As Virginia Democrats have run the table in every statewide election since 2009, Republican gubernatorial aspirants have reverted to the same failed three-step playbook:

Declare the state’s economy is in a tailspin.Promise to jump-start it by drastically slashing taxes, while insisting no harm would result to critical state services.Pledge to shrink public spending by eliminating unidentified waste, fraud and abuse.

Now comes Glenn Youngkin, Virginia’s current Republican gubernatorial nominee — a slicker, wealthier version of past GOP hopefuls who poses as a new kind of candidate while peddling much the same nonsense.

Mr. Youngkin, who made a fortune in private equity, says Virginia’s economy

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