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Democratic Momentum in Georgia Race Signals Shifting Electoral Tide


#1

Democratic Momentum in Georgia Race Signals Shifting Electoral Tide

Lauren McCauley, staff writer

In the closely-watched race for Georgia's sixth district, said to be the first test of whether backlash against President Donald Trump will propel Democratic candidates to seize traditionally conservative seats, documentary filmmaker Jon Ossoff continues to gain ground, putting the GOP on the offensive in other pivotal local contests.


#2

I read two things into this.

  1. We're going to get ourselves another Democrat in Washington. Oh, joy.

  2. He's probably going to win, not because of his abilities to lead (or lack thereof) but because--for whatever reason or reasons-- he has the ability to raise more money than the other people.

This, folks, is what passes for "American democracy" at work.

In the words of the immortal Howard Beale, "Woe is us."


#3

Oh, my. Oh, would that the Democrats act like Democrats and not vote for T-rump's picks. Is there any hope? Shall we hold our breath and wait for the Democrats to take care of their voters instead of Wall St.? Is there hope? Will Democrats stop voting for trillion dollar wars and military budgets? Is there hope? Will Democrats stop kidnapping people and sending them to secret prisons around the world for torture? Will Democrats stop voting to drop bombs on people?


#4

Nope. Sorry.


#5

Glad you're not in Georgia. I'm sure you're doing something real important wherever you are.


#6

This guy has run the most aggressive funding campaign I have ever witnessed-
My inbox has been hit on a daily basis for weeks on end- Every day there is a very aggressive sales pitch for donations, almost to the point of extortion...
Of course the communiques never told me much about where he stands, just that he is a Democrat and how "We" need to fight Trump-
I took the liberty of googling him and found out that at Georgetown University, He studied under former secretary of state Madeleine Albright and former Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren.
But, I also found out that While in high school, he interned for Georgia congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis.
He may well be a well intended, young and upcoming statesman?
Your guess is as good as mine, but the Madeleine Albright influence is unsettling at best-


#7

It's damn difficult to get excited about a candidate that Pelosi supports.


#8

Okay, but he would undoubtedly be a big improvement over Tom Price, and it would at least be a sign of change.


#9

I lived in Tennessee for three years. No one is more glad than I am to be no where near Georgia now. Bee, I'll see your sarcasm and raise you two sneers and a scoff. And yes, I like to think that what I'm doing here is very important.


#10

Electing more people loyal to the duopoly that works only for Wall Street and not us is an improvement? In what realm of Propagandaly Correct is that a good thing? I have vowed never to vote for anyone again with a D after his or her name. And thanks to Sellout Sanders I am also ready to kick anybody to the curb who "claims" to be an Independent.


#11

Y'know something? If we can't yet see that the the only reason that the Democratic Party still exists is to provide a tacit "legitimacy" to the "two-party" American system of government, we really do deserve a Trump.
(Same goes for people like Sanders.) When we finally wake up to the truth is when we'll rid ourselves of people like them.

Until then, let's continue to enjoy our dilusions just a little bit longer.


#12

Whoa? Debbie downer, doubting Thomas. I am not a big fan of dem party but they have the power and we need many more progressive to take the power from them and/or start their viable 3rd party. So far that hasn't worked for anyone.


#13

I've been in this game a long time. There was a time when I too thought that we could take over the Democratic Party and use the structure already in place to advance our own agenda. I also thought that we could build a viable alternative party to the two that were already established. (The Greens have been around for about thirty-five years, and they have less real influence now than they ever have had. If they ever could have been said to have had any. Before them were the Populists and the Socialists and the Wobblies. And the New Deal and the Fair Deal and the Great Society. Where are we now compared to before they existed? And where are we heading?)

The grim reality is, the system as it exists is far too entrenched, and the people of this country far too controlled (in body, circumstance, and information) and passive, for any of that to happen. I wish it were different, but it's not. We are truly fucked. (Just look around if you don't believe me.) The sooner we realize it, the sooner those of us who are aware of it can (possibly) ameliorate some of the worst that is yet to come-- for ourselves and our loved ones, at least.

Depressing, yes, but better to be realistic than delusional. With a clear head, at least, we can put our efforts into doing what we can that will actually stand a chance of doing some good-- instead of letting us feel that, even though we failed, at least we tried, and what's more, our hearts were in the right place. Noble, for sure, but not effective..


#14

The last Green Party national candidate has been incorrectly and shabbily connected by the DNC/MSM, and Wikileaks and hacks, to the Putin/Russia Meddling dustup. This is how the game is referreed, folks. Dr. Stein, and the rest of this interesting circular firing squad, should get behind the Sanders movement. Eliminatimg the Clintonista Clan is the 1st order of business, here. Then overcoming the ObamObots is next on the list. Bringing progressive change means neutering the opposition by any means necessary, apparently, because The Shillary Co. refuses to even exit awkwardly ( Flippergate ).
I like these candidates generally; come on, who can dislike Roy Rogers 2.0 and a singing cowboy's life being documented by a guy from Georgetown via Georgia? Ain't that America for you and me ( will there be little pink houses )?


#15

Except that the Sanders "movement" is entirely a sham, designed to keep a veneer of respectability on the same system that erodes the rights of all but the very rich. His presence-- either deliberate (as I believe it is) or incidental-- has the effect, either way, of keeping liberals and progressives from examining the system too closely. As it stands now, they erroneously believe that they have a player in the game who represents them and stands up for what they believe. As preoccupied with living as almost all of us are and, given the complexities of the system (that makes it a chore to try and decipher what is really going on) they're not going to protest too hard (or at all), because, well, Sanders is doing it for them, on their behalf.

Without him (and, for some, Elizabeth Warren, who serves a similar role), progressives and liberals (who are generally good-hearted and fair-minded people) would otherwise look around, see the inequities inherent in the system, find no one "in power" who represents their interests, and begin asking some provacative questions. And start rattling the cages they have been locked into. (They might even realize that they have been locked into cages and demand--or fight--to be released.)

With Sanders making his (ultimatelty useless) pronouncements from time to time, however, they are placated into submissiveness and acquiescense, which serves the purpose of continuing to bestow upon the American system enough credibility to continue its unseemly agenda of abrogating the rights of the majority of its citizens (not to mention those around the world who it views as competitors, enemies, or inconveniences).


#16

QUOTE: A super PAC aligned with House Republican leaders put more than $2 million into ads painting Ossoff as too young and inexperienced.UNQUOTE.

I have news for those guys:
The Harper Conservatives in Canada tried that "inexperience" pin on Trudeau and see, where it got them.
Youth and not being tainted by past involvement in politics of corruption is taking over..
Out with the mold, open up to fresh air!
You can take that from an 82 year old (me) and a 75 year old (Bernie). We have been around! :laughing:


#17

While I tend to blame most of America's worries on legislatures whose members are selected by big money before we are allowed to vote for one of the approved aspirants this overwhelming support by the voters is truly refreshing. It may seem naive to believe that this is the result of small contributions but when you look into who is supporting the Party of No candidates that argument won't fly. North Atlanta has always been the most progressive area of the state even when representatives were dixiecrats.


#18

Certainly not before Republicant"s accept the bill of rights and allow the closure of Gitmo prison.


#19

My experience with urban areas anywhere is that they are generally more liberal, or at least less conservative, than more rural areas, regardless of the location. Just how much more liberal is relative to the area. Nashville, for example, is less conservative than the rest of Tennessee, but it's still in the South, which is, by my estimation, far less progressive (or really, more regressive) than the rest of the country is, as a whole.

I'm not casting aspersions here. The fact is, the South held onto conservative and segregationist traditions far longer, and its politicians regularly blocked progressive legislation that would have benefited ordinary citizens throughout the United States. This is still the case today. One only has to look at which parties the states have historically voted for during presidential elections.

It happens to be an area in which its people share sometimes similar, but far too often, very different views that diverge widely from the rest of the nation. Once the South goes, it probably won't be that long (once we can get rid of Trump) before the US will be on par with the rest of the industrialized world. You know, universal health care, living wage, all that social welfare nonsense. The South has a culture that is distinct from the rest of the United States. Let us all honor that. Canada and Mexico are distinctly different as well. They're countries I enjoy visiting from time to time precisely because they are different. (It is likely that the South might wind up a theocracy. Hey, if that's what they vote for, who am I to quibble.)

Pipe dream, I know, but I really do wish they would secede and form their own separate country, and let the rest of us do what's best for our citizens here without outside interference. It would surely simplify the political climate in both places. (At this point, I'm not worried about the restituting of slavery, and I'd be totally OK with anyone wanting to immigrate from the Confederacy.)


#20

And the Clinton org support as well - so where did his $8 million support come from - doesn't exactly say, now does it ...

And apparently he is no SP supporter - " .....a six-figure campaign focused specifically on Ossoff's support for maintaining and improving the Affordable Care Act, "

No hope for any "hope and change" there, methinks ....