Georgia on my mind

June 21, 2017 |

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.


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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.


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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:


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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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  • James K White

    06/22/2017 07:00 AM

    Mike, We/I appreciate this and most of your comments concerning our US political stances. I have been a register Republican in La. since 1971. I have voted for Democratic candidates in our state a few times and usually it was because that candidate reflected my positions on certain issues not because my party affiliation. I try to maintain that the best man/woman will always receive my vote based on their commitment to our best interest. I voted for Donald Trump because he was not a politician... and he wanted to put me first. My words of warning are to those Republicans currently in office...if you don't get on board with this President's vision for America, you truly will be voted out of office by someone like me in other states. If you will not stand for something, you will not stand for anything and therefore you are reserved to be labeled as "luke or lukewarm" and you will be sprewed out from our mouths. Thank you Sir.

  • Anita David Abraham

    06/22/2017 01:12 AM

    Hilarious Mike but US gov/CIA created & funded ISIS to de-stabilize region & regime change for their own interests. Larger pic for reason to start WWIII. You should know this, ur an astute, savvy, very intelligent political insider who is been on the scene for a long time. I love & respect incredibly your work, your stance, your faith & that you have the courage to be man of integrity strength & conviction in a time like this & in the milieu we live. Thank God & Jesus there are men like you in the world & political sphere. But you know, everything we see around us & being fed to us is a lie.

  • Nancy Williams

    06/22/2017 12:17 AM

    Thank YOU for all you do, Loving America. Nancy Pelosi, Schumer, Warren, they are the crushers of the party and all of us see this. Their fellow Dems are now noticing this. Read they wanted to get rid of her. She is their downfall. Wait n see. Love your newscasts. Thank YOU for being you.

  • Lu Hale

    06/21/2017 10:05 PM

    Hey Mike, I live in Ga and have never been so disgusted at the amount of money spent on this election. I think there should be a law against out of state money for campaigns. So thankful Ossoff didn't win but I'm sure that it won't be the last time we will have to her from him. Really enjoy your articles thanks

  • Mary Rodriguez

    06/21/2017 08:59 PM

    Always enjoy your comments on the issues. Keep them coming! Helps me sort through the liberal hazy maze (I am in a very liberal area, plus lib-leaning family ).
    Thanks Mike.

  • Vincent W Canipelli

    06/21/2017 07:59 PM

    The Carpet Bagger LOST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Maggie Monsen

    06/21/2017 07:08 PM

    Thank you Governor for writing and sharing political issues of the day. I find it so difficult to get an honest account of what is actually happening. I'm not sure which news can be trusted. I feel secure in what you bring to us. Thank you.

  • James buettner

    06/21/2017 06:22 PM

    Don't include the southern coast in the group supporting Dumacrats. We are big Trump supporters and appreciate your commentary. Glad that the west coast flakes can stimulate the economy in Georgia without affecting the outcome the residents expect. Maybe the special counsel needs to go to Georgia and stimulate the economy more by hiring hire a bunch of lawyers and staff to see if Russia was involved in the election results. After all, people were Russian around to vote for Handel instead of Ossoff.

  • Andrea Machicao

    06/21/2017 05:05 PM

    Thank you Mr Huckabee for all of your clever and insightful commentaries! I read your email every day and I am always pleased by your explanations of the days events. Keep up the great work and I will keep reading??

  • Gail Cole

    06/21/2017 05:05 PM

    Mike - You are so on target, tell it like it is and see the reasons behind the issues...all while throwing out the worn out and dangerous political correctness that so many of us are sick to death of....keep on keeping on....while the dems and liberals may not listed to you, many more of us do listen to and respect you!

  • Judi Fey

    06/21/2017 05:05 PM

    Yesterday's two Republican victories show that approving Trump's agenda is not an impediment to being re-elected. If anything, the opposite. It is time for the R's to push through Trump's agenda, stop stalling, and get things done. Worry about fixing the country after 8 years of a real mess!

  • Sandra Roberts

    06/21/2017 04:35 PM

    I want to begin by thanking you for standing up for conservatives and not backing down rolling over and showing fear like so many republican on makers are doing and thank you most of all for standing up for Jesus I saw another comment who expressed disappointment in so many of our Republican lawmakers and I agree wholeheartedly Either they stand up for our conservative values or sad to say there will be a third-party. Their lack of fire in their belly and willingness to back down and rollover is sickening and embarrassing . Christians and conservatives are not weak We showed our willingness to fight by by voting for Donald Trump Now our lawmakers need to represent that brave attitude our ancestors showed when this country was formed

  • Sandra Roberts

    06/21/2017 04:35 PM

    I want to begin by thanking you for standing up for conservatives and not backing down rolling over and showing fear like so many republican on makers are doing and thank you most of all for standing up for Jesus I saw another comment who expressed disappointment in so many of our Republican lawmakers and I agree wholeheartedly Either they stand up for our conservative values or sad to say there will be a third-party. Their lack of fire in their belly and willingness to back down and rollover is sickening and embarrassing . Christians and conservatives are not weak We showed our willingness to fight by by voting for Donald Trump Now our lawmakers need to represent that brave attitude our ancestors showed when this country was formed

  • Dennis Bivins

    06/21/2017 04:00 PM

    Mike,
    Shouldn't Repub in WASHINGTON GET THIS AS WELL? It's not about republicans but the American public wants government to work. Right now THEY are holding up the processes in Washington.WE the people want the elected to do some darn work. THEY are being paid 3,times the salary of average An
    Americans with one heck of a retirement plan, but NOT DOING THE WILL OF THE AMERICAM MAJORITY. They republicans are staring us to thinking of a third party @stop the nonsense. HOW CAN WE GET THE REPUBLICANS IN,OFFICE,TOMDO,WHAT WE SENT TRUMP THERE FOR????

    Now I'm fed up,with them too!

  • Ricci Henry

    06/21/2017 03:43 PM

    So glad to see Handel win. And in SC also. Something to crow about. But don't get too puffed up. The repubs need to get their rear in gear and accomplish some substantial legislative wins before their constituents lose faith. We need to see healthcare and especially tax reform come through soon. They need to quit continually operating in defense mode and go after the dems for their suspicious activities. Like why did they collude with the FBI so secretively and only told the Homeland security director months later. Could it be they concocted a Russian collusion cocktail with Comey to subvert the Trump Train? Offense dudes!

  • John C. Samuel

    06/21/2017 03:27 PM

    If you have any influence over President Trump, tell him that he needs to fire ALL the holdover Obama staff and hire a new batch of conservatives to take their place. Also, stop with the damn tweets and do the job we elected you to do. If I knew how to reach him directly, and thought that he would actually read my mail, I would send him my recommendations of what he should do and why.

    John C. Samuel
    Irving, Texas

  • Robert

    06/21/2017 03:25 PM

    I think many people have become fed up with the lefts temper tantrum over losing an election and are realizing that that the only interest that the left has is in holding power to benefit themselves and not the country. The silent majority has awoken and the left is hearing them roar but turning a deaf ear to it!

  • Rosa Lea Price

    06/21/2017 03:24 PM

    I just want to say I read your messages and am so pleased to hear what you have to say. I agree with you wholeheartedly and wish I could express my thoughts as clearly and accurately. Thank you for all you say. I have been sick of the last 8 years and angry at what we have been put through. As a Christian I have to guard my thoughts as well as what I say, but I am praying that we can overcome much of the disaster that has developed over the last 8 years. I love you and your honesty and enjoy your messages.

  • Wanda Chaney

    06/21/2017 03:02 PM

    I finally got it! That is, the difference between the views of Democrats and Republicans. Democrats are a lot like the person who lives on a diet of junk food and abuses his body in other ways, and then takes vitamins and supplements and pharmaceuticals. Republicans are like the folks who try to eat right and care for their bodies; they take supplements and medicines when things go wrong. Both need help, but one group tries to avoid the need and the other sees it as a given. Right now, I look like a Democratic, but I want better times, and so I vote like a Republican.

  • Pamela Vergara

    06/21/2017 02:48 PM

    So well written. I read your articles whether I need to or not. I think you're the next Johnny Carson! Seriously! Get out there (on T.V.) and give us someone sane to watch. :) Thank you!

  • Daniel T Winfield

    06/21/2017 02:47 PM

    It is difficult to find the Leave A Comment section. Takes some luck. I like your columns and am amazed at what a good writer you are, which makes me wonder if you do it. Tony Perkins ' column is written by FRC Editors, mostly, and they play cute with serious issues. But I like your folksy but articulate style, and hope you continue to do it, and hopt it's you. Blessings Mike....

  • Tim Green

    06/21/2017 02:40 PM

    LOL Good post.

  • Mona Weisenberg

    06/21/2017 02:25 PM

    May God continue to bless you Mr. Huckabee. I love your narratives as they always hit the spot. Once I read them my attitude is better. Keep up the good work. AMEN

  • Tom Farris

    06/21/2017 02:10 PM

    Thank you, Mike, for your "voice crying in the wilderness". Who knows, maybe some Democrats who haven't drunk the Kool-Aid are listening and will stop voting for the godless, socialist progressives. Let's hope so. BTW, I support BGEA and Franklin Graham's continued message that Christ is the only real hope for America.

  • Susan Pack

    06/21/2017 01:51 PM

    Huck,
    You are blessed with an amazing gift of knowledge and truthfulness in your writings. How refreshing! Your humorous slant into our pathetic political daily dilemmas of our system keeps me laughing, not just when I first read your message but throughout the day. God bless you as you continue to pray for and reach out to reason with those dog gone hard headed Democrats!

  • Ralph Eugene Crowe

    06/21/2017 01:51 PM

    I am a expat. I now live in Costa Rica, originally from Virginia. My family is liberal so I'm the black sheep. I do enjoy all of your insights. Keep up the remarkable work amigo. I still vote from here..... and I voted for Trump and always for the truth!

  • Leon Raiche

    06/21/2017 01:21 PM

    The election of Karen Handel last night was music to my ears:)

  • Jonathan Jeffries

    06/21/2017 01:20 PM

    The democratic voters have to realize that the candidates they voted into office to help move America forward are actually standing in the way of any progress. If my candidate's party was in the minority, I would count on them to move the country forward while applying a check and balance on the majority party. I would not want my candidate to stop all progress and not even offer legislation that would help the country.

  • Mary Doyle-Stewart

    06/21/2017 01:11 PM

    Thank you Gov. Huckabee!! My husband has been saying the same thing all along!! Thank you for your service!!

  • Purushottam Naik

    06/21/2017 01:09 PM

    Thanks to Georgians electing truly well deserved Karen Handel and supporting the President, Mr. Trump and sending the looser, the "King of Junk Mail" producer back where he really belongs to!

  • Bonnie brown

    06/21/2017 01:00 PM

    Well said, as always. Your California donation facts are so very unsettling to me as a Californian. The biggest disgust I have is that supposedly the University of California donated $10,000. How can a public entity give away public funds for a political race?

  • David Bauer

    06/21/2017 12:59 PM

    Governor Huckabee:

    You provide an insightful analysis of the Georgia election results. Thank you for your continuing support of President Donald Trump and his agenda. We need you now more than ever.

    The Democrats are digging themselves into a deep, deep hole. As the old adage says it: " When you're digging yourself into a hole, stop digging." The Democrats have not yet recognized the fact that the Obama Administration not only failed to support working and middle class families across the nation, but they actually punished them by taking away jobs through various regulations and executive actions. Moreover, in place of the traditional Democrat base, the party leadership pandered to the lower SES and elitists located in the urban centers on both coasts.

    The Democrats are now reaping what they sowed.

  • Carol Breeden

    06/21/2017 12:43 PM

    I love your common sense....something the democrats know nothing about!!

  • Mark Lindsey

    06/21/2017 12:42 PM

    Thank you for continuing to speak truth in the midst of a chaotic media. Our friendship in Texarkana and Arkansas continues to light my path even today! I still remember the sound advice which you gave to me as a young pastor. Isaiah 41:10

  • Marilyn Kirkwold

    06/21/2017 12:41 PM

    Thank you, Mike for your daily posts. I love to read them. I do wonder if justice will ever happen to the criminal Democrats on this side of God's judgment. I am so thankful that Hillary didn't win, and now that Republicans won in Georgia in spite of all the money the Democrats spent there.

  • Glen Terrell

    06/21/2017 12:36 PM

    How can we get the FAIRtax on the discussion table for "tax reform?"

  • Hal Baumbach

    06/21/2017 12:32 PM

    I am wondering if telling what mistakes the liberals are making in their campaigns, and telling them how to correct the mistakes is helping them to defeat some of our candidates?

  • Kevin Springs

    06/21/2017 12:27 PM

    Thanks Mike for telling it like it is. We the people are sick of the last 8 yrs blame game, being told what we want, the violence in the streets and being made to pay for people who don't want to work. We have gone back in history with respecting each other instead of moving forward. Blaming a confederate flag for bigotry, tearing down statues because someone doesn't like them. If we erase our history we will repeat it. Sad but true. Hopefully we can still turn this country back around to a united and loving nation.

  • Konnie Vos

    06/21/2017 12:27 PM

    Thank you Mr. Huckabee for provding the truth. I really enjoy reading all your e-mails that speak the truth. I am so fed up with certain groups that are in Washinton, DC today and the media that is so dishonest, lie, cheat, hateful, willing to kill and who denies the truth and who cant even speak the truth. I do not watch the news anymore. I read your e-mails since you do have a sence of humor and you make me laugh. Keep up the great work. We love you Mr. Huckabee and Isreal. May God be with you each and everyday.

  • Susan Dyar

    06/21/2017 12:19 PM

    I'm from GA and looking at the Sixth District map last night, I think it helped that a woman was running against Ossoff and especially one as skilled as Handel. She is the first GOP Congresswoman from our state.

  • Pam Cole

    06/21/2017 12:14 PM

    Once again , you are so right! My husband and I live in Blue Mountain Beach and we are excited to be joining your Israel trip next February. Please keep putting your editorials out there. We need honest and truthful news!

  • Martha House

    06/21/2017 12:14 PM

    Dear Sir,
    I am a retired educator and lifelong Illinoisian. My heart is breaking.

    While I celebrate the victories of yesterday's election and support our President, I weep at the life being strangled from our state by career politicians who have become wealthy at the expense of the workers in this state. There are more people on the welfare rolls in Illinois than there are employed. How can we continue to be taxed to support the politicians and those on welfare. We have a governor who seems to have his hands tied and lack of leadership from immature democrat politicians who communicate the only solution is to tax, tax, tax.

    Please pray for our state. I have spent some time on the phone leaving my opinion with various legislators. An interesting opinion piece is by Kass in today's Chicago Tribune.

    Thank you for your newsletters and sound perspective. I appreciate you.

    God bless,
    Martha House

  • John Clark

    06/21/2017 12:14 PM

    The Democrats just could not get a "handle" on things.

  • Linda Robinson

    06/21/2017 12:13 PM

    Money can't buy you everything....Hillary as a primary example! Americans are choosing 'character and integrity' over Liberal 'hate, corruption and obstruction'. Weather Alert: This storm is called MAGA and it's been brewing for 8.5 yrs. There will be more storms to come in the mid-term elections!

  • Kris Quail

    06/21/2017 12:10 PM

    I don't comment because there is no need...I agree with everything you say, except that thing about free college for illegal immigrants or did I get that wrong? I can't "like" your FB comments because I have Liberal friends who will freak out! It's not safe to tell your opinion anymore which is a sad situation for the US.

  • Eileen Frerking

    06/21/2017 12:04 PM

    You are such a refreshing voice of reason in this sea of lies and deceit. I wish you were playing a bigger part in this administration - namely an advisor. I thank you for your participation in the primaries. Although I am a Trump supporter - I would have so preferred you to be in the White House. Please keep the real news coming.

  • Amelia Little

    06/21/2017 12:04 PM

    As far as polls go, I think they should be hung in the back closet with other out-of-date (or misleading) tools of life. The poll results depend on 1) who is paying for the poll (independent pollster, yeah, sure.) 2) what geographical area is chosen to do the poll. 3) whether or not the pollsters perhaps discard any portion of the answers. And, probably most importantly, how CRAFTILY the questions are worded. I listened to a pollster asking questions about an issue regarding work. As she was asking the questions, and by the way the interviewee was answering (and hesitating, because, just what does this question mean?) These are the questions, these are your choices for answers, you can't clarify any answers. The interviewee was quite surprised about when I told her she had just given the group sponsoring the poll the okay to change how a certain area was handled--she didn't WANT what was proposed, just one little change. But, too bad, they have you vote of approval. I disregard polls because I read how a poll by a trusted polling group found people wanting A B C. Next, I read a poll also by a trusted polling group that says the people want C D E. That tells you right there they cancel each other out. How about reading and listening and deciding for yourself instead of, as some people do, wait to see what the latest poll is, and vote that way. Seems the good people of GA have the sense to ignore polls! I just smh when the likes of hilary and other politicians who say the PEOPLE are out of touch with---the PEOPLE--and don't know what they need. OMG. That was part of her trouble, she was intent on doing what SHE KNEW the people needed (and wanted, even though they didn't know this) instead of listening to what the PEOPLE were saying.

  • Kevin Springs

    06/21/2017 12:02 PM

    The biggest problem with the democrat party IMO is that they are not democrats. These people runnning for office who call themself democrats are One world socialists plain and simple. The main reason they are insanely upset is that when Trump won the election he put a stop to their agenda. A one world government with Hillary as the Queen Bee is what they envisioned and wanted. That scenario is frightening to say the least.

  • Jim sharpe

    06/21/2017 11:53 AM

    Keep it coming Mike! You ARE making an impact..i am in the uk for two month care taker, and EVERY conversation starts with: what do you think of Trump? It is going to take persistance and straight news to change the mantra the media puts out-but its working! Blessings to you!

  • Hazen L. Emery

    06/21/2017 11:47 AM

    Mike,
    I appreciate your conservative views and truthful jabs you give to the left. I am tired of the language (word choice) used by the left. I look to see if visiting grandchildren are close before I turn on the news. They should not hear filthy language nor such hate.
    Hazen