Mens liberaldemokrater i USA, og i resten af verden, fortsat fremturer med deres nedgøringsretorik og opfordringer til likvidering af Trump (fysisk eller politisk, der er frit valg, mere hos Uriasposten), så blev en “special election” i staten Georgia vundet overbevisende af republikaneren Karen Handel. Fra det seriøse medie Breitbart News:
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was already preparing to take power. And President Donald Trump would have been an effective lame duck after just four months in office.
As timid as Congress has been to repeal and replace Obamacare, or to pass massive tax reform, it would have become even more skittish. Trump’s legislative agenda would have been shelved indefinitely, as each member of the Republican caucus would have focused on saving his or her own seat, the president be damned if necessary.
Now that Handel has won — and won decisively, stunning the pollsters and pundits once again — the road is wide open for Trump’s legislative agenda.
For the media, the special election was supposed to be a referendum on Trump. It was a referendum he won — so now, naturally, the media will find that the election was really about something else entirely.
Regardless, what matters now are the priorities on Steve Bannon’s whiteboard.
Hos venstreekstreme CNN (Clinton News Network) har man paraderne nede og levere en defensiv artikel:
…But it wasn’t what Democrats who pumped $23 million into Ossoff’s campaign so desperately craved: A win.Handel’s victory showed that even with Republicans in power, the GOP’s message in recent election cycles — focused largely on urging voters to reject House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi — remains potent.The successful execution of that playbook could calm congressional Republicans’ ruffled nerves as the GOP advances major legislation to overhaul the nation’s health care system and eyes a massive reform of its tax structure.It also calls into question whether Democrats can sustain the energy fueling the party’s anti-Trump resistance after losses in four consecutive special elections — including Kansas, Montana and South Carolina.…
Et nederlag til Republikanerne i det traditionelt republikanske sjette kongresdistrikt ville have været et ilde varsel for præsidenten frem mod midtvejsvalget i 2018.
Derfor er der også blevet satset store beløb på at hjemføre sejren.
Kandidaterne og deres støtter har hældt mere end 56 millioner dollar (372 millioner kroner) i tv-reklamer, valgplakater og diverse andre forsøg på at fange vælgernes interesse.
Det er næsten dobbelt så meget som den hidtidige rekord, viser en opgørelse fra Center for Responsive Politics ifølge Reuters.