democrats are now 0-3 in Trump Era special elections. Democratic candidate John Ossof wasn’t really close to winning Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. He was handily defeated by Karen Handel after the most expensive congressional race in U.S. history – a contest marred by vicious ads attacking Ossof. Shadowy right wing PAC money painted Ossof as a stooge of the “mouthpiece of terrorists” and attempted to tie him up in the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise.
Ossof could not even match the showing of little-known Archie Parnell in the almost completely under the radar South Carolina special election also held on Tuesday. Ossof lost by 6 points, Parnell only lost by 4 in a much more heavily Republican district.
All this shows that the GOP is holding serve where it needs to and that the Dems are lost in the woods right now. Running basic unknowns against established politicians isn’t going to cut it no matter how much money is thrown at a race. The message of “At least we’re not crazy” doesn’t seem to be resonating in the heartland. Sitting around waiting for the Republicans to shoot themselves in the foot (something they are wont to do) is not working. There is no coherent message as an alternative to a party that has been the party of War and Recession for nearly 40 years. If you can’t beat these guys, maybe just maybe you should think about folding up shop. Red has some ideas for a new party – but that is for another time.
Right now 2018 is looking better and better for Trump. Red thinks Trump has a real shot at securing an even larger working majority in the House and Senate while the GOP retains control at the statehouse level across the country. The U.S. is not headed towards strict one-party rule (like Texas), but it is approaching de facto status in that regard.