For the last year, conservatives have spent their time defending the honor of dead confederates. Meanwhile, progressives have spent the year defending the healthcare of millions of living and breathing Americans. Those two strategies were on display in yesterday’s Virginia gubernatorial race.
Dr. Ralph Northam, the Lt. Governor, campaigned on protecting the Affordable Care Act and expanding Medicaid and Republican Ed Gillespie ran a campaign focused on defending statues of dead men.
In the end, Northam won by a large margin. As Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette begins his campaign, he should pay attention to the message voters sent last night. A man who has spent his career fighting to take healthcare away from children and families while defending corporations will have a tough time explaining his career to voters.