UPDATED 10:20 AM PT – Monday, November 8, 2021
Republicans are feeling emboldened going into 2022 after storming their way to victory with upsets in last week’s elections, starting in Virginia. Republicans dominated races across the country, from picking up the governor of Virginia to the city of Seattle’s attorney’s office.
Wisconsin congressional candidate Derrick Van Orden predicted the electoral prospects for Democrats have narrowed out of existence.
“People are absolutely angry,” he said. “They want to be able to have a say in their child’s education. They want to be able to have a say in whether or not they want the government is able to force them through mandates to do things they don’t want to do. That was a referendum on the failed big government, socialist policies of the Biden-Harris administration.”
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) is also feeling optimistic about Republican chances next November. A major Democrat donor group recently announced they won’t be focusing on taking his seat, placing the focus on what they see as better pick-up opportunities in Massachusetts and Maryland.
DeSantis is buoyed by the results in Virginia and the subsequent Democrat abandonment in his state. He announced he’d be implementing even more measures to protect Florida’s election systems, eyeing an opposite approach taken by Joe Biden’s administration.
House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy says Republicans will soon release a "parents' bill of rights" focused on education across the country: "You have a right to know what's being taught in school. You have a right to participate." https://t.co/4cFovqDbt9 pic.twitter.com/EZP1fuumfd
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 3, 2021
Most emboldened by the results nationwide is GOP House Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). In Virginia, parental rights took over the debate and pushed Republican Glenn Youngkin over the line. Upon noticeable support, McCarthy announced his caucus would introduce a Parents’ Bill of Rights.
“We make this promise to you, we will soon unveil a Parents’ Bill of Rights. It doesn’t matter your wealth, the color of your skin, once you have a child, it is no longer what you become, it is now what opportunities your children will have,” said McCarthy. “You have the right to know what is being taught in school.”
As for Democrat chances in the midterms, McCarthy has predicted a bigger landslide than most Republicans could even dream of. He believes voters are so enraged at Democrat policies that seats in districts Biden won by as much as 16 points, could become battlegrounds.
“If you’re a Democrat and President Biden won your seat by 16 points, you’re in a competitive race next year. You are no longer safe, ” he noted. “It’s no longer will the competition of competitive seats be small. It will be more than 70 Democrats that will be competitive.”
Republicans need only five seats to elect McCarthy as House speaker following the midterms. Of the seats Democrats barely held onto in 2020 that Republicans are setting their sights on, several are in Virginia and New Jersey, where Biden won big statewide. However, Democrats underperformed him by over 10 points this year.