Bob Jones, in Greenville, South Carolina, is a niche school.Indeed, you may have only heard of it if you’re from a Christian fundamentalist background or follow that subculture closely. Although its discriminatory policies preceded desegregation, historian Randall Balmer has noted that it lost its non-profit status due to President Nixon’s crackdown on so-called “segregation academies.” (Among those segregation academies: Jerry Falwell’s Lynchburg Christian School.) Bob Jones received numerous warnings from the federal government and ignored each of them, but when the IRS finally rescinded its status the religious right reacted with outrage, as Balmer recounts: As Elmer L.With Virginia being treated as a bellwether for 2018, the worry was that Northam’s missteps and milquetoast politics would hand Republicans a major victory heading into the midterms.But Northam is romping to victory once again, handing Democrats a win in this year’s biggest election.
First, the Democratic Party should invest in state races.
That means Republicans aren’t going to run on issues, they’re going to run on white resentment. Last night’s results suggest that a tidal wave is coming for Republicans in 2018.
But that doesn’t mean they’re going to change course, and Virginia’s demographics show why.
But in states without large numbers of college-educated whites, a campaign of the sort Gillespie ran could win.
The congressional GOP’s agenda is enormously unpopular; so is Donald Trump.
It’s embedded deep into the movement’s rhetoric and political priorities.