Opinion: An Ossoff ‘victory for the ages’? No, not quite. Not yet.

“A victory for the ages,” Democrat Jon Ossoff called it last night.

But it wasn’t. Not quite and not yet. You could call his showing a surprise, a success, an achievement, a signal of deep public discontent … sure, it was all that. It was also a confirmation of Democratic enthusiasm and passion.

But victory? No.

Then again, Ossoff wasn’t the only one to get a little carried away and claim a win when there wasn’t one.

When a completely unknown 30-year-old former congressional staffer manages to pull 48.1 percent of the vote in a strongly Republican district in the red state of Georgia, you could call it many things, but a GOP win is not among them. Worried Republicans would call Tuesday’s results a reprieve; in their honest moments they will concede that it was also a warning shot, a dodged bullet, to be taken very seriously.

By less than two percentage points, they avoided an outright loss in Tom Price’s district that would have deeply shaken Republican confidence both in their president and in their party’s direction. An already fractured party would have splintered still further, with individual congressmen distancing themselves from Trump. Trump himself tweeted seven different times about the race in the last two days, as sure a sign of concern as you’re likely to see.¹

So now it’s onto June 20, and a contest between Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel, the one person who truly could claim a win of sorts last night. The TV ads will continue and probably intensify, both in number and in personal attacks. And while conventional wisdom argues that Ossoff’s best chance was in hitting that magic 50 percent Tuesday night, I’m not sure that’s true. I think his “victory for the ages” is still within his grasp.

It’s going to be a close race, we know that now. Ossoff’s voter base is solid and likely to return to the polls nine weeks from now, and Republicans in the 6th District are already uniting behind Handel. But a June runoff is a different beast. College kids go home. Families go off on vacations. The beaches and mountains beckon, attention starts to wander, and volunteer passion is a hard thing to sustain for so long. Turnout will determine everything, and turnout will be strongly affected by what happens up in Washington.

If the narrative between now and June is still White House incompetence and infighting, if congressional Republicans continue to prove themselves incapable of governance, then Republican enthusiasm back here in Georgia will continue to suffer and the door will creak open for Ossoff. What happens to health care, for example? Do Republicans revive their deeply unpopular replacement plan, forcing Handel to either embrace or reject it? What happens in the minefield of foreign policy?

By late this month, Republican leaders in the House and Senate will also have to find some way to raise the debt ceiling and continue to fund government operations, which is a basic duty of the governing party. One of the critical questions in that debate will be continued federal funding of the family-planning and women’s health operations of Planned Parenthood, and a government shutdown over that issue is quite plausible.

I doubt that would play well in the highly educated 6th District, where health-care delivery is a major industry. It also summons all kinds of bad memories for Handel, with complications that are impossible to predict. It could yet be a political disaster narrowly averted, or it could be a victory for the ages.

Democracy … this is what it feels like, and we don’t get enough of it.


¹His demand for credit aside, Trump remains more burden than benefit in the 6th. The GOP candidates who tried to ride his bandwagon, notably Bob Gray and Bruce LaVell, did quite poorly.

 

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Classof98
Classof98

Everything is "for the ages" nowadays. 

mgunter
mgunter

Dems are in deep doo when they hav to spend this kind of money on this little race. It has become a non-party. During their Hero Obama's 8 years they lost th House, Senate, numerous Govenorships, State Houses and th Presidency. Party has gone so far Left main stream normal folk don't recognize em.

Spinoza
Spinoza

Handel attended two colleges and like our "first lady" has no degree. It seems that intelligence and education are too "elitist" for the right. The dumber and more ignorant the better.  How else would Hannity and Limbaugh make tens of millions a year? How else would a joke like Trump luck into office?

Spinoza
Spinoza

I guess the GOP will intensify the "us" versus "them" rhetoric and repeat how this is "our" seat.  As the educational levels rise and diversity increases the GOP loses.  If they lose or it is close they will be redrawing the district as soon as possible to make it "safe" again.

DerekGator
DerekGator

Karen Handel or Jon Ossoff, could we possibly have two worse choices.  Handel is a two time loser that thought Sarah Palin was the answer to her getting elected and Ossoff is a kid that doesn't live in the district, financed by outside crazy liberal money and has little real world experience.  Frick or Frack, both horrible choices. 

Spinoza
Spinoza

@DerekGator Nope, you are wrong about Ossoff's residence and money is money and is not "crazy."  If you knew anything, you would realize the conservative Supreme Court and the GOP turned American elections into a money fight.

1stTruthOMeter
1stTruthOMeter

Are you claiming that no outside money (PACS) was spent to support the Republican candidates?

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

new Sheetz on Commander in chief 

honested
honested

@gotalife 

We have plenty of south Georgians who are still angry they can no longer buy Americans.

gotalife
gotalife

Syria moving planes to russia's air force base.

HDB0329
HDB0329

Georgia state senator lets it slip: GOP gerrymandered Ossoff’s district to disenfranchise Black voters


"There is an even more reliable source to confirm the accusation and its racist intent: Georgia’s Republican state Senator Fran Millar. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Millar recently let the racist cat out of the bag:

At a GOP breakfast on the district’s eastern DeKalb outskirts, state Sen. Fran Millar criticized Democrats who think it’s a “done deal that this kid’s going to become the Congressman.”

“I’ll be very blunt: These lines were not drawn to get Hank Johnson’s protégé to be my representative. And you didn’t hear that,” said Millar. “They were not drawn for that purpose, OK? They were not drawn for that purpose.”

Millar’s reference to Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), who is Black, is not very subtle. Such an admission would likely prompt a federal civil rights investigation, if the Department of Justice were not under the control of the blatantly racist Jeff Sessions, whose own career has included attempts to disenfranchise Black voters. Such disenfranchisement has been further enabled by a conservative-dominated Supreme Court that gutted the Voting Rights Act, and a Republican-controlled Congress that refuses to fix the problem."


http://shareblue.com/georgia-state-senator-lets-it-slip-gop-gerrymandered-ossoffs-district-to-disenfranchise-black-voters/



....wonder how many knew this to be true????

DerekGator
DerekGator

@HDB0329 :  The question should be, who didn't know that gerrymandering has been going on since republicans took control, just like democrats did before them. 

honested
honested

@HDB0329 

Many of us have been all over this 'so-called-senator' and crackpot about this since 2010.

I guess he figured there would never be a real challenge.

Let's end the myth of the 'safe seat'.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@gotalife  If the dossier is all that he has to worry about, he shouldn't worry at all.  It's made-up BS.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Well, it appears as though RantNRave is a ONE SHOUT wonder.

Off to the market. 

gotalife
gotalife

Seven Patriots skipped going to the WH.

Spinoza
Spinoza

@gotalife Good. They would have to wash the excrement off of their hands after shaking Trump's.

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

One reason why I like this site so much is its eerie way of telling the truth – even if it’s a “tongue in cheek” type of retelling.Example:

Trump Transition Updates

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

Yeah, a BIG error has occurred! 

The feed isn’t down – there’s just nothing to report!!

And maybe Trump will try again later…..

Snicker!

RantNRave
RantNRave

 "Howz'bout the Karpman Drama Triangle? Are you familiar with THAT?

Try to respond without YELLINGschnirt "


@FigMOOMOO


Is PIG PORK?


The Drama Triangle is a model of dysfunctional social interaction, created by psychotherapist Stephen Karpman. Each point on the triangle represents a common and ineffective response to conflict, one more likely to prolong disharmony than to end it. 


Obviously, you are not familiar with it.


If you were, you would NOT have called


Kamchak a MONKEY!


BTW


Who is yelling?


K


Karpman Drama Triangle


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ozZCY_Eh9Q

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@RantNRave 

Howz'bout the Karpman Drama Triangle?

Are you familiar with THAT?

Try to respond without YELLING.

schnirt 

gotalife
gotalife

The gop got a wake up call but do not change.


The party in power will lose elections until failed institutions are fixed..



Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

See, I think the GOPers went wayyy overboard in criticizing Ossoff for truly trivial matters, whether it was his cosplaying, or having the audacity to live where his longtime companion could more easily get to/from work rather than literally in the district, or supposed "resume inflation."

I'd put Handel's education (ok, lack-thereof) down there in the chickensh## pile of Stuff to Gripe About.

Diff between them and us? We actually have legitimate stuff to gripe about, and they're going to be stuck whingeing about how "super-liberal" Ossoff is for their Big Stick.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@Visual_Cortex

Impossible to whine about somebody who hasn't done much.

He's like a blank piece of paper in need of finger paints or crayons. He's probably got some stashed in his cubbyhole.

Couldn't resist.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@honested @Visual_Cortex

I didn't realize I had to apply first.

Of course not. I'm just trying to suss out the best way to attack the Last Gooper Standing from last night, is all.

As for her lack of follow-through, her fellow Republicans have already written those ads for us, right?

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@FIGMO2 @Visual_Cortex 

somebody who hasn't done much.

There you go again.

Say that all you want, but I think most people look at this 30-year-old and figure he's done just fine for himself up to now.

honested
honested

@Visual_Cortex 

I'm sorry I don't have your approval to point out handel's lack of education, but I didn't realize I had to apply first.

Her total lack of accomplishments at this point is clearly due to a relationship between reach and grasp. She has always overpromised but since she is a republiklan woman, failure to deliver has been taken for granted.

Her campaign thusfar is parroting the same failed memes of republiklan mythology.

If she doesn't have the intellect to divine the difference, why should she be elevated to Congress?

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@Visual_CortexIt’s not so much her education for me as it is her self serving attitude.

I remember when Karen Handel was an INDEPENDENT. 

When she couldn’t win as an Independent and when she couldn’t swing as a Democrat, she suddenly changed her stance and became a REPUBLICAN.

It’s as if she’d say ANYTHING to ANYONE to get onto the tax paying public’s pay roll.

SIDE: And I’ll NEVER forgive her for her trying to get rid of Planned Parenthood via the Komen Foundation debacle. 

honested
honested

@Visual_Cortex @FIGMO2 

Heck, we have people on the payroll in the Federal Executive who have never worked anywhere except for their dad.

Spinoza
Spinoza

@FIGMO2 @Visual_Cortex For his age he has done well and has more political experience than the political vacuum who now occupies the White House. Give him a chance, it is only a two year term.

Spinoza
Spinoza

@honested @Visual_Cortex Amazing. She has no degree of any kind.  Sort of good qualification for being a loud mouthed right winger including such stars as Hannity and Limbaugh.

honested
honested

@McGarnagle 

While I wouldn't look to this guy for advice, fewer republiklans with the same stellar performance by Jon Ossoff and POOF his victory would have been sealed yesterday.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@Paul42 

Are you familiar with the Johari window?

Are you on the outside looking in, or the inside looking out? 

honested
honested

"Elect me to Congress and I will apply to Community College"

"I'm karen handel and I approved this message".

honested
honested

@Visual_Cortex @honested 

Well, until 2016 Georgia had a Congressman in the same boat.

Quick, name all the stellar legislative achievements of lynn westmoreland.

Despite the intellect of the current majority, Congress should not be a parking area for morons!!!

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@honested  Apparently, Tom Perez and Maxine Waters have emboldened you to be obnoxious, offensive and stupid.  Bold strategy!

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@honested

I'm not going to sit here and say that line of attack is up there with the body-shaming I deplored earlier, However, I do think there's only so far one can go with criticizing someone for a lack of a degree. It's kind of important to remember that in the US, only about 30% of its residents have a college degree, and while most elected officials do manage to procure one, it's hardly a requirement.

Guess what I'm saying is, we might alienate more folks than we attract by going there, unless there's some larger point to be made about her specific ignorance that could be reasonably attributed to a lack of formal education.