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The House race in Georgia: Will it be a wake-up call for Democrats, or a death knell?

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When Republican Karen Handel beat Democrat Jon Ossoff in the closely watched Georgia Congressional race, several liberal assumptions and outmoded shibboleths came tumbling down. Republicans kept a House seat with a six-point victory over Ossoff, even after $31 million was pumped into his campaign by the political left. Ossoff had a paid campaign staff of over 70 people. Total campaign donations of about $60 million, collected by several candidates, set a new record for a federal House race.

With yesterday’s Republican victories in South Carolina and Georgia, the Democrats are now 0-5 in House special elections, which ought to send a powerful message and warning to sane Democrats that their party must do something different.

Georgia’s electorate does not want people like Samuel L. Jackson, Jane Fonda and Rosie O’Donnell telling them who their political leaders should be. What does Hollywood know about what Georgia needs and wants? The Hollywood elites, whose judgment is severely contaminated anyway, received a stunning rebuke, as they continue to seek their first significant victory since Clinton lost. They need to stick to show business and take some personal responsibility classes.

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What does it take for Dems to learn their lesson, that obstructionism and impediments are not working, and moving farther and farther to the left is destroying their party? Dems have put themselves into an ideological strait-jacket. The Democratic focus on trying to find crimes committed by Donald Trump is a losing strategy; retaliation and revenge are negative crusades, approaches that most Americans will not buy into. The country is not far-left while the Dems are getting “lefter and lefter”, and not addressing issues that affect the lives of most Americans. More and more, leftists are coming across as wanting to conquer America, not unite it.

Candidate Ossoff hurt his credibility with his hypocritical complaints on NPR about how “money in politics is a major

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problem…We need campaign finance reform” –this stupid comment from the 30-year-old came after the Center for Responsive Politics revealed he spent 6 times more money than Handel. Ossoff also embraced the national Democratic Party’s belief that opportunity is dead in America, therefore equality must be forced on the population. This ignores the fact that six million unfilled jobs currently exist in America. Clearly, this means opportunity exists, so the problem is something else; I submit that the real problem is a pervasive entitlement mentality, lack of human motivation and personal responsibility, and unrealistic expectations. As long as governments give away free stuff, why work?

The big losers in Georgia were not only wrong-headed Dems who are now hyperventilating and scratching their heads, but also the pollsters. Again. The pollsters did not learn any lessons from their pitiful performance in the Trump/Clinton race. Most polls for the Georgia election were wrong- the GOP’s Handel never led in the preliminary polls.

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Of course, Democratic talking heads on TV today are not blaming the Democratic agenda or the national Democratic platform for the Georgia loss. The excuses are raining down. Ossoff lost, you see, because of (pick one or more): 1) The Georgia weather was awful on Election Day, 2) Ossoff didn’t hit Trump hard enough, 3) Ossoff was too timid, too much a centrist or 4) Ossoff was too young and his “uninspiring message” was not coherent enough. Yep, blame anything except the positions and actions taken by the national Democratic Party.

John R. Smith

John R. Smith is chairman of BIZPAC, the Business Political Action Committee of Palm Beach County, and owner of a financial services company. He is a frequent columnist for BizPac Review.
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