GA06 2017: The Twitter Rant

Guest post by Will Collier- originally posted at WillCollier.com

So it’s time for some post-runoff Gaming Theory, from an actual resident of GA06.

If you lived in the 6th, you were bombarded by fliers, signs, ads, door-knockers, and most of all, phone calls. At least once a day (and usually more than once), the phone would ring from an out-of-state area code.

First it was robocalls, then the last couple of weeks, call centers. They weren’t targeted. They were calling everybody, every day. And they wouldn’t take “Go to Hell” for an answer—trust me on this one.

Now, imagine for a moment that the roles in the ’16 election were reversed, and Hillary had nominated a Bay Area Democrat for her cabinet. California would have called a special election.

Imagine millions of dollars and tons of vicious social media rhetoric flowing out of Georgia to the Republican candidate for that race. How do you think Californians would have reacted to that?

Self-awareness not being a notable Leftie trait at the best of times, the Left coast is already declaring GA06 a mass Klan meeting.

That’ll go over just as well here in 18 months, dudes. You should definitely keep that up.

One big factor that was missed by the national press: the sheer annoyance of the race. Not only did this special and the runoff extend the godawful 2016 election for another 8 months in a district where neither major nominee was remotely popular, the ridiculous amount of money that poured into the Ossoff campaign from out of state resulted in wall-to-wall ads.

You could not turn on the radio or TV without hearing/seeing a campaign commercial, and Ossoff’s fans seemed determined to cover every square inch of Georgia with “Jon Ossoff” signs. The state will probably have to dig a new landfill to get rid of them.

That strategy made sense in the jungle primary: put this nice-looking kid out there, use the money to flood the zone and slip him through the crowded ballot on name recognition.

That was a smart strategy. It very nearly worked—in April.

Back then, Ossoff never uttered the word “Democrat,” nor did it appear in his ads. But yesterday, there were only two names and two parties on the ballot.

Karen Handel might as well have her name next to “Generic Republican” in the dictionary. Ossoff, thanks to the media blitz on both sides, might as well have had “Nancy Pelosi” on his ballot.

Trump is not popular here, and I doubt he ever will be. Dan MacLaughlin, aka @baseballcrank does an admirable job of tallying that reality

But “unpopular” is not the same as “toxic.” Leftie media types started griping yesterday about the GOP putting Pelosi in anti-Ossoff ads. There’s good reason for that: she’s toxic everywhere except hard-Left enclaves.

GA06 is a lot of things, but hard Left isn’t one. Pelosi, her caucus and its nutball fan club are about as disliked as Notre Dame football around here.

When Ossoff couldn’t hide in the crowd of the primary, the crowd he really was hanging with—Hollywood and Pelosi—was instantly toxic in Cobb and north Fulton; somewhat less so in more Democratic Dekalb, but the damage was done.

I’ll add another factor that the national media wants to ignore: the post- election temper tantrums on the Left. Once again, Trump isn’t popular in this district. But you know what’s a lot less popular?

Riots. Morons in black masks with clubs. Kids who’ve never thought about paying a mortgage telling you you’re a terrible person because you wouldn’t vote for a corrupt old liar in a pantsuit. Those things are really, really unpopular. And the Left’s bratty insistence that it deserves a do-over after it lost an eminently winnable election Isn’t getting any traction in middle America.

Today’s run of the usual suspects saying Ossoff lost because he didn’t go full Bolshevik are right up the same alley. And they’ll result in similar reactions in later elections, especially those that aren’t bolstered by $30 million in now-wasted activist money that simply filled coffers of Democratic consultants and advertisers and broadcasters.

But all they really succeeded in doing was pissing off the people they needed to get votes from. Bad strategy, bad politics.

And so, Jon Ossoff, we who actually live in GA06 say to you, your loopy fans, and most of all your phone centers:

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Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

So, Mike… if I go out and collect a couple of tweets from “Deplorable Rick” and the Stormfront set and use them to make some hot taeks about “the Right” can you put me on the front page, too?

Noway2016
Noway2016

To quote Sean Connery after interviewing Andy Garcia in the Untouchables, “I like him!”

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The point of this post seems to be that Dems should assimilate by becoming GOP light. To be clear, the following is in reference to some states and the nation as a whole, not GA or GA-6. A house divided against itself can’t stand. It’s worsened when the slight minority exercises the control normally accorded a significant majority. There will be excesses or lapses that are likely to not be good when that’s overturned. Locally we have the DeKalb and Clayton County examples. Hopefully Gwinnett County will avoid their experiences. As to the Klan, there’s Benton. The guy wasn’t put… Read more »

xdog
xdog

Andrew has a point. Are you guys gonna put Collier on the payroll?

Collier’s comments about self-awareness would be ironic if they weren’t pathetic. I wonder if he even knows a Democrat. His other complaints are just boilerplate that I can read in a hundred places.

Lawton Sack
Lawton Sack

Wait, we have a payroll? I think I am due some back wages.

Will Kremer
Will Kremer

Lawton, let’s revolt. I want money.

xdog
xdog

See where self-awareness gets you?

Kara
Kara

So blah blah blah. Dems are stupid. Dems are whiny brats. Dems “never thought about paying a mortgage” (hint: I own my house, thanks, and pay my mortgage every month).

This post is nothing but a whiny rant full of cliches and false talking points about Dems/Liberals.

alpha male
alpha male

How so? No one is suggesting no leftist pays a mortgage. But certainly you realize several of their constituencies such as young millennials and the urban poor in large measure do not. You don’t see much GOP voting in section 8. And certainly you are aware the left has been in constant whine mode since November. And if you don’t believe a meme on the left now is that CD 6 is a nest of klansmen well then you have not perused liberal twitter/ websites. As to OP’s larger point: we really don’t like Trump. But we like the left… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Where does “whine mode” fall in relation to perpetuating and peddling racist conspiracy theories that the President wasn’t born in the United States and is part of a secret sleeper cell of Muslim terrorists hellbent on imposing Sharia Law? I’ve read the tweets of the Stormfront set, but I’m smart enough to recognize that some morons on Twitter or Facebook does not equal “the right” and my reasoning capabilities are fully formed enough to know that a dotty old racist with bad hair and sad body engaging in a news conference about President Obama’s birth certificate does not speak for… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

As if the GOP wouldn’t demonize someone else if there wasn’t a Pelosi to kick around.

Can anyone even say what it is they don’t like about Pelosi?

The Eiger
The Eiger

This….

in_atl
in_atl

Do you wish to ignore that Sanders supporters dislike Pelosi as much as the GOP does?

“Can anyone even say what it is they don’t like about Pelosi?”

Yes. They dislike her ideology. What are you saying? That conservatives and moderates shouldn’t have the same disdain for people on the far left that liberals and moderates have for the far right?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

If you’re a Sanders supporter that dislike’s Pelosi’s “ideology,” then you need to pack up and move to Scandinavia, because Pelosi is one of the most consistent progressives in the Democratic caucus. As I said yesterday, dumping Pelosi would be a monumental mistake for Democrats. That’s why you’re seeing Trump doing some sort of ham-handed attempt at reverse psychology on Twitter today. Pelosi is the most effective political operator from either party in either chamber. McConnell is a very close 2nd. If Democrats want to continue being effective as a minority party, they need Nancy Pelosi. If Democrats want to… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

She’s a yugggeeee liability. The Repubs effectively ran against her in the past race and all of the Repubs will do the same thing in ’18. Watch for the return of the infamous morphing ads of any Dem candidate morphing into her botoxed mug…ala the Clinton midterm 1994. If Dems are smart, they’ll dump her forthwith.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Here’s the thing, Noway… anyone who assumes that role after Pelosi will get the same treatment. Being a punching bag for the other side is part of the job description. This is true for both Republicans and Democrats. In a Pew poll from April, Paul Ryan’s approval rating was 29% nationally. PPP had a poll in March that showed him at 21% with a 61% unfavorable. In that same PPP poll, McConnell had 19% favorable and 54% unfavorable. Best believe that America’s dumbest Crossfit bro will be the fodder for plenty of attack ads from Democratic candidates and PACs.

Noway2016
Noway2016

I appreciate your full throated defense of her. I do. But she’s been the face of Lib politics for north of a decade. Eiger’s clip/post of her is legendary. Fair or not, she brings more baggage than a Trailways Bus. There is visceral disgust of her by The Right. IMO, and you know where I stand on everything, any new face in the Minority Leader slot, would bring fresh blood to your side.

bethebalance
bethebalance

Yes, but why was she considered “toxic”? Ideological disdain doesn’t mean disgust. I think the toxicity is one dash super-progressive and one dash misogyny.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

The easiest way to tell if someone listens to Alex Jones is to ask them if Pelosi is Jewish. She isn’t. But the number of people who think she is astounds me.

drjay
drjay

my liberal 16 year old son had this to say about pelosi…she’s in her 70’s. all the house leadership for the democrats are, they are 25 years older than the gop leaders…we need fresh blood and new ideas…he went on to describe tulsi gabbard as an example of who he would look to for this…

augusta52
augusta52

Some more data from Tuesday’s runoff: —As many of you might suspect, turnout rate in apartment-heavy, Democratic precincts in CD 6 lagged behind the overall districtwide rate. I mentioned yesterday the Pleasantdale Road precinct in north DeKalb (the only DeKalb precinct in CD 6 which is majority black in voter registration), where turnout was just 34%. Lets look at some in Fulton County…Fulton reported a turnout of about 57% of active registered voters in the runoff, but the turnout rate lagged far behind in some Democratic precincts. In Roswell 7A for instance (47% black in voter registration last fall), turnout… Read more »

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

“At least once a day (and usually more than once), the phone would ring from an out-of-state area code.” And you can bet those were “spoofed” caller ID calls. I’m sure our good political consultant posters here use that nasty tactic to avoid getting unwanted call backs. Spoofing caller ID is illegal when making calls for commercial gain or fraud.
“FCC rules prohibit any person or entity from transmitting misleading or inaccurate caller ID information with the intent to defraud, cause harm, or wrongly obtain anything of value.”
I think political calls fall in this category.