The political comeback of Virginia … Will Biden accept Xi’s Winter Olympics invitation? … New York, Miami and the rise of “crypto cities” … Chris Christie 2024? … the twilight of the blue-collar Democrat.
- These are the trends you should be looking out for.
WHAT WE’RE READING
- It’s not just Glenn Youngkin, Julia Manchester argues in The Hill: The Old Dominion is poised to be the state to watch in 2022. “Virginia is emerging as ground zero in next year’s battle for the House majority, with three Democrats — more than a quarter of its delegation — facing sharp headwinds in their reelection bids,” Manchester writes. “As it stands Democratic Reps. Elaine Luria, Abigail Spanberger and Jennifer Wexton, representing the state’s 2nd, 7th and 10th congressional districts, respectively, are in tough races.” READ HERE.
- Chinese President Xi Jinping, fresh off cementing Chairman Mao status this week, is poised to invite President Joe Biden to the Winter Olympics in Beijing, Kayla Tausche reports at CNBC. “The invitation would serve as a challenge to Biden to decline, and put the relationship on ice; or accept, and contradict his administration’s own messaging on democracy and human rights,” Tausche writes. Such effrontery could escalate the endgame on Taiwan. READ HERE.
- New York, Miami and others are competing to be “crypto cities,” Dror Poleg writes in The Information: “The rising mayor of New York has crypto on his mind. Barely a day after his election last week, Eric Adams tweeted, ‘In New York we always go big, so I’m going to take my first THREE paychecks in Bitcoin.'” READ HERE.
- Chris Christie, a former New Jersey governor and Trump ally, clearly sees an opening for president, Meridith McGraw and Marc Caputo observe in Politico. “He’s traveling the country, saying what he learned and saying he’s not afraid of Donald Trump. That sets him out in a different lane from anyone else who might run for president in the party,” veteran Republican strategist Scott Reed tells the reporters. READ HERE.
- Blue-collar Democrats are trending further Republican, reports Charles McElwee in City Journal: “Following the Democratic Party’s widespread losses in last week’s election, President Joe Biden declared that passage of the infrastructure bill in the House of Representatives ‘is a blue-collar blueprint to rebuild America.’ Though polling indicates that Americans support that bill—not the costly and expansive ‘Build Back Better’ act — voters admonished Biden and his party’s economic stewardship in down-ballot races.” READ HERE.