Democrats can't seem to come to terms with the fact that their far-left trajectory does not resonate with the majority of Americans, and more pointedly, even many of those who once formed their base.
Another victory for the GOP on Tuesday evening underscores this key point, as Republican Karen Handel won Georgia's 6th Congressional District race. She also thanked President Trump during her speech Tuesday night. Now Democrats are 0-4 in special elections. The AP summarizes:
Handel won about 52 percent of the vote to quell the upstart phenomenon of Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old Democrat who raised more than $23 million and became a symbol of opposition to Trump.
The thank you to Trump was Handel's most public show of support of the man who wasn't embraced by many voters in the well-educated suburban Atlanta district in November and who she handled delicately throughout a primary and runoff election to fill the congressional seat vacated by Tom Price to take a spot in Trump's cabinet.
Handel devoted much of her speech to thanking national and state Republicans for backing her campaign before making a direct appeal to Ossoff's supporters.
"To the Jon Ossoff supporters, know that my commitments, they extend to every one of you as well," Handel said. "We may have different beliefs, but we are part of one community, the community of the 6th District. And I will work just as hard to earn your confidence in the weeks and months ahead."
She also noted last week's shooting of Republican Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and said politics has become too embittered.
"What happened on that ballfield was a terrible tragedy and we need to all continue to lift up Steve and the others who were injured that day," Handel said. "And we need to also lift up this nation so that we can find a more civil way to deal with our disagreements. Because in these United States of America, no one — no one — should ever feel their life threatened over their political beliefs and positions. And I say that ladies and gentlemen in regards to both sides of the political aisle."
A day after the election, Democrats are left with the bitter hope of another tighter-than-usual margin, still searching for a contest where anti-Trump energy and flush campaign coffers actually add up to victory.
Handel's tough race, combined with closer-than-usual GOP House victories in Kansas, Montana and South Carolina, suggests Trump will dominate the coming election cycle, forcing Republicans to make peace with him, for better or worse. [...]
It was enough to help Handel raise more than $5 million, not a paltry sum in a congressional race, but only about a fifth of Ossoff's fundraising haul. The Republican campaign establishment, however, helped make up the difference. A super PAC backed by Ryan spent $7 million alone; the national GOP's House campaign arm added $4.5 million.
In order to regain a House majority, Democrats must not only hold on to their currently-held districts but claim 24 GOP-held seats as well. If Democrats continue with their hard-left trajectory, or at the very least, rampant opposition to President Trump and everything that made him appealing to voters, we doubt they will be able to realize such a feat. Ossoff was selected by House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and had far more operating capital than his GOP opponent. Democrats were hoping that the climate of fear and loathing they've fomented about the Trump administration would translate into Democratic votes.
They still just don't seem to get it.