For GOP, the Perils of 'Trumpism Without Trump'
Democrats have a great night in Virginia and elsewhere
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2017 10:05 AM CST

  • Eyes on the House: Tuesday's "really good night" for Democrats from coast to coast was actually in line with how things should have played out given Trump's low approval rating of 38%, writes Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight.com. So will Democrats take the House next year? "I'd say they're favorites, but not particularly heavy ones."
  • Not a true Trumpian? Coverage in Breitbart under Steve Bannon refers to Gillespie as an "establishment Republican tactician" who is "milquetoast and uninspiring." And a headline calls him a "Republican swamp thing." Gillespie took up the cause of immigration only when down in the polls and rebuffed Bannon's invitations of help, according to the story.
  • Trumpism, sans Trump: Gillespie embraced Trumpism by delving into the culture wars, a tactic that improved his standing in the polls but ultimately wasn't enough. "It's impossible to know what would have worked best: embracing Trump even more, or running a more moderate and less inflammatory campaign," writes Daniel Bush at PBS. "But one thing is clear: Gillespie's attempt to split the difference failed." A New York Times analysis by Michael Tackett has a similar take, with a headline of "Trumpism Without Trump: A Losing Formula in Swing-State Virginia."

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