Anyone who has ever lived in northern Virginia is not surprised by the results of last Tuesday's election: a Democrat beat a Republican. This should not be a shock to anybody.
I used to live in northern Virginia (3 years in Manassas, VA, in Prince William County). This area is lousy with swamp dwellers. Everybody in the counties surrounding Washington DC works for the government. Well, just about everybody. In my humble suburban housing development, there were about 50 single family homes. Of those 50, maybe ten of those homes were supported by someone who worked in the private sector. The other 40 were supported by government paychecks: federal administrators, lobbyists, various federal departments such as defense, HUD, SEC, etc. I knew all of these people, and they were not all raging liberals, though many were.
These people were just what we now call 'deep state' or 'swamp' dwellers. They watched administrations come and go, and remained employed by the U.S. government, regardless of their party affiliations.
They simply vote in their best interests. And along comes Donald Trump, an outsider who vows to drain their beloved swamp. Guess who they are NOT going to vote for? You got it. Anybody with any ties to The Donald, even though Ed Gillespie was more akin to them than to The Donald. Didn't matter: he had a 'R' behind his name. That was all the swamp dwellers needed to know.
The math here ain't hard, folks. Northern Virginia is home to the swamp dwellers when they go home at night. The counties surrounding DC such as Fairfax, Loudon, Prince William and Arlington all house the swamp people, the Deep Staters.
This was not a referendum on Donald Trump's agenda, as the mainstream media all insist was what happened. This election was about these swamp people keeping their jobs. Nothing more. Most of the downstate folk are split between conservatives and liberals, and they could go either way. But Northern Virginia will always vote their paychecks.
And The Donald has vowed to cut the fat, and that's what Northern Virginia is all about - getting fat off the federal government. They don't want to be drained.
Nothing more to it than that. I know, because I saw this with my own eyes.
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