Governor was the most positive of all the politicians, local reporters, and members of Nansemond River High School’s marching band, who gathered before the new Amazon Robotics Fulfillment Center. Glenn Youngkin.
He exclaimed, “Oh my goodness, how much fun this!” and praised “the coolest robotics you have ever seen.” He also threw a “Hi Glenn Youngkin!” to almost every Amazon employee that he encountered.
After touring the center for a few minutes, the governor left. He was back on Fox News minutes later lamenting the suffering of voters under Democratic governance. “They’re tired and frustrated with the chaos,” Mr. Youngkin stated, blaming Democrats, for rampant inflation, poor schools performance, and urban crime.
He was then back in the Amazon lobby as bright as ever.
This is the kind of choreography Mr. Youngkin has been doing in his first year as Republican governor in a state Joe Biden won in 2020. He speaks of “kitchen-table worries” and “commonsense”, claiming that he has received teacher and police raises, increased funding for school construction and business recruitment, and $4 billion in tax reductions.
However, the Youngkin portfolio includes banning “divisive concepts” in schools and proposing policies requiring transgender student to have parental permission. The Youngkin portfolio also aims to withdraw from a multistate agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The dance seems to be working so far. His approval ratings are slightly higher than the average for recent Virginia governors at this stage in their tenure, which is about 50 percent. It gets worse from there, especially considering Mr. Youngkin’s efforts to build his positive brand with a national Republican electorate who likes its politicians openly pugnacious.
“If Republicans somehow destroy this amazingly positive environment, and it’s still Democratically controlled Senate,” then Gov. Youngkin has an excellent opportunity to say, “See, it doesn’t have to look like this,”” Tucker Martin, a Republican consultant from Richmond, said. However, “common sense,” if the most extreme far-right candidates win the election, could be less persuasive.