Things are not going as planned for the Progressive left. Or as Dorothy might say, “we’re not in 1974 anymore, Toto.”
Republican Karen Handel won her special election for Congress in Georgia last night. It was the most expensive race in House history, as Ms. BWR’s California neighbors poured tens of millions of dollars into the campaign of Handel’s challenger, John Ossoff. In November, Trump won the district by only one and a half points, leading progressives to think that they had a chance to buy the district. In the end, Handel won by almost five and a half points. Not surprisingly, President Trump “spiked the ball” after Handel won by a comfortable margin. Not to be outdone, Kellyanne Conway tweeted: “laughing my Ossoff.”
In a much less publicized race, Republican Ralph Norman won his special election in South Carolina by four points over his Democrat challenger. That was far closer than the 18 point margin the incumbent Republican, Mick Mulvaney, won the seat in November. Mulvaney later relinquished the seat to become Trump’s Budget Director. A lot of people were surprised that Norman only won this seat by four.
So what does all of this mean for the future generally and the 2018 midterms in particular? Under normal circumstance, probably very little. Though, of course, had Ossoff won in Georgia, the progressives were primed to portray it as a referendum on the Trump presidency. (On a related note, for a heady dose of schadenfreude, you can read the NYT article on Democrats bemoaning that “our brand is worse than Trump’s”) And the victory likely buoys Paul Ryan, who can whip the Republican House members by showing that the Georgia victory means that President Trump still has majority support.
That said, these are not normal times, unless by normal you mean the U.S. circa 1860. The progressive left, like the Confederacy in the days leading up to the Civil War, refuses to accept the results of the last election and are doing all in their power to nullify it. Writing at National Review, Victor Davis Hanson itemizes and explains the many ways in which the progs are attempting to effect “regime change.” I agree with all he writes, though I think by far the most meaningful event was Deputy AG Rod “the eunuch” Rosenstein’s recent appointment of a special counsel within days of Former FBI Director Comey’s suspect charge that President Trump tried to “obstruct justice.”