With no agenda to sell, Senate Republicans in Georgia simply take out the knives
Georgia Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue aren’t even pretending to make a case for why they should be elected. Amid two of the most daunting crises the nation has ever faced—a raging pandemic and an economy on the brink—the incumbent Republicans have gone full slash and burn.
At his first runoff rally, Sen. Perdue just outright admitted, “What we have to do now is not persuade people. What we have to do is get the vote out.”
The New York Times writes that the Republicans have dropped millions of dollars on “almost entirely negative” advertising campaign. Without so much as a single positive ad between them, Loeffler and Perdue have “filled the airwaves with scathing attack ads seeking to paint Democrats as radicals fundamentally opposed to the country’s core principles and warning that Democratic sway over the Senate would usher in a wave of socialism.”
Of course, at the same time, Donald Trump has sought yet another recount of the state’s results as he continues to trumpet a message of widespread fraud. Not exactly a great message when you’re asking your voters to return to the polls for another go ’round in January.
But it’s a fascinating, if predictable, posture to take for two GOP senators who epitomize the Washington, D.C. swamp culture Trump has railed against for the past four years straight. Both Loeffler and Perdue are mired in scandals in which they appear to have used the power of their public office to line their own pockets.
On the other side of the aisle, Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are making the case for why governing actually matters at this critical moment in the nation’s history.
“This administration’s success is in our vital national interests and the vital interest of Georgians,” Ossoff told MSNBC Sunday, saying that the country can’t afford for Senate Republicans to be a roadblock to containing the pandemic and pushing through economic relief to families and businesses. “We are in the midst of a national crisis.”
Democrats are also working to drive turnout among youth voters. In a recent TikTok video, Warnock urged any Students For Warnock members and their friends who are set to turn 18 by Jan. 5 to register to vote.
“If you’re a senior, and you turn 18 by Election Day, which is January 5th—on or before Election Day, you turn 18—you should register to vote by Dec. 7,” he said.