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Poll: What Should Ralph Northam’s Approach Be as Governor? [FINAL RESULTS]

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Click on the image, below, to view final results (with 205 votes) from Blue Virginia’s online, unscientific poll of what readers want Ralph Northam’s approach to be as governor of Virginia. The winners: 1) Northam should push a progressive and enviro agenda HARD – period (34.15%); 2) Northam should focus on accomplishing 1 or 2 main goals, like Medicaid expansion (25.85%); 3) Northam should aggressively try to set up Dems for victories in 2019 (22.44%); 4) Northam should work closely with the GOP, govern in a bipartisan/”centrist” manner (13.66%). Personally, I voted for #3, but I also think #2 would be smart, and I’m all for pushing progressive and environmental policies. Perhaps the most interesting result from this poll, IMHO, is that very few people voted for the “work closely with the GOP”/”bipartisan” option.  That one doesn’t seem to be too popular – for good reason – among the Democratic base these days, given how Republicans treated Barack Obama, how Donald Trump/Paul Ryan/Mitch McConnell are behaving, etc. Anyway, we’ll see what Ralph Northam decides to do, but my guess is a combo of #4 and #2. Stay tuned…

  • Jim Portugul

    Northham should have taken his phone from his pocket back in November. He then should have opened “contacts” and removed Domion’s James Beamer and Thomas Farrell ll from his contacts list. I voted for Gov. Northam in hopes he would not jump into bed with the power company. Looks like Ralph may not care where he sleeps these days….Still, better than a trumpet.

  • Perseus1986

    Those voting for the hard progressive option don’t realize that Northam wouldn’t have a leg to stand on with that approach. Despite impressive gains last election in a gerrymandered/rigged electoral map, his party is still a minority in both houses. That approach will make it easy for the GOP to unify against him and stonewall all of his initiatives, and successfully erode the Dems’ hard fought wins in ’19 in an election that will almost inevitably have a lower turnout with no top ticket statewide races. Instead, he would do best to push popular initiatives that appeal across Virginia, like the Medicaid expansion, for he knows that several GOP delegates hung on by the skin of their teeth and would have to collaborate on popular initiatives in order to survive.

    • Personally, given the fact that Republicans control both the House and Senate, I lean towards “Northam should aggressively try to set up Dems for victories in 2019” 🙂

      • Perseus1986

        Right, I think option 2 and option 5 can mutually support each other. Push broadly popular legislation (eg. Medicaid), then if the GOP takes a stonewalling approach to prevent Northam any victory just because (a la McConnell’s approach to Obama from 09 on), that can be used as ammunition in ’19 races to motivate voters to, stealing from Truman, kick out a “do nothing, good for nothing” legislature.

    • Kindler

      Sorry, but for me, this gets to the issue that Repubs better understand bargaining strategy than Dem. You clarify your core values and what you really care about and push hard for them. You can bet the other side will do the same, and then, after the bottom lines are established, you see where common ground and potential compromise are possible and make sense.

      Dems have a terrible habitat of backing down, or halfway down, before the game has even started. That’s why we so often get, not even half a loaf, but just a few lousy slices of moldy bread so much of the time.

      • Perseus1986

        I don’t think a Medicaid expansion would be considered moldy bread for the 400k Virginians it would cover.

        • Kindler

          I agree. This gets to the vaguery of what a “hard, progressive option” really means.

          • The question wasn’t “hard, progressive,” it was to push hard FOR progressive policies. Big difference.

  • Another Scott

    I voted “set up Dems for victory”. With only 4 years in office (something that should be changed – though not necessarily with him serving more than 1 term), the best he can do is lay a strong foundation for the HoD and Senate to have Democrats in control. Without the Legislature, he can only do so much.

    Of course, Ralph (apparently) isn’t predisposed to fight for his party and will try to be “bi-partisan”, so flipping of the legislature may be delayed. (But maybe the anti-Trump national and Virginia wave will help him see the light and he’ll surprise me.)

    (Now to read the other comments.)

    Cheers,
    Scott.