Giuseppe Sandro Mela.
«A special election will be held on June 20, 2017, to determine the member of the United States House of Representatives for Georgia’s 6th congressional district. Republican Incumbent Tom Price resigned from the seat following his appointment and confirmation as the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Trump Administration.» [Fonte]
Sarebbero state delle usuali, anonime, elezioni suppletive, se i liberals democratici non le avessero caricate di un intenso significato politico ed ideologico, intriso e grondante di odio neppure mal celato.
Tutti i leader liberals democratici nazionali avevano fatto gravi e severe dichiarazioni.
«Some of the nation’s largest political organizations on the left have been pouring in resources to the race too, itching to capitalize off anti-Trump sentiment and hoping take back a seat in the Republican-held Congress»
«The Democratic National Committee has been actively promoting his candidacy and fundraising off of anti-Trump sentiment in minorities, women, and millennials in the district to raise more money as well.»
«flipping this seat from red to blue would send shockwaves through Congress — and replacing Trump’s anti-Obamacare point man with a Democrat would be an amazing little cherry on top»
«The Tuesday contest is seen as an early test for Donald Trump’s popularity and a dry run for how Democrats can compete in fast-changing suburban districts»
Mr Ossoff, in linea con gli alti dirigenti democratici, ha riversato su Mr Trump prima, e sul Presidente Trump dopo, ogni sorta possibile di insulto, di cui uno dei più blandi era “bruciarlo vivo“, per salire a quello che i democratici ritengono essere il marchio dell’infamia: “omofobo“.
Ma Mr Ossoff sosteneva, inter alias, anche la necessità di aumentare le tasse, fare aderire nuovamente gli Stati Uniti all’Accordo di Parigi sul ‘clima‘, e tutte le altre tesi usualmente sostenute dai democratici.
Queste elezioni suppletive passeranno alla storia per essere state le più costose in senso assoluto nei due secoli di vita degli Stati Uniti.
I liberals democratici hanno investito in quel piccolo distretto della Georgia qualcosa più di trenta milioni di dollari. Tutte le Ong facenti capo a Mr Soros si erano attivate allo strenuo. Queste elezioni parevano la replica del D-Day.
Adesso il popolo sovrano si è espresso nel segreto delle urne ed ha sanzionato non solo la elezione di Mrs Karen Handel, candidata repubblicana, ma anche un trionfo per il Presidente Donald Trump.
A nulla sono valsi i fiumi di denaro dei liberals democratici, a nulla sono valse le loro menzogne, a nulla sono valse le loro calunnie: i risultati delle urne li hanno presi a schiaffi in faccia.
E sarebbe anche l’ora che i liberals democratici smettessero di sbandierare ai quattro venti che loro rappresentano il popolo americano. Rappresentano solo sé stessi, e sono anche minoranza.
Questa è la quarta elezione suppletiva consecutiva ove Mr Trump trionfa.
Leggetevi l’editoriale della Cnn. Sembrerebbe che stia meditando di cambaire padrone. Non sono tipi da sostenere i perdenti.
→ The Washington Times. 2017-06-21. Republican Handel wins runoff for Georgia seat in House
GOP beats back national push by Democrats in most expensive contest in U.S. House history.
ANDY SPRINGS — The high hopes Democrats had of striking a political blow to President Trump in the battle for Georgia’s open congressional seat were shattered Tuesday.
Republican Karen Handel emerged victorious in the runoff race for the U.S. House seat in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District — beating back the “Resistance” movement and defending a seat in the wealthy Atlanta suburbs that Republicans have held for nearly 40 years.
Mrs. Handel, a former secretary of state, was declared the winner by networks and the Associated Press more than three hours after the polls closed at 7 p.m., overcoming a well-financed challenge from Democrat Jon Ossoff in the most expensive U.S. House race in history.
Mrs. Handel praised her supporters and said she hopes to carry on the legacy of her predecessors in that district: Newt Gingrich, Johnny Isakson and Tom Price, who vacated the seat to become Mr. Trump’s health secretary.
“These men, these statesmen, have created very very big shoes to fill and I will do my level best to live up to the standard that they have set,” she said. “My promise is to work every single day, relentlessly to make our state and this country a better place.”
With 207 percent of the 208 precincts counted, Mrs. Handel defeated Mr. Ossoff, a former congressional aide and documentary filmmaker, by a 52.6 percent to 47.4 percent margin.
At his election night rally, Mr. Ossoff told his supporters that he had called to congratulate Mrs. Handel, and thanked them, saying this is the “beginning of something much bigger than us.”
“The more than 12,000 of you who as darkness has crept across this planet have provided a beacon of hope for the people here in Georgia, and for people around the world,” he said, going on to take a veiled shot at Mr. Trump.
“At a time when politics has been dominated by fear, hatred and scapegoating and division this community stood up … and you carried us on your shoulders and we showed the world that in places where no one thought it was possible to fight, we could fight,” he said.
Billed as a referendum on the opening months of the Trump presidency, more than 240,000 people had voted, signaling that Democrats and Republicans remain highly engaged in politics after the November presidential election.
Mr. Trump still cast his shadow on the race even after it was over.
In her victory speech, Mrs. Handel thanked a series of national politicians and offered “special thanks to the president of the United States of America.” At that, the crowd at her Atlanta headquarters cheered and broke into chants of “Trump! Trump! Trump!”
Mr. Trump himself went on Twitter and wrote: “Congratulations to Karen Handel on her big win in Georgia 6th. Fantastic job, we are all very proud of you!”
But the built-in advantages in this district were too much for the Ossoff camp to overcome. The defeat marked the fourth time that Democrats have been able to claim only a moral victory in a special election to fill a House seat vacated by Trump Cabinet appointees.
“Nancy Pelosi threw the kitchen sink at her, yet Karen still came out on top and ready to fight for Georgia in Congress,” said Steve Stivers, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.
“For all the Democrats’ bluster and despite pouring over $30 million into this race, I couldn’t be more proud to help keep this seat in Republican hands,” he said.
Mr. Ossoff raised more than $23 million for the race, while Mrs. Handel raised $4.5 million. They both received help from the national parties and outside groups, including pro-Handel political action committees that spent millions reminding voters that Mr. Ossoff lived outside the district and warning that he would be as a tool for Mrs. Pelosi, the San Francisco Democrat who leads the party in the House.
→ Cnn. 2017-06-21. Democrats just went 0-4. When will they win?
Atlanta (CNN)Democrats tried an inoffensive moderate message in Georgia. They ran a banjo-strumming populist in Montana. They called in the cavalry in South Carolina and tried to catch their foe sleeping through a long-shot in Kansas.
None of it worked.
In the special elections for House seats vacated by Republicans who wound up in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, Democrats went 0-for-4.
Now, party officials, strategists and candidates are pondering what went wrong — and how they can turn it around in time for the 2018 midterm elections.
Jon Ossoff’s loss Tuesday night in a hyper-competitive Georgia race — the most expensive in history — “better be a wake up call for Democrats,” tweeted Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton, an emerging Democratic leader.
“We need a genuinely new message, a serious jobs plan that reaches all Americans, and a bigger tent,” he wrote, “not an smaller one. Focus on the future.”
The losses aren’t all doom and gloom for Democrats. The party got closer than it has in decades to winning some of the four seats — a sign they’ve closed their gaps with Republicans in both suburban and rural areas and in 2018 will have a broad playing field with dozens of more competitive districts.
“We have to remember that these elections are being held in districts hand-picked by Trump — districts where he created vacancies because he thought they were ‘can’t lose’ seats,” said Ron Klain, a Democratic operative who was chief of staff to vice presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore.
Democrats also came closer than expected in South Carolina on Tuesday — which, Klain said, “shows there are no safe seats for Republicans and the Democrats have a broad array of districts to contest.”
But before the 2018 midterms, Democrats must grapple with the party’s need to drive its base to the polls while also convincing some independents and moderate Republicans to reject Trump.
“Democrats haven’t figured out how to beat Trump,” a senior Trump administration official said Tuesday night.
After scoring their latest victories, Republicans were spiking the football. Kellyanne Conway, a top White House aide, jabbed at Ossoff for being 30 years old and living just outside Georgia’s 6th District, tweeting her thanks to Republican Karen Handel “for standing strong, for running on issues, for being a grownup and for living in the district.”
In a memo, National Republican Congressional Committee communications director Matt Gorman said Democrats have a “competence problem” and said there were no moral victories to be had.
“Fawning press stories or bluster doesn’t win a single vote. There comes a time where a party must put up or shut up,” he said in the memo.
Democrats, meanwhile, were left licking their wounds.
“There are two ways to digest this result for Democrats — with our brains and with our guts,” said Tom Bonier, a top Democratic data and targeting guru.
Besting previous Democratic marks in each district that held a special election is a reason for optimism, he said. “But instinctually, this hurts, because it was about more than a single seat,” Bonier said.
“It was an opportunity to throw a wrench into Republican recruiting and fundraising efforts for 2018; to potentially set off a wave of retirements, creating easier to win open seats,” he said. “Logically, the difference of a few thousand votes in a single special election shouldn’t have such an impact. But these decisions aren’t always made based on logic alone.”
‘A tough loss’
Rep. Joe Crowley of New York, the House Democratic Caucus chairman, said in a statement that Georgia represented “a tough loss.”
“But Democrats cannot let this defeat tamper our enthusiasm. The fight to defeat President Trump’s and the Republican majority’s extreme agenda is more important than ever,” he said.
First, though, Democrats seem poised for a round of battles over which types of candidates they should run in competitive districts.
Progressive activist groups were sharply critical of Ossoff’s moderate campaign. In a strategic decision aimed at courting moderate Republicans who had supported Hillary Clinton in the fall, Ossoff rarely mentioned Trump’s name, and Democrats only hit Handel on the GOP’s health care effort late in the race.
“Gone are the days of Blue Dogs who actively campaign as Republicans,” said Adam Green, the co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.
Democracy for America chair Jim Dean blasted the Democratic establishment’s “unforced errors.”
‘A missed opportunity’
Anna Galland, the executive director of MoveOn.org, said Ossoff and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee “missed an opportunity to make Republicans’ attack on health care the key issue, and instead attempted to portray Ossoff as a centrist, focusing on cutting spending and coming out in opposition to Medicare-for-all.”
Dan Pfeiffer, a long-time senior aide to former President Barack Obama, tweeted that Democrats need a “progressive populist candidate” focused on the economy and the GOP’s health care effort to win tough House races.
And while Democrats badly wanted a win, coming close four times should be enough to spook Republicans facing competitive re-election battles, said Zac Petkanas, who ran Hillary Clinton’s rapid response team.
“The fact that all these races were close should have any member of the GOP who won by less than 15 points absolutely terrified,” he said.
Democratic voters nationwide, Petkanas said, don’t know Ossoff. “They all know who Donald Trump is and this race proves he remains a major liability for Republicans that juices our turnout and depresses their support,” he said.
Ossoff was catapulted to progressive stardom — and turned into a fundraising phenom who hauled in $23 million — in large part due to early support from the liberal blog Daily Kos.
The blog’s founder, Markos Moulitsas, said in an email that the loss was “obviously disappointing.”
But, he said, in competing hard in places like Georgia’s 6th District, where former Rep. Tom Price never fell below 60%, Democrats have changed the expectations for the 2018 midterms.
“We’ve made it a point to fight Republicans every step of the way, make them earn every inch of territory they’ve gained. We’ve taken the fight deep into their territory, and forced them to fight desperately to hold seats that should easily be theirs. We’ve laid a marker on the ground — next year will be brutal for Republicans, because they won’t be able to spend tens of millions in every district,” Moulitsas said.
“We’re going to keep fighting them, keep harassing them, and keep expanding the map,” he said. “And in the end, we’ll know who really won and who lost November of 2018.”