Jon Ossoff’s campaign was supposed to be a slap in the face of Donald Trump. The media tried desperately to prop him up to celebrity status. The Dems dumped $8.3 million into his congressional race, the vast majority of which came from out-of-state donors. The media covered him as if he were the likely winner. Everything was on his side, the media, the money, the fact that he was running against a huge, diluted field of Republicans. But he didn’t make it. All that money just went down the drain.
If he had won, it would have been self-fulfilling prophecy. The media attempted to orchestrate things such that viewers were led to believe that he was gaining in popularity fast, and that he very probably would win the special election. The thing is, the media were making him popular. That’s what the media always do. They make their darlings popular with constant coverage, and then claim, “Oh, look! This guy’s rising in the polls! He’s the likely winner!”
Media darlings’ popularity has nothing to do with local, grassroots support. Those candidates who truly have local, grassroots support are not typically covered in the press except to say that they have no chance of winning.
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This is how the media controls things. Or tries to control things anyway.
Ossoff ran to win the special election. As Sean Spicer said, he didn’t campaign to win the runoff. So, according to their stated goals, he lost.
Here’s an exchange between an MSNBC reporter and White House press secretary Sean Spicer:
HALLIE JACKSON, MSNBC: Two topics. I want to ask about GA. Two quick ones on that. Is the president planning to campaign for the republican challenger there? Will he go to Georgia to get out the vote if needed?
SEAN SPICER: I think the president will make sure he does everything he can to maintain majorities and further the party. We’ll see if we’re needed.
JACKSON: Is he committing too much political capital on a race the republicans should be winning easily?
SPICER: It’s interesting. I thought some of the coverage was intriguing as I watched it. The Democrats went all-in on this race and spent over $8.3 million. They said on the record that their goal was to win this race. They lost and the reaction has somewhat been you know, that they almost won. No, they lost. They made it very clear what their goal was in this race. They spent $8.3 million and threw everything including the kitchen sink into it and lost.
JACKSON: But there is still two months left though, right?
SPICER: Not in terms of what their stated goal was. They said their goal last night was to win the race with over 50%. They spent $8.3 million. They didn’t run for a runoff. They ran to win last night and they lost. Anything short of describing that as a loss is sort of inconceivable to me in the sense that’s what they said their goal was to do. They said we want to win Tuesday night with over 50%. They came up short of their goal. They put all the money they had in there, all their firepower and came up short. So it’s a loss.
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