Donald Trump: Republicans win in Atlanta in blow to Democrats’ morale

Donald Trump: Republicans win in Atlanta in blow to Democrats’ morale, by Conor Duffy.

A special election in Atlanta, Georgia is the latest election victory for President Donald Trump and the Republican Party.

Mr Trump promised he would win so much, his side would be sick of it — but after the latest win, he was quick to rub his opponents’ noses in the smell of defeat.

The loss came despite Democrats spending $US30 million ($39.6 million [over $100 per voter]) — the GOP also spent big — trying to take advantage of the Trump administration’s rocky start to steal the traditionally Republican seat. …

The Republicans are up 4-0 in special elections since the inauguration and, while they are all in Republican strongholds, Democrats thought they were in with a shot. …

CNN upon hearing the results in Georgia. Look at those long faces. As biased as.

It is certainly morale-sapping for Democrats who still have not figured out how to secure a win over Mr Trump.

Influential voices like former vice president Joe Biden believe the Democrats still have not heeded the lessons of last year’s loss and continue to ignore working class voters.

“When was the last time you heard us talk about those people?” Mr Biden asked a rally — an extraordinary question for a former leader to ask a party that once considered itself the natural home of the worker.

Message from Georgia: Hating Trump is not a platform, by Liz Peek.

Democrats pulled out all stops in their effort to show that the #Resistance isn’t just about marches and slogans and insulting the president, but also about flipping the House in 2018. They poured tens of millions of dollars into what became the most expensive House race ever, trying to elect 30-year-old nonentity Jon Ossoff to fill the seat of HHS head Tom Price. They cast the race as a referendum on Donald Trump, and a bellwether for 2018. …

What is undoubtedly true is this: despising Donald Trump is not much of a platform.

Ossoff, who received gobs of money from outside Georgia and doesn’t even live in the 6th District, started his campaign by exhorting voters to “Make Trump Furious.” But more recently he backed off that attack line, and ran what even the New York Times called a “milquetoast” campaign. He portrayed himself as a centrist, with a platform about as thin as his resume. Apparently he came to realize that those activists sending contributions from LA and New York would not be showing up in the voting booth, and that he had to win the hearts and minds of Georgia Republicans.

Michael Moore: Dems have ‘no message, no plan, no leaders’, by Jonathon Easley.

Moore and others on the left are furious with what they view as a rudderless Democratic Party that has failed to develop a new strategy or message in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s surprising election loss in November.

Moore ripped the Democratic National Committee and its House campaign arm for having “no message, no plan, no leaders.” Democratic leaders “hate the resistance,” Moore said, underscoring the lingering tension between the party’s grassroots base and the establishment in Washington.

Both parties are at odds with their bases.

hat-tip Stephen Neil, Scott of the Pacific