Robert Knight

On Jan. 23, the FBI announced an indictment of Dinesh D’Souza, maker of the hit documentary 2016: Obama’s America, in what appears to be a Hugo Chavez-style payback.

Mr. D’Souza is accused of making illegal campaign contributions to a New York U.S. Senate candidate. Also in New York, conservative activist James O’Keefe reports that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration, of which he has been critical, is targeting his Project Veritas group with subpoenas.

In Hollywood, Fox News is reporting that the IRS has targeted a conservative group, Friends of Abe, whose members stay anonymous because of liberal blacklisting. Texas tea party leader Catherine Engelbrecht, her husband and their company have been subjected to 28 audits, investigations and inquiries from the IRS and other federal agencies since she founded True the Vote.

If these developments and the Obamacare train wreck are still not enough to convince you that elections have consequences, consider the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Last November, thanks to a massive blitz of negative TV, radio and Internet ads, an underfunded and lukewarm GOP effort, plus an impressive ground game turning out their base, the Democratic Party took all three statewide offices – governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.

It didn’t hurt that the federal partial shutdown heavily affected vote-rich northern Virginia, or that Republican Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (who was indicted last week) was under a cloud for allegedly accepting illegal gifts. Or that a Texas billionaire Obama supporter helped secure ballot placement for libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis, who drew 7 percent of the vote. Republican Kenneth T. Cuccinelli still lost by only 2 percent, nearly closing a double-digit gap as he belatedly hammered Obamacare.

But that’s water under the bridge. Within days of being sworn in, Gov. Terry R. McAuliffe threatened to ignore the GOP-dominated House of Delegates and expand Obamacare by offering Medicaid to 400,000 more recipients without required legislation. To Democrats, “reaching across the aisle” means getting close enough to slap their opponents silly. The recipients always manage to look surprised.

In a similar spirit, new Attorney General Mark R. Herring, who the media widely described as a moderate, gave a middle-finger salute last Thursday to the 57 percent of Virginia voters who approved a constitutional marriage amendment in 2006. Remember, people who believe that the law should reflect what marriage has been for thousands of years are the “extremists.”

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.