For the last several months, all eyes have been on Georgia’s 6th Congressional District — a legislative seat that opened up when former Rep Tom Price vacated the post to become the secretary of Health and Human Services. Democrats, who raised and spent tens of millions of dollars on the race, touted political newcomer John Ossoff as the party’s best hope to capture a Republican district, in what they billed as a referendum on President Donald Trump.
But, to borrow a phrase from country singer Reba McIntyre, “that’s the night that the lights went out in Georgia” — at least for the Democrats. Republican candidate Karen Handel defeated Ossoff by a 52-48 margin, keeping the suburban Atlanta district in the GOP column.
As it turns out, to the surprise of many, “The Resistance” is quite resistible.
The only thing left to comfort depressed and demoralized Democrats at the Ossoff election night party was a cash bar; (yes, after raising a record amount of money he still charged supporters for their peach bellinis) and the hope of retaking control of the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm election.
And there’s no way the Democrats win control of Congress without significant gains in California, as confirmed by newly elected state Democratic Chairman Eric Bauman, who told the New York Times, “If there’s a path to the Democratic Party regaining control of the House, it starts in California.”
So now the Democrats’ attention shifts west, specifically to four targeted seats in Orange County that were carried by Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, currently held by Representatives Mimi Walters, R-Irvine, Darrell Issa, R-Vista, Ed Royce, R-Fullerton and Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach.
What can California learn from the Georgia results? A lot.
First, GA-06 was an open seat in a district that didn’t vote for Trump in the primary and only went for him by one percentage point in the general election. The Democrats threw…