“Democrats Flunk Politics 101: It’s All Local” -Daily Beast

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Summary: ” Regardless of the locked-in-stone “this means X about 2018″ takes and the absurd bonfire of campaign cash both sides spent, this race came down to the usual fundamentals; candidate quality, ideological fit and campaign mechanics. The Handel campaign and its GOP allies spent heavily as well and while the ROI of the Democratic campaign fell short, the high cost of defending a safe seat here is something my party can’t replicate at scale. Their base is utterly intolerant of candidates who don’t check every single ideological box on the liberal wish list, including positions that are poison in red districts. There’s a reason why the GOP took over with 1,00 seats from Democrats at the Federal, state and local level under President Obama and despite their belief that my side wins merely from “voter suppression”, or gerrymandering, it’s one they really need to work on. His resume was flimsy and at the end of spending millions and millions of dollars on television ads, you’d think the Democrats would’ve at least gotten Jon an apartment in the 6th District. I’m going to Washington to fight, for the people of the 6th District, and look after the local problems we face.” His messaging in the final end was the generic “I’ll work with anyone from, either party who has good ideas” and that doesn’t cut it with a trillion points of TV framing him as a Pelosi acolyte and errand boy. They’re great at some component parts of campaigns — they raised a metric crap-ton of money in this race, to be sure —, but except when the candidate fits the district, and the values of its residents, it’s a hell of a lot harder to close the sale. As I’ve noted before, almost all Democrats lack the holistic campaign skill set they needed to win in districts that aren’t deep blue. To win, Democrats need to do more than just #resist in conservative Republican districts, especially in places care for Georgia’s 6th.”

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