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

(Newser) – The dust is settled on Tuesday night's election results, and most pundits are declaring them worthy of a big celebration for Democrats. The big win, of course, came in Virginia, where Ralph Northam fended off Ed Gillespie in the governor's race, though there's disagreement on how much that should be read as a rebuke of President Trump. Here's a look at some of the sentiments out there:

  • Fear for the GOP: In the New York Times, Frank Bruni sees the results in Virginia as a clear repudiation of Trump and a sign that "Trump antipathy" is not only real but on the rise. "Just when we needed a sign that his America is not all of America, Virginia came to the rescue and gave us a vivid one," writes Bruni, referring to the president. "And I guarantee you that the Republicans up for re-election in 2018 saw it, shuddered and will spend the next weeks and months trying to figure out just how much trouble their party is in and precisely how to repair it."
  • Hold those predictions: Any pundit who uses Tuesday night's results to predict a Democratic surge in the 2018 election needs to have their credentials checked, writes Mollie Hemingway at the Federalist. Yes, Democrats had a good night, but those 2018 races are just too far away. As for the GOP, the takeaway is clear: Start fulfilling promises on tax reform and ObamaCare.

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