By and large, the Dems responded to their victories in last year with the arrogance of, "well, now that the grownups are back in charge, hopefully for all time hereafter, you can get a good start on doing as you're told."
Then their brains divided by zero when they started being told to go fuck themselves. Sometimes with illustrated directions.
In a normal year, having a progressive wing champing at the bit to start making these peasants do what's good for them fighting a moderate wing that points out there might in fact be a baby somewhere in all this bathwater would be a less than efficient setup.
In a pandemic, it's only showing up worse.
Blaming Trump, which occasionally is even correct, becomes less effective with every day he's been muzzled by both traditional and social media outlets.
But the real screwup of the pandemic has been the effect on schools. All schools everywhere, not just Virginia. Gaining no additional funding (and when they did, it was months late and thousands short) but plenty of new rules to follow, administrators gave the marching orders of the day no matter how nonsensical while teachers overclocked themselves, all too often out of the profession.
On top of that, lockdowns meant that parents were there and actively watching, seeing the system bungling and their kids being left with the short end of the stick.
Doubling down, parents were just as divided as the rest of the country. So no matter what a given school did, at least a third of the parents were going to be pissed off about it.
About the only winner in the entire mess was homeschooling, which had a spike in popularity for predictable reasons.
And it's in this mess that the Virginia elections kicked in.
Younkin being helped by the fact that he was the only one willing to talk to Trumpers without having to actually interact with Trump himself.
Meanwhile, the progressives doubled down on their patronizing dismissal of anyone who didn't follow their party line. Not the brightest move to make in a state where over a third of voters are still independent.
But more than anything else, it was the Loudoun county incident that cinched it.
Every single revelation just looked worse.
The district tried to cover up a sexual assault in their school.
Then tried to spin it as a transgender bathroom issue.
Then in June, the angry father of the victim confronted a school board meeting only to be beaten bloody, cuffed, and charged with obstruction of justice.
Then Garland decides to call the father a domestic terrorist.
It put the complete authoritarian attitude of the progressives in sharp focus:
Dare defy us, and we will make your life a hell, declare you the aggressor; all of our violence against you justified and all of your violence against us condemned, and walk away from your misery with a clean conscience.
Ever since June, the Dems made it abundantly clear what the future with them in power looked like.
And they thought the one in three Virginia voters who consider themselves independents was cool with that.
And that is why the election played out the way it did.
Today the progressives are STILL not getting the point.
If they keep going like that, watch 2022 double down on this across the country.
Take care of yourselves out there.