hillary.

In fact, Northam won by nine points, a larger margin than Clinton beat Trump in the state. Democrats ran wild Tuesday night sweeping all three statewide races, which was for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general. They also knocked off several Republicans in the House of Delegates.

Democrats picked up at least 14 seats in the House, throwing out 11 incumbents and winning three open seats that were in GOP hands. A few seats will be recounted after which, control of the House may belong to the Democrats. They will hold every delegate seat in Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax and Prince William counties, and all but one in Loudoun County. Chris Hurst, a former television news anchor, whose girlfriend was fatally shot on live TV, ousted a Republican incumbent in Southwest Virginia.

Danica Roem will be Virginia’s first openly transgender person to hold elective office. In doing so, she ousted Bob Marshall, a thoroughly disgusting individual who has boasted he is the most homophobic person in Virginia, a title no one has ever challenged him for.

If they control the General Assembly, the Democrats will attempt to expand Medicare in Virginia and take the lead in redrawing Congressional districts in 2020.

While the GOP had the burden of Trump to deal with, the Republicans in New Jersey had the double whammy of Trump and Chris Christie, the least popular governor in the nation. It didn’t surprise anyone when the Democrats took that governor’s seat from Republicans.

Democrats have seemed rudderless, leaderless, and without ideas of late, but they gained significant momentum Tuesday night. They will now press forward to the 2018 midterms as they attempt to retake the U.S. House and Senate. They’ll need all the momentum they can muster as they’re defending more Senate seats than the GOP. If they can defeat Trumpism and a strong campaigner like Gillespie with a drab pediatrician with funky eyebrows, they may be able to win anywhere.

Republicans will have to figure out how to run away from Trump in swing states and districts as his popularity probably won’t improve within the next year. Do they mimic Gillespie’s losing campaign based on culture wars and white grievance, or do they run as far away from him as possible?

Maybe impeaching him would help.

Creative note: If you subscribe to the blog and receive an email for each new update, then I apologize for posting this before I added the cartoon and blog title. I’m sleepy.

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Wolves In Virginia


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There’s this website I just found out about that posts conservative cartoons. Good for them. More sites need to post cartoons, liberal and conservative, though this one doesn’t seem to pay for them. I found out because they posted my last cartoon on the Virginia governor’s race. And, with my cartoon they wrote, “and from liberal, and perhaps desperate Clay Jones in Virginia.” Nice. Now, where do I send the bill?

And, you know what? I am desperate. I’m desperate that we don’t give the governorship to a corporate lobbyist for Enron who’s catering to the fuckers who chanted “blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace” in Charlottesville. I don’t want the guy catering to the bastard who killed a girl in that city during their little “save our racists statues” rally.

Gillespie is exaggerating the numbers on MS-13 members in the state. He’s accusing his opponent, Democrat Ralph Northam, of being in favor of Sanctuary cities, though there aren’t any in Virginia. He’s promising to save “our” statues and preserve “our” heritage. Whose statues? Whose heritage? Does the potential governor want state laws telling cities and counties what they can and can’t do with their monuments?

This week, Gillespie is running an ad accusing Northam of being in favor of restoring voting and gun rights to convicted pedophiles.

Sure, the governor, along with Northam’s support, restored those rights to convicted felons whose sentences were complete in real-time, as well as those of tens of thousands of ex-convicts, some of whom had served their terms years or decades ago.

One guy who was convicted in 2001 was busted last December for possession of child pornography. As it turns out, his voting and gun-owning rights were restored for six weeks. So, this means Northam wants to arm pedophiles, give them voting rights, and sit them on juries? There were no elections during the 41 days he had his voting rights. He would have needed a judge’s approval to purchase a gun. And, he did not have enough time to be summoned and serve on a jury. That ad is in the vein of the Willie Horton ads.

Gillespie is OK with being dishonest and seeking support from the worst of our society. It’s working. The candidates are tied in most polls, but one has Gillespie seven points ahead. The Richmond Times-Dispatch just endorsed Gillespie.

It can’t be taken for granted the Democrat will win in a blue state. You can’t sit at home and hope the liberals in Fairfax do the heavy lifting. On November 7, my Virginian readers need to get off their asses and vote. It’s really important.

Creative note: This is a bonus cartoon as most of my clients won’t run a cartoon on a Virginia issue. Though, The Oxford Eagle in Mississippi ran my last cartoon on this issue. So, you never can tell. You’re still going to receive a new cartoon from me tomorrow morning.

I want to thank everyone who has donated in the past. Your support helps me continue creating cartoons and columns with a little less stress in my life. Between competing syndicates with much larger resources, timid editors, and Trump supporters who attempt to intimidate the editors who do publish anything that criticizes their idol, it’s a challenge to make a career out of this. So your support (if you can) is appreciated. Want to help me continue to create cartoons and keep doing what I’m doing (pissing off conservatives)? Look to the right of this page and make a donation through PayPal. Every $40 donation will receive a signed print. All donations will receive my eternal gratitude.

Hate In The Old Dominion


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There are only two governor races this November, New Jersey and Virginia. The Democrats have a lock on New Jersey, but the one in Virginia is a contest.

Virginia went blue for Hillary Clinton in 2016, and Donald Trump still polls very low in the state. However, the state is not a solidly blue state. It’s purple.

Republican Ed Gillespie is running against Democrat Ralph Northam. Currently, both U.S. Senate seats, the governor and the lieutenant governor are all Democrats. They will most likely outspend the Republicans, but money doesn’t always mean victory. Gillespie is a very dangerous candidate.

Gillespie is a tireless campaigner, hitting every county, and his volunteers have knocked on over a million doors. But, what hurts the Democrats the most is that they are lazy voters in off-year elections.

Mark Warner is a very popular senator. He had high approval ratings as governor. In 2014, every poll had him leading Gillespie by double digits in his bid to win re-election to the Senate. He only won by eight-tenths of a percentage point. This wasn’t due to voters being unhappy with Warner as much as it was to Gillespie knowing how to campaign, and that a lot of Democrats stayed home. They can’t afford to stay home this November.

Gillespie is not running away from Donald Trump, but he’s also not campaigning as a Trump guy. While Mike Pence has campaigned for him, you won’t see Trump in Virginia before election day. While he’s talking about the economy and promising tax cuts, his commercials have mostly been about the dangers of brown people in Virginia. He’s running a campaign based on fear and hate. That tactic has never failed to pull Republicans to the polls.

He’s railing against immigration and scaring people on the threat of MS-13, which is active in Northern Virginia but will probably scare well in Caroline County. He’s also running against sanctuary cities and claiming Northam is in favor of them, despite the fact there are no sanctuary cities in Virginia. That threat is about as real as the war on Christmas. But, boogie men scare Republicans.

While the suburbs of D.C. in Northern Virginia, Richmond, Hampton Roads, Norfolk, Roanoke, and my town of Fredericksburg will vote blue, the rural areas can push Gillespie over the top if Democrats stay home. They can’t take this race for granted. At this time, Gillespie has overcome a 13-point deficit to lead Northam by one point.

Though Gillespie may be silent on Trump, you can be sure Cheeto-in-Chief will claim a victory here as his own and say it’s a referendum. Do you really want to hear him and his sycophants crow about taking a state that voted for Hillary Clinton? I don’t.

Gillespie has been a political operative for George W. Bush and Mitt Romney. Most of his experience has been as a lobbyist. His clients have included Anthem, AT&T, Bank of America, Microsoft (each company having state contracts in Virginia), and Enron. While Enron was defrauding employees and shareholders billions in pensions and stock prices, the company gave Gillespie’s lobbying firm over a million dollars to lobby the Department of Energy and the president to resist efforts to re-regulate the western electricity market during the California Electricity Crisis.

Gillespie has made millions from lobbying. He’ll work on issues that favor those corporations if he wins the governorship. You can bet after he’s governor that he’ll resume lobbying and collect money from those firms. His interests are not our interests, unless you’re really excited about helping this millionaire become a billionaire.

Gillespie’s interests have always been with big corporations, even those who commit fraud. What would make anyone think he cares about the poor or middle class?

We can’t give Donald Trump another ally who wants to erase democracy and install fascism. We can’t award a man for running a campaign based on hate and fear. You can’t stay home.

You need to get out and vote on November 7, and show Trump and his sycophants that Virginia says no to his agenda, racism, nationalism, and fascism. We need to tell Trump Virginia is for lovers and not the haters.

Creative note: Yeah, I was gonna take Saturday night off. But, I’ve been wanting to cover the race in Virginia. I probably will again before election day. I have finished up earlier than usual tonight, and I still plan to watch a movie and eat some ice cream. There’s also an unopened can of Pringles calling my name. Since I am more than one day ahead with cartoons, I’m definitely taking off next Saturday. Probably.

I want to thank everyone who has donated in the past. Your support helps me continue creating cartoons and columns with a little less stress in my life. Between competing syndicates with much larger resources, timid editors, and Trump supporters who attempt to intimidate the editors who do publish anything that criticizes their idol, it’s a challenge to make a career out of this. So your support (if you can) is appreciated. Want to help me continue to create cartoons and keep doing what I’m doing (pissing off conservatives)? Look to the right of this page and make a donation through PayPal. Every $40 donation will receive a signed print. All donations will receive my eternal gratitude.