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Today's Commentary: Georgia on my mind -- President Trump responds to North Korea -- Reviewing the Beatles
Everyone this morning is talking about the 6th District Georgia House race as if it held cosmic significance (it didn’t, unless you own a local TV station that was selling ad time; if so, then it changed your life the way winning the lottery would.) It’s estimated that as much as $50 million may have been spent on donations to the candidates or various PACs, with Democrat Jon Ossoff outspending Republican Karen Handel by 7-1 and still losing to Handel by nearly 53-47%. Still, it could have been more embarrassing. Ossoff didn’t live in the district and couldn’t even vote for himself. What if he’d lost by only one vote: Karen Handel’s?
The ballots had barely begun to be counted before angry liberals on Twitter were blasting Ossoff as a terrible candidate who didn’t articulate why working class voters should support him. And yet, when Hillary lost, it could only have been due to a Russian conspiracy. How do they know some Russians didn’t get misled by their iPhone Maps app, end up in Roswell, Georgia, instead of the Republic of Georgia, and stuff the ballot boxes? Hey, there’s as much evidence of that as there is that they colluded with the Trump campaign.
But Ossoff and the “rage against Trump can win elections” crowd are hardly the only losers in this race. Right up until the polls closed, we were assured this would be a “nailbiter.” It was more of a nail-filer. Just two weeks ago, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll had Ossoff up by 7 points, and he lost by about 5. Either the vote swung against him by 12 points in two weeks, or else polls are now the only section of the newspaper less reliable than the Horoscope column. Personally, I wasn’t surprised by the latest pollster face-plant. I took a lot of ribbing for dismissing the polls showing Hillary was a lock, too (look at yesterday’s post, where I made a sarcastic joke about the polls, which turned out to be a joke about a joke.)
Another big loser in this race was Californians, especially in ultra-liberal enclaves such as Hollywood and the San Francisco Bay area, who thought they were going to buy themselves an extra Representative. Ossoff got nine times more donations from California than he did from Georgia, which Republicans made sure local voters heard about, and that pretty well negated any advantage from the money. You’d think the results might cheer up Democrats, since they’re always demanding campaign finance reform to keep big money from buying elections. Well, rest easy: this proves it doesn’t. As did November’s race, where Hillary outspent Trump by 2-1, and that doesn’t even include all her PACs.
Nancy Pelosi was also a big loser. Just as Democrats tried to tie Handel to Trump, Republicans warned that Ossoff would to go DC and do Pelosi’s bidding, and that turned out to be the more frightening scenario for voters.
If it’s any consolation to the Democrats, all of these special elections have been in Republican districts, to replace people who took jobs in the Trump Administration. There are nearly two dozen House elections in 2018 where Republican incumbents are running in districts Hillary won. Maybe that will increase their chances, although I wouldn’t count those chickens just yet either. As a Democrat who knew how to win elections (Tip O’Neill, now deceased) once said, “All politics is local.” Georgia voters didn’t want some liberal kid whose resume says he’s a political filmmaker to go to DC and obstruct Trump’s agenda of bringing back jobs, replacing Obamacare and increasing national security. Handel held real jobs with several major companies before going into charity and public service. Voters elect a Representative to represent their interests, not the feverish political dreams of the far-left wing of the Democratic Party. I already wrote a book to try to explain this to them, but they don’t listen to me. So, one more time:
Democrats, your problem isn’t that your message isn’t getting through or that Americans are “voting against their own interests.” They know what you stand for. They got a big load of it during the Obama years (slow job growth, bloated government, skyrocketing debt and insurance premiums, open borders, weak leadership abroad leading to the rise of ISIS and the Middle East on fire, etc, etc.). Having you in power may be in your interests, but most non-coastal voters think it sure as heck isn’t in theirs. Until the Democrats actually try listening to the American people, rethink their policies and find candidates with life experience outside of politics, they’re going to keep losing. Right now, it’s hard to find Democratic candidates who’ve had real life experience in dealing with the government from the perspective of a worker or business owner, because they tend to be Republicans.
Finally, before we bid this story farewell, the award for the best line of the night goes to Daily Wire editor Ben Shapiro, who tweeted, “Planned Parenthood sponsors thousands of abortions per year. Add Ossoff’s campaign to the list.”
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President Trump responds to North Korea
By Mike Huckabee
Early in his Administration, President Trump had a successful and productive meeting with President Xi of China. And he has been patient in allowing China to try to rein in the ever-more-belligerent North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un. But that insane rogue regime is not only holding Americans in jail, it has, to put it bluntly, murdered an American citizen by allowing student Otto Warmbier to waste away in a coma for month after month without returning him home or providing him with proper medical care.
I’m sure that Trump doesn’t want to launch a military response, but we cannot allow rogue regimes to murder American citizens with impunity. And the longer we wait to deal with it, the more dangerous North Korea becomes as it continues its tests of ICBMs that could carry nuclear warheads.
Yesterday, Trump sent out a tweet that expressed his appreciation to China for trying to help with North Korea, but added that “it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!” If you don’t get the message, trust me, China gets it loud and clear. Trump signaled to China and the world that their efforts to rein in Kim Jong Un have failed, and something new must be tried, but this need not affect the US-China relationship if they don’t want it to. However, it also lets China know that if they don’t want America to take over dealing with Kim, then they’d better move fast. I don’t think there’s ever been an example of so much diplomatic meaning packed into fewer than 140 characters.
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Reviewing the Beatles
By Mike Huckabee
Fun piece from the New York Times archives of 1969: music reviewer Nik Cohn (who later sold a story that became a classic movie, and later still admitted it was fraudulent) reviews the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album and finds it to be an “unmitigated disaster.” There are only 15 minutes worth listening to, and they don’t include the two George Harrison songs that are “mediocrity incarnate” (“Here Comes The Sun” and “Something.”) It seems “the badness ranges from mere gentle tedium to cringing embarrassment,” with lyrics that are “limp-wristed, pompous and fake.” The “only interesting failures” are “Come Together” and “Oh Darling.” In fact, this woeful “Abbey Road” disaster suffers from the same “overkill” that ruined the Beatles previous album, a double-disc that was "boring beyond belief" and filled with "profound mediocrities” (you know it as “The White Album.”)
This story is a few years old, and the review is 48 years old, but it’s still a timely reminder that for the “paper of record,” getting things wildly wrong isn’t something they only took up since Trump was elected.
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