Politics & Policy

Keep Newt’s Old Seat in GOP hands

Karen Handel and Jon Ossoff on the campaign trail (Reuters photos: Bita Honarvar, Chris Aluka Berry)
If Democrats capture this reliably GOP territory, the Left will scream: ‘Republicans beware: Trump is political poison!’

Tuesday’s special election in Georgia’s sixth congressional district will decide whether Republican Karen Handel or Democrat Jon Ossoff occupies the seat once held by former House speaker Newt Gingrich. Former House Budget Committee chairman Tom Price, M.D. recently vacated GA-6 to become health and human services secretary. This constituency has been Republican since November 1978.

If Democrats capture this reliably GOP territory, the Left will scream: “Republicans beware: Trump is political poison!”

Squishy GOP senators and congressmen will race for the tall grass, as ambitious Democratic challengers head in after them. These nervous Republicans will bite their fingernails, rather than fight for President Trump’s tax reforms, health-care policies, and other badly needed pro-market initiatives. The entire Trump agenda will face a far steeper path to enactment, and exactly when the Senate is about to begin voting to repeal and replace the shonda known as Obamacare.

As Fox News Channel political analyst Chris Stirewalt explained on FNC’s Outnumbered Monday afternoon: “When it comes to recruiting candidates, when it comes to raising money, and when it comes to the attitude that your team takes into it, if this comes out, and the Democrats win this seat — which has been a long Republican [strong]hold — there will be people who are thinking about running for office as Republicans that go, ‘Nah, Bro.’ There are going to be donors that say, ‘Actually, this is looking like a bad year.’”

“Despite his many claims to the contrary, Jon Ossoff is not serious,” former U.S. ambassador John Bolton warned as he endorsed Handel this morning. “He has wrongfully inflated his resume, touting five years of national-security experience and top-secret national-security clearance — before backtracking and saying his clearance only lasted five months — deceiving many Georgians in the process.”

Also, Ossoff supports Obama’s dreadful Iran-nuclear deal, which Handel opposes. Imagine someone like Ossoff making decisions on defense, intelligence, and counterterrorism.

Assuring that Handel keeps this seat in conservative hands will prevent these nightmare scenarios. More so, a Handel win, would yield this dream come true for free-marketeers: Democrats will have racked up a perfect record of special-election losses in the House since President Trump’s election. Visualize your favorite Democrat waking up on Wednesday morning dazed, confused, and demoralized.

Assuring that Handel keeps this seat in conservative hands will prevent these nightmare scenarios.

I detail this race’s sky-high stakes in this opinion piece in the pages of National Review.

Every Republican, conservative, libertarian, and Trump supporter in America should do everything possible between now and Tuesday evening to secure victory for Handel, who has signed Americans for Tax Reform’s no-new taxes pledge.

Handel calls this conga-drum-tight race “an all-hands-on-deck situation.” As President Trump declared via Twitter: “The Dems want to stop tax cuts, good healthcare, and Border Security. Their ObamaCare is dead with 100% increases in Ps [premiums]. Vote now for Karen H.”

Jon Ossoff, 30, seems like a clever young man. Let’s all give him a fair shot to prosper — in the private sector.

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Georgia’s Special Election Has Republicans Worried

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— Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor and a contributing editor of National Review Online.

Deroy Murdock — Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor and a contributing editor of National Review Online.