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The Youngkin Mind Flu

Like the Tim Scott crush over the summer, the Glenn Youngkin idea is mostly being peddled by rich country clubbers in the Republican donor set.
Like the Tim Scott crush over the summer, the Glenn Youngkin idea is mostly being peddled by rich country clubbers in the Republican donor set. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Peter Hamby
October 2, 2023

At times in recent months, I’ve felt like Puck’s resident political curmudgeon, crankily swatting down buzzy takes that are just completely detached from reality. The idea that Ron DeSantis is the new John McCain. The notion, peddled by some Republican donors, that Tim Scott is the man to beat Donald Trump. Or the hilarious idea that Joe Biden might dump Kamala Harris from the 2024 ticket to help his re-election chances.

A few of my pals in politics—Tim Miller and Jonathan Martin, I’m looking at you—take special pleasure in watching me get so riled up by bad political journalism, or whatever clickbait passes for journalism these days. Well, fellas, here I go again, because it’s time to put an end to another ridiculous piece of gossip that just won’t go away: The idea that Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin will mount a last-minute, white-knight bid for the Republican presidential nomination, sidelining Trump once and for all.