Unless you’ve been 200 million miles away on Osiris-Rex, you’re aware Georgia is the center of the political planet for six more weeks.
Despite over a half-billion dollars spent by Democrats in Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas, Republicans held those Senate seats three weeks ago — many by double digits. Media and activist predictions of a “blue wave” didn’t come to fruition.
If Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff win their U.S. Senate runoffs Jan. 5 in Georgia, Chuck Schumer becomes majority leader and a socialist-leaning agenda can be pushed on unwilling Americans; if the venerable Mitch McConnell remains majority leader, Republicans can deter their opponents’ most nefarious aims. Who wants the New York City and San Francisco clerisy — Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi and Schumer — directing the country?
Running against Ossoff, Sen. David Perdue’s recent pitches are strong, exposing the left’s agenda. And it’s a frighteningly transparent one, when explored.
“If Chuck Schumer is Leader Schumer, Joe Biden has no incentive to work across the aisle because the Progressive Left will not let him,” Eric Levine, a fundraiser for Republican congressional candidates, told me. “It is difficult to reconcile the Biden/Sanders agreement with a willingness to compromise. In fact, those policies presume crushing Republicans, not working with them. Keep in mind that AOC will be running a primary challenge to Schumer in 2022, so he will be looking over his shoulder from now until Election Day and will press for every destructive plank of their agenda. In addition to thwarting the Progressive agenda, holding the Senate will also be a bulwark against bigotry thriving in parts of the Democrat Party.”
Ossoff, a pajama boy with fancy degrees, is endorsed by radicals like Bernie Sanders. Akin to Robert O’Rourke, he’s a shiny new toy into which wealthy out-of-state liberal donors pour money.
He’s never worked a real job, but supports a plan that will raise taxes. Ossoff opposed the Paycheck Protection Program that saved tens of millions of jobs, even though his father used a loan to save his company. In an interview with local radio, Ossoff said, “funding has to be on the line” for police departments. He also refused to sign a pledge to support law enforcement. And Ossoff should be worried about being tied to Warnock’s bigotry and incendiary rhetoric.
Stacey Abrams, the conspiracy theorist who still thinks her 2018 gubernatorial bid was stolen, is helping run up the score in Atlanta. But Democrats didn’t increase gains in the urban precincts Nov. 3; they triumphed in suburbia, where affluent wokescolds reside.
Republicans remain confident in part because Georgia hasn’t elected a Democrat senator in nearly a quarter-century, but this is 2020; after all the recounts, Joe Biden narrowly defeated President Donald Trump in the state.
In her campaign newsletter, Sarah Isgur interviewed some Georgians. The crux of one conversation was:
“I have a lot of confidence Republicans are going to keep both Georgia senators. It’s a game of turnout. On the conservative side, conservatives normally come out for runoffs anyway. A lot of turning out the vote will be on the progressive side. Democrats are going to have to convince folks to come back in the same large numbers. And Republicans don’t have to be reminded. We know when the runoff is.”
New polls show the majority of Americans prefer Republicans win in Georgia, and thus hold the Senate.
But RCP Elections Analyst Sean Trende believes it’ll be tougher, explaining why in six succinct points, including that Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Perdue are mediocre candidates.
Regardless, I’ll remember what Sen. John Kennedy explained: “you’ve got nothing to worry about, unless you are a taxpayer, a business owner, a parent, a cop, a gun owner, a person of faith, or an unborn baby.”