For those of you plowing through the post-mortems of yesterday’s Georgia 6th Congressional District runoff (not to mention the South Carolina one that received nearly zero attention), here is a fantastic summary from an actual resident of the district, Will Collier.
He put the following up on the Twitter (and I puzzled it back together, so you don’t have to read the 140 character-or-less version):
#GA06 summary, from an actual resident:
So it’s time for some post-runoff Gaming Theory, from an actual resident of GA06.
If you lived in the 6th, you were bombarded by fliers, signs, ads, door-knockers, and most of all, phone calls. At least once a day (and usually more than once), the phone would ring from an out-of-state area code. First it was robocalls, then the last couple of weeks, call centers. They weren’t targeted. They were calling everybody, every day. And they wouldn’t take “Go to Hell” for an answer—trust me on this one.
Now, imagine for a moment that the roles in the ’16 election were reversed, and Hillary had nominated a Bay Area Dem for her cabinet. California would have called a special election. Imagine millions of dollars and tons of vicious social media rhetoric Flowing out of, say, Georgia to the Republican candidate for that race. How do you think Californians would have reacted to that?
Self-awareness not being a notable Leftie trait at the best of times, today the Left coast is declaring GA06 a mass Klan meeting. That’ll go over just as well here in 18 months, dudes. You should definitely keep that up.
The big factor that was missed by the national press: the sheer annoyance of the race. Not only did this special and the runoff extend the godawful 2016 election for another 8 months in a district where neither major presidential nominee was remotely popular, the ridiculous amount of money that poured into the Ossoff campaign from out of state resulted in wall-to-wall ads.
You not turn on the radio or TV without hearing/seeing a campaign commercial, and Ossoff’s fans seemed determined to cover every square inch of Georgia with “Jon Ossoff” signs. The state will probably have to dig a new landfill to get rid of them.
That strategy made sense in the jungle primary: put this nice-looking kid out there, use the money to flood the zone and slip him through the crowded ballot on name recognition.
That was a smart strategy. It very nearly worked—in April.
Back then, Ossoff never uttered the word “Democrat,” nor did it appear in his ads. But yesterday, there were only two names and two parties on the ballot.
Karen Handel might as well have her name next to “Generic Republican” in the dictionary. Ossoff, thanks to the media blitz on both sides, might as well have had “Nancy Pelosi” on his ballot.
But “unpopular” is not the same as “toxic.” Leftie media types started griping yesterday about the GOP putting Pelosi on anti-Ossoff ads. There’s good reason for that: she’s toxic everywhere except hard-Left enclaves.
GA06 is a lot of things, but hard Left isn’t one. Pelosi, her caucus and its nutball fan club are as disliked as Notre Dame fball here.
When Ossoff couldn’t hide in the crowd of the primary, the crowd he really was hanging with—Hollywood and Pelosi was instantly toxic in Cobb and north Fulton; somewhat less so in more Democractic Dekalb, but the damage was done.
I’ll add another factor that the national media wants to ignore: the post-election temper tantrums on the Left.
Once again, Trump isn’t popular in this district. But you know what’s a lot less popular? Riots. Morons in black masks with clubs. Kids who’ve never thought about paying a mortgage telling you you’re a terrible person because you wouldn’t vote for a corrupt old liar in a pantsuit.
Those things are really, really unpopular. And the Left’s bratty insistence that it deserves a do-over after it lost an eminently winnable election Isn’t getting any traction in middle America.
Today’s run of the usual suspects saying Ossoff lost because he didn’t go full Bolshevik are right up the same alley. And they’ll result in similar reactions in later elections especially those that aren’t bolstered by $30M in now-wasted activist money that simply filled the coffers ff D consultants and advertisers and broadcasters.
When all they really succeeded in doing was pissing off the people they needed to get votes from. Bad strategy, bad politics.
And so, Jon @Ossoff, we who actually live in GA06 say to you, your loopy fans, and most of all your phone centers:
(That last image is Curly Bill (Powers Booth) from the 1993 classic, Tombstone.)
Feels very much like similar sentiments could be said about the Omaha Mayor’s race from April and May, yeah?
The opposition got some real traction when they hit on local issues. Then they decided the race should be about supporting Bernie Sanders and hammering Donald Trump. And Mayor Jean Stothert stuck to her strong positions on local issues and sailed to victory.
Some are saying, “these are Republican districts that Republicans should be winning by much more!” Which has some truth.
But we are also told over and over and over and over how UN-popular the President is, and how the message must be sent how much people hate him.
Not dislike. HATE.
And then in Kansas, Montana, South Carolina, Georgia…and Omaha, voters note that they’ll stick with the Republicans.
Oh sure, these aren’t districts in Manhattan or San Francisco. But we have been told repeatedly that it doesn’t matter.
NOW we can have some fun watching the Dems eat each other while they eke out a new strategy.
Or maybe Republicans will just get tired of winning…