This article is adapted from Joe Concha's video commentary.
What do you get when you say the name Donald Trump 24 times?
It’s all the Democratic Party has at this point: Donald J. Trump. Exhibit A came this week when President Biden hopped across the river to Arlington, Virginia where he campaigned for an increasingly desperate McAuliffe.
I repeat: Biden said Trump's name 24 times.
No surprise there. The party certainly has nothing positive to run on. Inflation? Worker shortages? Supply Chain crisis? Rising crime? Don't make me laugh. Afghanistan? Where's that?
But siding with teachers unions over parents? Democrats own that.
The main question is: Has Biden made life better for those living in the Commonwealth? According to USA Today/Suffolk University, the president is at 41% approval in Virginia, a state he won in 2020 by more than 10 points.
In a related story, 66% of residents in Virginia say the country is on the wrong track. Virginia’s governor’s race has long been a national bellwether. And desperate times call for desperate measures for McAuliffe, who is now playing the fear game when it comes to COVID and kids. McAuliffe said more than 1,100 children had been hospitalized with COVID in Virginia alone. He was only off by more than 1000.
The Washington Post awarded him four Pinocchios, its worst possible score. There is no fifth Pinocchio.
That's why McAuliffe is in such trouble right now in a state he should – on paper, anyway – be cruising in.
If Democrats lose here, say goodnight to anything resembling the Biden agenda or a Democratic majority on Capitol Hill.