Had someone told me prior to 2016 that I would ever vote for a liberal Democrat I would have suggested they seek medical help. But that was then. Before Trump conquered the Republican Party. Before Trump destroyed the Republican Party.
Remember during the Presidential election all those Republican candidates who said if they were elected they would hold Trump in? Yeah, those guys – the ones who lied. And I’m looking at you Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell. Instead of being Trump controllers, they became Trump enablers.
For voters who were Never Trump before the election and those who became disillusioned when he showed his true colors after the election, the Republican field of candidates in the 6th District offers no realistic alternatives to Democrat Jon Ossoff. For my dear Evan McMullin friends, please note the use of the term “realistic.” David Abroms poll numbers hover around 2% which offer no hope of his making a runoff.
The Republican frontrunners have carefully distanced themselves from fully embracing the Trump Presidency, although judging from the attack ads on television, opposing Trump is either puts you on the side of the angels or is worse than hanging out with ISIS. Even Trump himself has not endorsed a particular candidate in the field, just encouraging voters to vote Republican to ensure a runoff.
As Trump’s approval ratings continue to drop, if there is a runoff in June, his support could well be the kiss of death for any Republican contender. With that thought in mind, the pundits might do well to reconsider that a runoff ensures a Republican victory.
When I voted at my usual polling place this morning, the turnout was light. This could well be the key to this special election. Special elections rarely bring out large numbers of voters. People need to be motivated to make that extra effort. The anti-Trump voters, both Democrats and Republicans, are motivated. This voter certainly was. I no longer trust any Republican candidate to keep their pledges.
Because I voted in the Republican primary last year, the election trackers will report that I voted Republican. I just have one word for them.