America's dissatisfaction with Democratic rule just 9 months into the Obama presidency will be crystal clear after next week's elections, writes Karl Rove. Republican Attorney General Bob McDonnell looks set to defeat Democrat Creigh Deeds in Virginia's gubernatorial race on the back of anti-Washington, anti-Obama sentiment, Rove notes in the Wall Street Journal. The victory will be a warning to many Democrats that backing Obama's policies isn't a winning strategy, he adds.
Republican Chris Christie also stands a good chance of winning the New Jersey governorship even though Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine has spent much more on his campaign. A GOP in one of America's bluest states will be certain to rattle the Democrats further, Rove writes. Next week's races will be the "most tangible evidence so far of how strong a backlash is building—and just how frightened centrist Democrats should be of 2010," Rove notes. "For Republicans, it looks as if hope and change are on the way." (Read more Karl Rove stories.)