If You Care about Democracy, You Should Want Glenn Youngkin to Win

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin speaks in McLean, Va., July 14, 2021.
(Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters)
Rewarding stolen-election conspiracy theorist Terry McAuliffe, again, is no way to demonstrate fealty to democratic legitimacy.


here is a certain species of argument going around again (see, for example, this Mona Charen column) that holds that the only way to “save democracy” is to vote party-line Democrat with the goal of installing one-party governance throughout the United States. Charen specifically concludes that she should vote for Terry McAuliffe over Glenn Youngkin for governor of Virginia for reasons having little to do with Youngkin and entirely without reference to the merits of McAuliffe. This is justified mainly by the behavior of Donald Trump, and the fear that Trump will return in 2024. It is, however, an argument

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