September 30, 2022

Virginia's governor Youngkin is the absolute worst kind of Romney-esque wet slime. He seems inoffensive to the average Republican voter, but is a dangerously ambitious chameleon based on nothing but his own marketability. Remember how he ran as a moderate who "just wanted parents to have a voice"? Then he established a "snitch line" to report teachers for, you know, teaching actual history. Oh, and he's trying to run government like a business, nominating incompetent rubber stamps to his cabinet positions. Last week, he announced he would withdraw Virginia from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, an 11-state carbon emission reduction program. Talk about timing! Via the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Did Gov. Glenn Youngkin just take himself out of the running for the White House in 2024?

Youngkin, a rising GOP political star who’s been campaigning for Republicans around the country, appeared to tell a television host on Wednesday that he is committed to serving his full four-year term as governor, which would take him out of the running for the next presidential race.

Asked by CNBC host Ylan Mui whether he would serve the full four years of his gubernatorial term, Youngkin answered “yes” because he needs time to carry out the political agenda in Virginia on which voters elected him last year in a state that bars governors from serving consecutive terms.

Ha ha! Who was dumb enough to believe him? Here come the weasel words:

A Youngkin aide said later that the governor wasn’t making a definitive commitment to serve his full term but was repeating his previous statements that he is putting his gubernatorial duties first.

“He’s focused on Virginia and delivering his agenda,” spokesperson Macaulay Porter said Wednesday. “He’s focused on 2022, and he’s remained consistent in his answers.”

He's exactly the kind of Republican the media likes to anoint. Don't let them.

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