Ossoff: “I told y’all so” Edition

Anyone who starts a sentence with “I hate to say I told you so…” is lying. EVERYone loves to be proven right, and I am no exception. Way back on March 3rd of this year, I offered some free (and apparently worthless) advice to Republican candidates in the special election for Georgia’s 6th District. I pointed out that Jon Ossoff ain’t from around here, but it turns out wealthy liberals in California were the only ones who noticed.

Jon Ossoff has broken a lot of records –not just for the most expensive House race in history, but also for the most out-of-state money raised by any Congressional candidate, ever. According to his hometown newspaper, the Mercury News in San Jose, California: Ossoff “…reported receiving almost nine times as many individual donations from California than from Georgia, according to federal campaign finance data released last week.” The Atlanta media darling reported receiving $456,296.03 from California — and $220,532.10 from the San Francisco Bay area, but only $228,474.44 (total) from Georgia. 

A mere 3.5% of Ossoff’s contributors live in Georgia and the 30-year old trust fund millionaire should be commended for the remarkable job he’s done suckering west coast liberals into falling for his “Make Trump furious” fundraising pitch, a sample of which is obvious from the image of a fundraising email signed by Jon Ossoff sent to members of MoveOn.org:

OSSOFF LIES

Ossoff raises money from liberal chumps while campaigning in Georgia as a conservative who will cut government spending. The fact nearly half the voters in Georgia’s 6th and 7,218 California leftists are willing to believe the words that come out of both sides of his mouth shows, empirically, that projection will overcome cognitive dissonance every time. Want proof? From the Merc itself:

“…for out of state donors, the idea of sticking one to Trump with an Ossoff win is the big draw.

Rosaria Haugland, 77, a philanthropist and former scientist in Palo Alto, gave Ossoff $2,167 in a series of small donations. She said she didn’t know much about Ossoff, other than that he would fight Trump — and that was enough for her…

‘It’s the only thing that I can do,” she said. “I don’t care if the person who becomes president is Democrat or Republican… The only way that can help is if the Democrats start getting more power.

Did you catch that? Democrat vs. Republican doesn’t matter to Ms. Haugland, as long as “the Democrats start getting more power.”

We don’t expect a lot of thoughtful debate from liberal Ossoff backers in GA-6. They have taken off their vagina hats and carefully and deliberately hidden their anti-President hysteria under Jon Ossoff’s phony-baloney middle-of-the-road banalities about “working with anyone” to “hold Washington accountable.” I’m not making this up. Here’s how they hide it:

Jon Ossoff has used a mountain of liberal money to convince middle-of-the road Georgians that he –as the most junior member in the minority party of the House of Representatives, would somehow make it (whatever “it” is) all better.

And it’s not just money. Liberal groups are canvassing, knocking on doors and soliciting Ossoff votes. Planned Parenthood is bragging that it has paid “…canvassers who knock on doors each day, and will have knocked on 80,000 doors ahead of the voting. The group touts that it’s twice the size of any other independent canvasses backing Ossoff.” I guess breast cancer has been cured, if Planned Parenthood is paying people to work on political campaigns.

I have always believed that Republicans were naturally and correctly skeptical of campaign messages –even the ones that I have produced- and that they could tell a liar from an honest woman no matter how much money was spent to make them stop thinking for themselves and start believing commercials. But Jon Ossoff’s liberal patrons have spent $40 million making tomorrow’s vote a toss-up, and I’m starting to worry about the rational abilities of my fellow Republicans in the 6th.

 

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Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Did Charlie buy extra insurance for this blog? I’m worried that if Mike’s takes get any hotter, this place is gonna burn down. I’ve got to wear a welding mask just to read this fire takes, Mike. Well done.

Kara
Kara

In all your snide and ugly rhetoric about liberals, think about this. Handel is a woman who chose to stop giving money to Planned Parenthood, thereby defunding breast cancer screenings at clinics across our state – while working for an organization that is all about ending breast cancer. When called out on it repeatedly her answer has been “I was just one of many employees” trying to hide the fact that she was the Senior VP of Public Policy and actually one of the few people with enough power to push that choice through. Handel is a woman who has… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

“The rights of all human beings to be treated equally “. You seriously wtote that, Kara? PP overwhelming vast function is to provide abortions. Period. Where are the rights of those killed kids?!

Kara
Kara

Abortions are less than 3% of what Planned Parenthood does. Have you ever used Planned Parenthood for health care? I have. They provided all of my healthcare when I was in college and for a couple of years after I graduated. They provided me with birth control, pap smears, cancer screenings, and referrals to clinics when I needed care they couldn’t provide. Stop spreading falsehoods and start looking at the actual facts. I also notice you focused entirely on that and didn’t address any of the other human rights – like the right of all human beings to marry and… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

You’re right. All of those other rights you so passionately advocate for are truly secondary to the right to live. Carry on.

Kara
Kara

The right to live? You mean the right to live of people killed by guns? The right to live of people who will die because they can’t get medical care? You don’t care about the “right to live”. You’ll condemn those mothers and children to a life of poverty, pain, lack of health care, starvation, and misery … and you couldn’t care less about that. You don’t care about anyone’s life. All you care about is pushing your religious agenda on the rest of the United States.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Tell me, Kara, do you prefer grape or cherry Kool Aid? Keep up The Narrative!!! Sad.

Kara
Kara

Seriously, why are you willing to be rude and hateful and not actually talk about the facts. I’m not drinking any KoolAde and I’m not accusing you of either. I am accusing you of lying about the facts. The fact is that abortions account for less than 3% of the services that Planned Parenthood provide. The fact is that no Federal money or Medicaid is used to pay for abortions at Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood provides needed medical care, birth control, and cancer screenings for thousands of woman across America. You seem entirely 100% focused on that 3% of services… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Kara… this is kind of his shtick. If you don’t respond to his nonsense, he’ll have no choice but to go back to freebasing Alex Jones.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Good, Drew. Name call when you get schooled in basic logic.

Noway2016
Noway2016

“The right to live? You mean the right to live of people killed by guns? The right to live of people who will die because they can’t get medical care? You don’t care about the “right to live”. You’ll condemn those mothers and children to a life of poverty, pain, lack of health care, starvation, and misery … and you couldn’t care less about that. You don’t care about anyone’s life. All you care about is pushing your religious agenda on the rest of the United States.” First of all…you don’t know anything about me or my views. Second, your… Read more »

The Eiger
The Eiger

Clearly it’s better to be aborted and chopped up into parts and sold by planned parenthood than it is to be born and have a chance to live a life.

You may be poor. Kill the child.
You may be born to a parent that made a mistake. Kill the child.
You may be shot by a left wing nut job on a baseball field. So let’s murder the baby.
The time may not be right for having a child. So let’s just kill it.

bethebalance
bethebalance

I don’t know anyone who is not pro-life. Abortion policy is about how we define life, including the mother’s life. While answers to those questions may be eternally in flux, I think it’s much easier to assess the policy of PP funding. If an otherwise good system has a weakness, even if a terrible one, we find a way to improve the system when possible, not kill it.

xdog
xdog

Mike, wouldn’t you better serve your cause by finding some people to drive to the polls?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I think he should go on tour. People need to see the “man yells at cloud” experience in person.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Did you see Newt Gingrich on TV yesterday morning? He reminded me of Pat Robertson. He argued that an investigation about obstruction wasn’t about anything except potential perjury charges, then later defended the impeachment of Clinton because there was an actual felony, perjury. Talk about cognitive dissonance.

Honest woman? Tell that to Log Cabin Republicans, or the Komen foundation. Trump is just too much a serial liar to elect a rubber stamp with her own issues.

Mensa Dropout
Mensa Dropout

I have lived in the 6th district my whole life. I am voting for Ossoff this time and not because I like him (I’d be voting libertarian if there was one running) but because the puppets/politicians in my district have pissed me off beyond belief, so I am implementing my local, reactionary vote against KH. And Trump is scary, so I’m locally voting against him, too.

hudsonkd
hudsonkd

Hmm, As a 6th District voter who is canvassing and voting for Ossoff, I have a few thoughts. How much money has the Handel campaign received from Georgia? How much has she received from out-of-state PACs? As for “thoughtful debate”, I suppose, “I do not support a livable wage” is thoughtful in your book, but it isn’t in mine. The current process in the house and senate with respect to the AHCA has been appalling. Handel supports that process and the house bill, which a tiny minority across the country supports. She supports Trump’s divisive rhetoric. Indeed she uses it… Read more »

Will Durant
Will Durant

I for one will be glad to see 7 PM come tomorrow. All of this to obtain 0.2% of a full vote in the House. The absurdity of laws that allow unlimited money to be used as long as it isn’t fer a particular candidate. But it does allow these PACs to operate legally as long as they are agin’ the other one. This is no way to run “free” elections.

bethebalance
bethebalance

I think the voters in the 6th deserve a lot of credit. They’ve had to endure this campaign the most. And I don’t think any one of them would be surprised or offended that a politician is, and will be, torn between their party and their personal penchants, even if they are penchants for centrism. This is a contest between rationalities: supporting the Republican agenda vs. supporting a check to said agenda. Both can simultaneously make sense given the present partisan circumstances.

augusta52
augusta52

OK… I guess it is time for my “I told you so” edition. First, lets address Mike’s claim that Jon Ossoff “ain’t from around here.” Well, OK, Mr. Ossoff, as he readily admits (he has not “lied” about it), does not live in the 6th District. But is that the same as saying he ain’t from “around” here? I don’t know exactly where Mr. Ossoff lives—somewhere in the Emory area—but lets say for the sake of argument it is near North Decatur and Clairmont Roads, a busy intersection. That is perhaps 4 miles due south of the intersection of 85… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Augusta correctly points out the reason Democrats are spending money on this race as opposed to prior races in KS and MT: they can win. From a demographic standpoint, voters in the 6th district are more educated, wealthier, and more likely to have a white collar profession than the average Trump voter. As 2016 showed, there are already voters in this district who are “anti-Trump.” KS and MT, on the other hand, went heavily for Trump in 2016 and had populations which more closely resembled the average members of Trump’s base. Despite this, Democrats were able to make KS and… Read more »

David C
David C

As we discuss why “Dems spent money” it’s important to remember that, unlike the GOP spending, the spending here has been grass roots and small donor led. It’s not that someone woke up and said “We’re spending $30M here, and not in KS or MT.” Instead, people who give $15 a month, or what have you, gave it to Ossoff. Once that took off initially, it became a bit of a boulder down a mountain. (As EMILY’S List famously says, “Early Money Is Like Yeast: It helps raise the dough.”) If he comes up short tomorrow, I’m sure there will… Read more »

Kara
Kara

Yup. I personally donated $25 4x over the course of the election. My boyfriend (who doesn’t live in the 6th – he’s in Loudermilk’s district) donated twice. His ex-wife who hates politicians donated to Ossoff. My ex donated 3x that I know of and phone banked. There are a LOT of us donating a little bit here and there, once a month or once a paycheck. The vast majority of Ossoff money comes from people like us.

MikeSilver
MikeSilver

To his earned credit, Ossoff has run a good campaign. His people are motivated and hasn’t made many big mistakes. My neighbors are bat-sh*t enthusiastic for the guy.

Meanwhile, I trying to encourage my cadre of conservative neighbors to vote with …. Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney. Woo HOOO!

chamblee54
chamblee54

Actually, Karen Handel is the Republican Hillary.

Lea Thrace
Lea Thrace

Pin point accurate.

I’ve been saying this since she got into this race. But of course it doesnt matter. Because those who dislike Mrs. Clinton love Mrs. Handel simply because of that R behind her name.

Noway2016
Noway2016

You know, after howling and knowing I’ll regret asking, how is Handel the Repub Hillary?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I think Coakley is the more appropriate comparison: Elected to statewide office, performed unremarkably and without significant controversy. Ran a campaign that lacked a clear vision or reason for existing. Relied too heavily on past results and falsely assumed she could easily coast to victory despite aforementioned lack of vision. No substantive policy positions. No original policy initiatives. Flat, talentless campaigners… I know you hate Hillary, but as a policy mind, Clinton knows what she’s doing. I think she suffers under comparisons to her husband and to Obama (the greatest retail politicians of their respective generations) but as someone who… Read more »

chamblee54
chamblee54

Thank you for the phrase *retail politician*.
Yes, Hillary was qualified, at least compared to WJC, GWB, BHO, and DJT.
However, both HRC and KCH have yukky personalities. While the substance may be good, the style is terrible. And the show business part of politics is important.
There is one other difference. Whatever her shortcomings, KCH is famous because of who she is. KCH is not famous because of her husband.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

1) Karen Handel is devoid of substance, please do not compare her to Hillary Clinton in terms of substantive knowledge, creativity, or intellectual curiosity. I’ve seen kids in high school civics classes with more defined policy ideas than Karen Handel.

2) I think Clinton could have worked her way to her current position without Bill. It would have required stops in local politics, state politics, etc. as opposed to jumping right into the Senate, but she’s got loads more talent than Handel (or Ossoff, who, with all due respect, is kind of wooden)

chamblee54
chamblee54

“With all due respect” is the new “bless your heart.” My favorite moment was during a debate. TJO broke in, and started by saying “With all due respect.” KCH fired back “With all due respect, do not interrupt me.” It takes a lot for me to like KCH.
https://twitter.com/chamblee54/status/872907581282537472

Noway2016
Noway2016

Awww, heck, I was expecting some type of scandal comparison. Yall are really getting boring. I had popcorn and everything.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Respectfully disagree with your point 2. Without Bill, we’d have never heard of her.

Benevolus
Benevolus

With all due respect, she had pretty strong career potential before she got sidetracked by WJC. But that doesn’t matter because y’all would have created a target out of someone else if she wasn’t there anyway.

Progressive Dem
Progressive Dem

Until the president or Congress is willing to open an investigation into Russian interference in our elections, we must have loyal opposition.

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Good post, Mike -give ’em hell! I just read in the ajc that the boy-man spending is now hitting $50 mil. I’m still amazed that he had the audacity to run to represent people in a district where he has chosen not to live for over a decade. If his parents live there, one of them should have run. But they didn’t, and there’s no way to excuse John Lewis’ stooge trying to steal the 6th District voice in Congress. It will be interesting to see tomorrow evening whether or not enough voters in the 6th could be brainwashed by… Read more »

Kara
Kara

The “boy-man”? Holy effballs. How old does someone have to be to have legitimacy in your eyes? Ryan was 31 when elected to office. Joe Biden was 30. Ted Kennedy was 30. Lots of Reps and Senators were in their early 30s when first elected. Look, I’m 50 and I’m sick of seeing stick-in-the-mud old men representing the country. 30 is plenty old to seek public office and anyone who thinks a 30 year old is a “boy-man” or should be disqualified because of his or her age needs to check their ageism at the door. It’s time for some… Read more »

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Kara, the term boy-man really has nothing to do with his chronological age. It has to do with the fact that he is a prime example of delayed adolescence, which the psychology community says now extends to age 30. Staying in college into mid-to-late 20’s, no real-life responsibilities or experience to speak of, etc. Add to that the fact he is a millionaire trust-fund kid who says he decided to do this to “stick it to Trump” — not exactly a sincere desire to seriously serve the people who live in the 6th CD. More like a childish tantrum regardless… Read more »

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

Yeah, I’m going with old senile woman (how do you like that ageism Sally…not so much I’m guessing)
By the way…the only tantrums are coming from you and Mike

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Another thought: tomorrow Karen Handel will be casting her ballot alongside thousands of other Republicans in the 6th CD as Jon Ossoff and his fellow out-of-district supporters watch from the sidelines. Will he/they be able to make GA’s 6th their puppet?

Noway2016
Noway2016

Ok. 24 hours out. Predictions for tomorrow by percentage: I’m still Handel by 5%.

MikeSilver
MikeSilver

Handel by 5% …..

Another prediction, the Erick Ericksons of today who are blaming Trump for Handel’s impending defeat will claim that Trump had nothing to do with Handel winning on Wed.

The life of a NeverTrumper is never easy.

JediJD
JediJD

Truer words…

Noway2016
Noway2016

To B: yeah, Hillary would have had a stellar career without Bill; flunking the DC bar exam and getting booted off Sam Ervin’s Watergate Committee for unethical behavior would been a superb career boost! She’d have still been an embarrassment in any alternative universe!

Benevolus
Benevolus

With all due respect, as usual I think you’ve got your facts wrong. HRC was on that staff until the end. And I’m not saying that because I think you will believe it or change your sources or even care, but for anyone else reading who might just accept your fake news without bothering to check, I am doing a public service.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2016/09/06/the-zombie-claim-that-hillary-clinton-was-fired-during-the-watergate-inquiry/?utm_term=.178f64775129

augusta52
augusta52

You’ll want to take a special look at Cobb tonight (the Cobb portion of the 6th District). Ossoff got 41 percent in Cobb in Round 1, a high percentage for a Democrat in that part of Cobb (yes, Cobb overall backed Clinton last year, but much of that was due to voting in David Scott’s 13th CD part of the county, which is heavily Democratic). That 41 was not quite high enough to get a districtwide majority, but he may be able to win tonight with just 43 in that county. His strategy could be seen as three parts—win handily… Read more »

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

Ossoff by 3 points. Plus…the weather doesnt look so good. Might rain

augusta52
augusta52

I guess Sally does not think highly of Georgia’s most educated district—CD 6 of course—which she asks whether voters there will be brainwashed.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Sally doesn’t write like a girl.

Is that inappropriate of me?

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

How observant of you, Benevolus. Perhaps you also noticed my icon – the little dude on his horse, sallying forth into the fray?

Ellynn
Ellynn

Write like a girl…?

Piff

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

a52, I guess you never heard the term “educated idiots”? Our institutions of higher learning have now become so politicized, populated predominantly by left-wing professors, that they focus more on social matters than hard-core education and analytical thinking.

You apparently also have never taken a course in marketing and p/r, packaging a product and selling it to the public, even when it’s bad for them, aka brainwashing. Take a stroll down the junk food aisles of your local grocery store and read some of the ingredient labels…..

Ellynn
Ellynn

President Trump is great at marketing and p/r, packaging product and selling it to the public, even when it’s bad for them. In fact, he wrote books about it and never lets a chance go by when he can tell us so.

Ironic, I know.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Pretty sure Trump University had a class on this very topic.