Posted on | April 19, 2017 | 1 Comment
Jon Ossoff fell short of 50% in Tuesday’s special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, and in June will face Karen Handel in a runoff to fill the seat vacated by Tom Price, who was appointed as President Trump’s Secretary of Health and Human Services. Ossoff failed despite the fact that Democrats had poured $8 million into his campaign in hope of taking advantage of anti-Trump backlash in a low-turnout election, where nearly a dozen Republican candidates were contending in the so-called “jungle primary.” So despite the spin from the liberal media (CNN calls it a “wake-up call” for Republicans), this was another disappointing loss for Democrats, and if the GOP unites behind Handel, it’s likely that the June runoff will end Ossoff’s congressional hopes.
Handel has a reputation as a moderate “establishment” Republican, but that’s Georgia, where Johnny Isaacson was considered a moderate until he was elected to the Senate and emerged as one of the most conservative members of the GOP caucus. Georgia is still a very conservative state and, no matter how “energized” Democrats are by their opposition to Trump, if they’re looking to Georgia for their future, they’re doomed.
Insofar as the GA-6 special election was a “wake-up call” for anyone, it’s Democrats who need to answer the phone. During the Obama era, the Democrat Party lost touch with mainstream America:
Unnoticed by their liberal leaders in Washington, Democrats have suffered what one embattled legislator called a “catastrophic” decline in their influence at the state level. “Since 2008, Republicans have taken nine hundred legislative districts from Democrats, securing control not just in the South, where many voters oppose President Obama, but in such diverse locales as Michigan and Maine,” Tennessee state Rep. Mike Stewart wrote [in December] in a column for the Hill. Republicans now control both legislative chambers in 32 states, and 33 states have Republican governors. This erosion of the Democratic Party’s political base may in large measure explain why the Clinton campaign was stunned by Trump’s victory in states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, which had incorrectly been assumed to be “safe” for Democrats.
Because they have the liberal media constantly telling them that they are “on the right side of history,” Democrats are able to ignore the reality of their own failures, and even interpret their defeats as victories. Now we can expect them to spend millions more in their effort to elect Jon Ossoff to Congress, and what will they do if they fail again?