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Echo­ing the na­tion­al­ist-na­tivist rhetoric of Trump, the GOP gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­date, a hereto­fore es­tab­lish­ment Wash­ing­ton Repub­li­can, man­aged to de­liver 80 per­cent of the one-third of

the Vir­ginia elec­torate that is Latino, Asian or AfricanAmer­i­can to his Demo­cratic op­po­nent, who car­ried Vir­ginia by a mar­gin more than two times larger than Pres­i­dent Obama’s 2012 mar­gin.

Hav­ing, by overt hos­til­ity, alien­ated Vir­ginia’s mi­nor­ity vot­ers, the GOP

nom­i­nee needed to win 67 per­cent of the white vote to pre­vail; he came up 10 points short.

The early re­turns of 2018 can al­ready be seen in the flurry of re­tire­ment an­nounce­ments from Repub­li­can House mem­bers. In its day-to-day op­er­a­tion, the U.S. House is re­lent­lessly un­demo­cratic. The ma­jor­ity party runs ev­ery­thing, in­clud­ing all the com­mit­tees, the sched­ule of what bills ever see the light of day and all the rules. Be­ing in the House mi­nor­ity is not fun. The re­tire­ment of GOP House mem­bers in­di­cates

their wide­spread, mostly whis­pered, belief that in next Novem­ber’s midterms, when Trump’s fa­vor­able job rat­ing will al­most cer­tainly be closer to Bush’s low point than ei­ther Obama’s or Clin­ton’s, Re­pub­li­cans will take a past­ing and the Democrats will win back the

House ma­jor­ity they lost to the tea party-en­er­gized GOP in 2010. His­tory gives us this pre­view.

To find out more about Mark Shields and read his past col­umns, visit the Cre­ators Syn­di­cate web­page at www.cre­ators.com.

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