Winsome Sears is the Dems’ worst nightmare. You may ask why. You may be wondering, who the heck is Winsome Sears. If you’re not familiar with her, don’t worry. You are not alone. I would guess that until a few days ago very few people knew of her. And even fewer were familiar with her remarkable story. But, they know her now. Read on and be edified.
Winsome Sears is the newly elected lieutenant governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is the first woman of color ever to win a statewide election in Virginia. Consequently, she is everything Dems despise and fear. She contradicts and negates their core belief, namely that people of color are born victims. They are victims of a racist society. They are born oppressed and are destined to remain oppressed. Being a black woman and an immigrant she negates the Dems’ “go-to” criticism of any successful GOP politician. They cannot call her a racist, a misogynist, anti-immigrant or a white supremacist. At least not with any credibility. Of course some Dem commentators have tried as you will see below, but all they do is expose themselves as ignorant, biased hypocrites. In my view, many of them, including those that are people of color, are racists, themselves.
In the most recent election most of the attention of the media and the electorate, in general, was focused on the governor’s race and rightly so. Republican Glenn Youngkin won a big upset over the Dem incumbent, Terry McAuliffe. I believe McAuliffe ran a poor campaign. For the most part, he ran on President Biden’s agenda and criticizing Donald Trump, not realizing or, perhaps ignoring, the fact that Biden and his agenda were growing increasingly unpopular. Poor strategy. Even 11th hour appearances of Dem heavyweights such as Biden, Harris and Obama couldn’t save him. The failure of Biden’s Administration cast a pallor over his campaign that could not be overcome. That said, I believe that McAuliffe’s fatal mistake was his support of critical race theory accompanied by his opposing the right of parents to have a say in their children’s education program. Instead, he expressed strong support of the local Boards of Education and the teachers’ union to maintain control of the state’s school curricula.
Despite McAuliffe’s denials it became apparent the schools were teaching critical race theory to young kids. Most parents were horrified and a tug of war developed over who should have control over the school curricula, parents or teachers. Also, many parents were incensed when a boy dressed as a girl entered the girls bathroom in one school and raped a girl, and the school covered it up.
As controversy swirled rather than trying to defuse matters by moderating his position McAuliffe chose to “double down” by proclaiming “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.” To make matters even worse it was later revealed that four of his five children were attending private schools.
On the other hand, Youngkin in addition to the foregoing education/CRT issue, recognized that voters were angry and frustrated with President Biden’s failed and inept policies and results. Thus, the election became a referendum on Biden. As a result, Youngkin’s campaign took off, and in a short period of time a McAuliffe runaway turned into a cliffhanger and then a loss, His strong support of parents’ on the CRT/education issue probably put him over the top. According to exit polls a majority of voters opined that parents should have “a lot” of input into their child’s education curriculum.
Back to Sears. In my opinion, She is a true American success story. She was born into poverty in Kingston, Jamaica on March 11, 1964. When she was six her family emigrated to the US. Her father arrived with only $1.75 in his pocket. The family settled in The Bronx, NY. Rather than bemoaning that he was poor and disadvantaged and using those circumstances as a “crutch” he embraced the American Dream. He believed strongly in education and self sufficiency as means to lift oneself up. He worked at a succession of menial jobs while continuing his education. He passed these attributes on to Winsome. She attended community college, then earned a BA in English with a minor in economics from Old Dominion University and an MA in organizational leadership from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA.
She has had a varied career. She served in the marines. She ran a homeless shelter. She runs a small appliance and plumbing business. She entered politics in 2002 serving in the Virginia House of Delegates. She served on the VA Board of Education and has worked for the Census Bureau and Department of Veterans Affairs. She is married with two children. Many politicians who claim they came from disadvantaged backgrounds and hold themselves out as champions of the downtrodden actually came from privileged backgrounds. Not Sears. As you can see she was truly disadvantaged and yet rose above it. If she were a Democrat she would be being celebrated far and wide.
Sears’ background and accomplishments have not stopped Dem critics. She has already been subjected to criticism from race baiters such as Jamele Hill and Joy Reid. Hill ascribed her victory to ”white supremacy,” which is an inane comment given Sears’ background. Reid also played the race/white supremacy card. These days it seems that that is all the Dems can say. They can’t run on real issues or point to actual accomplishments so they try that. I don’t think too many voters still “buy” it. Sears fired back telling Reid to “get her facts straight” and “invite me on your show” for a “real discussion.” I doubt that will ever happen. Sears also accused Reid of “stoking… soft white nationalism.”
Youngkin’s victory was all the more impressive because he captured 32% of the Hispanic vote and 12% of the Black vote, great results for a Republican. GOP supporters were generally exultant over the win in VA and near-win in NJ. Both have been viewed as deep blue states that Biden won handily just one year ago. The sharp shift is widely seen as a rebuttal of the Biden presidency and a harbinger of the 2022 and 2024 elections. Even news outlets such as CBS news acknowledged that the results could be a “preview” of 2022. House minority leader Kevin McCarthy called it a “wake-up call” for Dems. Voters want them to “abandon the partisanship extremist agenda….. that is costing trillions of dollars and that nobody even wants.” He predicted that some 70 House races will be “competitive” in 2022.
As I write this blog, many of the Dems still appear to be in denial. Rather than acknowledging that the electorate is not in favor of their radical left agenda they are making excuses for the VA and NJ results. They seem to view them as aberrations rather than advance warnings. The leadership is still pushing their radical agenda. Moderate Dems and those up for re-election in 2022 are caught between the proverbial “rock and a hard place.” Do they continue to follow their leadership off a cliff or do they heed the warnings of this week’s elections? I believe that there are many Dem congresspersons who disagree with the administration’s policies but are reluctant to go against their leadership. They are relying on Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema to provide “cover.”
In any event the VA and NJ election results may cause Biden’s signature bills to fail or at least be heavily modified. We shall see. As I write this negotiations are ongoing. If I were a Dem up for re-election in 2022 I would be worried for my political survival, very worried. I would not be surprised if the GOP “flips” both the Senate and the House in 2022 and wins the presidency in 2024.