The Democrats have an unusual habit lately of attempting to use electoral defeats as a springboard for future success. The 2018 election cycle has given us two huge examples: Beto O’Rourke and Stacey Abrams.
Robert Francis Beto O’Rourke skateboarded his way into a high profile showdown with Ted Cruz – and lost. Now he’s running for president. He has run an odd sort of race and was even the Democrats’ flavor of the month not too long ago.
Stacey Abrams fought hard against Georgia’s then-Secretary of State Brian Kemp and lost. Now she’s stumping for her book, and running for…what? President? The 2022 Senate race? We’re not sure which, but dog gone it, she’s fundraising like mad.
O’Rourke went on The View earlier this week, and he spoke about Abrams. He had the nerve to say that Abrams handled her defeat with “grace.”
Maybe Beto is thinking about somebody else, because Abrams has behaved as petulantly as any losing candidate ever could have. Even though she has admitted that she lost, she has refused to concede the race. She had peddled a narrative of voter suppression (even while bragging about record turnout) and has all but accused Kemp of stealing the election from her.
The truth is that Kemp cleaned up voter rolls legally, using precedents that became law when the Democrats were in charge of the state legislature. Some of the names who were “purged” from voter rolls were teens who were not yet of voting age and people who had provided incorrect or insufficient information – including thousands whom Abrams’ own organization signed up.
Individual counties are in charge of the actual elections in Georgia, and the counties that closed precincts did so of their own accord, with no direction from Kemp’s office. On Election Day, any problems that occurred in different precincts were issues that the counties had to deal with; the state played no role. Counties that experienced issues on Election Day kept precincts open late, and no one who could legally vote was turned away.
The voter suppression narrative in Georgia is a complete fabrication. Abrams is flat out wrong – and apparently O’Rourke has fallen for her untruths. Yet Abrams continues to milk a lie in order to raise money and raise her national profile. She is about as far from graceful in defeat as anyone can be.