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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hard lesson for Democrats

Losing the opportunity to replace Congressional Republicans is a hard lesson. I am not confident that the Democratic Party understands why they lost in Georgia and South Carolina.

My book, How to Select an American President by James A. George and James A. Rodger (c) 2107 Archway Publishing, establishes a baseline for evaluating candidate resumes that start with the President and extends to members of Congress. The theory is that to win elected office should be based on advancing the most qualified candidates.

Improving government requires improving the quality of candidates. In this blog, I have shared specific articles to guide consideration of evaluating Members of Congress and the Senate, both as candidates and as incumbents.

To be certain, some communities in America are ardently conservative Republican in their orientation. Changing that will require much convincing. It begins by producing candidates with superior credentials.

Consider Democrat Jon Ossoff versus Republican Karen Handel.

Jon Ossoff
Personal details
Born    Thomas Jonathan Ossoff
February 16, 1987 (age 30)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Political party    Democratic
Education    Georgetown University (BS)
London School of Economics

Candidate Ossoff has no experience. He appears as a professional politician with a degree in economics. He lacks a law degree. He should not have been certified as a Democratic candidate for Congress.

What about Karen Handel?

"Karen Christine Handel (née Walker; born April 18, 1962) is an American businesswoman, politician, and Member-elect of the United States House of Representatives for Georgia's 6th congressional district. She is the first Republican woman to be elected to Congress from Georgia. 
Handel previously served as the 26th Secretary of State of Georgia. A member of the Republican Party, Handel worked in business before entering politics. First elected in 2003, she chaired the Fulton County Board of Commissioners until 2006, and then was elected and served as Georgia's Secretary of State from 2007 to 2010."
Her resume is woefully inadequate. Had the Democrats chosen a more qualified and experienced candidate, they might have defeated her. Georgia and America are stuck with another poor choice.

Karen Handel
Member-elect of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 6th district
26th Secretary of State of Georgia
In office
January 13, 2007 – January 8, 2010
Personal details
Born    Karen Christine Walker
April 18, 1962 (age 55)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political party    Republican
Spouse(s)    Steve Handel

It is a hard lesson for Democrats and a missed opportunity for Georgians to improve their government.

The winner is a loser.


  1. Plenty of money and deficient candidate:

    The Memo: Five Takeaways from Georgia’s special election
    It was a big night for Republicans and a bad one for Democrats, as Georgia’s former Secretary of State Karen Handel held off 30-year-old Democrat Jon Ossoff by a wider margin than expected in a special election in the state’s 6th District.
    Democrats poured money into a race that became the most expensive House contest ever, but to no avail.

    The Hill

  2. Pelosi can barely speak coherently.

    Pelosi takes heat after Dem loss
    Democratic leaders in the House are taking heat after the party’s disappointing special-election defeat in Georgia.

    Some lawmakers were quick to blame their leadership for Jon Ossoff’s defeat to Republican Karen Handel, saying the party failed to learn the 2016 lesson that running against President Trump without a positive message of your own is not enough to win elections.

    The Hill