In Thursday's Wall Street Journal, Karl Rove took on the highest-profile elections to be held on Tuesday. Calling the gubernatorial race in Virginia "more significant" than others, he points out that if the GOP wins big in Virginia (perhaps taking the races for lieutenant governor and attorney general as well) "it will strengthen the case of those predicting a GOP 'wave' in 2010." More generally, he argues that "Tuesday's election will provide the most tangible evidence so far of how strong a backlash is building--and just how frightened centrist Democrats should be of 2010. For Republicans, it looks as if hope and change are on the way."
Is Rove right? A few were quick to dismiss his partisan glory-prophesying, but some support for his predictions may be found in other quarters. Here's the lay of the land:
- Right On, Rove Jennifer Rubin of conservative Commentary magazine backs Rove and what will likely be conventional Republican wisdom in the case of big wins. "Democrats are bound and determined to foist an agenda through Congress," she writes, "that lacks public support, and indeed flies in the face of their concerns about the growth of government, looming debt, and the prospect of unemployment at unprecedented levels." In the Virginia election, among others, "voters will give some hints next week as to how they feel about all that."