At some point, the populace may change their minds, but until then there is nothing Democrat losers can do.
The Handel v. Ossoff special election didn’t reveal Donald Trump’s damage to the GOP but rather exposed Democrat losers. The Democrats portrayed the Georgia election as a referendum on Trump but, now that Karen Handel won, they are resorting to new and contrary mantras. Now, the fact that Handel didn’t win by a large enough margin supposedly demonstrates that Trump is a liability to the GOP.
While giving a nod to the argument, Patricia Murphy is unimpressed when she writes for Slate under the headline, “Jon Ossoff’s $23 Million Loss Shows Dems Have No Idea How to Win in the Age of Trump.”
While Handel stuck to closed-door fundraisers, avoided national reporters and held invitation-only GOP events, Ossoff knocked on doors, did Republican neighborhood meetings and went to every meet and greet he could. His goal was to ask for every vote. Hers was to stick with what had been working for the last 40 years in the district—turning out reliable Republicans.
On the Democratic side, the combined efforts of the Ossoff campaign, the DNC, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee help build a monster operation unprecedented in Georgia Democratic politics. By the end of the race, they had knocked on more than 500,000 doors, hired 100 staffers, recruited 12,000 active volunteers and spent more than $11 million on ads on everything from the Today Show to Korean newspapers and gospel stations.
But, and this is the part that will sting Democrats for a long time: It still wasn’t enough.
They are now zero-for-four in special elections since Trump became the president and need to understand why.
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