Fighting for Georgia

If he [Trump] continues to disillusion voters … by saying that the elections were rigged and that your vote doesn’t matter, this could have severe consequences for the administration in trying to keep those two seats Republican,” pollster-pundit and alleged Republican Frank Luntz said on “Squawk Box.”

In this stern admonition Luntz indicates what he considers to be the greatest danger facing Republicans in the runoff race for the two Senate seats in Georgia on January 5. Luntz’s warning puts his own spin on what purports to be an objective analysis of the forthcoming election. But Luntz’s comments do not seem to be especially convincing. Why would I think that because Trump has refused to concede openly and emphatically (when there is no need for him to do that now or ever), Republican candidates in Georgia’s senatorial races will be taking a severe hit?

Besti Make America Gre... Buy New $14.95 (as of 04:37 EDT - Details) It seems that at least some Republicans will not support candidates who are not standing foursquare behind Trump in his raging electoral battles. Georgia Senator David Perdue suggested that Trump should throw in the towel while talking to Republican moderate Karl Rove. Perdue later partly retracted by indicating that he’s still with Trump and would welcome his support. Moreover, since the president is about to go down to Georgia to campaign for Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, the connection between him and the Republican candidates will be made even more obvious.

Since 75 percent of Republicans, according to Newsweek, believe the election abounded in fraud, why shouldn’t Trump loudly proclaim the same view? The people who think the election was as perfect as election officials have been telling us, in any case, will not be voting Republican. They are more likely to be in the Democratic camp and are already rejoicing over Biden’s good fortune. Further, two-thirds of Republican respondents in a Politico poll taken last week said they would support Trump if he entered the presidential race for 2024. If Trump already enjoys that level of support for a future presidential race, it’s hard to see how his complaints about the recent presidential election could hurt Republicans in Georgia.

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