It was the fall of 2016 and Hillary Clinton was clearly going to win the presidency and the Democrats were going to take over the U.S. Senate and House. The polls said Clinton was even ahead or close in very red South Carolina. The BLUE WAVE was huge!
We all know the end of that story. Clinton lost and Republicans won the House and Senate.
Fast forward to 2020.
President Donald Trump is losing Wisconsin by a 17 point spread in polls according MSNBC, Lindsey Graham is behind in his South Carolina U.S. Senate race and the debate is about how big the Democrat takeover will be in the Senate and how much will they increase their control in the U.S. House. The BLUE WAVE was huge!
Not only did the blue wave fizzle in 2016, but it pretty much did not show up at all in 2020 either.
Instead of a blue wave, we saw Republicans not only make gains in the U.S. House, but they will likely hold the U.S. Senate. Nationally, Republicans also increased or maintained control in state Houses and governorships across the nation. This is particularly important for the vital redistricting battles to occur after next year’s census. Republicans also garnered record amounts of Hispanic and African American votes.
Why did all this happen?
Likely because the Democrat Party sounded in part much like the snake oil salesman of old on so many levels: socialism is good, Joe Biden’s son knows tons about energy production in the Ukraine, and if we could only defund the police we would finally have peace.
After weeks of the Democrats who run Pennsylvania ignoring state requirements on balloting, President Trump is having to go to court to ask them to follow their own law. Any president whose tenure was struck by the greatest pandemic in over 100 years should have lost this election in a landslide. Instead Democrats are relying on the always suspect absentee balloting process to inch ahead in Georgia and other close states. If elections were like coastal cities, absentee balloting would be the shady part of town down near the docks you do not want to wander into because the chance of being shanghaied is significant. Expect the Georgia Legislature to address that in our next session in January.
Like a sports team that is solid in the fundamentals, the Republican Party is on the right side of issues about which our nation cares:
We believe there is a God whom you have the right to worship without the government telling you when and how you can do so; Republicans believe the Second Amendment right is vital to protection of our citizens; and we believe that if government stays out of the way, small businesses can flourish and jobs for our citizens will be plentiful. These are basic tenets of the Republican Party which distinguish it from the ever-left leaning portions of the Democrat Party that espouse socialisms, defunding the police and a soft-on-crime approach to the huge and growing problem with gangs.
As the nation starts to see the far Left aspire to have Bernie Sanders serve as a cabinet member and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez be the Speaker of the House, Georgia has an opportunity to make sure one party has no chance at the national level to control the presidency, the House and the Senate. We can elect Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in the January 5th runoff. They represent Georgia– unlike their opponents who call our police “thugs” and promote taxes and regulations that will cause thousands of Georgians to lose their jobs.
The future is bright for the Republican Party. Vote Loeffler and Perdue on January 5 to keep America from the Socialist/Marxist philosophy of their opponents.
Rep. Barry Fleming represents District 121, Columbia & McDuffie Counties, in the Georgia House of Representatives where he chairs the Judiciary Committee.