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Trump Hatred Doesn’t Deliver Democrats Any Victories


Fred Barnes, Weekly StandardIn April, Democrat Jon Ossoff got 48 percent of the vote in the special election to pick the new House member from Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District outside Atlanta. He came in first but was forced into a runoff with Republican Karen Handel, who got 20 percent to finish second. In the runoff, Ossoff got 48 percent again and lost.How this happened is pretty simple. Ossoff needed to…

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GOP Bill Will Transform American Health Care – For the Better


Avik Roy, ForbesThe hotly-anticipated Senate Republican health care bill came out on Thursday morning. The airwaves quickly filled up with predictable talking points from both sides. But once the dust settles, it will emerge that the Senate bill will have far-reaching effects on American health care: for the better. …

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Some People Hate Trump. More People Hate Liberals.


Rick Moran, American ThinkerThe Karen Handel victory in the Georgia 6th District special election repeats a pattern depressingly familiar to the left. There have been four special congressional elections since the hated Trump took office, and Democrats have lost all four. In each contest, the left predicted victory – largely based on what they perceived was hatred of President Trump by ordinary Americans, which would generate “enthusiasm” for the Democrat…

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Why Handel’s Win Isn’t a Disaster for Democrats


David Wasserman, Cook Political RptIt’s a devastating psychological blow for a party to spend over $30 million on a House special election and still lose. For Democrats, Jon Ossoff’s defeat to Karen Handel stings, and the blame game is already raging: “Why did Ossoff run such a bland campaign? Why didn’t he take a sledgehammer to Trump and the AHCA? Don’t Democrats need to recruit little league coaches with deeper ties…

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GA Vote Says More About Trump Now Than House in ’18


Byron York, DC ExaminerThe Georgia 6th District results don’t tell us what will happen in 2018. But they do tell us what is happening right now. In a conversation two weeks before the GA06 election, a Republican strategist involved in the fight mused on the possibility that all the money spent, all the doors knocked, all the phones called, all the accusations hurled — that it might mean nothing when it…

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Democrats’ Georgia Gut Punch


Molly Ball, The AtlanticAround midnight, hours after their candidate conceded he had lost the Most Important Special Election in History, the last remaining supporters of Jon Ossoff took over the stage where he had recently stood. One of them waved a bottle of vodka in the air. Together, they took up the time-honored leftist chant: “This is what democracy looks like!” Sometimes, this is indeed what democracy looks like: you…

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Dems Seek Lessons, Direction After Special Election Losses


Caitlin Huey-Burns, RCPDonald Trump’s presidency has galvanized Democrats in a way their own leaders have been unable to do, a phenomenon that masked persistent party divisions. But four straight special election losses, culminating Tuesday in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, have again exposed those fracture lines and other flaws. As Democrats pick up the pieces ahead of next year’s midterms, they’re largely in agreement that the party needs a sharper economic…

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