I hadn’t really read much on the election in Georgia’s 6th district Tuesday or the long ensuing weeks prior. We no longer live in the 6th district (and haven’t since we left Georgia for Connecticut in 2010). I really didn’t have much skin in the game.
Over the past weekend, I did ask a couple of friends who still live there about it. They are Karen Handel supporters. They insisted that the recent poll results showing the two candidates in a “dead heat” were misleading.
Tuesday night, I received a New York Times briefing that Handel had won the election in Georgia by five points. It turns out that my friends adeptly predicted yesterday’s outcome.
Georgia’s 6th district has had a Republican majority since Newt Gingrich won his first seat in 1979. Handel’s opponent Jon Ossoff is relatively new to the area and has never held political office. Yet, Ossoff had been blessed and financed by the entire Progressive establishment, as Democrats around the nation work to gain seats in the current Republican majority government in Washington.
Wednesday morning, I decided to watch the cable news networks, where dozens of political pundits came out of the woodwork to discuss Tuesday’s results.
Georgia Election: Most Expensive U.S. House Race in History
I didn’t realize that as many as 7,000 Californians made political donations to the Ossoff campaign.
My first reaction was incredulousness. Did my fellow citizens from Californian really intend to influence candidates elected in other states and that are elected to represent those local constituencies and not Californians? Isn’t this why we have a representative democracy? Isn’t this why each state gets an amount of congressional seats relative to their state’s population?
Auspiciously, I received a call from a good friend from California that same Wednesday morning. He mentioned right away that I, “must be happy with the election result in Georgia.” I rejected his comment by replying, “not really, I haven’t been following it as it doesn’t impact me directly.” I told him that I lived there for many years, and I wasn’t surprised given the conservative electorate there. He then mentioned the Democrats had made some gains in the district. I replied, “I read somewhere that it’s kind of like having a terrific inning, and still losing the ball game.”
Perhaps Vince Lombardi said it best, “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.”
In all seriousness, isn’t this another “wake-up” call for the DNC?
Are their political operatives responding to the issues that most voters really care about? In my opinion, trying to change a state from red to blue is no easier than going from blue to red. Perhaps, if the DNC had actually endorsed a candidate with Handel’s CV, the results might have been different. Picking the right horse is just as important as having the right strategy.
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