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The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin’s predictions on Virginia’s 2021 elections have aged rather poorly. Starting with her contention that neoconservative commentator Bill Kristol’s endorsement of Terry McAuliffe was a game changer.

I mean, who could’ve ever guessed that it wasn’t.

Fox News reports:

Rubin, who has become known for her heel turn boosting Democrats after once harboring conservative views, wrote in September that Kristol’s backing of McAuliffe would be “big. Trust me.” Kristol is the editor of the anti-Trump site The Bulwark and one of the modern Republican Party’s sharpest critics.

Earlier in September, Rubin praised McAuliffe for “running a tightly messaged, error-free race on his center-left, pro-business vision for Virginia” and painting Youngkin as “a MAGA acolyte, a purveyor of the “big lie” the 2020 election was stolen, and a reactionary on guns, Medicaid expansion and abortion who threatens the state’s progress.”

“McAuliffe is not merely helping himself. He’s showing how every Democratic gubernatorial candidate in 2022 can win: Expose the extremism of the GOP, which is now mainstream doctrine in their party,” she wrote.

“For showing Democrats how to turn every race into a referendum on Republican radicalism, we can say, well done, Mr. McAuliffe,” she added.