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Cheer Up Democrats and Liberals, Georgia wasn’t the Right Test State

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Minority Leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi

Can you see the headlines now? One said “Democrats devastated by Georgia Loss.” Another read “Democrats Infighting Ramps Up.” Still another read “Democrats go 0-4.”



All of those are true.

The loss in Georgia last night was devastating, Democrats have gone 0-4 in special elections this year and there appears to be some sort of infighting going on among Democrats and Liberals over the direction of the party.

But sit back for a moment and think this through. Are special elections in Georgia, South Carolina, Montana or Kansas the best test cases to gauge how Democrats and Liberals will perform in 2018 and 2020?

Hardly.

For starters, these districts are solid Republican districts. That is why President Donald Trump chose these representatives to serve in the administration, in the first place.

These districts were considered safe and untouchable.



Secondly, participation in special elections have traditionally favored the Republican Party over Democrats.

Historically, the GOP seem better able to energize their base in off year elections than Democrats.

That ofcourse, is not an excuse. There is no reason that should be so but that is a topic for another day.

See also: Georgia Special Election: Can Ossoff, Democrats Pull off a Miracle?

I do not believe in moral victories but to lose by less than five points in a solidly Republican suburban district in Georgia and by about three points in South Carolina special elections? That has to say something to both parties.

In 2018, the Republican Party will defend a number of seats in solidly Democratic states and with President Trump’s awful record, how do you think they will fare?

Aside from Trump’s woeful performance, the GOP is playing hide and seek with the nation’s health care. They are crafting an Obamacare repeal that no one has seen, not even the GOP senators.

The non-partisan CBO (Congressional Budget Office) said the last health care bill from the House will cause up to 26 million Americans to lose their health insurance. It could also lead to the loss of over one million jobs by 2026.

Senator John McCain (R-Az.) is frustrated by the way his party has handled the crafting of the bill. He was quoted this week as saying that “no American has seen the bill but I’m sure Russia has seen it.”

Ouch!

Even a normally reliable Republican soldier like Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) exploded recently that “healthcare is such an important thing. I think we should have debated it in open, in committee hearings, have both sides bring in witnesses.”

Healthcare is one sixth of the U.S. Economy.




Alaska’s Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski said a more open process will serve the nation better. “I would like a more open process, that’s for sure,” she said this week.

Granted, these Republican Senators will vote for the GOP healthcare bill no matter how damaging it is to the pocket books of average American families because they can not afford to let their party down.

The point here is that healthcare is not going away anytime soon. You can expect to hear more about it in 2018 and 2020.

There is also the small matter of the investigations by a special prosecutor, and House and Senate committees into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential elections, Michael Flynn, the Trump teams collusion with Russia, and more.

If the Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller III comes out with his report sometime in 2018, you can bet it will be the most important issue going into the midterms.

And assuming President Trump is not impeached, it will still be the main issue for the election.

Don’t hold your breath on impeachment. Speaker Paul Ryan and GOP leaders in the House and Senate will not allow impeachment unless you catch Donald Trump with his pants down in the White House.

No matter how you slice it, 2018 and 2020 elections are looking good for Democrats.

So relax. Let the Republicans crow for now. We will see who gets the last laugh.

 

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