The silver lining for Republicans in all this doomsaying about Georgia flipping to blue, and Stacey Abrams’ sure to be talked-up “playbook,” is that Republicans have a fairly deep and talented bench, while Democrats can’t even field a starting team.
The latest LOL for me is Jon Ossoff’s entry into the Senate race against David Perdue. If you remember, Ossoff, despite being the star of the most expensive House election ever–the special election in Georgia’s 6th district, lost to Republican Karen Handel.
Handel, in turn, was dumped by suburban women voters in a protest vote against Donald Trump in 2018. Now her replacement, Democrat Rep. Lucy McBath (who Handel called “Old Rocky Top” since McBath lives in Tennessee), is thinking of running for retiring Sen. Johnny Isakson’s seat.
Meanwhile, the smartest of the bunch, Abrams, has declined all races, preferring to sit back and assume the title of Count de Money. She knows that the Democrats have no depth, no bench, and no starters.
So far, Democrats have rolled out losers and retreads, even going back to Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter, both of whom, respectively, lost to Perdue and former Governor Nathan Deal in 2014 and haven’t been heard from since.
A few “rising” (the word used by the Atlanta Journal Constitution) Democrats are also thinking about running: state Sens. Nikema Williams and Jen Jordan, along with the uber-liberal Dekalb DA Sherry Boston (think a southern Kamala Harris).
Then there’s a crop of “who’s” from Whoville. Teresa Tomlinson was the mayor of Columbus. Her big take is she’s more progressive than Ted Terry. Terry is the friendly mayor of Clarkston, the most refugee-friendly city in Georgia. Erick Erickson called him “David Perdue’s gift.” Sarah Riggs Amico lost the race for lieutenant governor to Geoff Duncan.
The only guarantee Democrats have is that they’re going to spend a lot of money in Georgia. A crap ton of money. If we base our estimates on Ossoff’s failed House bid, we can assume about 85 percent of it will come from outside Georgia.
Funny thing, politics. Democrats who threaten to deprive Georgia of film money are super happy to spend it here, to the tune of probably over $100 million, if they think it will buy them an election.
Democrats have the money. They have the organization. They have Stacey Abrams’ grift machine. They have a good chunk of media in their pocket. But they lack a team to field. In the end, it’s still Republicans elections to lose. And a large part of that is President Donald Trump–if he behaves, this will go well.
Fortunately for Republicans, a good, deep bench may win the day over all the money and hype we’re going to see in the next year. And more Jon Ossoff (who?).