Not just Atlantans - the continent woke up and saw that the Congressional sixth district had gone to Republican Karen Handel.

This was not supposed to end this way.

It was supposed to end with John Mulaney lookalike hipster liberal Jewish filmmaker Jon Osoff taking it. The election was supposed to be a referendum on Donald Trump's presidency. It would have signalled a distaste for Trump and energized "The Resistance".

The fact that it did not energized conservatives everywhere and caused a lot of vitriolic ink, real and virtual, to be heard all over. Even as far as Europe.

You know the drill. The usual ad hominem insults that get hurled around come politics time, especially towards Southerners, and even more especially towards Southern conservatives.

But here is the problem.

District 6 is an affluent North Atlanta suburb. And the right merely used it to continue the very very successful tack that let them win.

They were able to portray Osoff as a non native, carpet bagging his way into an election for a riding he didn't even live in, using California and New York City society money to lecture you about how cool people like them want a big government liberal Clinton and Pelosi agenda.

Even though Handel is a horrible person who doesn't believe in paying a living wage and defunded Planned Parenthood while simultaneously working for the Komen foundation. None of that matters to the sixth. It is affluent. To them a $20 an hour minimum wage doesn't mean affording rent it means their prices going up. There was nothing in Osoff that inspired the left. He argued for tax breaks to the rich and trickle down and the same center right war hawk bullshit that failed to win last November.

It was supposed to be a new dawn. A new strategy and a return to influence and power. But they once again picked the wrong candidate and the wrong message and the wrong fight.

The same old same old Clinton platform. Old bullshit in a new ill fitting suit.

They lost millions. They lost face. They lost credibility and momentum.

 

EDIT: I am not a supporter of the Republican party. If you read previous writeups of mine, I was desperately hoping the losses would pull the party to the left, as a genuine progressive voice we need.

Georgia's sixth district is full of rich white Republicans. It went hard for Trump in November 2016. Handel pulled of a much more narrow win, and the Republicans spent a shit-ton of money to pull it off. The big story isn't that Republicans won a reliably Republican-leaning district -- it's that Republicans had to struggle to win their reliably Republican-leaning district.

Of course trolls who regurgitate everything Breitbart tells them think IT'S THE END OF TEH DEMONCRAP PARTY LOL LOSERS MAGA, because that's really their only strategy. Gloat, hate brown people, tell everyone History Has Ended and things will never change. 

The Democrats have a lot of work to do, and plenty of it uphill. The Republicans, on the other hand, have branded themselves as the Party of Trump in a time when Trump is historically unpopular. That's going to lead to trouble down the road for Republicans. 

Breitbart thinks their side has won permanently. If I may quote the eternally celebrated jasonm: "The end of self-doubt is the beginning of hubris."

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