What a guest lineup today!
6:06 AM: Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union joins us to talk about the depressing election results in Virginia and Colorado. (Well, he might not know much about Colorado, but I'll tell him!)
7:06 AM: Mark "Oz" Geist of Benghazi "13 Hours" fame joins the show to talk about Veterans Day, the Marine Corps' birthday, and his own efforts to get more veterans involved in voting (which you can learn more about at https://ourvalues.com/ and in the video at the end of this note.)
9:15 AM: White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway joins us to talk about Republicans' tax reform efforts. We'll try to ask her about a couple of other things as well!
Tuesday's election results in Virginia were a disaster for Republicans with Democrat Ralph Northam crushing Republican Ed Gillespie by 8 percent, far more than the 3 point lead he held in the average of recent polls going into the race. Tuesday's election results in Colorado were a disaster for citizens of our state and show a further leftward drift, and an ongoing inability of conservatives to market themselves in this once-conservative state.
Here in Colorado, the "Elevate Douglas County" slate was clobbered by the union-supported candidates who will destroy school choice progress in the county which is leading the state and in some ways the nation. Douglas County used to be something of a conservative stronghold. It's been drifting less true in recent years and those chickens came home to roost Tuesday.
If I were a Republican running in any Colorado race that isn't quite safe next year, I'd be quite concerned. We'll have to take some time to think about what this means for the governor's race.
And then there was Virginia...
President Trump sent out an interesting tweet on Tuesday night when the Virginia results were in. I think it represents a serious and important misunderstanding of why the election went the way it did.
Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for. Don’t forget, Republicans won 4 out of 4 House seats, and with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2017
President Trump gave a major speech in Seoul, South Korea on Tuesday night (US time...it was Wednesday morning there), warning the North Koreans not to underestimate the US and not to "try us." It was something of a middle ground between his fiery rhetoric of a month ago and his much softer words of the past couple of days.