A month and a half ago, the GOP had a lock on keeping the Senate. Polls suggested Dem wins in places like Maine and Iowa but, when the votes were ultimately counted, GOP Senators Susan Collins and Jodi Ernst won handily.
In Georgia, the two GOP incumbents did well, but didn’t quite exceed 50% in a multicandidate race. Under Georgia law, that meant a runoff was necessary between them and their Democrat challengers.
The GOP – and the oddsmakers and pollsters – thought the GOP incumbents would win easily. Georgia hasn’t elected a Dem senator in the last generation. Moreover, both Dem candidates were fairly weak. One was tied to China and the other was a Reverend Wright wannabe, Fidel Castro sympathizer and wife abuser.
But the Dems won today. The Senate goes to the Dems along with the House of Representatives and the Presidency. So what happened in the two month interval between the time it seemed the GOP had a lock on the Georgia runoffs and the runoffs themselves?
Trump happened, that’s what.
Trump made a fuss that he’d been robbed of the presidential election. There was fraud, no doubt, and there should be investigations, legislation and prosecutions to prevent it from ever happening again. But despite repeated promises from Trump and his lawyers, especially the formerly-talented Rudy Giuliani, they never presented much evidence.
In each case that went to the Supreme Court, they lost 0-9. That means they lost the conservative justices 0-6 and even lost the Trump conservative appointees 0-3.
When not losing court cases, Trump was criticizing his own party for failing to deliver enough in new stimulus checks and threatening to veto the deal – after his own Secretary of Treasury negotiated and signed off on the deal. His veto threat later proved a bluff that failed. After promising to veto the bill, he then signed the bill.
Then he went after two Georgia state-wide elected Republicans, the Secretary of State and the Governor, for enabling fraud in November. Fraud-wise, he was just getting warmed up. He ranted before the Georgia runoff even started that it, too, was fraught with fraud and that the fix was in for the Dems.
How many Republicans will bother to stand in line to vote if the Republican President tells them it’s all for naught? As it turned out, not enough.
It was classic Trump: Ready-Shoot-Aim. All-Hat-No-Cattle. Talking-The-Talk-But-Neglecting-To-Walk-The-Walk. A strategy that was nothing beyond Look-At-Me and Aren’t-I-Great. It was the worst of Trump – a guy I voted for twice, campaigned for, and predicted would win both his elections. It was Trump as the two-bit attention-seeking carny barker.
Imagine you’re Trump in bed in the White House at about 2 a.m. Next to you are two laptops. The laptop on one side is a computer that you can use to post idiotic Tweets. The laptop on the other side is a gorgeous former fashion model. Which do you choose?
Trump usually chose the computer. I tell you, he’s got a screw loose.
The Dems in Georgia knew all this. Their explicit strategy was not to talk about themselves, not to talk about their GOP opponents, and not to talk about the issues. It was to talk about Trump, and to bait him into more outlandish balderdash. Anyone who thinks that Trump didn’t hurt the Republican cause in Georgia cause has to contend with the fact that it was Trump that the Dems ran against — successfully.
So here we are, Mr. Trump. You’ve lost the presidency simply by lacking the discipline to stop saying stupid things late at night because you crave the attention of the Twitter-world over the attention of your beautiful and brilliant wife — or perhaps I should say, your future former wife.
Now you’ve lost the Senate as well. Your vanity has turned the Federal government over to the Democrats – the weirdos who conclude prayers with “Amen and a-women.”
You did a lot of good things. That’s why I supported you. But your last two months have nearly offset all the good. The only lasting good will be your three Supreme Court appointments – whom, it must be said, have all lined up against you. All three.
I know you’re mad, and I mean that in every sense of the word. Whether you go away mad or go away sane, I beg this of you: Do go away. Before you lose even more for the GOP and the conservative cause.