The big guys’ self focus blurred the lines for Republican voters in Georgia…..
Enough stayed home to help the two Democrats pull off wins in a Georgia that is turning from solid Red to a Purple….
It pushed Democrats to come out again in record amounts….
It helped ‘his party’ people come up short….
The party that let itself be take over by a NYC Real Estate hustler goes out because of him in 2021….
Democrats will control the Presidency AND Congress….
Everything Donald Trump touches ‘turns to shit.’….
“Trump is the cause of this, lock, stock and barrel,” said one Republican strategist. “But when you’re relying on someone to win you a Senate race that also lost statewide eight weeks prior, you’re not in a position of strength.”
The immediate recrimination is emblematic of the complicated GOP dynamics that have emerged after Trump’s loss in the November election. Fissures are forming as Republicans decide whether it’s useful to cling to Trump — even as he tries to subvert an election — or to distance themselves. And if the Georgia races are any indication, it appears Republicans are willing to turn on Trump if he can’t reliably turn out the vote for candidates in the months and years ahead.
When asked why Republicans didn’t prevail on Tuesday, a senior Senate Republican aide simply said: “Donald J. Trump.”
The frustration stems from the days after the Nov. 3 election. While Republicans tried to reset in Georgia and prepare for the two runoff races, the president set off a civil war within his own party as he launched a divisive campaign to overturn the 2020 election….
Republicans have long feared that his antics and allegations could depress turnout among his supporters for the runoff elections.
Their fears appear to have been well founded. Broadly speaking, turnout lagged behind November’s levels by greater margins in Republican-leaning counties than it did in their Democratic-leaning counterparts.
The drop-off was not huge but it made all the difference. Perdue had bested Ossoff by almost 2 percentage points in November, and only just failed to reach the 50-percent mark that would have spared him from a runoff contest. This time around, he appears to have been edged out by a narrow margin…
Republicans must now confront Trump’s impact on the party overall — something that they did not have to do in November, when GOP Senate and House candidates performed better than many pundits predicted even while Trump lost the presidency.
Now, not only has Trump become the first GOP presidential nominee to lose Georgia since 1992, but also the apparent loss of two GOP senators from the state will hand control of the upper chamber to Democrats. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will no longer be majority leader.
In a 50-50 Senate, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will hold the deciding vote once she is inaugurated. That will help President-elect Joe Bidenconfirm his cabinet nominees, make the appointment of judges easier and give him a much greater chance of enacting his domestic agenda.