Oh wait — that’s just what you would assume if you consumed media coverage of the Virginia election. In fact, Republicans plan to do all the extremely unpopular stuff you would be called a hysterical ninny for pointing out Republicans would do:
With hundreds of bills already filed, Republicans were clearly hoping to roll back much of what Democrats muscled through in the past two years, looking well beyond the “kitchen-table” issues that Youngkin and incoming House Speaker Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) have called priorities.
Among the GOP bills are those to: prohibit local governments from banning guns from parks and government buildings; cancel a minimum wage hike — from $11 an hour to $12 — that’s scheduled to take effect next year; require women seeking an abortion to sign a written consent; require voters to show photo ID at the polls; cut the early-voting period from 45 days to 14 days; and repeal a state law requiring local school boards to follow the state’s lead on transgender-rights policies.
But he wore a fleece! Surely he was just a sensible moderate who just doesn’t want the public schools to teach people that all white people are evil.
The political media rule that the greatest act of incivility in American politics is to accurately describe a Republican’s policy preferences is such a huge advantage for the GOP.