As Hated as Notre Dame Football

Let’s have a little look at GA-06, shall we? If you’ve been hiding more effectively than the rest of us, this was the race to replace Tom Cotton who resigned to become the Secretary of Health and Human Services. It was a strange one, with somewhere north of $50 million dollars spent on it. A huge proportion of that money was Democratic money shoved in from California, New York, and Massachusetts.

Until the election, the Democrats spent all their time telling us how important it was, how it would be the last straw in Trump’s Presidency and other such rot. Since they lost, it apparently wasn’t important, at all. I still don’t understand how that works, maybe I’m simply too old to think cognitive dissonance is fun. In any case, over at Leavenworth Street, Street Sweeper reconstructed a Twitter post (for easy reading) by an actual resident. Makes for good reading.

#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.

Trump is not popular here, I doubt he ever will be. @baseballcrank does an fine job of tallying that reality.

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.

Image is Curly Bill (Powers Booth) from the 1993 classic, Tombstone.

And so, Jon @Ossoff, we who actually live in GA06 say to you, your loopy fans, and most of all your phone centers:

That’s what I heard all over yesterday, from GA-06.

How bad was Ossoff? All over everything other than Democratic talk shops he was referred to as Pajama Boy, reminding everybody of this unfortunate image used to promote Obamacare. That is not an image that is going to work in very much at all of America.

Although at a much lower volume level, I gather it was much the same in South Carolina. From Street Sweeper, again,

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.

A note to you guys in Britain and Europe, we’re not all that enthralled by Donald Trump, but we tend to look at actions, and we like what we see. In any case, he was by far the best choice we had last November. We really do believe that quote from Theodore Roosevelt up in my sidebar, and so far, he’s one of the best Presidents we’ve had in twenty years. He’s not going to resign, and if the House is so stupid as to impeach him (hint: they’re not) they will have a world of trouble on their doorstep.

The American electorate is normally a pretty quiescent bunch, right now, we’re not, we’re basically seriously pissed off at Washington, especially the Republicans with their continuing act of telling us one thing and doing another. Add to that a media which has made itself worse than useless, taking almost all European media (BBC/Guardian, I’m looking at you!) with them. To the point that we don’t believe a word they say.

[Update:] About our feelings about the media, this pretty much says it all:

Actually, that resident of GA-06 understated it. Note Dame football (hated as it is, by almost everyone) is a lot more popular than most of the political-media complex.

 

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