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EDITORIAL: With a loud statement, Loudoun rebukes the ugly rhetoric of politics

Civility was the secret sauce in the race for Virginia governor.

Three weeks ago, we conducted conversations with the two candidates, conversations we framed as civil.

Tuesday, the candidate who conducted a civil campaign was elected.

Ralph Northam’s victory is a triumph of civility in an uncivil moment, of grace in the face of political ugliness, and of American character in the time of Trump.

We don’t want to minimize the differences in approaches to the issues from Northam and his opponent Ed Gillespie, but we believe a majority of northern Virginians voted for Northam for his display of civility in a political campaign that made most citizens want to turn off their television sets.

We asked Gillespie about those ads during our conversations. He defended them vigorously. Rather than distancing himself from an unpopular president in Virginia, Gillespie mimicked Trump’s repulsive rhetoric and nasty tactics. We were surprised that Gillespie ditched his reputation as a traditional and fair-minded conservative only to adopt the divisive Trump campaign playbook. It didn’t play in Loudoun County, which voted decisively for Northam.

The president responded by rubbing salt in Gillespie’s wound: “Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for,” he tweeted.

Northam’s decisive victory in Tuesday’s election is a stinging and welcome rebuke to President Trump. The outcome of this election brings renewed hope to the Virginia Way, an imperiled idea that stands as a better example of American democracy.

Northam’s personal graciousness and his inclusive, no-drama approach to governing provide a reassuring antidote to the toxic fumes of Trump-era politics. Northam has offered substantive proposals to make progress in health care, the economy and the environment. We applaud Gillespie, too, for his pledge to work with the next governor in the interests of Virginia.

“The doctor is in,” the pediatrician governor-elect announced at his victory party.

It’s a time to heal. We begin with a civil action, our vote.

Comments


Yeah, right.  Protecting American jobs, borders and citizens is hate speech/uncivil.  Our country is doomed with you libs running it into the ground. This editorial is more liberal grandstanding that praises their guy.  The editors don’t even try and hide their bias…..


Danica Roem for Governor 2021!!!!


“By the numbers I saw, the Republicans had a hard time getting out their base”


Gillespie got more votes than any Republican gubernatorial candidate in Virginia’s history and he still got beaten like a tom-tom drum.


@Letfreedomding and 2OReallyLoudoun,  obviously were not in Charlottesville in August, September and October, or maybe they were, when all those Gillespie and Trump supporters were expressing their views. Democrats need to keep hitting the Republicans hard on their racism, xenophobia, homophobia and commonsencephobia because that is about all that holds that crowd together.  That ad was one of the best ever.  There will be more to come no doubt.


Loudoun voted Democrat in the presidential election also, Didn’t stop Trump from being President. You dems have 3 more years of cringeworthy tweets ahead of you.


Yeah right, where was this headline when America voted to elect Trump and all the 1000+ legislatures that lost since Obama was elected.  No bias here


Sanctuary cities are used as safe havens by gangs like MS3. Facts and reality are hard for democrats huh.


When Ralph Northam refused to shake the hand of his opponent E.W. Jackson in the last election how civil was he?

This editorial is more liberal grandstanding that praises their candidate while poking at the competition.


A recent AP article that ran in the LTM on November 4, 2017 noted that both candidates were down in the mud, and further highlighted that the Democrats hold a major of the Virginia House and that three (3) of the last (4) Governors have been Democrats.  So, I’m not sure where the rejection occurred considering the somewhat expected outcome.


As usual with politics, you hold your nose and vote. Most are corrupt and can’t be trusted. Most are in it because of their egos. They might come in saying they want to help but once in, they’re no better then criminals who rob/steal.


Civility? You must have been watching another set of political parties, as the Northam/Gillespie one was one of rancor and ugly ads against one another of which I found abhorent.


Have you considered that Northam is so dumb he knew his best hope was to keep his mouth shut? Not that Gillespie is any better. Which national newspaper commented on the two being “low octane” candidates?
That was pretty close to a bulls eye.


I have to agree with LetFreedomRing.  I did not see civility in this election by any candidate on either side.  You don’t win elections anymore by telling citizens what you can do, you have to show why your opponent is a worse decision than you.  And this certainly wasn’t a “rebuke” of Trump; if you didn’t notice the state has been “blue” the past 8 years.  By the numbers I saw, the Republicans had a hard time getting out their base; had they done so we would have had a different outcome.  For the longest time Virginia has been a conservative farming state but with the growth of No. Va you have a lot of “non” Virginian transplants that are infusing a different mindset into the state.  Just look at Loudoun County; you have a bunch of suburbanites moving in pushing out families that have lived here for generations because they don’t want the smells and noises from these farms.  Honestly it’s pretty sad and one driving reason I will leave the area as soon as I can.


Civility? I’ve never seen a more racist political ad than the one funded by the Latino Victory Fund and passively endorsed by Ralph Norrham. Please don’t try to tell us that Racist Ralph “conducted a civil campaign” because that’s a total lie.


To the Times Mirror staff…I still want to know why you didn’t have any conversations with the third candidate?

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