In America, today, a sense of optimism is absent from our politics. It is not absent from business life.
As for the business of politics, $40 million, a new record, has been spent on advertisements for the two candidates in the June 20 runoff election in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District. This is the seat recently held by Tom Price, who is now in Mr. Trump’s cabinet, and before him by one of Georgia’s two Republican Senators, and before that by Newt Gingrich. Before Newt, the district was held by the legendary Carl Vinson for 50 years.
This one race is a referendum on President Trump, a man who thought it would uplift his spirits if he asked each person in his cabinet to say a few words of praise for him, to him, in full view of the media.
Only Defense Secretary James Mattis had the presence of mind to talk about the troops instead of brown-nosing for the cameras.
The Democrat in Georgia leads in the race, according to the polls. Paul Ryan is Speaker because Republicans represent 24 more congressional seats than do Democrats. In 23 of those 24 seats, the 2016 voters also voted for Hillary Clinton. In a mere 17 months, this nation will hold 435 such referendums around the country. For the Republican party, the future is frightening, as the dominant question will be “up or down” on Donald Trump.
Just for the record, without Trump, and before he switched to launch his hostile takeover, the Republicans won more elections, in every state, in every region, except within municipalities, largely by winning the majority of suburbs. Now, with Donald Trump as the albatross around its neck, the Republican party may be rejected by the suburbs in the South’s largest metropolitan area.