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Ga Senate Race. Quoting Joe Crespino from NY Times 11/15

PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2020 4:26 pm
by Stephen Fox
History shows that Republicans have the advantage in the Jan. 5 runoff elections. They traditionally have an easier time turning out their voters, especially when a president is not on the ballot, and turnout is everything in today’s polarized political environment. Yet Senators Perdue and Loeffler, in doing Mr. Trump’s bidding, have turned the runoffs into a state referendum on Trumpism and its future, which may boost Democratic turnout once again.

Perhaps the history from Georgia and the American South most relevant for our current moment are the eerie final years of the Massive Resistance strategy, when reckless politicians, ignoring all legal and constitutional realities, misled white Southerners into believing that they could maintain segregation forever.

Mr. Trump’s delusional tweets declaring that he won the election or teasing new revelations of fraud and corruption evoke a similar sense of living in a dream world. The good news for Georgians is that on Jan. 5 they have an opportunity to send a wake-up call. Two Democratic victories would not only give Democrats control of the Senate but could also help turn the page on Donald Trump’s influence in American politics.

Georgia voters, are you ready for the election runoffs?
How does it feel for Georgia to be playing such an important role in both the presidential and Senate elections?

Crespino's Dad played football for Ole Miss. The Emory proff is author of Strom Thurmond's America, and the nonfiction look at Atticus by same title