One final thought about #ga06 a lot of you who are proclaiming this a defeat for democrats for silly reasons like this
Nov. 2016: Rodney Stooksbury (D) spends $0, wins 124,917 votes in #GA6
June 2017: Jon Ossoff (D) spends $23M+, wins 124,893.
— Kyle Wingfield AJC (@kwingfieldajc) June 21, 2017
are missing the point.
I mean sure if your actual goal was to win the election and send a Democrat to be a minority member of congress and create a false “Trump is losing” meme then yes GA06 is an unmitigated disaster.
But if you are a member of the professional Democrat political/media class this was a huge success.
If you are a professional Democrat fundraiser you were able to bring in tens of millions of dollars and you got your percentage of the funds to allow you to live in the manner that you have become accustomed to and more importantly you are able to tell the next sacrificial lamb: “Hey If I was able to raise $23 mil for a loser so pathetic that he proposed to his girl of 12 years to try to get elected think of what I can do for a bright (insert SJW approved pronoun here) like you!”
If you are an employee of said fundraiser you not only got a paycheck (likely nothing better than minimum wage certainly not the 15 an hour living wage) but you have “fundraiser for Ossoff” on your resume and the next pol looking to hire is not going to see the “L” he’s going to see the “$23 mil” in his head.
If you are a consultant hired by the Ossoff campaign you not only got a big share of that $23 million to continue to live in the lifestyle that you’ve become accustomed to but you made the hiring decision on who to spend a good chunk of that $23 mil on meaning that hundreds, perhaps thousands of people are dependent on you for patronage and a paycheck and thus loyal. Furthermore you got to decide what companies made signs and what properties were rented by the campaign and thus you are a source of patronage to them (presuming you actually pay those bill rather than leave them as bad debts)
Meanwhile if you are media, you didn’t, particularly if you are a guest commentator you did OK yourself.
Your network and newspaper got weeks of content out of this election with most of the information provided to you by said consultant or employees of said consultant who were happy to provide you the exact pro-democrat spin you were looking to hear before the election was won, and then are willing to provide the so-called “inside dirt” as to who to blame for its loss (you will note that the person blamed will never be said consultants).
And even if you are one of those hollywood or Cape Cod Millionaires whose money was wasted, you’re disappointed but not unhappy for three reasons.
While $23 million sounds like a lot, the reality is for most of you the money you gave is like a regular person putting 50 cents in a pinball machine to play a game, it doesn’t make a dent of a dent on your finances.
You have made said consultants and fundraisers defer to you as a person to be solicited, meaning said people will grovel toward you feeding your ego
At the same time your ego is being fed, you are also virtue signaling, for what counts as pocket change to you, you are able to claim the mantle of liberal morality so no matter how little actual virtue you have, if you cheat on your wife, ignore the actual poor in your neighborhood et/al you can point to this and to the liberal left all your sins are washed away.
This isn’t an election, it’s a Ponzi scheme, and you dear regular liberal who isn’t rich or connected who sent $20 you couldn’t afford and got your hopes up, are the mark. and these are the folks who played you as RedState notes
This flush campaign chest meant that his campaign resembled a military operation, and with it he enjoyed a wildly imbalanced advantage over Handel in many crucial categories:
Ossoff: $11.2 million
Handel: $1.3 million
Ossoff: 170 members
Handel: 14 members
Ossoff: 1.7 million
And all those folks played you perfectly, in other words, Georgia 6 was a perfect success!
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