We’ve just ended an unprecedented two year election cycle in Georgia. For the first time in modern history, both major parties had unlimited cash to contest elections. Republicans ended October doing a bit of not so quiet hand wringing about their ticket. Democrats showed energy and enthusiasm that we haven’t seen this millennium. The media and political industries of the state have divided about $100 Million among themselves. And what is the top line result?
Republicans hold all statewide elected positions. Republicans held every State House and State Senate Seat. The Democrats lost a Congressman that I (but not Lawton Sack) had become convinced was invincible.
It’s almost like we just woke up at the end of a strange trip where we tried to see the Wizard but were thwarted along the way by a witch and flying monkeys, only to be saved by characters with no heart, no brain, and no courage. (I kid, I kid…)
I’ve got some early thoughts on the lessons I think the GOP learned this cycle, some they will probably quickly forget, and some that we’ll likely think we learned but probably didn’t. I’m going to try and shake off some cobwebs before I commit them to print.
In the mean time, consider this your opportunity to answer the above questions. Please don’t use this as an opportunity to “spike the football” in front of our Democratic friends, as you’ll no doubt be contributing to that last category of what we think we learned but probably didn’t. Instead, I’m honestly and hopefully looking to our community members for your thoughts on how the major parties move forward. What do we keep, and what do we change.