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Wed Jun 21, 2017, 11:31 AM

Why Ossoff Lost: Despite the opposition Trump has galvanized, the Democrats still havent figured

out how to win in the places they’re trying to stage a comeback.
by Molly Ball
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/06/a-crushing-loss-in-georgia-ends-a-losing-season-for-democrats/531072/

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"Democrats were counting on Ossoff, the boy wonder of Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District, to deliver the proof that, with Donald Trump in the White House, there was no limit to their political potential. But after a frenzied two-month runoff campaign between Ossoff and his Republican opponent, Karen Handel, the Democrat wound up with about the same proportion of the vote—48 percent—as Hillary Clinton got here in November. If this race was a referendum on Trump, the president won it.

It was a gut punch to Democrats’ confidence, a reality check to the idea that vast swaths of the country were ready to deliver a backlash. And it was the capstone to a losing season in which Democrats failed to capture any of the four Republican-held seats vacated by Trump’s cabinet appointees. Earlier in the same night, a little-watched South Carolina congressional district was also called for the Republican candidate."
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"That is a tough pill to swallow for Democrats who have convinced themselves opposing Trump will bring them back from the brink of powerlessness. So far, they have cut into Republicans’ margins, but they have not yet figured out how to win, and moral victories get no votes in Congress. There was a latent fatalism in Ossoff’s parting words: “As darkness has crept across this planet,” he assured them, they “have provided a beacon of hope for people in Georgia and for people around the world.”
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"By the end, the scale of the Ossoff campaign was staggering, with dozens of staffers, a sophisticated voter-turnout operation, and six field offices—the sort of effort normally reserved for presidential campaigns. Most of the Ossoff volunteers I met were local residents who had grown up somewhere else, longtime Democrats who had long felt outnumbered. In the end, they were no match for their neighbors’ deeply rooted political allegiances, and they may have become a self-reinforcing feedback loop."
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The last sentence holds the key-- even the best run campaign can't undo deep-seated political biases. There are no magic bullets. Even Trump's stupidity may not be enough. For all the money and volunteers (10000), Ossoff did about the same as Hillary in that district. My suspicion is that it will probably take a serious economic down turn to really throw the political tide back to the Democratic Party again.


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secondwind Jun 2017 #1
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murielm99 Jun 2017 #5
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Response to andym (Original post)

Wed Jun 21, 2017, 11:37 AM

1. I'm tired of these posts. Pls forgive me. But what I am seeing is that we can and have gotten very

close and that 2018 is good to be a very good year for us

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Response to secondwind (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 21, 2017, 11:42 AM

3. Totally agree nt

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Response to secondwind (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 21, 2017, 12:40 PM

5. I agree.

We need to keep working. We need to win governor's seats the next time around, and every Congressional seat that we can. I think 45 will only make things worse over the next year, and people will see that. A year is a long time in politics, and strange things happen.

I am tired of pundits analyzing us and telling us who we are and what we have to do. They should be concentrating on repiggie outrages instead. We are being treated like battered wives or battered children who are being told that it is all our fault, we bring it on ourselves and we need to do better.

We are fighting back. It is working, slowly but surely.

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Response to andym (Original post)

Wed Jun 21, 2017, 11:37 AM

2. And it was in a very strong red gerrymandered district. Eom

 

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Response to andym (Original post)

Wed Jun 21, 2017, 12:13 PM

4. Oh, there IS going to be a serious economic downturn ..

Because there will not be "tons" of coal-mining jobs returning to the rust belt or to WV like the liar claims there would be. I AM seeing some voter remorse for some who voted for tRumputin. However, he has a 30-35% base of morons who will ALWAYS stick with and support him, even if they lose their homes, or are forced to live under a bridge, and we know per the so-called "Liberal" media that it's ALL about the base and their needs being met which is the most important thing for this country since sliced bread--and the fact is that his most of their needs will not be met, especially when they start losing their health care in those tRumputin-red states if Yertle gets his secretive death bill passed next week. He'll blame Pres. Obama for their health care loss and they'll believe that lie

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